Click to CruisePlanner Frames Page

...and who goes there...

I apologize for broken links here...It'll take awhile to go through 'em all...CB  Want to visit beautiful beaches?


Africa EuroCruises~First European Cruises~Orient Lines~Quark Expeditions~Seabourn~Silversea~Society Expeditions

Alaska is fast becoming a favorite spring-thru-fall cruise, offering spectacular views on some of the most beautiful new ships afloat.  See Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Juneau (Glacier Bay), Ketchikan (Misty Fjords National Monument), Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Valdez, or Wrangell. American Safari ~American West Steamboat Company~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Cruise West~Crystal~Cunard~Glacier Bay~Holland America~Lindblad Special Expeditions~Norwegian~Princess~Radisson Seven Seas~Royal Caribbean~Society Expeditions~World Explorer Cruises

Antarctica Clipper Cruise Line~Lindblad Special Expeditions~Oceanwide Expeditions~Orient Lines~Quark Expeditions~Radisson Seven Seas

Antigua boasts 365 lovely beaches--one for each day of the year, as well as English Harbour, a superb restoration of the 18th- century dockyard that was home for Admiral Lord Nelson and the British Navy fleet. 

Aruba is known for her miles of powder-white beaches, uniquely shaped divi-divi trees, and duty-free shopping for cameras and fine jewelry. Visit the Numismatic Museum, featuring currency from 400 countries. 

Ajaccio, Corsica, is a lovely pastel colored walking town and birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. But don't let on that you know that after Napoleon became emperor, he never once returned. This fact is a well kept secret and especially surprising since several of Ajaccio's museums and statues have been dedicated to his honor. 

Asia Cruise West~Crystal Cruises~Cunard Line~Le Boat~Orient Lines~P&O Cruises~Princess Cruises~Quark Expeditions~Radisson Seven Seas~Regal China Cruises~Royal Caribbean~Silversea~Society Expeditions~Star Clippers ~Star Cruises

Alghero, Sardinia, is a popular resort located in a region known as the Coral Riviera, which is why coral is a natural purchase of all who visit. Explore the famous Neptune's Caves to the north or venture south to Bosa, where magnificent hand-crafted shawls and lace are still created by the local women. 


Bahamas See Freeport/Lucaya and Nassau.  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Cunard~Disney~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~First European Cruises~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Majesty Cruise Line~Mediterranean Shipping Cruises~Norwegian Cruise Lines~Princess~Regal~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic~Seabourn~Star Clippers~Tall Ship Adventures~Valef Yachts~Windjammer~Windstar~World Explorer Cruises

Baltic Bergen Line~Costa~EuroCruises~Princess~Radisson Seven Seas~Society Expeditions

Bar Harbor, Maine, is a bustling sea town, home of the beautiful Acadia National Park--the third largest park in America, featuring Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic coast. Bar Harbor is an active summer resort, full of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. 

Barbadosis more than a bounty of beautiful beaches. Trafalgar Square, in Bridgetown, bespeaks her British influence, inviting you to sip tea and then shop for cashmere and bone china. 

Barcelona, Spain, is a world-class city rich in history. For a positively breathtaking view visit the temple of Tibidabo high above the sea with only the statue of Christ towering above. Tour the Picasso Museum and visit the Sagrada Familia Church, still under construction an entire century later. 

Belize is an adventurer's paradise with a history that dates back more than a thousand years. Explore the ancient Mayan sites of Xunantunich or Altun-Ha. Swim, snorkel or dive and explore the second largest barrier reef in the world. 

Belem, Brazil, is a gateway to the mysterious Amazon, bearing all the gifts of the jungle. Enjoy the bounty in Ver-O-Peso, Brazil's largest outdoor market. 

Bermuda See Hamilton, St. George's.  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Cunard~Disney~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~First European Cruises~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Majesty Cruise Line~Mediterranean Shipping Cruises~Norwegian Cruise Lines~Princess~Regal~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic~Seabourn~Star Clippers~Tall Ship Adventures~Valef Yachts~Windjammer~Windstar~World Explorer Cruises

Bridgetown, Barbados, is a tropical city with a British accent. Enjoy the sun and surf at nearby resort beaches, or drive up into the hills for a tour of an old plantation or the lovely Andromeda Gardens. 

British Isles Le Boat~Quark Expeditions~Royal Caribbean International~Seabourn~Silversea

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America's most sophisticated city, invites you to stroll along broad, tree-lined boulevards to the picturesque Plaza San Martin, or tour the dazzling Teatro Colon. Perhaps you would enjoy a dinner ashore, followed by a performance of the Tango. 


Caldera/San Jose are part of the lush and tropical nation of Costa Rica, boasting hundreds of species of butterflies, exotic flowers, and birds--even 30 kinds of hummingbirds. Once you meet her hospitable people in the bustling port of Caldera, visit Teatro Nacional in San Jose, a theater patterned after La Scala. 

