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The best places in the world to cruise

The best places in the world to cruise
1. Alaska: Cruising Alaska allows you to see the glaciers tumble into the sea.

Alaska’s Glacier Bay has been named the number one cruise destination in the world by Cruise Critic.

The cruise reviews website analysed the results of all the reviews for 2018 for their third annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination awards.

Sydney was named the top port in Australia and New Zealand. The top port in the South Pacific was Mystery Island.

“Our data regularly shows that whether you’re a first-time cruiser or you’ve sailed dozens of times, destination is a top consideration when shopping for a cruise,” Cruise Critic senior executive editor Colleen McDaniel says.

“While tropical destinations will always be popular among cruisers, what’s really exciting to see is the rise in esteem of destinations more known for their immersive and experiential offerings – places like Havana, Edinburgh and Arles.

“By awarding top destinations and now the best lines that visit them, we’re even better able to connect travelers with standout experiences available in the incredible places they’re looking to explore.”

The full list of Cruise Critic first-place winners includes:

Australia and New Zealand:

Top port: Sydney

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Coral Expeditions

South Pacific:

Top port: Mystery Island

Best Large Ship Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Ponant

Asia:

Top port: Singapore

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Azamara Club Cruises

Alaska:

Top port: Glacier Bay

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: UnCruise Adventures

Top Cruise line with a private island:

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

Hawaii:

Top port: Kauai

Best Large Ship Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Eastern Mediterranean:

Top port: Dubrovnik

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Variety Cruises

Western Mediterranean:

Top port: Villefranche

Best Large Ship Line: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

British Isles and Western Europe:

Top port: Edinburgh

Best Large Ship Line: Royal Caribbean International

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

The US and Canada:

Top port: Quebec City

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Pearl Seas Cruises

Carribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda:

Top port: King’s Wharf

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Island Windjammers

Western Caribbean and Riveriera Maya:

Top port: Havana

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Southern Caribbean:

Top port: Curacao

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Island Windjammers

Mexico:

Top port: Huatulco

Best Large Ship Line: Princess Cruises

Baltics and Scandinavia:

Top port: St. Petersburg

Best Large Ship Line: Celebrity Cruises

Best Small Ship Line: Viking Ocean Cruises

Panama Canal and Central America:

Top port: Puerto Quetzal

Best Large Ship Line:Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Windstar Cruises

South America and Antartica:

Top port: Buenos Aires

Best Large Ship Line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Small Ship Line: Australis

Feel like you need to go on a cruise now? We do too.

Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of MyDiscoveries.