Destinations Feb 23, 2024

Top 10 most popular cruise destinations for 2024.

Not sure where to travel this year? This top 10 list is all the inspo you’ll need.

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The main question that plagues would-be travelers isn’t, “should I take a cruise?” It’s “where should I cruise?”. It’s not exactly a secret that there are hundreds upon hundreds of potential travel destinations around the world, the vast majority of which would make for an epic trip. But even if you settle on exploring a particular region, actually choosing where to go can result in a pretty severe case of decision paralysis. Well, we’re here to help. We’re narrowing down the best cruise destinations so you don’t have to – places that offer a blend of rich culture, cuisine, music, landscapes, and nightlife. And the best part? You can visit all of them on our award-winning, adult-only luxury cruises.  

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Top 10 Best cruise destinations to visit in 2024

From colorful Caribbean ports to the rugged coastlines of Australia, these are the best cruise destinations to visit in 2024.

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The Caribbean, Explore the shores

When you think of tropical destinations, you immediately think of the Caribbean. And it’s not just because of the year-round warm climate and turquoise waters, it’s because there are dozens of islands to be explored, each of which has its own unique culture and landscape. What also makes the Caribbean so attractive is its convenience. All it takes is a quick flight to PortMiami, and boom, you’re onboard a Virgin Voyages ship en route to your dream beach vacation – whether it’s a couples getaway, bachelorette party, group friends trip, or solo escape.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Southern Caribbean Islands, picturesque beaches & natural wonders

Leaving from San Juan unlocks a whole new Caribbean region, making it easier to visit the Southern Caribbean isles. After exploring the colorful port of Old San Juan, set sail to places like Tortola, Guadeloupe, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Antigua. That means combining the Caribbean’s classic pristine white sand beaches with the lush natural beauty of St. Lucia, including the majestic Piton Mountains, the friendly culture of Barbados, and the iconic rum of Guadeloupe. Spend your time hiking St. Lucia’s Pitons, enjoying the secluded Baths of Tortola, relaxing on one of Antigua’s many beaches, or wandering the local fish market in Pointe-à-Pitre.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Eastern Caribbean Islands, Tropical tranquility

The U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the most stunning ports in the Caribbean. The island of St. Croix, for example, is known for its lush mountains, rich history, pirate history, art scene, and turquoise waters, making it one of the most relaxing islands in the region. The best way to get there is on our Eastern Caribbean Islands itinerary, sailing from Miami to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, San Juan, and St. Croix, before making its final stop at Virgin Voyages’ Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas.

Bimini, Bahamas

Bimini, Bahamas, a paradise oasis

Who doesn’t love a beachside pool party? Virgin Voyages’ Beach Club at Bimini is the perfect Bahamian escape, giving Sailors the chance to relax poolside to the chill sounds of a DJ, rent a private cabana, or spend the day lounging on the beach. You can also indulge in poolside drinks and a curated menu of complimentary snacks.

But it’s not all about the beach club on Bimini. You can also explore the island more thoroughly through a range of shore excursions. Go swimming with stingrays in Honeymoon Harbor, take a jet ski tour, go on a wild dolphin safari, or stay landside and take a culture tour of the island itself.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel (Playa del Carmen), Mexico, a dreamer’s gateway

For sun-seeking travelers, Mexico is pretty much always calling. Mexico isn’t all about beaches and resorts, either. One of the most historically, geographically, and architecturally rich places in the Caribbean, Mexico has everything from lagoons and cenotes to jungles and ancient temples. 

Our 5-night Riviera Maya voyage is the perfect way to get a taste of Mexico, sailing from Miami to Cozumel (Playa del Carmen), where you can visit the ruins of Chichén Itzá, see Cenote Ik Kil explore coral reefs, and indulge in tacos and tequila. Cape off the trip by relaxing pool or beachside at Bimini Beach Club in the Bahamas.

