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If you’re already busy dreaming about your next escape to sea, now is the time to start planning your 2022 cruise vacation.

While all of the beautiful places visited by Celebrity Cruises provide incredible experiences, there’s always somewhere new and exciting to try. From up-and-coming hotspots to new ports of call full of natural wonders, you’ll find a top cruise destination to visit no matter what type of getaway you’re looking for.

Here are some of the best cruise destinations to consider for 2022.

The Greek Islands

Beautiful landscape of Santorini, Greece

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Explore the endless beauty of Greece on a cruise to the Greek Islands, including two new port destinations: Hydra and Zakynthos. Our Greece cruises sail to up to 10 ports, including popular islands such as Mykonos and Santorini, and lesser explored cruise ports including Chania and Thessaloniki.

Coastline of Hydra Island, Greece

Hydra Island, Greece

If you’re looking for an island packed with character, Hydra is one of the most unique places to visit in Greece. The whole island, which has an arty, bohemian vibe, is car-free, with donkey the main mode of transport. The scenery is incredibly picturesque, with quiet bays accessed by boat and a buzzing bar and restaurant scene.

Picturesque view of Navagio Beach in Greece from the cliff

Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Greece

Zakynthos, or Zante, is a lively island ringed by tall limestone cliffs with spectacular views of the sparkling blue water below. Swim in the aquamarine Ionian Sea or enjoy fresh seafood and a glass of crisp white wine at one of the island’s many beachfront tavernas.

The Caribbean

Couple snorkeling in St Thomas

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With sunny weather year-round and endless beautiful beaches to choose from, the Caribbean is one of the top cruising destinations at any time of the year.

Sail on a Southern Caribbean cruise to the idyllic ABC islands—Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao—where white sand beaches and stunning snorkeling excursions await.

Red umbrellas and couches set up at a beach in St Maarten

Grand Anse Beach, St. Maarten

Enjoy two different cultures on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where you’ll find both Dutch and French influences in the food, architecture, and cafés. Spend the day at one of the famous beaches, Maho or Orient Beach, and try activities like jet-skiing and snorkeling.

Enjoy a more relaxed afternoon at Grand Case Beach, where you can swim in calm, turquoise waters.

Historic Mayan ruins in Costa Maya

Mayan ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

If you’re looking to explore the western Caribbean, consider a cruise to Costa Maya, an exciting destination located in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.

Explore the diverse coral reefs underwater during a snorkeling or scuba session. Discover ancient Mayan ruins in nearby archeological sites, or allow a Mayan shaman to perform a healing ritual and soothe your worries away.

Read: Things to Do in Costa Maya

Mexican Riviera

Rock formations of El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

For many, the Mexican Riviera is a highlight of the Pacific coast, and should certainly be on your list for cruise destinations to visit in 2022.

Sail to Cabo San Lucas, where there are wonderful opportunities for whale watching, and fine beaches with a backdrop of desert scenery. Venture to desert dunes on an ATV or 4×4, or take a boat tour to El Arco, where St. Lucas Bay meets the mighty ocean with dramatic rock formations and crystal clear waters.

Shops along Avenida Lopez Mateos

Ensenada, Mexico

In Ensenada, local wine tasting and vineyard tours may be high on your agenda, as this region is well known for viticulture. Catch a local exhibit or performance at the Riviera de Ensenada Cultural Center, and follow it up with some shopping for Aztec-inspired art and souvenirs on First Street.

Read: Best Things to Do in Ensenada

Iconic waterfront of Playa de Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta

Playa de Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Another fabulous cruise destination to visit in 2022 is Puerto Vallarta, one of the most glamorous ports in the Mexican Riviera. Visit the Historic Center, where you can walk alongside brightly-colored houses, shop for hand-made clothing, and stop into a local restaurant for a traditional Pozole (a meaty stew) or ceviche. Stroll the malecón, or boardwalk, to access most of the city center by foot as the waves of the Pacific break beside you.

Panama Canal

Gaton locks of Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Admire a masterpiece of engineering during a cruise to the Panama Canal. Get a front-row seat to see the incredible design that has made the Panama Canal work so efficiently for over 100 years. Marvel at the intricate lock system and see how the water flow is managed to allow massive ships to safely pass through the narrow canal.

After visiting the Miraflores Locks, head to Casco Viejo, Panama’s city’s old town and 500-year-old historic site. This is the cultural heart of the country with great restaurants serving authentic Panamanian food, bars, and Spanish colonial architecture nestled within the chunky walls. It’s a great day trip option for your Panama Canal cruise. Visit local craft stores for unusual gifts like the famous “molas” – pretty woven baskets – made by Panama’s Kuna indigenous people.

Panama city skyline with mall

Panama City

Depending on your itinerary, you’ll visit many beautiful ports throughout Central America, the Caribbean, the United States, and even Cartagena, Colombia. 2022 Panama Canal cruises sail between San Diego and Fort Lauderdale, or round trip from Fort Lauderdale.

Read: Best Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Western Europe

Lisbon, one of the best cruise destinations in the world

Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal

Discover the highlights of Western Europe on a cruise along the Mediterranean’s northern coastline and Portugal’s Atlantic ports.

Cruises call at two of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon and Porto. In Lisbon, take the tram up to Bairro Alto, a bohemian enclave at the heart of the city where you’ll find small shops, cafes, and entertainment along each cobblestone street.

Porto offers an equally charming and authentic vibe with sites like the iconic Luis I Bridge that spans the Douro river, and visits to the grand old port houses at Vila Nova da Gaia on the opposite bank.

