Top 5 USA Cruise Destinations in America

A country so vast it encompasses virtually all imaginable landscapes, the United States extends from the shores of New England to the Florida swamps, from the tundra of Alaska to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Californian deserts. And just like that, we’ve touched upon the top 5 USA cruise destinations. Read on to learn more about all of them individually.

Top 5 USA Cruise Destinations

The USA is by far one of the world’s top cruise destinations, right up there with the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Mediterranean. That doesn’t mean, though, that the country can’t be split up in separate regions itself!

5. California

Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California, top 5 usa Cruise Destinations in America
Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California

A massively popular tourist destination, California is not a surprising cruise destination. With three major cities and ports—San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco—and many smaller ones, it’s the ideal place to start and/or end a cruise. For example, it’s the embarkation point for many cruises heading up or down the Pacific Coast, as well as world cruises.

4. Florida

Cruise ship in Key West, Florida - Best Cruise Destinations in the United States
Cruise ship in Key West, Florida

Major Florida cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa are super-popular starting points for cruises to the Caribbean. It’s the ultimate beach destination, a region characterized by swaying palm trees, gorgeous beaches and countless tropical islands. You can go for a voyage around the Florida Keys or head further south and explore places like the Bahamas, Cancun, Cuba and the Virgin Islands.

3. New England

Bass Head Lighthouse, acadia national park,Maine,top 5 usa Cruise Destinations
Bass Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park, Maine

One of the USA’s prettiest regions, New England consists of six states in the Northeast. Absolutely beautiful in summer, but at its prime in fall, the region has spectacular coasts dotted with lighthouses, lined with beaches and home to picturesque coastal cities. Start your cruise in New York City or Boston and sail up the coast toward Canada.

2. Alaska

Glacier Bay cruise ship, Alaska,top 5 usa Cruise Destinations
Glacier Bay, Alaska

For wildlife and nature cruises, very few places beat Alaska. This is unquestionably one of the best cruise destinations in the USA. Most Alaska cruises start in Seattle and head up the coast, taking in iconic places such as the Inside Passage, the Tracy Arm, Ketchikan and Juneau, and Glacier Bay. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for whales, orcas, sea otters and bald eagles.

1. Hawaii

View from the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, Oahu, Hawaii,Top 5 USA Cruise Destinations
Oahu, Hawaii from the Lanikai Pillbox Trail

The number one of all the top 5 USA cruise destinations, and arguably the best one in the world, is Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands have always invoked a sense of ultimate vacation, an image of sitting with your toes in the sand sipping a cold cocktail. You can explore this sensational volcanic archipelago on a variety of cruises. Also make sure, though, to head inland and hike up a volcano, to a waterfall or into the rain forest.

About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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