When you’re looking to have a vacation experience that gives you the opportunity to check out a bunch of different places, you’re definitely going to consider a cruise. While a great part of the cruising experience involves the boat that you’re on, an even bigger part of that experience is what ports that boat is going to visit. Put another way, the value of any given cruise experience is only going to be as good as the places you get to see along the way.
So, with that in mind, isn’t it worthwhile to consider what kinds of possible itineraries you could take on your next cruise excursion? On the list below, we’re going to share our picks from some outside-of-the-box itineraries you can go on. Rather than just running down the very best places to check out in the Caribbean, these cruise itineraries all have something unique to offer…
Ever wanted to check out some of the most exotic places on the planet? Every imagined cruising down the rivers of Europe and seeing all of that continent’s best cities and locales? If so, then these are the cruises you want to check out! Let’s take a look at 20 cruise itineraries that should make your bucket list.
1. Ponant Exploration to the Seychelles
Offering a private yacht experience, you can now cruise to the luxurious Seychelles thanks to Ponant.
2. Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River
Forget about trying to take a safari when visiting Africa. Instead, make it a point to try out this cruise on the Chobe River in Botswana.
3. Around Australia
There are a number of cruise lines that offer absolutely stunning and fun circumnavigations of Australia.
4. Disney Cruise in the Caribbean
If you’ve got small children, then simply taking them on a Disney cruise through the Caribbean will give you and them a lifetime’s worth of great memories.
5. Uniworld through Holland and Belgium
For a cruise that you won’t soon forget for its incredible beauty, try a Uniworld river cruise through Holland and Belgium during tulip season.
6. National Geographic to Galapagos
If you want to lay eyes on the place that inspired the great Charles Darwin, you can do so by booking with National Geographic.
7. National Geographic to Antarctica
There’s no more exotic of a location on the planet than Antarctica, and National Geographic cruises can get you there!
8. Viking Homelands Through Europe
This cruise operator offers amazing river cruises that give you the chance to visit up to eight European countries in style.
9. Avalon Waterways: Paris to Normandy
On this exquisite 8-day cruise, you’ll have the chance to sample fine French fare while learning about art and WWII history.
10. Alaska Itineraries
Pick the cruise line you love best, and book one of their Alaska cruises. Seeing the “Final Frontier” is not something you’ll soon forget.
11. AmaWaterways in Southeast Asia
To really get a flavor for the culture and cuisine of Southeast Asia, give a river cruise from AmaWaterways a shot.
12. Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Voyage
If you’re going to be aboard a classic cruise ship, why not take the classic cruise? Give the transatlantic voyage a try!
13. The American Queen Down the Mississippi
There are few experiences that are as quintessentially as American as cruising the Mississippi on a steamboat.
14. Butterfield & Robinson in the Cyclades Islands
This private tour operator offers one of the best possible ways in which to experience the beauty and fun of the Cyclades.
15. UnCruise Adventures Through the Panama Canal
Just like the name of this cruise line says, this itinerary presents you with the opportunity to have an adventure few others will get the chance to.
16. Belmond Lilas through Alsace
You’ll have to fork out a pretty penny when this private charter launches next year, but the cruises through Alsace, France, will be worth every one of those pennies.
17. Crystal Cruises from New York to Montreal
There’s leaf-peeping, and then there’s cruising from New York City to Montreal during peak leaf season. Wow!
Many cruise lines offer around-the-world experiences. You’ll need to take most of the year off, but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
19. Windstar Cruises to Monaco
If you really want an experience that’s as close to being a billionaire yacht owner, then give this itinerary a shot!
20. Regent Seven Seas in the South Pacific
For the ideal trip, try one of Regent’s cruises through the South Pacific that features an 11-day itinerary. You’ll get to see so much!