Blow Hot or Cold: Choosing a Destination
The most popular cruise ship destination is the Caribbean. However, during the hurricane season which is half the year (June to December) it is not such a good idea unless you plan to reprise the role of Tom Hanks in Castaway. In that case, better bring your own volleyball.
But there are other destinations for cruise ships that work just as well. If you really want a warm place in the sun, you could consider cruises that go to the Galapagos or Hawaii, which is usually good the year-round, although the best time to go to the Galapagos is in April and May. The Mediterranean (French Riviera, Spain, Italy, Greece) is also a good bet, as well as the South Pacific (not the movie; French Polynesia). You could also try Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and other ports along the Mexican Riviera. And here’s a bit of trivia: the MS Pacific also known as the Pacific Princess as featured in the television show The Love Boat was an actual cruise ship that sailed to the Mediterranean. Sadly, it ceased operations in 2008 and was sold to a break up company in 2012.
If your idea of a great cruise ship vacation is to watch the seals and penguins play in freezing water, you could try booking a berth on a cruise ship headed for Antarctica, but it can be pricey and you are out of luck if you want to travel between April and October; there are no cruises operating there in those months. Alaska is also a cool place to go if you like to look at fjords and glaciers, and do a spot of dog-sledding. Another cold option is Norway, where the fjords are truly awe-inspiring, or perhaps the Baltic Sea where you get to see Scandinavia at its maritime best.
There are many more destinations that you can choose from. The important thing is to do your homework before you make any kind of commitment, and to do your preparations well ahead of time to ensure an enjoyable experience.