California/MexRiv Cruise West~Voyager Cruise Line

Canada/New England  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Clipper Cruise Line~Crystals~The Delta Queen Coastal Voyages~Holland America~Princess~Regal~St. Lawrence Cruise Lines~Seabourn~Silversea~Wander Bird Cruises

Canada/West US  Cruise West~World Explorer Cruises

Canary Islands  Costa~EuroCruises~Windstar

Cancun is the gateway to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the magic land of the Mayas. Tour the world-renowned archeological site of Chichen Itza. Bargain for handicrafts in the local marketplace before sunbathing on some of the Caribbean's best-loved beaches. 

Cartagenais perched on the north coast of Colombia and is best- known for her gorgeous gems--especially emeralds. Be sure to visit the Palace of the Inquisition and treasures at the Gold Museum. 

Caracas, Venezuela is a very large, multiethnic city of about 6 million people.  Visit the city in lare groups or tours, or fly to the interior over Angel Falls and Canaima Lagoon.

Caribbean Sea stretches 2,500 miles in a gentle crescent from the tip of Florida in the north to the coast of Venezuela in the south, and offers year-round cruising to some 7,000 island paradises. The temperature remains constantly pleasant, though the humidity varies from arid to lushly tropical.  These islands are diverse in culture, having been settled by Indian, Dutch, British, French, Spanish and other ancient explorers.  Geography also varies from lushly tropical to volcanic to desert-like, and all claim to have the world's most beautiful beaches. 

  • Western Caribbean: might include Cozumel or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. 
  • Eastern Caribbean: might include Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands (St. Johns, St. Thomas and St. Croix), St. Martin/Sint Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Martinique. 
  • Southern Caribbean: might leave Puerto Rico for the Virgin Islands, Guadaloupe, Grenada, Curaçao, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, Martinique, Venezuela or Aruba.
  • The Panama Canal: also can be combined with a Caribbean cruise. This 50-mile stretch of canal is a breathtaking series of locks which compensate for the height difference between the Caribbean and the Pacific.
American Canadian Caribbean Line~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Cunard~Disney~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~First European Cruises~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Majesty Cruise Line~Mediterranean Shipping Cruises~Norwegian Cruise Lines~Princess~Regal~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic~Seabourn~Star Clippers~Tall Ship Adventures~Valef Yachts~Windjammer~Windstar~World Explorer Cruises

Cartagena is perched on the north coast of Colombia and is best- known for her gorgeous gems--especially emeralds. Be sure to visit the Palace of Inquisition and treasures at the Gold Museum. 

China  Regal China Cruises~Seabourn

Circumnavigation  Crystal Cruises~Cunard~Holland America Line~Princess

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, is the gateway port to Rome, a mere hour and a half drive away. Discover Vatican City's priceless treasures, as well as the Forum and Colosseum. Stroll down the Spanish Steps and shop on trendy Via Veneto. But before you say "arrivederci Roma," be sure to toss a coin in the Fontana di Trevi and make a wish. 

Costa Rica means "rich coast" and is often referred to as the "Switzerland of the Americas." Don't miss the Parque Vargas with its beautiful tropical flowers, or find the way to San Jose, the surprisingly urbane capital. 

Callao, Peru, is your port entry for Lima, the darling of Peru. This elegant city offers priceless treasures in its many museums and is the gateway to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, high in the Andes. 

Cape Cod Canal is a 17-mile, man-made waterway, opened in 1914, that saves us an extra 100 miles of sailing to reach the end of the Cape. The two steel bridges that span the canal are actually owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and are the Cape's only link by road to the mainland.

Central America  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Crystal~Cunard~European Waterways~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Oceanwide Expeditions~Princess~Radisson Seven Seas~Regal~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic~Windstar~World Explorer

Cozumel, Mexico is known for her soft white sand beaches and the clearest sapphire-colored waters in the world. Shop in San Miguel for Cozumel's unique black coral--a favorite of shoppers and tour one of her 30 archeological sites. Snorkel the beautiful coral reefs at San Miguel or take an excursion to San Gervasio, Chichen Itza or Tulum Ruins and Xel-ha Lagoon. 

Columbia Glacier/College Fjord is one of the largest tidewater glaciers in North America. It's six miles wide, 260 feet high, and surrounded by wildlife. College Fjord, a short distance away, is where you'll discover more glaciers--each one named for a college that supported the 1899 Harriman expedition. 

Curaçao The Queen Emma Floating Bridge welcomes you to Willemstad, the small Dutch-influenced town of many-colored gingerbread  buildings.  This largest of the Netherlands Antilles is blessed with sunny weather year-round.  Take advantage of the excellent reef diving and other water sports, or visit the Curaçao Museum or Hato Caves.


Danube River  EuroCruises~European Waterways~Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises

Devil's Island, French Guiana, is notorious as the penal colony where "Papillon" launched his daring escape. Watch for the Scarlet Ibis, a beautiful species of bird that nests in the mangroves. 

Endicott Arm/Tracy Arm are both spectacular fjords incising the Inside Passage. Enjoy such stunning sights as emerald green islands, sparkling glaciers, and a coastline that features the most majestic of mountains as you cruise the Inside Passage, and depending on weather conditions, you'll sail through Endicott or Tracy Arm on your northbound cruise. 

