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Our pick of the 5 best cruise destinations

Each year millions of cruisers visit desintations across the globe. Each destination is unique in its own way and offers a glimps into the culture of its residents. Keep reading to check out our top 5 picks.


5. George Town, Grand Caymen

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

George Town is home to Seven Mile Beach, the Cayman Turtle Centre, and countless other activities that offer a fun-filled day onshore. Each time I've visited Grand Cayman, I've found something new to do. Spending a day soaking up the sun on Seven Mile Beach, touring the Turtle Centre and holding a young sea turtle, or just checking out all the tourist traps.

Each resident I've interacted with has been polite and genuinely was glad that we were there. There is a small flee market just down the street from the pier with a mixture of handmade goods and things made in China. Plus, you can find local art that they create during the day, one of my favorite souvenirs to take home.


4. Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau, Alaska, is included in many Alaskan Interaries, and this destination offers a variety of activities. Juneau is known for its whale watching, salmon bakes, breathtaking glacier views, hiking, and more. I fell in love with this Alaskan getaway during a whale-watching excursion. Sperm whales were bubble-net feeding all around our small little boat, giving us 360-degree views of picture-perfect tail fins.


3. Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay Private Cabana

Great Stirrup Cay is one of Norwegian Cruise Line's private islands and is located in the Bahamas. The island requires a tender, so, unfortunately, it is not uncommon for cruisers to miss this stop because of strong winds or large waves. But if you're lucky enough to make it onto the island, you'll find amazing views, plenty of chairs, and a plethora of activities to keep you busy if you aren't the type to lay around all day.

On my last trip to the island, we splurged and got a private villa. NCL has been working on upgrading the island to include private villas that range from studios to two-bedroom. The villas are separated from the general island, having their own lagoons, bar, and dining area. The villa experience was one of my all-time favorite experiences at a cruise destination.


2. Castaway Cay

A view of Castaway Cay from a docking Disney Dream
Castaway Cay

Disney's Castaway Cay private island is everything that you would expect from a Disney property. The island has subtle, and some not-so-subtle hints of Disney sprinkled throughout. There is plenty of room for the family to spend time together or spread out and do their own thing.

My favorite area is the adult-only beach, which includes rows of chairs and sunbeds, its own bar, and eatery. The lagoons are protected and provide a great place to relax with a drink and your loved one.


1. The Cruise Ship

Cruise ships are a destination in themselves and my absolute favorite way to vacation. No matter which island you visit, the ship will have precisely what you need to have a memorable holiday. Enjoy pool parties on deck, bingo in the lounge, dancing in the disco, movies in the theater, and more.


What's your favorite island to visit while taking a cruise? Let me know in the comments.

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