Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam taking in the wondrous sights of Alaska's Hubbard Glacier
Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam taking in the wondrous sights of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

1. Alaska, a favourite among first time cruisers with “wow” sights on every front from snow-capped peaks to calving glaciers and diverse wildlife from whales to bears and soaring eagles.

2. Mediterranean, for those set to explore the rich history and cultures of Spain, France, and Italy from the sea. Europe’s rivers are preferred by those seeking a cruise experience while avoiding crowded mega ships.

3. Baltic, for Norwegian fjords, cool Swedish and Finnish design, and Russia’s imperial city of St Petersburg.

4. Galapagos, islands renowned for close encounters with rare creatures from blue-footed boobies to giant marine iguana and giant tortoise, as well as a wealth of cool marine life.

5. Tahiti, sun-kissed islands rated among the world’s most romantic with lush tropical landscapes, sweetly perfumed air, and underwater delights. Caribbean islands are a similar paradise on cruise ship itineraries.

6. Panama, for the gateway canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. 

7. South America, soaring landscapes and Inca ruins on the west coast with lively Latin cities such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro along the east coast.

8. Greek islands, postcard perfect beauties with dazzling white buildings, Greco-Roman ruins, traditional villages, and coastal towns where life is one long party, amid cobalt blue seas.

9. Antarctica, cruisers return from this icy continent and say nothing matches the breath-taking landscape, monster icebergs and colonies of king penguins.

10. Asia, including Australasia, has climbed into the list as international cruise lines continue to relocate ships to the region.

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