The world’s most popular cruise destinations (based on consumer reviews)

France's Avignon named the top cruise destination in the world

Glacier Bay. (Photo Credit Cruise Critic HBCcruiser) - Cruise Critic
Glacier Bay, Alaska

Online cruise guide Cruise Critic has compiled the most popular cruise destinations in the world — based entirely on consumer ratings.

Cruise Critic, an online guide for cruise travellers, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the top cruise destinations across 18 regions worldwide.

“For most travellers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” explained Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. “And for those looking for incredible cruise destinations, there’s no better way to narrow your options than by seeing which destinations are rated most highly by cruisers who have already been there, done that.”

Avignon, France - most popular cruise destinations
Avignon, France

Avignon, France

Avignon, located in France’s Provence region, was named 2019’s Most Popular Cruise Destination – receiving the highest ratings among cruise destinations across the globe. The city — a port of call on river itineraries – was also named the Best European River Cruise Destination.

Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glacier Bay in Alaska continues to be one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations, named the top-rated destination in Alaska for the fourth year in a row. For those looking to sail the Inside Passage, it’s considered one of the best locations for glacier and wildlife viewing, particularly with its famously photogenic Margerie Glacier.

King’s Wharf, Bermuda

King’s Wharf in Bermuda – named the Best Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda Cruise Destination – was also the highest-rated destination across the entire Caribbean, including islands in the Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay, Bahamas

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay in the Bahamas remains the most highly-rated cruise line private island, scooping the award for Best Cruise Line Private Island for the fourth year in a row.

McDaniel added: “While the Caribbean continues to be the most visited cruise destination each year, there are a ton more off-the-beaten-path cruise destinations worthy of consideration — everywhere from Avignon in France and Hobart in Australia, to Panama’s Fuerte Amador and Huatulco in Mexico – all given top marks from cruisers themselves.”

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