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World's Must-See Cruise Ports

Yes, today's cruise ships are packed with activities that make you never want to get off the boat. But don't miss these 15 ports, where you can do everything from snorkel with stingrays to sample the local wine.

  1. "Hamilton, Bermuda! Front Street is full of shops, sidewalk sales, and festivals. It's all within walking distance of some really nice beach areas, and there's the helmet diving man. Hartley's Underwater Wonderland was amazing." —Kristen Mankosa

    (Courtesy kansasphoto/Flickr)
  2. "Naples, Italy. Easy ride to Sorrento and Pompeii or a boat ride to Capri, which is crazy beautiful." —Anna Lynn Racho

    (Courtesy joecruz/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "I love Santorini. Just sailing into that giant volcanic crater gives me goosebumps." —@Butterflydiary

    (Courtesy tamarasw/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "Villefranche [Southern France]. Easy car rental right in the port. Take the coastal drive. In one direction you have Nice and Cannes, in the other Monaco and Monte Carlo." —Terri Lundberg

    (Courtesy exfordyswife/Flickr)
  5. "Roatán, Honduras! It still has the untouched feel to the place like Grand Cayman used to be. Local markets are still available, and visitors can still go to places that are local influenced." —Lisa Ku

    (Courtesy Guanlong D/Flickr)
  6. "Unexpected surprise—Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, Canada. The long, slow glide up the channel provided an amazing view of eagles, bears, and out of the way coves, and we were treated to a Mars water bomber fire fighting demo." —Karen Blow

    (Courtesy mikesfloathouse/Flickr)
  7. "Monte Carlo [Monaco]. Very easy to have a relaxing stroll around town." —Danielle Macauley Malone

    (Courtesy HerryLawford/Flickr)
  8. "Dominica. It was untouched. The most tropical of all the ports I have been to. Beautiful waterfalls and champagne reefs. That was my paradise for eight hours." —September Vawter

    (Courtesy Shayan (USA)/Flickr)
  9. "I love Grand Cayman. Gorgeous beaches, cool activities (snorkeling with stingrays!), very clean and friendly. Love it!" —Melissa Combs Williams

    (Courtesy ajgag57/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "Hands down Zihuatanejo, [Mexico]. It was the best time we ever had in a port city. The people were amazing, and the scenery was outstanding." —Dawn Jeffery

    (Courtesy smansmith/Flickr)
  11. "Portovenere, Italy. Beautiful scenery in walking distance, great food, historic sites, friendly people, charm, ambience, and great souvenirs. Fantastic homemade pesto, olive oil, and local wine." —Gretchen Uhlman

    (Courtesy basykes/Flickr)
  12. "St. Thomas. It has beauty, shopping, and gorgeous beaches." —Catherine Kernor Skrinak

    (Courtesy skoch/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "Key West. Palm trees and a bar right on the beach, volleyball, snorkeling, electric golf carts, and the 'Southernmost point of USA' photo op. Wonderful." —Ginnie Morrow

    (Courtesy eschipul/flickr)
  14. "Galveston, Texas." —Mary-Gene Rubin

    (Courtesy millicent_bystander/Flickr)
  15. "Barcelona, Spain." —Sharon Hill Bressen

    (Courtesy Olney20866/myBudgetTravel)

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