The most popular cruise itineraries of 2015 went to ports of call in the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico and the Bahamas. Well-traveled areas in Europe include Greece, Turkey, the Mediterranean and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, whereas the southern area is the most sought-after part of the Caribbean for cruising. Cruises in Hawaii typically visit Maui, Kauai, Nawiliwili and Oahu.
To save multiple days at sea, many cruise lines choose to leave from Puerto Rico for a southern Caribbean itinerary. While traveling to the southern area, many cruises stop in Antigua, Barbados, Bequia, Dominica and Grenada. This itinerary tends to be for more experienced cruisers who seek exotic locales featuring untouched beaches, spice plantations and private romance. For even more southern itineraries within the Caribbean, cruise lines visit Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, known as the ABC islands, and St. Kitts, St. Lucia and Grand Turk.
Popular eastern Caribbean cruises include St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico among their itineraries, whereas western Caribbean cruises often include ports of call in the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cozumel and a cruise line's private island.
Several varied itineraries are popular through Alaska, with an Inside Passage cruise leaving from Seattle or Vancouver and traveling to Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay and Skagway. Other ports of call include College Fjord, Seward and Sitka.