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Where the World Wants to Cruise: A fascinating map shows that the Caribbean is the world’s most popular destination for a ship cruise (but NOT for Americans…)

A fascinating, reworked world map reveals each country’s most popular cruise destination – and the Caribbean is the world’s favorite place to travel on a ship.

The map is color-coded to indicate each country’s favorite trip, and the country names are supplemented with the names of the places residents most want to sail to. The results were generated by analyzing the cruise itineraries people searched for most on Google between March 2023 and April 2024, based on a master list of 100 popular cruise destinations.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination, with a total of 2.8 million searches, and tops the wish lists of 44 different countries around the world, including the UK, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden.

The Mediterranean is the second most sought-after destination, with 2.1 million searches in the last twelve months. Spain, France and Croatia are among the countries that most search for this destination.

An Alaska cruise ranks third with 1.8 million searches and is the most popular cruise choice for US and Canadian residents.

The map above shows countries color-coded to indicate their residents' favorite cruise destination.  The results are generated by analyzing the cruise itineraries people search for most on Google

The map above shows countries color-coded to indicate their residents’ favorite cruise destinations. The results were generated by analyzing the cruise routes people search for the most on Google.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination of the year, with 2.8 million total searches. It tops the wish lists of 44 countries worldwide, including the UK, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination of the year, with a total of 2.8 million searches. It tops the wish lists of 44 countries around the world, including Britain, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden

A cruise along the River Nile comes in fourth place (one million searches), with Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic among the countries looking to explore Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs using a ship as their headquarters.

The fifth most searched for cruise destination, according to the research conducted by cruise travel insurance specialists Everything clearis Antarctica. The icy place has a total of 969,670 searches and tops Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.

In sixth place is a cruise on the Seine (695,040 searches), the most popular search among people in Ireland, Vietnam and India.

The Caribbean dominates South America, while an Alaska cruise tops Canada and the US

The Caribbean dominates South America, while a cruise to Alaska tops Canada and the US

In both Australia and New Zealand, the most popular cruise route is Antarctica. While China opts for the Mediterranean and India, a river cruise on the Seine

In both Australia and New Zealand, the most popular cruise route is Antarctica. While China opts for the Mediterranean and India, a river cruise on the Seine

Cruising the Norwegian fjords ranks seventh with 674,230 searches, and a river cruise on the Danube – top in Romania and Slovakia – ranks eighth with 548,840 searches.

The rest of the top ten consists of a Mississippi River Cruise (462,580 searches) and a Hawaiian Cruise (454,670 searches).

But not all countries can determine their dream destination. This also applies to the Japanese. For them, cruises ‘around the world’ (11th, 424,920 searches) are the most interesting.

Letitia Smith, Head of Communications at AllClear, said: ‘It’s fascinating to see how many travellers are eager to embark on unforgettable journeys around the world’s oceans, seas and rivers.

‘From the beautiful islands of Greece to the chilly Antarctica, it’s been fantastic to see the growth in interest in cruise holidays around the world in recent years.

‘Cruising offers a unique alternative to your usual land-based trips, with a completely different set of things that travelers need to consider and be aware of. For example, always consider your cruise-specific travel insurance rather than general travel insurance when purchasing a policy in advance of your sailing adventure.

‘Unlike standard travel insurance, cruise insurance includes essential cover specific to your cruise holiday, including onboard medical emergencies, cruise interruptions and cancellations, cabin confinement and even missed port departures.’

For more information about the research and the most popular cruise destinations in each country, visit: www.allcleartravel.co.uk/blog/where-the-world-wants-cruiseen/.

THE MOST WANTED CRUISE DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD FOR 2024

1. Caribbean Cruise – 2,824,180 (number of searches between April 2023 and March 2024)

2. Mediterranean Cruise – 2,146,670

3. Alaska Cruise – 1,804,940

4. Nile Cruise – 1,025,830

5. Antarctica Cruise – 969,670

6. River Cruise on the Seine – 695,040

7. Norwegian Fjords Cruise – 674,230

8. Danube River Cruise – 548,840

9. Mississippi River Cruise – 462,580

10. Hawaii Cruise – 454, 670

11. Cruises around the world – 424,920

12. Rhine Cruise – 416,320

13. Cruise to the Greek Islands – 409,470

14. River Cruise on the Douro – 363,030

15. Panama Canal Cruise – 342,420

Source: Everything clear

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