An Idea for Your Next Cruise

August 9th, 2008 by Mariah

As the cost of vacationing increases, cruising is becoming more and more popular because of its affordability. Often overlooked though, are the cities where the cruise vacations begin and end. Many of these cities have enough history and culture that would rival many of the ports of call that major cruise lines offer. So whether you need a couple relaxing days before your cruise, or you just don’t want the party to end, here’s a list of a few of our favorites.

1. Florida - One of the most popular ports for cruises to disembark, Miami offers something for everyone. With a club scene that attracts the hottest of celebrities, there’s never a dull moment in this town.

2. Port Canaveral, Florida – This city is home of the Kennedy space center, something that can be enjoyed by all ages. Also within driving distance is Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida’s theme park headquarters. Both cities offer great deals on hotel accommodations, no matter how big your group is. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Mickey Mouse.

3. Florida Miami Area -25 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is another extremely popular port of departure for major cruise lines. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.

4. San Juan, Puerto Rico – For those who like the southern Caribbean cruise route, San Juan is the starting point for most 7+ day exotic destination cruises. One of the largest islands in the Eastern Caribbean, the landscape there encompasses mountains, underground caves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches and an incredibly massive rain forest.

5. TexasGalveston Island is Texas’ top historic destination. When you find a town that offers relaxing beaches, great seafood, tropical scenery, superb restaurants, marvelous downtown shopping, breathtaking Victorian architecture, numerous antique stores, and incredible art galleries, there is certain to be something for everyone.

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