The CDC hit the cruising industry with a No Sail Order in March 2020, which made cruising in American waters either impossible or challenging.
Lucky for you, restrictions both home and abroad look a lot different for 2021. And if you are itching to head out on your first cruise soon, you will be able to make that dream a reality this summer.
So, which unique cruise destinations have the best cruises? And what places are open to American tourists?
This guide has you covered! Read on for the top places to cruise this year, and always check the government’s website for the most up-to-date travel advice.
1. Central America
Many Central American countries are open to vaccinated American visitors or those with negative PCR tests. So, it is the perfect area to explore this year!
Carnival Vista sails from Galveston in Texas to Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and back again–all in a seven-day round trip. If visiting all those countries this summer via a Carnival cruise ship sounds like the ideal vacation to you, check it out here.
2. Greek Islands
Whether European Union countries will open their borders to American tourists in time for summer is debatable. But some top cruise destinations in the EU are already open: the gorgeous Greek Islands!
Many cruise liners, including Silversea Cruises, will sail around Greece from June onwards. On the cruises, you can explore the islands of Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete. Some itineraries even stop at Israel and Cyprus, too.
Rumor has it that cruises between the lower 48 states and Alaska will resume as early as July 2021. While some larger cruise liners have canceled their 2021 voyages, smaller companies like Alaska Dream Cruises are still running.
One of the best cruise tips in 2021 is to research smaller liners as well as larger ones.
Alaska Dream Cruises sail within the Frontier State from Sitka and are almost all round-trips. So, as long as you can fly to Sitka, you can cruise around Alaska this year!
4. The Caribbean
Many large cruise liners are cruising American tourists around the beautiful Caribbean this summer. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are two of the biggest, but there are plenty of others.
The Bahamas and St Maarten (the Dutch side of St Martin) have the fewest restrictions. So, you will find it easier to explore both of these cruise destinations this year.
But all these Caribbean locations are open to visitors this summer too:
- The British Virgin Islands
- St Lucia
- St Kitts
Norwegian Cruises are also running trips later in the summer to Jamaica. Get ready to relax and adjust your watch to island time!
Cruise Destinations for a Summer Vacation to Remember
If you love exploring the world on cruising vacations, you do not need to spend yet another summer on dry land! With this list of top cruise destinations open for American travelers, you will be able to have your pick of unique cruises.
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