Top 10 Trending Cruise Destinations in 2021

The Norwegian Jade in Santorini (photo via NCL)

There are so many amazing places to go in 2021, even with the current situation. Here are the 10 most popular cruise destinations in Summer 2021 and beyond!

#10 Hawaii

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America off the Na Pali Coast in Hawaii (photo by Jason Leppert)

One very popular destination is Hawaii by cruise! The ports of Kauai, Kona, Hilo, Oahu, and Maui are lovely! Norwegian is one of the best brands to sail on to Hawaii – ask me why!

#9 Tahiti and the South Pacific

Paul Gauguin Cruise ship in Bora Bora (Photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises)

Another popular cruise spot this year is Tahiti and the islands of the South Pacific. Pepeete is 2nd only to Bora Bora.

#8 Antarctica

This is a huge bucket list cruise for some, and if anyone wants adventure, this is it! Compared to typical cruises, Antarctica cruises offer amazing wildlife, bold tours, and stunning landscapes!

Roald Amundsen in Antarctica. (photo via Hurtigruten)

#7 North American River Cruises

American Queen steamboating through America’s heartland. (photo via American Queen Steamboat Company)

Many people don’t realize that North America is the 2nd most requested cruise region among all river cruise and premium cruisers. A great option too for someone who wants a relaxing American experience they have not had before. There’s quite a few areas to explore!

#6 World Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Mariner will operate the 2024 World Cruise. (Photo via Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Cruisers these days are interested in longer cruises, especially as our Baby Boomer population sails into retirement. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ will offer an AMAZING 132-night World Cruise traversing Central America, the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii, South Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Bermuda  in 2024! But don’t let anyone fool you – these fill up EARLY!

# 5 Alaska

Norwegian Bliss at Ketchikan, Alaska. (Photo via Norwegian Cruise Line)

Alaska is another big bucket list cruise for many cruisers. There’s no better way to see Alaska than a CruiseTour – part sea and part land!

#4 Iceland

MS Fram in Reykjavik, Iceland. (photo via Hurtigruten)

Iceland has been gaining in popularity over the past few years. Being an island it’s great for cruise travel. Many wonders await you in Iceland including rejuvenating hot springs to sprawling fjords in addition to rich Viking history, culture and friendly locals are just some of the highlights that await cruise travelers.

#3 Trans-Oceanic

The Queen Mary 2 in New York City (Photo courtesy of Cunard Line)

Not really a destination in and of itself, but some cruisers love to cross the big oceans. This is great right now since many destinations are not as welcoming as usual to a lot of travelers.

#2 Europe and the Mediterranean

Windstar’s Wind Star yacht in Mykonos, Greece. (photo via Windstar Cruises)

The Mediterranean is a lovely and popular Sea to travel by cruise ship. The Mediterranean is the second-most sought-after region among luxury guests and the third-most-popular in the river category. Europe is the most popular region for both luxury and river cruises.

#1 Caribbean

The Freedom of the Seas at Perfect Day at CocoCay. (Photo via Royal Caribbean International)

Not a shock, right? The Caribbean is ever popular as it’s close to home and easy to get to. The Caribbean is the most popular area for premium cruise passengers as of August and the 3rd-most among luxury cruisers. Cozumel (Mexico), Nassau (Bahamas) and Royal Caribbean International’s private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas) are the most popular cruise ports in this category. 

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