Europe, East  Costa~Cruise West~Crystal~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~Orient Lines~Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Society Expeditions~Silversea~Star Clippers

Europe, West  Bergen Line~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Crystal~Cunard Line~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~European Waterways~First European Cruises~French Country Waterways~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Lindblad Special Expeditions~Mediterranean Shipping Cruises~P&O~Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises~Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Seabourn~Silversea~Star Clippers~Valef Yachts~Windstar

Fortaleza, Brazil,offers some of the world's most exquisite handmade lace and embroidery. Lounge on some of the finest beaches around, or stroll along the coast and perhaps you'll see native fishermen in their "jangadas," coming ashore with their catch. 

Galapagos Islands  Elegant Cruises~Expedition Trip~Lindblad Special Expeditions

Glacier Bay was cut off by a massive glacier two hundred years ago. When the glacier retreated, over 50 miles of fjords, islands and inlets with lush rain forests and an abundance of wildlife were revealed. National Park Service naturalists come on board designated Glacier Bay sailings to explain the history and point out features. 

Grand Cayman is known for her underwater paradise, filled with extraordinary marine life. George Town, her capital city, offers British charm as well as superb duty-free shopping. Shop for silver, china, Irish linens, and the island's famous black coral jewelry. 

Grenada is a paradise of soaring mountains and lush rain forests, secluded coves and dazzling beaches. The capital city of St. George is one of the Caribbean's most picturesque towns. Stroll the narrow streets and enjoy the fragrances of the exotic of the "Spice Island of the Caribbean." 



Guayaquil, Ecuador, is your port for Quito, the beautiful capital of Ecuador. As you stroll the cobbled streets of the city called "Queen of the Andes," rich legacies of art, history, and magnificent Spanish colonial architecture surround you. 

Hawaii  Carnival~Holland America Line~Norwegian Cruise Line

Hubbard Glacier/Yakutat Bay is featured on our southbound sailings. This six-mile-wide glacier has heights of up to 300 feet above sea level and is 92 miles in length. Hubbard, the longest tidewater glacier in North America, is located in unspoiled Yakutat Bay. 

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the capital city and a blend of the old and the new. Visit a replica of the famous fishing schooner, Bluenose II, or see Halifax Public Gardens, the oldest formal Victorian gardens in North America. 

Juneau has so much for you to do! Stroll among the lovingly restored buildings in the historic People's Wharf neighborhood or explore the Alaska State Museum. Visit the famous frontier-style bar, Red Dog Saloon. You might even wish to try sportfishing. 

Ketchikan is home to the world's largest collection of totem poles. It's also the salmon capital of the world, so be sure to sample some of the local fare. Alaska's only Indian reservation is located here, as is America's newest national monument, Misty Fjords. 

Key West is the southernmost point in the continental United States and home of "Papa" Hemingway's noted hangout, Sloppy Joe's. Tour President Truman's "Little White House" or bask on a beach that's just 90 miles from Cuba.


Lynn Canal lets you view glaciers clinging to mountains as you cruise by. Lynn Canal is also home to many species of wildlife, so don't be surprised if a playful sea lion or humpback whale decides to escort your ship on to your next port of call. 
Livorno (Florence), Italy,provides access to two of Italy's most cherished sights. First, there's the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, whose marble majesty was begun in 1153 and took almost two centuries to complete. Then, there's Florence, a city with more than her fair share of artistic wealth, home of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo, and Botticelli. 
Los Angeles is more than just Hollywood and all her stars. It's where magic comes alive! Shop the chic boutiques of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Sun on any one of her beautiful beaches. Visit the Los Angeles Zoo or Museum of Art and be sure to send your tastebuds on a tour of Chinatown and Little Tokyo.

Mahon (Menorca), Spain, is the capital and main port leading to Menorca, considered the gem of the Balearic Islands. Journey to the top of Monte Toro, the highest mountain on the island for a most spectacular view. Explore Binibeca, a fishing village rich in vacation homes and villas. 

Martiniqueis often called the "Pearl of the Antilles." Enjoy her Creole charm--a mix of French and African influences--and quaint fishing villages. Catch some sun on one of her stunning white and black sand beaches. 

Mediterranean  Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Crystal~Cunard Line~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~First European Cruises~Holland America Line~Indian Ocean Cruise Line~Le Boat~Linblad Special Expeditions~Mediterranean Shipping Cruises~Orient Lines~Princess Cruises~Radisson Seven Seas~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Seabourn Cruise Line~Silversea Cruises~Star Clippers~Valef Yacht~Windstar

Mexico  Carnival~Celebrity~Lindblad Special Expeditions~Majesty Cruise Line~Norwegian Cruise Lines~Princess Cruises~
Regal Cruises~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Windjammer

Montego Bay, Jamaica has resorts galore! Visit her outstanding underwater marine park at Cornwall Beach. Explore the Chester Castle Great House set on some 200 acres or tour Rose Hall, a restored plantation house. Montego Bay is "Mobay" to her friends, where the beat of reggae music fills the air. Sample the rum at a distillery along the Governor's Coach Tour, a 40-mile railroad trip. For something truly off the beaten path, try rafting down the Martha Brae on a bamboo raft. 

