5 Great Cruise Destinations

Learn more about some of the best places to go on a cruise

The Vacationeer

On your next vacation, sail to faraway lands and soak up unforgettable scenery and unique experiences.

Hilton Grand Vacations names five of the best places to go on a cruise. 

Explore the Fjords of Norway 

There are more than 1,100 fjords in Norway, and the best way to experience these natural wonders is to travel by water to explore more coastline. 

Cruise Recommendation: Disney Cruise Line  - 7 Nights Norwegian Fjords

The trip departs from Dover, England, with ports of call in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cruise Nordfjord; Alesund, Norway; and Stavanger, Norway.

Travel Back in Time to Ancient Greece & Turkey

Cruise the islands of Greece and the shores of Turkey to experience beautiful beaches and ancient architecture.

Islands like Mykonos are a feast for the eyes, with azure waters, houses painted white with brightly colored shutters, bougainvillea trees in bloom, and iconic fishing boats. Travelers can spend their time snorkeling, diving, exploring caves, shopping, and sampling incredible food and drink. 

History buffs will appreciate the historical experiences through the Aegean region. Don’t miss the trip to the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Cruise Recommendation: Oceania Cruises - 7 Night Aegean Encounter 

The trip departs from Athens, Greece with ports of call in Mykonos, Greece; Santorini (Thira), Greece; Rhodes, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; Lesbos (Lesvos), Greece; and Istanbul, Turkey.

Connect with the Last Frontier in Wild Alaska 

A cruise ship is a perfect way to experience the wilderness of our 49th state. From the ship you will have no shortage of views – from wild mountain landscapes to beautiful glaciers and abundant wildlife.

Alaska boasts natural wonders, adventure activities and fresh local seafood.

Cruise Recommendation: Celebrity Millennium - 7 Night Alaska Glacier Voyage 

The trip departs from Vancouver, British Columbia with ports of call in Inside Passage, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier; and Anchorage (Seward), Alaska.

Be Mesmerized in Mystical, Magical Vietnam & Thailand 

Vietnam and Thailand are exotic and compelling, making both countries ideal cruise destinations. 

Known as the “land of smiles,” in Thailand you will experience friendly locals, diverse culture and dynamic cuisine.

In Vietnam, you can experience the magical Halong Bay. Made of more than 1,969 uninhabited islands and rock formations, Halong Bay is truly one of Asia’s natural wonders.

Always have your camera handy to capture fishing boats among the rocks at sunrise, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature.  

Cruise Recommendation: Seabourn Ovation - 14 Night Vietnam & Thailand 

The trip departs from Hong Kong with ports of call in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; Da Nang, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Ko Kut (Ko Kood), Thailand; and Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand.

Soak in the Colorful Cultures of the Caribbean 

If you want a cruise destination that checks off multiple locations in a single trip, a cruise to the Caribbean is an ideal choice. 

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Yucatan peninsula and enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and beach bumming. Take shore excursions to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Take advantage of water sports in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, including kayaking and parasailing. Or, step away from the water with a visit the jungle side of the Caribbean with hiking through in Belize. 

Finally, convert your busy, on-the-go lifestyle to island time in Grand Cayman. A visit to Stingray City to touch the rays’ velvety skin is an experience you can add to the family holiday card. 

Cruise Recommendation: Crystal Serenity - 9 Night Tropical Island Tapestry 

The trip departs from Miami, Florida with ports of call in and through the Cruise Straits of Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico; Belize City, Belize; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Key West, Florida.

Hilton Grand Vacations Members can use their ClubPoints for travel experiences with CruisesOnly, through the PartnerPerks program. As a Member, you can earn bonus points when booking with cruise partners. 

Read on to learn helpful cruise tips, hacks, and lingo from the cruise experts. 


The Vacationeer

The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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