Cruises can take you to many places in the world so it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. In this section, we breakdown the cruise destinations by region and share the best things to do in each port.
We give you ideas of the cruise excursions to book in different cruise destinations and how to explore cruise ports independently.
Visiting different places on a cruise doesn’t need to be expensive. A lot of ports can be explored on your own. We’ve done the research to help you feel confident to do it yourself.
Ocean cruises enable you to visit coastal destinations and river cruises allow you to get right to the heart of countries and destinations.
The reality is that there are very few places in the world that can’t be visited on a cruise.
We recommend that you do your research about the ports of call on your cruise itinerary to make the most of your time ashore.
There are lots of things to do in port such:
- See famous landmarks
- Go to a beach
- Sample local food and drink
- Take a scenic journey
- Visit museums
- Experience a cultural activity
- See natural beauty spots
- Try an extreme sport
- Take a guided tour
We enjoy exploring places on our own but sometimes it’s better to choose a cruise excursion, especially if the place you want to visit is a long distance from the ship. Most of the time, organising trips yourself is cheaper to do yourself but if you fear missing the cruise ship, it’s best to book with the cruise line.