7 Reasons Not to Put Off Taking a Bucket-List Cruise

by Donna Heiderstadt

7 Reasons Not to Put Off Taking a Bucket-List Cruise

by Donna Heiderstadt

If you love to cruise you likely have a bucket list, because there are just too many cool places to see on planet Earth—from the dreamy azure paradise of the South Pacific to the icebergs and intrepid wildlife of the polar regions. Here are our top reasons not to put off taking a bucket-list cruise.

If you love to cruise you likely have a bucket list, because there are just too many cool places to see on planet Earth—from the dreamy azure paradise of the South Pacific to the icebergs and intrepid wildlife of the polar regions. Here are our top reasons not to put off taking a bucket-list cruise.

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Silversea Cruises / Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises
Disney Magic
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You’re Never Too Young to Have a Bucket List

Despite its origins as a late-in-life dash to fulfill one’s dreams before kicking the bucket, having a bucket list is now a thing for travelers of every age—even young kids pleading with their parents to take them on a Disney cruise. Make it an Alaska sailing to check off two list entries at once! Other highly coveted Disney itineraries for young cruisers: Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Read more: 7 Tips for Your First Disney Cruise

Despite its origins as a late-in-life dash to fulfill one’s dreams before kicking the bucket, having a bucket list is now a thing for travelers of every age—even young kids pleading with their parents to take them on a Disney cruise. Make it an Alaska sailing to check off two list entries at once! Other highly coveted Disney itineraries for young cruisers: Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Beach on Mallorca
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You’re Never Too Young to Have a Bucket List

For twentysomethings with post-college travel dreams, cruising offers an easy way to visit Instagram-worthy islands inaccessible with that old standby, the Eurailpass. A week aboard a ship in the Mediterranean—home to Ibiza, Mallorca, Corsica and Sardinia—is a fun and social way to island-hop. Virgin Voyages’ new Valiant Lady will offer seven-night The Irresistible Med sailings from May 2022.

For twentysomethings with post-college travel dreams, cruising offers an easy way to visit Instagram-worthy islands inaccessible with that old standby, the Eurailpass. A week aboard a ship in the Mediterranean—home to Ibiza, Mallorca, Corsica and Sardinia—is a fun and social way to island-hop. Virgin Voyages’ new Valiant Lady will offer seven-night The Irresistible Med sailings from May 2022.

Guests hiking in Antarctica
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Some of the World’s Coolest Places Require Agility

If your bucket-list aspirations include remote locales that are mostly covered in ice and snow—notably Antarctica and the Arctic—and you dream of doing more than just staring at the beautiful scenery, make it a priority to get there while you’re still fit enough to explore on hiking, kayaking and other high-energy excursions, such as this one with Silversea Expeditions on South Georgia Island.

Read more: 7 Things to Know Before Booking an Antarctica Cruise

If your bucket-list aspirations include remote locales that are mostly covered in ice and snow—notably Antarctica and the Arctic—and you dream of doing more than just staring at the beautiful scenery, make it a priority to get there while you’re still fit enough to explore on hiking, kayaking and other high-energy excursions, such as this one with Silversea Expeditions on South Georgia Island.

Paul Gauguin Cruises
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Some of the World’s Coolest Places Require Agility

Even warm-weather ports, including some in French Polynesia, don’t always have cruise terminals. Rather, you’ll be “tendered” ashore in lifeboats and getting in and out can be daunting if you’re hampered by a bum knee, worn-out hip or arthritis. For optimum enjoyment, check off remote tropical islands before mobility is an issue. You can cruise Tahiti’s islands with Paul Gauguin or Windstar.

Even warm-weather ports, including some in French Polynesia, don’t always have cruise terminals. Rather, you’ll be “tendered” ashore in lifeboats and getting in and out can be daunting if you’re hampered by a bum knee, worn-out hip or arthritis. For optimum enjoyment, check off remote tropical islands before mobility is an issue. You can cruise Tahiti’s islands with Paul Gauguin or Windstar.