Montreal, Canada is actually located on an island. This cosmopolitan city, where your cruise can begin or conclude, has as much appeal above ground as it does below. The underground network includes hundreds of shops and restaurants and provides an exciting weatherproof environment. Above ground, you'll discover her restored waterfront, plus a wide selection of museums and historical sites. 

Montevideo, Uruguay, will charm you with its beautiful parks, fine museums, and inspiring cathedrals. Be sure to see La Carreta, a monument sculpted by Bellini. 


New York is the other city in which you can begin or conclude your cruise. Take in a Broadway show or visit the World Trade Center for a view of the entire city. Explore Soho's many galleries and then shop the city's countless boutiques and numerous department stores. With so much to do and see, you might consider staying over before or after your cruise. 
Nice, France,is known as the "Queen" or capital of the Riviera. This cosmopolitan resort city is abundant in first-class hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and museums, including the fascinating new Chagall Museum. Browse the elegant beachside Promenade des Anglais or spend some extra time and journey down to Monte Carlo and try your luck at the world's most glamorous casino. 

Newport, Rhode Island, is a posh summer resort with a history dating back to colonial times and fabulous summer "cottages" of the turn-of-the-century wealthy. Tour the "Breakers," a 70-room estate surrounded by magnificent grounds and the pounding surf, or "Marble House," patterned after Versailles. Other "must sees" include Trinity Church, with its Tiffany windows, and the Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, the oldest synagogue in America. 

Ocho Rios, Jamaica is filled with transparent rivers and streams which flow from the mountains, forming lovely cascades. One of these stunning wonders is the 600-foot Dunn's River Falls--an absolute "must see." Ocho Rios, with its swaying palms, glistening white beaches and sophisticated resorts is a favorite vacation spot. For a splendid view, visit Shaw Park Gardens, overflowing with fragrant flora and refreshing waterfalls. 


Palermo, Sicily, has some truly memorable sights. The Four Corners of Palermo, where each 17th-century Spanish Baroque facade is adorned with a statue, is one of the city's "must sees." Tour the famous Norman Cathedral and Capuchin Catacombs. A day trip to Monreale to see the famous 12th-century cathedral is also recommended. 

Panama Canal is one of the most monumental engineering feats of all time. As you cross a jungle isthmus, unique "water ladders" raise and lower the ship through a series of locks, taking you from one great ocean to another. The Panama Canal is a tribute to American technology and diplomacy. Although you will not disembark, your ship will enter the Canal, turn around in Gatun Lake and exit as a unique series of locks raises and lowers the ship 85 feet. The Panama Canal is the most spectacular part of your cruise. As you journey between two great oceans, three sets of giant locks will raise and lower your ship. Marvel at the dazzling scenery which surrounds you.  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Carnival~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Costa~Crystal~Cunard~European Waterways~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Oceanwide Expeditions~Princess~Radisson Seven Seas~Regal~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic~Windstar~World Explorer

Perce Rock means "pierced rock" and is so called because of the natural arch that distinguishes its eastern end. This huge rose- colored formation is 1400 feet long and 300 feet high.

Playa del Carmen is a charming Mexican port town that serves as a gateway to the land of the Maya. Visit Tulum, the massive fortress built in 564 A.D. and the largest Mayan ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Portland, Maine, is Maine's largest city, known for her stately elms, historic homes, and restored waterfront area. Lobster lovers will find this port of call their favorite. Visit Longfellow's boyhood home or shop at nearby Freeport, home of L.L. Bean and a large selection of discount and outlet stores. 

Portofino, Italy, is a charming hideaway on the Ligurian Sea that is a favorite spot of many wealthy Europeans. Once a quiet fishing village, Portofino is best known for its chic boutiques, wonderful outdoor restaurants, and beachside cliffs that are speckled with pastel-colored villas. 

Provincetown, Massachusetts, known as "P-town" has a long history for being a haven for artists and writers. Eugene O'Neill founded his legendary Provincetown Playhouse in the early 1900s. This active fishing village is where the Pilgrims are believed to have landed in 1620. 

Puerto Cortes in Honduras is the most exciting country in the world for archeological research. Copan, just a few hours away, is called the "Paris of the Ancient World," known for her Mayan art, architecture and sculpture. 

Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, nestled in a protected bay on the Gulf Nuevo, was founded by adventurous Welsh colonists in 1865. Visit the Valdez Peninsula, the only known continental breeding place for elephant seals. 

Puerto Montt, Chile & the Lake District are noted for breathtaking mountain scenery and a bracing climate. Marvel at the 8,500-foot-high Mount Osorno, view the rushing falls and turbulent rapids of Petrohue and cruise the placid waters of Lake Todos Los Santos. 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a tropical seaside resort that combines sophistication with quaint charm in one port of call. Stroll along the malecon, a palm-fringed oceanside walk around the 28- mile Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags). Bring home colorful native handicrafts such as serapes and wool blankets from the town's market. 

