Best Cruise Destinations in 2021

Ready to start planning your next vacation? If you’re already daydreaming about next year’s cruise, consider one of these best cruise destinations in 2021!

While all of our destinations provide incredible vacation experiences, our new destinations promise something extra special for the approaching year. From up-and-coming hot spots 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.

The Greek Islands

Santorini, Greece

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 ten ports, including popular islands such as Mykonos and Santorini, and more underrated Greek islands such as Chania and Thessaloniki.

If you’re looking for a quiet escape, the island of Hydra is one of the most unique places to visit in Greece. Cars, scooters, and even bicycles are prohibited from clogging up the streets of this picturesque island full of colorful flowers and seaside restaurants.

Zakynthos, which is also known by its Italian name, Zante, is a livelier resort island featuring limestone cliffs with spectacular views of the sparkling blue water below. Swim in the Ionian Sea or enjoy fresh seafood and a glass of crisp white wine at one of the island’s many open-air tavernas.

Western Europe

Gondola ride in Venice, Italy

Discover the highlights of Western Europe on a cruise along Italy’s famous boot shape. In Venice, board a romantic gondola ride, stroll through intimate streets, and admire the city’s charming bridges.Ancient limestone caves of Sassi di Matera

Sassi di Matera in Taranto, Italy

Discover Taranto, one of our new destinations for 2021. Located in the charming Puglia region of Southern Italy, Taranto is a small city with a historic town center, stunning beaches, and the world’s largest collection of Greek terracotta artifacts in its impressive archeological museum. Visit nearby Sassi di Matera, a breathtaking collection of ancient limestone cave dwellings.

On an Italy cruise, you’ll journey to popular destinations like Naples, where you can try the city’s famous pizza or explore the ruins of Pompeii; Rome, the Eternal City full of history and culture; and Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, where art, architecture, and food abound.Scenic coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Outside of Italy, you’ll stop in seaside towns in Croatia and Montenegro, where you can dive in turquoise waters and walk around their glittering coasts. During a day in Provence, stock up on cheese and lavender. If your cruise starts or ends in Barcelona, spend a few extra days experiencing the rich culture of this captivating city.

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 Japan’s landscape. You’ll soon understand why this natural wonder is considered a sacred symbol for the Japanese.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 2021. 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 amazing cuisine.Torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

In Kyoto, spend the entire day visiting some of the 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.

Other Japanese ports you can visit in 2021 include Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where you can learn about the effects of the atomic bomb blast; 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.

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