Popular walkway of Promenade des Anglais in Nice

Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France

Cruises to France visit vibrant southern cities like Nice, where the Promenade des Anglais lines the long sweep of sandy beach. Nice is the ideal base for visits to the mountain village of Èze, Cap-d’Ail, for walks with the scent of wild herbs in the air, or glamorous Cap d’Antibes.

Historic Sagrada Familia reflecting on water

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

On a cruise to Spain, you’ll visit beautiful ports like Malaga or Alicante. Moorish and Castilian cultural legacies blend seamlessly here into local art, food, architecture, and music. Set sail to the eclectic Catalonian capital of Barcelona, where the famed works of Gaudi add artistic flair to this elegant city.

Tour La Sagrada Familia, the architect’s unfinished masterpiece, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unwind on the hipster island of Ibiza, famous for its stunning beaches, nightlife, and spiritual atmosphere.

Southern Japan

On a cruise to Japan, you’ll discover a fascinating country with a storied history, delectable cuisine, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Tokyo skyline with Mount Fuji

Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, marvel at the fascinating combination of modern design and technology with ancient architecture and tradition. While in Shimizu, see the iconic Mt. Fuji, the snow-capped mountain that dominates the landscape. You’ll soon understand why this natural wonder is considered a sacred symbol for the Japanese.

Read: Tokyo 3-Day Itinerary

Family walking down the stairs with scenic view of Kabira Bay

Kabira Bay in Ishigaki, Japan

Discover Ishigaki, one of our new port destinations in 2022. A favorite vacation escape for Tokyo residents, Ishigaki, which is sometimes called the most beautiful place in Japan, has untouched beaches, coral reefs, palm forests, and intriguing cuisine.

Torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

In Kyoto, lose yourself among 2,000 temples and shrines scattered throughout the city, or take a picture at the shining Golden Pavilion or the vermilion torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Discover some of the best food to eat in Japan.

Read: Two Days in Kyoto

Other Japanese ports you can visit in 2022 include Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where you can learn about the poignant history of each place; Okinawa, where you can explore a cultural theme park or an ancient cave; and Kochi, where you can visit a sake brewery or discover the history of the samurai.

Galapagos Islands

Tourists watching Galapagos tortoise

Galapagos

Join an expedition to the Galapagos Islands, where you can swim with sea lions, marvel at giant tortoises that can weigh over 500 pounds, smile at the antics of penguins, and discover prehistoric-looking iguanas. Many of the animals you’ll see in the Galapagos Islands are endemic to the area, meaning you can’t find them anywhere else in the world.

Celebrity Flora in Galapagos

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Another reason to cruise to the Galapagos Islands is to experience Celebrity Flora, a groundbreaking mega-yacht designed to showcase the wonders of the Galapagos and provide travelers with an intimate experience of the area.

Designed to offer endless views of the islands, Celebrity Flora brings outside elements into its stylish interiors. The ship is also carefully designed to minimize environmental impact, with state-of-the-art technology alongside the soothing, natural décor.

Read: Galapagos Cruise Loops: Which One is Best?

Alaska

Thanks to its majestic wildlife, wild terrain, and breathtaking glaciers, Alaska is arguably one of the best cruise destinations in the world.

View of Hubbard Glacier reflecting on water

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Sail through the Inside Passage and see enormous, blue-white glaciers from the deck, hot chocolate in hand. Watch blocks of ice calve off of Hubbard Glacier, creating a thunderous rumble and sending out ripples as they crash into the milky water.

Explore cities such as Skagway and Juneau, where you can try dog sledding and join whale-watching tours, and Ketchikan, where you can bike through a rainforest or admire ancient totem poles.

Discover Alaska’s interior with a cruisetour. Hike Denali National Park, float down Fairbanks’ Chena River on a sternwheeler, and board the Wilderness Express, a luxury train boasting expansive views of the landscape.

Read: Best Time to Cruise Alaska

Iceland

Clear blue waters of Blue Lagoon

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Iceland is an incredible cruise destination for nature lovers. You’ll get the chance to see cascading waterfalls, soak in famous hot springs, walk along nature trails through misty national parks, and possibly even see the magical Northern Lights.

Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, a series of naturally heated geothermal pools, just a short drive from Reykjavik. In Reykjavik, visit the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral, a uniquely designed church that is the country’s tallest. Stop into a local pub or restaurant to try a hearty Plokkfiskur fish stew, a traditional favorite made with butter, onions, and potatoes.

For a nature-filled adventure in Iceland, join a whale watching tour to spot humpbacks and orcas. After dark, keep an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights rippling across the heavens. Most of our cruise itineraries include an overnight stay in Reykjavik, allowing you to enjoy plenty of time in the Icelandic capital, and perhaps get a glimpse of this natural wonder.

Read: What to Pack for Iceland

The Great Barrier Reef

Couple snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system, lying beneath the Coral Sea along Australia’s northeast coast. Some 900 islands here are scattered across a massive area of more than 130,000 square miles. A Great Barrier Reef cruise will take you to many fabulous places including Port Douglas, where sunbathing, snorkeling, and reef diving await at beautiful Four Mile Beach.

Great Barrier Reef, one of the best cruise destinations

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

You’ll also set sail to the port of Cairns, the tropical gateway of Queensland where rainforests house immense biodiversity and beautiful beaches line the shores of the city. Explore the area’s interior forests by railway, or take a scenic cable car ride above the treetops.

Sydney skyline including Sydney Opera House

Sydney, Australia

Finish your Great Barrier Reef cruise in the dynamic city of Sydney. Treat yourself to a performance at the grand Sydney Opera House, or spend the day in the sun at Bondi Beach. Tour Darling Harbor by boat for a unique view of the city center and historic Pyrmont Bridge.

Don’t miss out on your chance to sail to one of the top cruise destinations in 2022. Explore all of our 2022 cruises on our website.

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