One of the best ways to visit multiple countries or destinations in one vacation is on a cruise. All you have to do is step aboard your ship, settle into your luxuriously appointed stateroom, and unpack once.
You don’t have to worry about missing trains, hopping on multiple flights, or booking travel to and from the airport in each place you visit. On a cruise, you’re whisked away to some of the world’s most unforgettable destinations while you indulge in world-class dining, thrilling entertainment, and exciting onboard activities.
Many of the cruise destinations we sail to offer multiple ports of call. Here are some of the best multi-destination cruises around the world.
1: The Mediterranean
On a 10-day Mediterranean cruise vacation, visit some of the most celebrated cities in Europe. Experience Monaco’s world of the uber-wealthy by trying the gaming tables at the spectacular Casino de Monte Carlo, shopping at the luxe boutiques on Avenue Princess Grace, and touring the Palais du Prince, where Monaco’s royal family resides.
Awe-inspiring Renaissance glories await in Florence, as does the Leaning Tower in Pisa, and the mountain towns of Cinque Terre when your ship docks in La Spezia, Italy. Sail down the Italian coast to Rome to explore the city’s ancient wonders and live “la dolce vita” for a day.
Walk the ruins of Pompeii near Naples, then sail around the Adriatic to explore the Western Balkan cities of Kotor, Slovenia, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Koper, Slovenia, for medieval architecture, Renaissance artwork, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and spectacular coastal views of the Adriatic. Savor the romance of a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and the best regional Italian food when your cruise disembarks in Venice.
2: Northern Europe
Set sail for some of the dynamic capitals of the Old World on a Northern Europe cruise vacation that offers horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, historic churches, and the artwork of Renaissance artists in Bruges, along with delectable Belgian waffles and incredible chocolate treats.
See Amsterdam like a native by biking through the city alongside the canals. Stop at the Van Gogh Museum and get your fill of the artists’ masterpieces. In once-divided Berlin, visit famous Checkpoint Charlie and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. Stop at a beer garden for brats and beer.
Copenhagen works its charms as you relax on a boat ride along its waterways and stop for a selfie with the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid, commemorating the 1836 story by local author Hans Christian Andersen, or tour the magnificent Tivoli Gardens.
Oslo, Norway’s Viking Ship Museum transports you to another era, as does Akershus Castle. Marvel at the more than 200 sculptures at Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway’s most popular attractions.
Book a shore excursion to see the most iconic sights of Paris, the City of Light, while enjoying a gourmet lunch on a special sightseeing motor coach, or stroll the city as you please, reveling in your first sight of the Champs Elysee, the Tuileries Garden, the Left Bank of the Seine, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
3: Dubai, Suez Canal, and Greece
For an exotic multi-country cruise vacation, book a 15-day cruise from Dubai, where you’ll delight in the old world of tradition and souks (open-air markets) that coexist with modern wonders like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a Hollywood-inspired theme park.
Cruise through the Suez Canal after a port of call at Muscat, Oman, where you can tour the desert dunes on a camel or in a 4×4, and Aqaba, Jordan, a resort city on the Red Sea with opportunities for some of the world’s best snorkeling, diving, and fishing.
Sail on into the Mediterranean Sea to your port of call at Athens and stand in awe of the remnant towers of the Parthenon, visit the Acropolis Museum, and savor fresh fish, seafood, and simple and delicious traditional Greek food.
At Katakolon, see the preserved athletic and mythological monuments at Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games in 776 B. C., then head for Rome, the concluding port of your exotic cruise adventure.
4: Southern Caribbean
Begin a glorious 7-day Caribbean cruise that embarks from San Juan, Puerto Rico, cruising to Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, also known as the “ABC Islands,” with a port of call at the dual-nation islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. When docked in Basseterre, the island’s capital, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park or relax on a lava-laced black-sand beach along Pump Bay.
Cruise on to spend a day in Aruba working on your tan and swimming in sapphire blue Caribbean waters. Snorkel or dive to see the island’s coral reefs, multihued tropical fish, and sunken shipwrecks, then enjoy the French-inspired Caribbean cuisine at restaurants and bars close to the beach.
In Curaçao, swim with sweet-natured dolphins, visit Hato Caves, and stop by the Old Market for a taste of island specialties cooked in open kitchens. Bonaire is famous for diving and snorkeling, flamingos, and for having the only barefoot casino in the Caribbean.
5: Ultimate Caribbean
Book a 12-day Ultimate Caribbean cruise that calls on beautiful and varied islands. Shop ‘til you drop duty-free for everything from diamonds to dishes at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sun and swim at popular Magens Bay, climb the 99 Steps, if you dare, and sip a banana daiquiri at the top of St. Thomas’s highest point. When your cruise ship docks at St. Croix, lounge on white-sand beaches or tour former sugar cane plantations and rum distilleries.
On a port of call at St. Johns, Antigua, any one of this British Commonwealth island’s 365 golden-sand beaches is perfect for a day of sunning and swimming or snorkeling. Don’t leave without tasting local specialties like callaloo (vegetable stew).
In Barbados, experience the island’s beautiful palm tree-lined beaches, British colonial architecture, and duty-free shopping. St. Lucia’s double peaks, the Pitons, beckon for hiking and exploring, and the volcanic beaches are spectacular.
6: Boston, Maine, and Canada Cruise
See the lush summer greenery of the East Coast or the glorious colors of the fall season on a Boston, Maine, and Canada cruise that departs from Boston. Walk the Freedom Trail, stroll through Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and revel in the beauty of the Boston Public Garden, created in 1634.