Galapagos tortoise
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Bucket-List Travel Creates Bonds That Last a Lifetime

Traveling with friends (or making new ones while traveling) is one of cruising’s most appealing perks. Book a bucket-list sailing—such as the 7-night Galapagos Outer Loop aboard Celebrity Flora to see blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises or Oceania’s 26-day Southeast Asia Quest to tour ancient temples in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam—and the moments you’ll share will be especially memorable.

Read more: Galapagos Cruising: 4 Things to Know

Traveling with friends (or making new ones while traveling) is one of cruising’s most appealing perks. Book a bucket-list sailing—such as the 7-night Galapagos Outer Loop aboard Celebrity Flora to see blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises or Oceania’s 26-day Southeast Asia Quest to tour ancient temples in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam—and the moments you’ll share will be especially memorable.

African savannah
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Bucket-List Travel Creates Bonds That Last a Lifetime

The ultimate bucket-list itinerary for many cruise-lovers is a world voyage: 120-plus days of circling the globe and checking off far-flung destinations, from deserts to jungles to the African savannah. Aside from crossing oceans, circling continents and visiting remote islands, you’ll gain new friends for life. Holland America Line has two Grand World Voyages in 2022 and 2023 aboard Zaandam.

The ultimate bucket-list itinerary for many cruise-lovers is a world voyage: 120-plus days of circling the globe and checking off far-flung destinations, from deserts to jungles to the African savannah. Aside from crossing oceans, circling continents and visiting remote islands, you’ll gain new friends for life. Holland America Line has two Grand World Voyages in 2022 and 2023 aboard Zaandam.

Aria Amazon
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What You Want to See May be Affected by Climate Change

Wildlife, rainforests and glaciers are all endangered by climate change. Is seeing polar bears and belugas in the wild a priority? Book a summer 2022 Spectacular Svalbard & Greenland cruise aboard the new Seabourn Venture. Prefer to experience the wonders of the Amazon? Aqua Expeditions offers Amazon River cruises combining adventures such as piranha fishing with superb regional Peruvian cuisine.

Read more: What to Expect on an Amazon River Cruise

Wildlife, rainforests and glaciers are all endangered by climate change. Is seeing polar bears and belugas in the wild a priority? Book a summer 2022 Spectacular Svalbard & Greenland cruise aboard the new Seabourn Venture. Prefer to experience the wonders of the Amazon? Aqua Expeditions offers Amazon River cruises combining adventures such as piranha fishing with superb regional Peruvian cuisine.

Seychelles
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What You Want to See May be Affected by Climate Change

One of the most surreally blue places on Earth, the Maldives, faces a growing threat from rising sea levels. Some of the 1,190 tiny islands—most no more than three feet above sea level—could disappear into the Indian Ocean later this century. Experience them (and the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Kenya) in 2023 on the 14-night Sanctuaries & Spice Routes sailing aboard Crystal Serenity.

One of the most surreally blue places on Earth, the Maldives, faces a growing threat from rising sea levels. Some of the 1,190 tiny islands—most no more than three feet above sea level—could disappear into the Indian Ocean later this century. Experience them (and the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Kenya) in 2023 on the 14-night Sanctuaries & Spice Routes sailing aboard Crystal Serenity.  

Uniworld main lounge
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Milestone Birthdays and Anniversaries Deserve a Trip of a Lifetime

Egypt ranks high on many bucket lists, so what better way to experience it than a milestone birthday cruise that makes turning 40, 50 or 60 truly extraordinary? Uniworld’s 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile River itinerary combines pre- and post-cruise tours of Cairo and the Great Pyramids with visits to Luxor, Aswan, the Temple of Karnak and more aboard River Tosca or the new S.S. Sphinx.

Read more: 10 Awesome Sights On Egypt Cruises

Egypt ranks high on many bucket lists, so what better way to experience it than a milestone birthday cruise that makes turning 40, 50 or 60 truly extraordinary? Uniworld’s 12-day Splendors of Egypt & the Nile River itinerary combines pre- and post-cruise tours of Cairo and the Great Pyramids with visits to Luxor, Aswan, the Temple of Karnak and more aboard River Tosca or the new S.S. Sphinx.