Punta Arenas, Chile, is a whaling town and handicraft center with the flavor of a Northern European seaport set amid gently sloping hills. As you sail through the Inside Passage to Punta Arenas, you will witness the awe-inspiring scenery of the Strait of Magellan. 


Quebec City is the only walled city in North America and is set high on top of a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. An explorer's paradise, Quebec City boasts 17th- and 18th-century buildings, cobblestoned streets, and an immense star-shaped fortress and funicular that you can ride between the upper and lower towns. 

Red Sea  Le Boat~Orient Lines~Radisson Seven Seas Cruises

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is everything you may have heard it would be! From the famous beaches, cafes, and boutiques of Ipanema and Copacabana to the cable car ascending Sugar Loaf Mountain, this "Marvelous City" will enchant you--day or night--with the rhythm of its music. 

Roatan is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands with small towns and fishing villages built along the water's edge. Explore her off-shore coral reefs inhabited by brilliantly colored fish and multicolored aquatic gardens. 

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, is the gateway port to Rome, a mere hour and a half drive away. Discover Vatican City's priceless treasures, as well as the Forum and Colosseum. Stroll down the Spanish Steps and shop on trendy Via Veneto. But before you say "arrivederci Roma," be sure to toss a coin in the Fontana di Trevi and make a wish. 

Russia  Costa~Cruise West~Crystal~Elegant Cruises~EuroCruises~Orient Lines~Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Society Expeditions~Silversea~Star Clippers

Salvador (Bahia), Brazil, presents a collage of diverse religions and cultures with its colorful markets, majestic colonial buildings, golden sand beaches, and delectable Afro-Brazilian cuisine. 

Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala is located on a small stretch of Caribbean coast virtually untouched by man. Do not miss Tikal, the largest and most impressive of all classic Mayan sites with over 500 excavated structures. 

Saguenay Fjord is the largest fjord in eastern North America, created during the last Ice Age. In some places the cliffs tower 1500 feet above the river, inviting you to watch for cavorting whales at the junction of the Saguenay and St. Lawrence Rivers. 

San Diego is blessed with an ideal climate and world renowned attractions. Two "must sees" are the San Diego Zoo with over 3,200 animals and Sea World, home of the killer whale, Shamu

San Francisco is perched on a cluster of hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But a peerless setting isn't all that San Francisco boasts. The city has so much for you to enjoy. You can ride the historic cable cars or stroll through Fisherman's Wharf. Eat in Chinatown. Or take an unforgettable ride through the "S- curves" of Lombard Street.

Scandanavia  Bergen Line~Costa~Crystal~Cunard~EuroCruises~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Lindblad Special ~Expeditions~Radisson Seven Seas~Royal Caribbean International~Royal Olympic Cruises~Seabourn~Silversea

Seward is the port where your Alaskan cruise adventure begins or concludes--a short distance from Anchorage. You'll travel along the scenic Turnagain Arm and through the unspoiled wilderness of the Kenai Peninsula to get to cosmopolitan Anchorage. Once there, you may wish to visit her symphony, ballet, or Museum of History and Art. 

Sete, France, is the charming port which leads you to Carcassone, a walled city which dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. Explore the town's boutiques and cafes. Be sure to sample "cassoulet"--a delightful combination of meats cooked with beans. It's the specialty of the city. 

Sitka is an enchanting destination with a Russian heritage. The city features a harbor studded with islands, a backdrop of mountains, and spectacular Mt. Edgecumbe, a volcano often compared to Japan's Mt. Fuji. Sitka's past is exhibited in such attractions as St. Michael's Cathedral and the Russian Blockhouse. 

Skagway came to life during the days of the great Alaskan Gold Rush. Back then, Skagway had 80 saloons and was known as "the roughest town on earth." Take a walk down Broadway, a main street so authentic it's part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park! 

Sorrento, Italy, is a vibrant resort town perched on cliffs which rise 165 feet above the sea. Take a ferry to Capri, long referred to as the "Island of Love" where you can browse the shops and sip cappuccino at one of the dozens of cafes that grace her streets. Or enjoy an excursion to Pompeii, buried under the ash and mud of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. 

South America  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Crystal~Cunard~Linblad Special Expeditions~Orient Lines~Quark Expeditions~Royal Olympic Cruises~Seabourn~Silversea~Windjammer Barefoot Cruises

South America Rivers  American Canadian Caribbean Line~Clipper Cruise Line~Quark Expeditions

South Pacific  Bora Bora Cruises~Cruise West~Crystal~Holland America Line~Le Boat~Orient Lines~Princess~Quark Expeditions~Radisson Seven Seas Cruises~Society Expeditions~Silversea~Windstar Cruises

St. Barts is an eight-mile wide island, home to a mix of French and Swedish cultures. The tiny town of Gustavia is filled with antiques, boutiques, and restaurants. 

St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and home to Fountain Valley, a world famous championship golf course. Reminders of the island's Danish past can be found in the towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted. 