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Europe & the Med, a glamorous region

Everyone dreams of a European cruise. The truly beautiful thing about traveling Europe is the ability to visit a multitude of diverse cultures in a relatively short span of time, and without even traveling too far geographically. One day, you could be partying it up in Ibiza, the next you could be strolling through the French countryside sipping world-class wine, and the day after that, you might be indulging in delicious Italian cuisine. Our homeport of Barcelona is also an architectural and culinary destination all its own.


Greek Isles, glittering and glamorous

You could visit Greece a hundred times and still not see everything, and that’s what makes the country so special. From the thousands of Aegean islands to the stately ancient ruins, there’s enough to do and see here that you’ll never want to leave. Stroll the picturesque streets of Santorini lined with whitewashed cycladic buildings, unearth the remnants of the Byzantine Empire in Rhodes, and revel in the hip nightlife of Mykonos. Our 7-night Greek Island Glow voyage gives you a taste of all the highlights.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, sensational seaside spots

Ibiza is one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean, not just for its famous party scene, but also for its quieter, more peaceful side. Spend your days relaxing on sandy coves, the historic old town, and soaking in the bohemian atmosphere of the markets and boutiques. At night, immerse yourself in the island’s legendary dance culture and vibe away to world-famous DJs. On our 7-night French Daze & Ibiza Nights itinerary, you’ll get the best of both of these worlds, as well as visits to Marseille, Cannes, and Mallorca.

Sydney, Australia

Australia & New Zealand

Bucket list destinations for even the most intrepid travelers, Australia and New Zealand are often daunting places to consider traveling, simply because of the time it takes to get there, and the most complex question: what do I do once I arrive? Virgin Voyages makes it easy by offering several South Pacific voyages designed to show you the best of both countries. Whether you’re whale watching along the Australian coast, seeing the wildlife in Tasmania, or hiking Tolkien-esque landscapes in New Zealand, we’ve got you covered.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia, Island of the Gods

Cruising is the perfect way to see Southeast Asia, especially the island of Bali. More than just a haven for digital nomads, Bali truly has it all – temples, rice terraces, monkey forests, watersports, traditional fire dancing, and affordable (yet delicious) cuisine. Go trekking through the jungle in Ubud, bike along the Ayung River, and visit ancient Balinese temples. You can even enjoy a traditional dinner and a show – consisting of an elaborate ritual dance – at the legendary Uluwatu Temple.

Important travel planning tips for your next vacation

Spontaneous travel is always a good thing. But spontaneous doesn’t mean unprepared. Here are some cruise travel tips to keep in mind before you embark.

  • Renew or Get your Passport - If you don’t have a valid passport, you can’t travel out of the country. Simple as that. Make sure you not only have a passport, but that it’s up to date and valid for at least six months from the date of your trip.
  • Research and Plan your Trip - Don’t go it alone. Sailor Services in on hand to help you book air, hotel, and your cruise, all in one convenience package.
  • Book Travel with Fair & Flexible Fares - Plans change. We get it. That’s why our Fair & Flexible Fares allow you to make changes anytime you want, with no penalty.
  • Pack for Relaxation and Adventure - The best part about Virgin Voyages is that we have no dress code (and no formal nights). Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, whether that's a cocktail dress or a swimsuit. On shore, you’ll want to wear whatever is practical for your Shore Thing of choice. 
  • Eat Well, Stay Well - Eating and sleeping are our two favorite things. That’s why we made sure food at our 20+ eateries, with menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs, is included with your voyage fare. We’ve also added smart technology to our cabins, like mood lighting, to ensure that your evenings in are delicious as your dinners out.
  • Check in and Stay Connected - Free WiFi means you never have to disconnect with your family and friends. And with our state of the art Virgin Voyages app, you can also easily stay connected to the crew for any needs you might have along the way.

Book your cruise destination vacation for 2024

2024 may have only just started, but it’ll be over before you know it. Take the first steps toward fulfilling those new year’s resolutions now, put all those “how to book a cruise?” questions in the rearview mirror, and get ready to actually visit our most popular destinations.

Let’s find your happy place. Plan your next cruise vacation.

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