With hundreds of colossal cruise ships roaming the sea, passengers can choose from an impressive variety of destinations. Whether you're looking for a sun-drenched getaway in the Caribbean or a sight-seeing tour across the Mediterranean, chances are you'll be able to find a cruise offering exactly what you need. If the sheer amount of choices are making it hard for you to decide, it can be helpful to break it down to the crème de la crème. Here are some of the world's most popular cruise destinations and why.
Avignon, France
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, history city center
What was once the historic center of the Catholic Church, is now listed as one of the most popular ports and cruise destinations in Europe. Located on the Rhône River, Avignon is situated slightly north of the coastal cities of Montpellier and Marseille. The iconic Palais des Popes, or Pope's Palace, stands as a testimony to the Papal past that put Avignon's name on the map. Along with the Point Saint Bénézet bridge, this area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Lower Mekong River
Highlights: affordable prices, diverse cities
The powerful Mekong River winds through four different countries before spilling into the South China Sea. This cruise destination has been seeing an impressive surge in popularity in recent years due in part to the region's exotic appeal and affordability. The Lower Mekong River is seeing the most cruise traffic with Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap being the most sought after destinations in the area. Passengers will love the diverse cities and warm weather offered through much of the year.
Quebec City, Canada
Highlights: European atmosphere, high-class dining options
When talking about popular destinations within North America alone, Quebec City is a consistent favorite due to its unique history and culture which has always carried a strong European, and more specifically, French influence. Quebec City rests upon the Lawrence River and is renowned for its gastronomic achievements, bustling art scene, and aesthetic blend of four different centuries of architecture. This is a great destination for those who want the European feel without paying to cross the Atlantic.
Kauai, Hawaii
Highlights: lush landscapes, world-class surfing, remote island appeal
No list of popular cruise destinations would be complete without mentioning at least one Hawaiian port. Due to the island's breathtaking landscapes, Kauai has become a favorite for passengers looking for that classic remote island getaway. The bold peaks of the Na Pali Coast and the depths of the Waimea Canyon are enough to get cruisers out and about when pulling into port. This island has been aptly nicknamed "The Garden Isle" for its lush landscapes. During the warm season, cruisers can enjoy some of the sunniest weather on the planet.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Highlights: beguiling old town, rustic appeal, Mediterranean coastline
A few years ago, most cruisers wouldn't have been familiar with this Baltic treasure. Fortunately, popular shows like Game of Thrones have helped bring this pearl of the Mediterranean into the spotlight. Cruises around the Baltic and Mediterranean usually make a note to stop by this historic port for at least a few days to give passengers enough time to bask in the beauty that is Dubrovnik. From rocky beaches and crystal blue shores to centuries-old centers and plazas, this Croatian city is quickly blowing up in popularity, and it's obvious to see why.
Havana, Cuba
Highlights: vibrant city, historic architecture, classic cars
Havana ranks high as one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean for it's lively atmosphere, historic vibe, and excellent food. Like a scene from a movie, it's not uncommon to see vintage 50's American vehicles driving down the street bumping salsa or mambo music. Passengers will enjoy the island's pristine beaches, perfect weather, and Havana's rich architecture. Whether this is the main stop on your cruise trip or one of many within Caribbean, it's bound to be a highlight.

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