St. John is home to the Virgin Islands National Park, where you may take a guided tour of her flora, fauna and history. Nearly one-third of the park is underwater and you can snorkel the spectacular trails at Trunk Bay. 

St. Johns, Antigua, boasts 365 unspoiled beaches. Visit English Harbour, a charming restoration of an 18th-century dockyard that was once home for Admiral Lord Nelson and the British navy fleet.

St. Kitts offers one of the most sensational rain forests in the Caribbean. Take a guided trip into the crater of Mt. Liamuiga and visit Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." 

St. Lucia is where you'll find the two famous pyramidal Pitons, each half a mile high, and the now-silent Soufriere volcano that you can walk into. Be sure to explore the charming capital of Castries, too. 

St. Maarten is half French and half Dutch--the best of both cultures. The Dutch capital of Philipsburg features lovely pastel-colored houses and shops, while Marigot mingles the scent of fresh-baked croissants with the sea. 

St. Thomas is a 32-square-mile island with everything a vacationer can desire. Duty-free shopping includes china, jewelry, crystal, cameras, liquor, and perfume. Be sure to visit Fort Christian and Crown House and one of the island's lovely beaches. 

Sydney, Nova Scotia, is her second largest city, located on Cape Breton Island. While the tradition is Scottish, one of the highlights of your trip is sure to be a visit to the restored French fortress at Louisbourg, where shopkeepers and locals dress, live, and produce goods in the tradition of the 18th century. Some of Eastern Canada's most beautiful parks and trails are here, too. 


Tampa is Florida's third largest city. Hints of its Spanish heritage still exist in her Latin Quarter near Ybor City, the site of the once flourishing cigar industry. Enjoy a Gulf Coast sunset or discover some of the other attractions of the region including Busch Gardens. 

Trans-Atlantic -Pacific  Costa~Crystal~Cunard~First European Cruises~Oceanwide Expeditions~Orient Lines~P&O~Quark Expeditions~Royal Olympic~Star Clippers~Windstar

Tunis, Tunisia, is the major North African gateway to the Roman and Punic ruins of Carthage. You'll be awed by ancient Roman baths, houses, cisterns, and basilicas. Be sure to tour the theatre and amphitheatre as well. True adventurers won't want to miss a trip to Sidi Bou Said, a charming seaside village set on top of the cliffs. 

United States East Coast American Cruise Lines~American Canadian Caribbean Line~Clipper Cruise Line~Le Boat~Norwegian Cruise Lines

United States Pacific Northwest Coast American West Steamboat Co.~Celebrity~Clipper Cruise Line~Cruise West

United States Rivers  American Canadian Caribbean Line~American West Steamboat Co.~St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

United States West Coast  American West Steamboat Co.~Carnival~Celebrity~Norwegian Cruise Lines

Ushuaia, Argentina & Tierra del Fuego are a naturalist's dream. The world's southernmost city offers a panorama of snowcapped mountains, teeming waterfalls, and exotic red forests. Twelve miles west, the pristine glacial landscape of Tierra del Fuego will remind you that Antarctica is only 800 miles away. 

Valdez is known as the "Switzerland of Alaska," a tribute to the splendid snow-capped mountains that surround this prosperous port. Once the gateway to the gold country, Valdez is now the southern terminus of the famous Alaskan Pipeline that carries "black gold" from the Arctic Ocean to an oil-thirsty world.

Vancouver may be either the beginning or concluding port of your Alaskan cruise adventure. Her restored Gastown district and fascinating Chinatown beg to be strolled. So does the colorful Stanley Park. But no matter what you do, be sure to stop to sample some of the delicacies from the sea. 

Victoria, British Columbia is an enchanting city of gardens by the sea, cosmopolitan yet with plenty of natural beauty. Stroll the beachfront or tour the world famous Butchart Gardens, one of the most renowned floral displays in the world. 

Valparaiso, Chile, is a charming resort nearby the capital city of Santiago where you can tour the incredible Pre-Columbian Art Museum and San Francisco Church. 

World Cruise Crystal Cruises~Cunard~Holland America Line~Princess

Zihuatenejo was once a sleepy fishing village and is now the home of countless luxurious resort hotels. Sunbathers fill find this port to be among their favorites, while shoppers can search for bargains in the local handicraft shops. 


Join our CruiseCritic Destination Boards.  You can ask specific questions and other cruisers will be happy to respond.  Aloha Cruises has a port page thats helpful, too.  Try this list of destinations linked to the cruise lines that go there.

Sun of a Beach: These Strips of Caribbean Sand are Sizzling Hot

By Heidi Sarna
August 10, 2005

Not finding a good beach in the Caribbean is sort of like saying you can't find any flavor you like at Baskin Robbins. C'mon, they're all pretty good after all. No matter where your ship calls in the Caribbean, there will be an appealing patch of sand to drop your towel.

They're not all the same, of course. Some are secluded and tucked away among picturesque cliffs, while others are wide open bustling places with loud music, wall-to-wall oiled bodies and no shortage of cheap beers and eats.

