10 Destinations Cheaper to See by Cruise Than on Land

by Heidi Sarna

10 Destinations Cheaper to See by Cruise Than on Land

by Heidi Sarna

Cruising is a convenient and carefree way to travel, and it's also often a cheaper option than traveling overland and staying in hotels. This is especially true in expensive cities like Tokyo and New York City, as well as for areas where you need to fly between islands such as Hawaii. And not only do cruise fares cover getting you from point A to points B, C, and D, they also often include extras that help you immerse yourself in the destination such as lectures and live music from local musicians, plus money-savers like transfers to main sights. Here are 10 amazing places that are less expensive to see by cruise ship than land.   

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Resort in Tahiti
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1. French Polynesia

Known for its romantic resorts with private bungalows fanning out over the water, this group of gorgeous islands is a destination for honeymooners and those with fat wallets. On a cruise ship, you can savor the scenery without breaking the bank.

 

Known for its romantic resorts with private bungalows fanning out over the water, this group of gorgeous islands is a destination for honeymooners and those with fat wallets. On a cruise ship, you can savor the scenery without breaking the bank.

 

Sakura blossoms and castle in Osaka
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2. Japan

One of the world's most culturally rich countries is also one of the most expensive, with Tokyo and Osaka frequently included on lists of the priciest cities on earth. Cruises usually last 10 to 14 days and do a half circumnavigation of the island nation, roughly between Kanazawa and Osaka.

 

One of the world's most culturally rich countries is also one of the most expensive, with Tokyo and Osaka frequently included on lists of the priciest cities on earth. Cruises usually last 10 to 14 days and do a half circumnavigation of the island nation, roughly between Kanazawa and Osaka.

 

Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
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3. Hawaii

The stunning natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands is priceless — which means it will cost you to see it all. Each island has its own personality and natural wonders, but flying between, say, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, is notoriously pricey. Cruising is a more economical approach, since you get time in the major ports for one price.

 

The stunning natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands is priceless — which means it will cost you to see it all. Each island has its own personality and natural wonders, but flying between, say, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, is notoriously pricey. Cruising is a more economical approach, since you get time in the major ports for one price.

 

The Kremlin in Moscow
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4. Russia

Moscow and St. Petersburg also routinely make it onto lists of the world’s most expensive cities, so visiting by cruise is a smart option here as well. Most ships will stay in port two to three days, so you have time to see the gilded splendor of St. Petersburg, or even take an overland flight to Moscow.

 

Moscow and St. Petersburg also routinely make it onto lists of the world’s most expensive cities, so visiting by cruise is a smart option here as well. Most ships will stay in port two to three days, so you have time to see the gilded splendor of St. Petersburg, or even take an overland flight to Moscow.

 

Old Town of Stockholm
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5. Scandinavia

Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen all have great museums, restaurants, and public parks. They also have sky-high prices for just about everything, so seeing Scandinavia by cruise ship makes good (dollars) and cents.

 

Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen all have great museums, restaurants, and public parks. They also have sky-high prices for just about everything, so seeing Scandinavia by cruise ship makes good (dollars) and cents.

 

Menton, France
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6. The French Riviera

For decades the rich and famous have played here, arriving in sleek yachts and camping out in extravagant hotels. You’ll pay through the nose at restaurants, bars, and shops, especially in ritzy Cap d’Antibes, Cannes, and neighboring Monaco. Take a cruise, however, and you can soak up all that glamour for a day without going broke.

 

For decades the rich and famous have played here, arriving in sleek yachts and camping out in extravagant hotels. You’ll pay through the nose at restaurants, bars, and shops, especially in ritzy Cap d’Antibes, Cannes, and neighboring Monaco. Take a cruise, however, and you can soak up all that glamour for a day without going broke.

 

Venice's Grand Canal
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7. Italy

From the ancient cities of Rome and Venice, to exclusive spots like Positano, Portofino, and Capri that attract jet-setters from around the world, hotels in Italy cost a small fortune. Cruise the scenic Italian coast instead, getting a taste of the good life whiteout the hefty price tag.

 

From the ancient cities of Rome and Venice, to exclusive spots like Positano, Portofino, and Capri that attract jet-setters from around the world, hotels in Italy cost a small fortune. Cruise the scenic Italian coast instead, getting a taste of the good life whiteout the hefty price tag.

 

Golf course in Bermuda
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8. Bermuda

British-influenced Bermuda boasts gorgeous white- and pink-sand beaches, great golf courses, and pockets of interesting history, but hotels aren’t cheap and neither are restaurants or taxis. A weeklong round-trip cruise from New York or Boston is the most affordable way to visit.

 

British-influenced Bermuda boasts gorgeous white- and pink-sand beaches, great golf courses, and pockets of interesting history, but hotels aren’t cheap and neither are restaurants or taxis. A weeklong round-trip cruise from New York or Boston is the most affordable way to visit.

 

Ocho Rios
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9. The Caribbean

Like Hawaii, every Caribbean island has a distinct flavor, but putting together a trip that gets you to more than one on your own can really add up. A seven-night cruise can get you to up to five different islands over the course of one trip, meaning you can sample the local cuisine, see the sea life on a snorkeling trip, and wander the markets before heading back to the ship to sail off to the next tropical locale.

 

Like Hawaii, every Caribbean island has a distinct flavor, but putting together a trip that gets you to more than one on your own can really add up. A seven-night cruise can get you to up to five different islands over the course of one trip, meaning you can sample the local cuisine, see the sea life on a snorkeling trip, and wander the markets before heading back to the ship to sail off to the next tropical locale.

 

Times Square
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10. New York City

Whether it’s apartments or hotel rooms, real estate in the Big Apple costs a mint. Taxis, Broadway shows, and dining out aren't cheap, either. While lots of cruises begin or end in Manhattan or Brooklyn (leaving you little time to explore), a few sail between ports from Florida to Quebec City — visiting New York City as a port of call, which gives you a full day to be a tourist.

 

Whether it’s apartments or hotel rooms, real estate in the Big Apple costs a mint. Taxis, Broadway shows, and dining out aren't cheap, either. While lots of cruises begin or end in Manhattan or Brooklyn (leaving you little time to explore), a few sail between ports from Florida to Quebec City — visiting New York City as a port of call, which gives you a full day to be a tourist.

 

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