Many longer Caribbean cruises – 8 days or more – make it as far south as the “ABC Islands” of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Curacao is the largest of those islands, sitting 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Cruises to Curacao make port in the town of Willemstad, which is known for its pastel-colored colonial-style architecture.
Key West is the southernmost town in Florida, known for some pretty wild partying and access to incredible coral reefs. It’s a popular stop on cruises to the Caribbean that originate in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Galveston. Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas and Carnival Victory currently make weekly trips to Key West from Miami.
Hubbard Glacier is a popular and spectacular stop on cruises to Alaska. It stretches over 75 miles from Yukon, Canada to Disappointment Bay in Alaska. It’s the kind of thing you expect to see on a cruise to Alaska, hardly a disappointment.
A cruise visit to Manaus, Brazil is about as far as you can get – figuratively – from a day cruising the middle of an ocean. And it’s literally 750 miles upriver from the Atlantic. Manaus is the largest city on the Amazon River.
A visit to the islands of Tierra del Fuego is just one piece of the amazing South American fjord-viewing cruises that travel around the southern end of Cape Horn. These cruises are usually two weeks long and most frequently sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile – or from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. Some also visit Antarctica!
It’s not exactly surprising that Monte Carlo is a popular port-of-call for Mediterranean cruises. You’ll frequently find cruise ships traveling eastward that begin in Barcelona and westward out of Civitavecchia (near Rome) in Monaco’s harbor.
Nassau is the most popular cruise stop in the Bahamas. Located less than 200 miles from the coast of Florida, it’s on the itinerary of most cruises from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and Jacksonville.
There are hundreds of cruises every year from major ports like Barcelona and Miami, but maybe you’d like to try something that begins from an unusual departure point – like Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is on St. Thomas and is the largest city and capital of the the US Virgin Islands. The city is located on a well-protected harbor called Long Bay that provides easy access to the islands of the eastern Caribbean.
Seabourn Cruise Line has scheduled some 7-night eastern Caribbean cruises from Charlotte Amalie for February and March of 2014 and 2015. The cruises include visits to St. Martin, Antigua, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands. Seabourn Pride will be making the cruises in 2014, replaced by Seabourn Legend in 2015.
There are also one-way cruises into and out of Charlotte Amalie before and after the “mini cruise season” there. The inbound “repositioning cruise” begins in Oranjestad, Aruba and is a 7-night tour of the southern Caribbean. The outbound cruise is a bit more extensive – a 13-night voyage from Charlotte Amalie to Barcelona.