Here's a guide to a bunch of the best ones, plus the best cruise itineraries to get you where you need to go. Once in port, you can generally hop in a taxi to hit the beach, or in many cases sign up for the ships' beach excursions -- in Cozumel, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, for example -- that include roundtrip transportation and possibly a free drink or similar extra.

  • Anguilla -- A tiny hideaway in the Leeward Islands, Anguilla harbors some 33 soft white sand beaches, many tucked into coves and framed by rock formations, including Shoal Bay and Little Bay.
  • Aruba -- If your ship is landing in Aruba, you're in luck. This island just north of Venezuelan has miles of near-perfect, sugar-white sand all along the western shoreline, aptly called the Gold Coast. Top beach stops include Palm Beach (where nearby you'll find some great windsurfing).
  • Barbados -- The easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados has a Gold Coast as well, also skirting the western shores. Paynes Bay, Brandon's Beach, Paradise Beach and Brighton Beach are all good options. For something more scenic, head to Crane Beach to the south; it's all rocky bluffs and palm trees, and surfers dig the rough tides here.
  • British Virgin Islands -- Simply put, it doesn't get much better in the idyllic department than the British Virgin Islands. The biggest are Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola, but even they are actually quite small, surrounded by tiny bays, secluded coves and beaches straight out of central casting. In Virgin Gorda, most head for the Baths, where you can explore the many grottos and pools, or swim around the huge boulders scattered along the shoreline like giant beach balls. Sunbathers will appreciate the powdery sand beach. In Tortola, Cane Garden Bay beach is a header turner.
  • Grand Cayman -- Just a short taxi ride from Georgetown, where your ship's tender will drop you off, the island's Seven Mile Beach is a stretch of pristine sand and among Grand Cayman's biggest attractions.
  • Grenada -- The island's Grand Anse Beach is one of the best in the Caribbean and just a couple of miles from the cruise port of St. George's. This wide two-mile-long stretch of beautiful white sand is a peaceful place to park your towels but also offers restaurants and water sports outlets.
  • Jamaica -- Ya mon, if you decide to skip the falls and shopping malls, head for the long stretch of golden sand along Jamaica's western shores, the famed Negril Beach. The strip is prime real estate for sunbathing, watersports and people watching. A great place to be a voyeur is sitting in one of the many beachfront bars and eateries that cling to the cliff tops along the West End.
  • Les Saintes -- A favorite of those in the know, this mini French island is as sweet and charming as they come. Last time I was there, an old man in a beret was selling gruyere and baguettes from a cart by the entrance to Plage de Pompierre, a small crescent-shaped beach tucked into a cliff-encircled cove about a 15 minute walk from the dock.
  • Nevis -- Count your blessings if your ship takes you here. Among the spectacular beaches is the miles and miles of golden sand at Pinney's, all framed by coconut palms and affording panoramic views of sister-island St. Kitts off in the distance.
  • St. Barts -- You're a lucky dog if your ship calls on tiny St. Barts, the king of European chic. And for a reason -- the hilly little spot is über scenic. Great beaches include St. Jean or Grand Cul de Sac. Those seeking more solitude can head to the quieter sands of Colombier on the island's northwestern tip.
  • St. Martin -- Bifurcated St. Martin falls under the territorial controls of both France and the Netherlands, with the megaships calling on the Dutch half and the smaller craft coming into port on the French side. Of course you can always hop in a taxi to see how the other half lives. The best strips of sand here include Great Bay Beach and Cupecoy Beach (both Dutch) and Orient Beach and Long Beach on the French side.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands -- Just about every cruise ship in the Caribbean calls on St. Thomas (that's why you'll often find as many as 10 ships there at a time), while some of the smaller ones might also visit the quieter and more natural St. John. Both are in the U.S. Virgin Islands (along with St. Croix), but St. John is largely undeveloped thanks the efforts of the U.S. National Park Service. Even if your ship calls on St. Thomas, most lines offer excursions over to St. John, just a short ferry ride away. Head to Trunk Bay, one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches with its sugar white sand and coconut palms. A big draw is the marked underwater snorkeling trail with plaques describing the sea life you may spot along your way, from angelfish to sea turtles, anemones to octopi. There are many other beaches on St. John as well, including Maho and Cinnamon beaches down the road. St. Thomas has its share of sand too, including Magens Bay, Coki Beach and Morningstar, but most are over-rated and none can compete with what you'll find on St. John.

Choosing the Best Itinerary

When deciding on an itinerary, beach lovers should look for those with lots of ports to get the most beach for your buck. Some of the biggest ships may call at only three different islands, while almost all of the smallest ones will visit five or six in a week. Cruises that depart from a Caribbean island (Puerto Rico, St. Thomas or Barbados, for example), can usually include more ports of call in a weeklong cruise than ships that have to sail greater distance to get to the islands from ports farther to the north (say Florida or New York). Still, the tried and true western Caribbean route that so many big ships ply -- Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel -- does offer great beaches, you'll just have to share them with thousands of other cruise passengers.

Beach-Bound Small Ships

Seabourn (tel. 800/929-9595; High-end and refined, these genteel ships are for anyone with money, taste and a penchant for top-of-the-line food and service.

