Exotic Cruise Ports in Southeast Asia, Europe Dominate List
Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Trending Destinations for 2023 includes an eclectic list of locales around the globe, from sun-splashed islands to historic cities. Some are in land-locked locales, but what might surprise travelers is just how many of these iconic towns, cities and places are reachable by cruise ship.
For many of these trending destinations, river cruises will be the best way to visit. Both Siem Reap, Cambodia (#4) and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (#11) are included as the beginning and ending ports for most river cruises along the mighty Mekong that runs between Cambodia and Vietnam.
The same holds true for Vienna, Austria (#19), Bucharest, Romania (#23) and Brussels, Belgium (#24)all of which can be visited on select European river cruises sailing the Danube River or the Rhine River.
Also reachable by cruise ship are Mauritius, Africa (#3); Fes, Morocco (#7) via shore excursion from Casablanca; Lanzarote, Canary Islands (#12); Santiago, Chile (#13); Agadir, Morocco (#21) and Copenhagen, Denmark (#25)the latter of which is a major staple of Baltic cruise itineraries.
Close to Home Cruise Ports Are Represented, Too
Not every destination on Tripadvisor’s list is far-flung. The most accessible of these may very well be Georgetown, Grand Cayman (#6)which is a staple of most Western Caribbean cruise itineraries, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, sun-drenched beaches and intimate nature.
Ditto for Juneau, Alaska (#14), the capital city of The Last Frontier and a major port of call on Alaska cruise vacations leaving out of both Vancouver, Canada and Seattle. Read up on why now is the best time to book an Alaska cruise, according to Cruise Critic’s editorial staff.
Also easily reachable by ship for many North Americans is Panama City, Panamawhich is included as a port stop on some — but not all — Panama Canal cruises.
Cuba Ranked As The Number One Trending Destination Worldwide – And Some Cruises Still Go There
Tripadvisor’s top trending destination for 2023 is Cuba (#1). While cruises from the US to Cuba have been banned once again since 2019, many international lines still call on Cuban ports like Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. These include UK lines like Fred. Olsen, Marella Cruises, and newly-formed Ambassador Cruise Line, making a cruise to Cuba an attractive proposition for non-US citizens.
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Read Tripadvisor’s full list of Trending World Destinations for 2023.