For decades, cruises have been one of the most popular ways to travel, but choosing where to cruise is not at all easy. Cruise Critic – a British cruise website – has been compiling its Cruisers Choice Destination Awards list for the third year in a row, based on visitor comments left on the site over the past year. Cruise Critic has over 350,000 reader comments, tracks over 500 cruisers, and more than 300 docks worldwide. If you are interested in the best cruises in 2018 around the world, take a look at the list below.
10 Villefranche-sur-Saône, France
According to the list of the Cruise Critic site, this beautiful maritime city on the French coast is the 10 best cruise destinations in 2018. The comments for Villefranche-sur-Saône point out that it is a romantic and historical city that evokes memories and the most relaxed city on the entire Azure coast. In addition to touring the city only, a mandatory trip to nearby Monaco is recommended.
9 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Cruises in the eastern Mediterranean offer many beautiful destinations and one of the best is certainly the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, which took 9th place on the list of most visited cruise destinations. According to comments on the Cruise Critic website, Dubrovnik is also the most popular Mediterranean port.
It boasts a rich history and cultural heritage and is known for its many cafes and beautiful beaches. Popular excursions in Dubrovnik include kayaking on the sea and visiting the coastal villages of Dalmatia.
8 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cruise Critic describes St. Petersburg as an incredibly fascinating city. Departure excursions from the port of St. Petersburg include a visit to the Grand Hermitage Museum, as well as a tour of Peterhof Palace and Ekaterinski Palace.
St. Petersburg received 410 positive and only two negative comments, which ranked it 8th on the list of the world’s best cruise destinations. St. Petersburg is also one of the most visited destinations in the Baltics and Scandinavia.
7 Avignon, France
Popular luxury cruises on the Rhone River (Avignon, France) are also among the top ten cruise destinations on the Cruise Critic site.
Described as “unusual and pleasant, with a modern spirit”, the city of Avignon offers picturesque stone buildings and beautiful boutiques. Avignon is also full of Roman history, and it also houses the famous Pope’s Palace, one of the most significant monuments of Gothic architecture and the largest Gothic castle in the world.
6 Durnstein, Austria
Located in the province of Lower Austria, a half-hour drive from Vienna, the port of Durnstein is ranked 6th on the 2018 Cruise Critical list. This beautiful river port is one of the most visited points on a cruise on the Danube, and it is also very popular and a short drive to nearby Krems, a fairytale town known for its well-preserved medieval town, as well as for producing the best grapes and quality wines. Durnstein Castle is also recommended as a must-see destination.
5 Würzburg, Germany
The fifth place on the list of the 10 best cruise destinations on the Cruise Critic site went to the city of Würzburg in Germany. Vicksburg is located on the banks of the Main, between Nuremberg and Frankfurt, and is famous for the Marienberg Fortress, the medieval bridge over the Main, and the Vicksburg Residence, a magnificent 18th-century balcony castle. In the comments of the readers, you can also read the recommendations for visiting the Christmas market in Würzburg.
4 Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, took fourth place on the list of the world’s best cruise destinations in 2018. The city is divided by the river Danube, it is characterized by cobbled streets and medieval castles with lush gardens. Cruise Critic also recommends a walk along Adras Avenue, a tour of the Parliament Building, and the Cutting Spa.
3 Quebec, Canada
According to Cruise Critic, the first choice when it comes to destinations in the USA and Canada is the city of Quebec. Quebec is also the third-best cruise destination in the world. Cruise Critic describes this city as “part of Europe in North America”. A tour of the city of Quebec, a trip to the Montmorency waterfall, and a tour of the town of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre and its famous basilica of the same name are recommended.
2 Arles, France
Elsewhere is the port of Arles in the south of France on the Rhone River. Also, Arles received the highest rating and took the first place in the category of European river ports, with a total of 74 positive reviews, and without any negative ones.
Popular things you can see in Arles include numerous monuments from the Roman era (amphitheater, Roman theater, underground Roman galleries), as well as sights from the Middle Ages. His unique natural landscape, which was often the inspiration of the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh for many of his masterpieces.
1 Glacier Bay, Alaska
Glacier Bay is a national park located on the southeast coast of Alaska, known for its fjords and glaciers of unimaginable beauty such as the Margerie Glacier. Also, Glacier Bay National Park is known for its beautiful forests where you will be able to get to know the most diverse wildlife. A special attraction for tourists is whale watching .
The Glacier Bay cruise received 509 positive reviews on the Cruise Critic, compared to just one bad review, making it the best cruise destination in the world.