The Cruise Destinations You Need To Visit

Below is a list of the 10 best cruise destinations of 2013. Some of these are new to the list, but most have stayed on the list because they are always offering fun and exciting adventures to any cruise traveler.

10. Mediterranean - One of the safer cruise destinations of 2013 to go on, because no matter what section of the Mediterranean you see it is overflowing with history. You can see areas that major battles had taken place or where some people think the world truly started to develop into functional societies. These sailing will be anywhere from 7 to 21 days long and you will be stopping in a port almost everyday giving you plenty of time to check out the historical factors and experience some fun street vendors.

9. Alaska - If you are planning on going to Alaska for vacation, you should do it on a cruise. The cruise up along the coastline is completely breathtaking and stunning. You are more than likely to take in a lot of nature from the trees to seeing whales while you are on board as well. This is also a prime getaway during the summer months, since it stays cool due to the northern location and icebergs that you pass by. There are also additional expeditions that you can purchase through the cruise lines to stay at some lodges before or after your cruise vacation.

8. Cayman Islands - Perfection is the only word that can be used to describe cruises in the Cayman Island area. The pictures of the bright white beaches and underwater reefs come from this location. It really is picture perfect. One of the biggest draws is the underwater snorkeling or scuba diving, as there are many close by shipwrecks that you can dive and colorful tropical fish to see in the crystal clear waters. If you are looking for something on land, that won’t be a problem. The Cayman Islands have a lot of local tourist shops to enjoy while in port.

7. Hawaii - This is a great exotic journey to take. With great views from the ship or while on the islands. You can partake in many of the resort activities when you get off the ship. You are even able to rent a car and explore the islands each day. This is one of the better options to do, as you will get to explore some volcanoes and magical waterfalls.

Hawaii is usually a 14-day cruise with about 6-8 days at sea. So this trip is for people who really enjoy being on the cruise ship for an extended period of time. You will get to get your money’s worthwhile on board and maybe even meet a few people also.

6. Panama Canal - Panama Canal is easily one of the best cruise destinations of 2013. With its lively ports, connection through the canal, days at sea and extended cruising options it can’t be overlooked for a cruise vacation.

The Panama Canal cruise will usually be around 14-days, but can be longer if you want. They usually go between Los Angeles and Miami, but sometimes you can find extended ones that will go up to New York or to San Francisco. These are some of the better trips as you really get to see a cultural change from one side of the U.S. to the other.

The Panama Canal transit is quite an experience. At first you don’t believe a cruise ship will fit through the locking system, but it does and it is very entertaining. Along with the canal transit you get to visit ports like Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta to name a few.

The extended days at sea will give you more than enough time to enjoy the ship and not feel like you are being rushed into a new port everyday. This will allow you to fully experience what a cruise vacation is about and how to get some well-deserved R&R time for yourself.

5. The Orient - While the Orient is a broad term, the ports that are included on these cruise vacations are full of rich history and should be on everyone’s bucket list. You can easily see Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and many other cities that have more than you know to offer a good time. The cruise lines that visit these locations make sure to set up special shore excursions that will give you memories for a lifetime.

4. Amazon - I bet you had to double take this selection for a second, thinking does this say the Amazon? Well, yes it does. Some of the smaller and more intimate ships can cruise part way down the Amazon River letting you explore something that not many people ever get the chance to. This trip is for more of the active senior as the cruise itself will take 21-days or more and it will visit a lot of undeveloped areas. Plus it will also go through the Caribbean, so you are getting 2 great experiences for the price of one.

3. Antarctica - Don’t let the cool weather deter you from seeking out this adventure. While you don’t go to any ports down in Antarctica, you are able to get close enough to the wild life that you will only ever see on the Discovery Channel. These animals include Penguins, Seals, Orcas and many other exotic breeds of birds. Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime. Just pack for warmth and you will do just fine.

2. Australia / New Zealand -  Australia and New Zealand have become exotic hot spots as of late. At one time there wasn’t much to do in the ports of these countries, but that has changed. Some cruise lines have opted to add on pre or post cruise expeditions to some of the more exotic exploring locations. This is mostly for Australia, where as New Zealand is more of a shopping and relaxation port. The land in New Zealand is always breathtaking to be around. The two countries are usually paired together in one cruise so that you may get the best of both worlds.

1. Galapagos Islands - You knew this one would be on the list. Galapagos Islands are one of the most sought after cruise destinations. It is so popular, that people will book two years or more in advance to get a balcony view or higher. Larger ships are not allowed to go to the islands since they give off too much waste and could damage the eco system, so there are only a handful of cruise lines that are even allowed to venture into these waters. If you are lucky enough to take one of these cruises, you will get your moneys worth as the animals will be all over the beaches and don’t seem to be afraid of the occasional photo opportunity.

These are the 10 best cruise destinations of 2013. They cover all the areas that have grown in popularity for travelers over the past few years. Now that you have the destinations to use as a guideline, it is time to figure out what ship to take. You can read some cruise reviews to help with your decision.