Sail on to Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine to enjoy rugged coastal views, historic lighthouses, the freshest lobster, and the beauty of Acadia National Park. In St. John, New Brunswick, be amazed by the Reversing Falls Rapids, and visit St. Martins Sea Caves and Beach.
Nova Scotia ports of call at Sydney and Halifax offer incredible glimpses of maritime Canada’s natural beauty with waterfront walks, seaside farmers markets, and sidewalk cafes.
7: Pacific Northwest and San Francisco
Explore the beauty of the West Coast on a Pacific Coast cruise that sails from Vancouver, travels down to Seattle, and stops in San Francisco. Spend a few extra days in Vancouver to thoroughly enjoy its charms, like the sprawling, family-friendly Stanley Park, Granville Island, and the historic Gastown district.
Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, and the Pike Place Market are just a few of the city’s attractions. Plan to stay a few days in San Francisco to revel in the sights and sounds of the city, from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Presidio. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.
Sail from Seattle, Vancouver, or Seward on Alaska cruises to some of the most stunning destinations in the Last Frontier.
Board a catamaran and cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward. Embark on a 4×4 wilderness adventure or see Alaskan wildlife up close in Sitka. Experience the world’s largest ZipRider or spot wild bears in Icy Strait Point. In Ketchikan, fish like a local or explore the majestic Misty Fjords.
See a real dog-sled team or whales diving in the ocean in Juneau. Soar over glaciers via helicopter in Skagway. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll also cruise through the magnificent Hubbard Glacier, Inside Passage, and Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
9: China, South Korea, and Japan
Cruise to China, South Korea and Japan from Shanghai with a first port of call in Seoul. Visit the remarkable Chandeogung Palace, popular for its secret garden; pay respects at the Korean War Memorial; and see the sobering DMZ.
Overnights in Beijing leave ample time for viewing Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, then booking an excursion to the Great Wall. Be amazed and enchanted by South Korea’s Jeju Island, a tropical paradise born of a volcano that now offers swimming, scuba diving, hiking, and cave exploring.
The cities of Kyoto, Kobe, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo will captivate you with their unique charm and delicious Japanese food. See Kyoto’s beautiful shrines and temples and view the glorious, often snow-capped Mt. Fuji from a visitors center. Experience a mix of old and new in Tokyo by visiting the Imperial Palace, the towering gate of Meiji Shinto Shrine, and Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest structure at 2,080 feet.
10: Southeast Asia
Multi-country cruises in Southeast Asia sail from Singapore to Vietnam and Thailand. Tour Vietnam’s most popular cities, like Danang (Chan May), Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), and delve into the country’s Asian roots and French influences.
If you overnight in Bangkok, you’ll have plenty of time to see the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Hop on a tuk tuk (scooter) tour of Khaosan Road, and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.
During an overnight in Singapore, experience the old and new side by side in Kampong Glam and marvel at the beauty of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.
An overnight in Hanoi is the perfect opportunity to explore Vietnam’s rich culture, including the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, once the center of ancient Hanoi and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
11: Panama Canal
On a multi-destination cruise to the Panama Canal, you’ll sail from either Florida or California. Enjoy multiple days at sea and luxuriate in the amenities and activities of your ship before the long-anticipated cruise through the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal.
Explore Cartagena’s stunning Old Town and lounge on a private island in Colón. In Puntarenas, Costa Rica’s tropical forests, wide beaches, exotic birds, and native wildlife await. While in port in Puerto Quetzal, visit Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes and rich Mayan history.
It’s all about sun and fun in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s west coast resort towns. Cruise into San Diego and linger a few days to enjoy Southern California’s near-perfect climate, and revel in the mountains, desert, beach, and city activities. Tack on a couple of extra days before or after your trip to explore California’s wine regions.
12: The Galapagos Islands
Visit multiple destinations in the exotic Galapagos Islands on a 7-night itinerary to the Inner Loop, Outer Loop, Northern Loop, or Southern Loop. All Galapagos cruises embark from Baltra Island, a former U.S. military base.
Choose an Outer Loop itinerary which circumnavigates Daphne Major to see the elusive blue-footed boobies. Swim and relax on the beach alongside sea lions on Espanola. Leave addressed postcards in a barrel at Post Office Bay, Floreana Island.
Search for sea turtles, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants on Isabela Island. Observe the beauty and wildlife on Santa Cruz island. Enjoy endless opportunities for spectacular photos every day at every cruise destination.
13: Australia and New Zealand
Cruise vacations to the lands down under are a bucket-list experience for sure, and a multi-country cruise to Australia and New Zealand is one unforgettable vacation that you’ll talk about for years to come.
Sail from Sydney to the port at Hobart, Tasmania where you’ll find a lively and historic waterfront with pubs, hotels, and galleries featuring Tasmanian aboriginal art. Visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, a wildlife and nature experience, or tour Port Arthur, the site of a former penal colony. Enjoy spectacular views of Hobart and the surrounding sea from the lookouts at Mount Wellington.
You’ll be awed at the terrain and wildlife, including penguins and fur seals, while cruising through the fjords of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in New Zealand.
See steep green hills and the country’s only castle in Dunedin. Witness a possible sighting of the small, endemic Hector’s dolphin in Akaroa Harbor. Get a dose of culture in the Te Papa museum in Wellington. Hike along the Queen Charlotte track and admire misty waterfalls and spectacular coastal views in Picton.
Arrive in Sydney, Australia, ready to take in the sights of the most cosmopolitan city in the Southern Hemisphere. Head for one of the city’s beaches, tour the iconic Sydney Opera House, or book an excursion to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Enjoy a vibrant international food scene with choices from casual eateries to fine-dining restaurants.
Book Your Multi-Destination Cruise
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