Cruise Clues: Home Ports Worth Exploring

  • San Diego's Cruise Terminal Is Perfectly Located at the Heart of Downtown

    Half the Fun is Docking at San Diego's Cruise Ship Terminal

    The San Diego Cruise Terminal is located directly on the picturesque Embarcadero, within steps of all downtown has to offer. Passengers can readily access San Diego's many activities from this central location. These include major attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, and the historical Gaslamp Quarter.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Seattle is a Favorite Port for Cruises to Alaska and the Northwest

    Seattle: Springboard for Northwest and Alaska Cruises

    Seattle was made for cruising. Two cruise terminals and convenient airline connections, coupled with the ambiance of a vibrant downtown and incredible scenery, contribute to its reputation as the busiest cruise port on the West Coast in passenger volume and number of ship calls. Some of the city's most popular attractions, including Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and world-class shopping, are within blocks of the cruise terminal.

    Photo courtesy of Don Wilson, Port of Seattle

  • Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades is One of the Busiest Cruise Ports in the World

    Bigger is Better in Fort Lauderdale's Cruise Port

    Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and home port for Royal Caribbean’s mega ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ships in the world. Port Everglades welcomes 42 cruise ships from 13  cruise lines offering 2,000+ cruises annually: to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Panama Canal and transatlantic. More than 3.5 million guests each year enjoy pre- and post-cruise vacations in this sun-kissed destination. 

    Photo courtesy of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Cunard's Queen Victoria, Docked at San Francisco's Embarcadero, Prepares to Depart for Hawaii and Australia

    Leave Your Heart in San Francisco - on a Cruise

    Cruise ships with destinations to dozens of exotic locations depart from San Francisco's fabled Embarcadero. A vibrant ambiance awaits cruise ship passengers as they disembark in this iconic American city. Fisherman's Wharf is steps away, as are all the attractions available along the bay, and beyond. Ride the historic cable car on Powell Street into downtown, with lots of adventure along the way.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Cruise Ship Enters Kauai's Nawiliwili Harbor

    Enjoy the Hawaiian Islands In Style and Comfort from a Cruise Ship

    There's no better way to experience all the islands of Hawaii - such as the beautiful garden isle of Kauai - than from the vantage of a cruise ship. Each island in the Hawaiian chain has its own charm and history. Cruise passengers are steps away from a unique cultural experience on each island, as they journey forth to discover the art and culture of America's 50th State.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Costa Serena Sails Past Venice's St. Mark's Square

    View Venice at a New Level

    Floating down romantic Venetian waterways in a plush gondola may be the height of romance, but viewing this magical city from the comfort of your cruise ship deck also has its rewards. Venice boasts a thriving cruise ship industry that, while controversial because of the number of visitors it brings to the city's shores, also allows tourists from all walks of life to view what many consider the most beautiful city in the world

    Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen

  • Carnival Cruises Operates Several Ships out of the Port of New Orleans

    Cruisin' Down the River

    The mighty Mississippi is one of the world's busiest waterways, and perfectly situated to serve as home port for several major cruise lines. Popular destinations on the New Orleans cruise circuit include the Caribbean, Nassau, Cozumel, and the Gulf Coast. Several companies also offer romantic and historic river cruises on the Mississippi River.

    Photo courtesy of Andrea Booher

  • Catalina Island is a Favorite Stop on Cruise Ship Itineraries

    Catalina Island: A Romantic Port of Call

    The romantic island of Catalina, off the shores of Southern California, has been a favorite cruise ship destination for decades. The Mediterranean ambiance of this historical isle makes it especially attractive to cruise ship visitors. Quaint shops, galleries, restaurants, in addition to adventure sports such as diving, snorkeling, hiking, zip lining, para sailing, and kayaking (or just lying on the beach), make it a perfect cruise destination.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Cruise Guests Enjoy a View of Boston's Skyline from the Harbor

    History & Cruising Go Hand in Hand in Boston

    Boston is rich in history, but equally as rich in cruise offerings. The city's cruise terminal is less than two miles from historic Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail.  Book a cruise north along the New England and Canadian coastlines to view fall's spectacular foliage, or seek the warmer climes south to the Caribbean or pink sand beaches of Bermuda. No matter which cruise you choose, you get a history lesson as part of the deal!

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • A Cruise Ship Sails Past Coronado, California En Route to Mexican Destinations

    Cruising Into the Sunset....the Ultimate Romantic Moment

    No sunset is quite as spectacular as one viewed from the bridge of a cruise ship, no matter where in the world you are.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona