A Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary can begin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and take in various islands, such as Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, and St. Thomas-St. John. Exploring historic San Juan and then choosing nature outings on the islands is a good strategy for the trip. .
A cruise in the Baltic can take you on shore excursions to some of Europe's most intriguing cities. My favorite ports on a Princess Cruise in the Baltic were St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Berlin via Hamburg.
An encounter with Egypt's pharaonic treasures could start in Cairo, with a look at the pyramids of Giza and at the Egyptian Museum, which displays the King Tut tomb artifacts. Then travel to Abu Simbel to see the colossal Ramses II statues. Finally, cruise the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, with attention to the great tombs of Ramses II and Nefertari at Luxor.
A cruise to the western Caribbean can take you on shore excursions to the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha in Belize, the Rainforest Aerial Tram canopy tour outside Limon in Costa Rica, and to the canal and Panama City in Panama.
The Caribbean is the world's most popular cruise region, due to its sunny weather all year, its proximity to North America, and its many interesting island destinations.
A South Pacific cruise can take you to some better-known islands, such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Rarotonga. The cruise may also touch upon some more-remote islands, such as Atiu, Aitutaki, and Mopelia.
Many potential travelers yearn to see and understand what a tropical rain forest is all about. Small nature-oriented cruise ships offer a way to visit the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica's west coast, including Curu, Corcovado, Manuel Antono, and Cano Island.
A Mediterranean cruise may start in Spain, Italy, or Greece. My Celebrity cruise began in Crete, Greece, and proceeded to Santorini, Gythion, Malta, Rome, and Florence, with port-of-call day trips in all those locales.
For over a century and a half there was a steamship prize--called the Blue Riband--for speed in the North Atlantic crossing.
Whether watching mammoth chunks of ice crash from an Alaskan glacier or when scanning the Caribbean horizon for the next island, just what are the attractions of a cruise ship vacation?