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The Most Popular Cruise Port In Each Region For 2017

If you are yet to take a look at our 2017 Cruise Ship Finder, now’s your chance. Having mapped every port that will be visited by every ship from the top cruise lines in 2017, we can now reveal the most popular destinations in each region of the world. In this case, popular refers to the number of different ships that will visit the port, giving you a great indication of the places the cruise lines have pinpointed as the most important to visit. And since the cruise lines usually listen to their customers, these ports will be high on the wish-lists of fellow cruisers too.

So, here are the most popular ports in each cruise region for 2017.

Mediterranean

Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona

This cosmopolitan city is pretty much a mainstay on all Western Mediterranean cruises. We found that almost all of the top cruise lines have at least one ship stopping here in 2017 and many include it multiple times throughout the year. The popularity of Barcelona is down to the many things. The weather is usually glorious, there is art and culture wherever you turn and the food is delicious. Plus, if you don’t want to venture into the city centre, you can simply lay on the beach until the ship is ready to depart again.

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Norwegian Epic
  • Departure: 21 May 2017 for 7 nights
  • Destination:

    7 Ports - Mediterranean

  • Itinerary:

    Barcelona - Naples - Civitavecchia - Livorno - Cannes - Palma - Barcelona

Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados Beach

Fighting off strong competition from Cozumel and St. John’s in Antigua, Barbados is the most popular port in the Caribbean. The most-loved cruise region in the world has many different islands to visit, but more ships will be stopping in Bridgetown during 2017 than any other port. As well as exploring the island, snorkelling with sea turtles and discovering Harrison’s cave, shore excursions in Barbados include a submarine adventure.

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Adventure of the Seas
  • Departure: 2 Dec 2017 for 7 nights
  • Destination:

    7 Ports - Caribbean

  • Itinerary:

    San Juan - Philipsburg - Basseterre - St John's - Castries - Bridgetown - San Juan

Northern Europe

Stavanger

Stavanger on Norwegian Fjord Cruises

Found at the southern tip of Norway, Stavanger almost acts as the gateway to the stunning Norwegian Fjords. As well as the spectacular scenery, which can be seen from on or off the ship, you can travel along the coast by train or head into the city to learn more about the Vikings. The Old Town area features quaint wooden fishing huts and a peaceful atmosphere.

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Braemar
  • Departure: 4 Aug 2018 for 8 nights
  • Destination:

    13 Ports - Norway & Fjords, Scandinavia

  • Itinerary:

    Southampton - Lysefjord - Karmsund - Eidfjord - Hardangerfjord - Maurangerfjord & Furebergfossen - Skjolden - Cruising Lustrafjord - Cruising Sognefjord - Naeroyfjord - Bergen - Stavanger - Southampton

South America

Santarem

Amazon River

Most likely visited on a cruise that takes you down the Amazon, Santarem is one of the main ports along the river. Smaller ships can navigate this inland route quite easily, giving you the chance to see sights that would normally be inaccessible on an ocean cruise. Off the ship, you can explore more of this fascinating rainforest, either on a smaller boat or on foot.

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Adonia
  • Departure: 3 Nov 2017 for 28 nights
  • Destination:

    20 Ports - Caribbean, South America

  • Itinerary:

    Barbados - Grenada - Mayreau - Guadeloupe - Antigua - St Maarten - Tortola - St Kitts - Martinique - Bequia - Barbados - Martinique - Dominica - St Lucia - Tobago - Santarem - Devil's Island - Port of Spain - Grenada - Barbados

North America

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Nova Scotia

Whilst Miami is the most popular North American departure port, it’s Halifax that earns the honour of being the most visited place in 2017. Located off the north-east coast of Canada, Halifax is a great destination for leaf peepers in the autumn. Just like in New England, the city is washed with beautiful hues of orange, yellow, red and brown during September and October. Other things to do during your time in port include wine tasting and touring the citadel – a British colonial fort which is rich in military history.

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Norwegian Gem
  • Departure: 16 Sep 2017 for 7 nights
  • Destination:

    6 Ports - Canada, North America

  • Itinerary:

    New York - Halifax - St John - Portland - Boston - New York

Middle East

Dubai

Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel

It’s no surprise that one of the most luxurious and opulent cities in the world has many cruises visiting it during 2017. Most of the top cruise lines can take you to this desert city – a place which doesn’t do things by halves. With the tallest building in the world, some fantastic shopping opportunities, shore excursions that take you on a 4x4 drive through the dunes and hotels that house entire cities, you can see why so many people want to visit.

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Nautica
  • Departure: 16 Oct 2017 for 21 nights
  • Destination:

    11 Ports - Egypt & Red Sea, Mediterranean, Middle East

  • Itinerary:

    Barcelona - Valletta - Rhodes - Limassol - Haifa - Sharm El Sheikh - Safaga - Aqaba - Salalah - Muscat - Dubai

Indian Ocean

Colombo

Colombo Sri Lanka

The capital of Sri Lanka shook of competition from Mumbai and Mauritius to be the most popular port on Indian Ocean cruises. As well as exploring the city itself - home to colonial buildings, a 100-year old clock and beautiful religious buildings – you can head off on excursions to other parts of the country. A chance to see how Ceylon tea is produced and the opportunity to visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy are well worth considering.

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Journey
  • Departure: 24 Nov 2017 for 15 nights
  • Destination:

    7 Ports - Far East, Indian Ocean

  • Itinerary:

    Dubai - Mumbai - Mormugao - Kochi (Cochin) - Colombo - Port Kelang - Singapore

South-East Asia

Singapore

Singapore

As a popular departure point and a key stop-off during world cruises, Singapore is the most popular port in South-East Asia for 2017. There are many ways to discover the culture here, including just taking a walking tour and trying some of the local food. You could choose to shop along Orchard Road, visit a temple or two, see the beautiful orchids at the botanical gardens or learn about what life was like here during the Second World War.

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Dawn Princess
  • Departure: 14 May 2017 for 12 nights
  • Destination:

    7 Ports - Far East

  • Itinerary:

    Fremantle - Benoa - Port Kelang - Penang - Langkawi - Phuket - Singapore

Far East

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Another important departure point in this part of the world, Hong Kong can facilitate cruises to Japan, China and South Korea. This vibrant city is like a melting pot of different Far Eastern cultures and is sure to be a feast for the senses. At night, the harbour area comes to life as the sparkling skyscrapers fill the sky with light. For fantastic views over this part of the city, though, you should head up to Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s most famous tourist spots.

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Voyager of the Seas
  • Departure: 27 Aug 2017 for 5 nights
  • Destination:

    4 Ports - Far East

  • Itinerary:

    Hong Kong - Chan May - Nha Trang - Hong Kong

Australia and the Pacific

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney has it all. Fantastic beaches, iconic attractions, beautiful harbourside views, great weather and lush green spaces all await in the most popular cruise port on Australia and New Zealand cruises. Not far behind, in terms of popularity, is Auckland. Showcasing New Zealand’s fantastic nature, this city also offers access to great attractions like the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton movie set.

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Sun Princess
  • Departure: 8 Oct 2017 for 11 nights
  • Destination:

    8 Ports - Australasia

  • Itinerary:

    Sydney - Hobart - Burnie - Melbourne - Adelaide - Albany - Busselton - Fremantle

If you are looking to visit any of these in-demand ports of call, our team can help you find the right itinerary at a time that suits you. We can also arrange pre and post-cruise stays so that you can enjoy more time in some of these fantastic ports. Call us today, for free, on 0808 271 6276.

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