  • Seabourn Legend sails round-trip out of St. Thomas, calling on Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Barts, St. Martin and Virgin Gorda; also round-trip out Barbados, calling on St. Barts, St. Martin, Nevis, Martinque, and Bequia (Nov thru April).

SeaDream Yacht Club (tel. 800/707-4911; Small, intimate and casually elegant, these 110-passenger yachts pack the coolest toys (ski jets, mountain bikes, kayaks -- even Segways). Itineraries are seven nights, and they're all great.

  • SeaDream I sails round-trip from St. Thomas calling on Les Saintes, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Croix, Virgin Gorda & Jost van Dyke, BVIs; or St. Barts, St. John, Nevis, Saba, St. Barts and Jost Van Dyke; also between San Juan and St Thomas calling on St. Barts, Saba, St. Martin, and Virgin Gorda & Jost van Dyke, BVIs (between Oct and April).
  • SeaDream II sails some of I's itineraries, plus cruises between St. Thomas and Barbados that call on Antigua, St. Barts, St. Martin, Les Saintes, St. Lucia, Bequia, Mayreau and Grenada.

Star Clippers (tel. 800/442-0551; Beautiful and authentic, these tall ships ooze charm and offer an intimate and comfortable encounter with the Caribbean.

  • Star Clipper sails round-trip out of St. Martin doing two itineraries, one: Nevis, Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Antigua and St Barts; two: St. Barts, St. Kitts, Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, Virgin Gorda, and Anguilla (Oct to April).

Windjammer Barefoor Cruises (tel. 800/327-2601; true rum-swigging adventure, these eccentric old sailing ships are simply intoxicating if you're in search of an ultra-casual, let-your-hair-down island-hopping jaunt.

  • Mandalay sails 6-nighters round-trip out Tortola with visits to Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, Cooper Island and Peter Island (April to Sept).
  • Yankee Clipper sails 6-nighters round-trip out of Grenada year round, calling on Bequia, Mayreau, Carriacou, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and Union Island.

Windstar Cruises (tel. 800/258-7245; High tech and yachty, these four and five masted sailing ships offer a great split between adventure and comfort, the ships are cushy without being stuffy for a second.

  • Wind Spirit, round-trip out of St. Thomas, calls on St. John, St. Martin, St. Barts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. (Jan to April).
  • Wind Surf, round-trip out of Barbados, with visits to Les Saintes, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, St Barts, St. Martin and Nevis; or Tobago, Grenada, Bequia, Dominica, and Mayreau (Jan to April).

Beach-Bound Big Ships

Carnival (tel. 800/327-9501; All around good fun if Vegas and wacky décor are your thing.

  • Between November and March, the new Carnival Liberty is doing 8-night cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale calling on Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, Tortola and Nassau (Bahamas).

Celebrity (tel. 800/437-3111; The most attractive mega ships in town, these ship are gorgeous, from their eye-opening art collections to their elegant restaurants and lounges. Plus, the line excels with an ultra innovative entertainment and activities repertoire.

  • Between Jan and April of 2007, the Galaxy's 10- and 11-night cruises out of San Juan include calls to Tortola, St. Martin, St. Lucia, Barbados, Isla Margarita, Curacao and Aruba (and Dominica and St. Kitts instead of St. Martin on the 11-nighters).

Holland America (tel. 800/426-0327; This line's mid-size and mega ships offer an appealing, low-key cruise for all ages.

  • The Maasdam offers 10- and 11-night cruises round-trip out of Norfolk, Virginia this winter calling on St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Half Moon Cay, the line's awesome private island in the Bahamas (10-nighters) and also Dominica, Barbados and St. Kitts instead of Antigua and St. Martin on the 11-night routes.

Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 800/327-7030; This line's mega ships offer the most flexible dining set up at sea, eat any time, any where in casual ware in as many 10 restaurants.

  • Oct thru April the Norwegian Dawn does 10-nighters from New York, calling on St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Great Stirrup Cay, the line's private island in the Bahamas.
  • Between October/November and February, the new Norwegian Spirit will offer 10- and 11-night Caribbean cruises round-trip out of New York calling on St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica and Tortola (11 nighter) and St Martin instead of Grenada and Dominica on the 10-nighters.

Princess (tel. 800/774-6237; Big ships that manage to cast an intimate vibe and offer all of the latest dining and entertainment options.

  • Golden Princess sails round-trip out of San Juan through April on alternating itineraries that call on five islands: first, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Isla Margarita (Venezuela) and Aruba, or second, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. Between November and April, the Crown Princess also does the first itinerary, but calling on Bonaire instead of Isla Margarita.

Royal Caribbean (tel. 800/327-6700; Big and bustling, these all-around attractive ships have neat amenities like rock climbing walls, miniature golf and lots of entertainment and dining options.

  • Serenade of the Seas spends October through April doing 7-night cruises out of San Juan that call on five islands: St. Thomas, St.Maarten, Antiqua, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Where's your favorite Caribbean beach? Head to Frommer's Beach Message Boards to join the discussions with fellow Frommer's travelers.

© 1996-2011  Candy Brock