Santorini
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Milestone Birthdays and Anniversaries Deserve a Trip of a Lifetime

Is a special anniversary the reason you want to check off a place on your bucket list? If so, cruising is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience two of the world’s most romantic destinations: Greece and Italy. Norwegian Escape sails a 10-night itinerary from Rome in 2022 and calls on Florence, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Sicily, Naples and Malta.

Read more: How to Take a Greece Vacation

Is a special anniversary the reason you want to check off a place on your bucket list? If so, cruising is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience two of the world’s most romantic destinations: Greece and Italy. Norwegian Escape sails a 10-night itinerary from Rome in 2022 and calls on Florence, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Sicily, Naples and Malta.   

Madeira
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Cruising is the Easiest Way to See Really Remote Places

Mention Pitcairn, Madeira, Tristan da Cunha or Cape Verde and those who aren’t passionate or adventurous travelers might shrug. But if a remote island is on your must-see list, a cruise is a convenient way to get there. Most cruise lines offer itineraries that cross oceans and hemispheres to visit out-of-the-way places, such as this 16-night Portuguese Pursuit itinerary aboard Azamara Pursuit.

Mention Pitcairn, Madeira, Tristan da Cunha or Cape Verde and those who aren’t passionate or adventurous travelers might shrug. But if a remote island is on your must-see list, a cruise is a convenient way to get there. Most cruise lines offer itineraries that cross oceans and hemispheres to visit out-of-the-way places, such as this 16-night Portuguese Pursuit itinerary aboard Azamara Pursuit.

Hurtigruten
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Cruising is the Easiest Way to See Really Remote Places

Expedition cruising is now one of cruising’s hottest categories, and tops on the expedition bucket list for many travelers is Antarctica. Norway-based Hurtigruten has an array of itineraries there, such as the 12-night Highlights of Antarctica. If it’s an epic experience you’re after, check out the 18-night Antarctic Circle Expedition. Both are aboard Hurtigruten’s newest ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Expedition cruising is now one of cruising’s hottest categories, and tops on the expedition bucket list for many travelers is Antarctica. Norway-based Hurtigruten has an array of itineraries there, such as the 12-night Highlights of Antarctica. If it’s an epic experience you’re after, check out the 18-night Antarctic Circle Expedition. Both are aboard Hurtigruten’s newest ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Cairns
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Checking Off a Bucket List Destination Gives You Bragging Rights

Another Southern Hemisphere spot that’s on plenty of bucket lists is Australia. Cruising is a convenient way to see this large continent, especially on Holland America Line’s 35-day Australia Circumnavigation aboard Noordam, which also calls on Komodo Island. Or you can explore one of its most scenic island destinations on Princess Cruise Lines’ 7-day Tasmania sailing aboard Sapphire Princess.

Another Southern Hemisphere spot that’s on plenty of bucket lists is Australia. Cruising is a convenient way to see this large continent, especially on Holland America Line’s 35-day Australia Circumnavigation aboard Noordam, which also calls on Komodo Island. Or you can explore one of its most scenic island destinations on Princess Cruise Lines’ 7-day Tasmania sailing aboard Sapphire Princess.

Safari
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Checking Off a Bucket List Destination Gives You Bragging Rights

A safari and a cruise in one vacation? Be the envy of your friends as you visit three African countries—Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique—on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 15-night Wine, Dunes and Wildlife itinerary, roundtrip from Cape Town aboard Seven Seas Voyager. Sip local wines, climb (or photograph) Namibian sand dunes and spot wildlife on South African game reserves on this 2022 sailing.

Read more: What to Pack for a Safari

A safari and a cruise in one vacation? Be the envy of your friends as you visit three African countries—Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique—on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 15-night Wine, Dunes and Wildlife itinerary, roundtrip from Cape Town aboard Seven Seas Voyager. Sip local wines, climb (or photograph) Namibian sand dunes and spot wildlife on South African game reserves on this 2022 sailing.

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