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The Hottest Cruise Destinations in 2016

by John Roberts | December 07, 2015

Whether you want to escape to the sun and beaches or explore wild frontiers, cruise ships can take you to nearly every region of the world. Here’s where to go next:

China: More ships are being sent to China each year, and in 2016 Norwegian Cruise Line will launch its first purpose-built ship for the Asia market.

Cuba: With an anticipated removal of the U.S. travel embargo, cruise companies are busily making plans to go to Cuba as relations improve with the island nation. American cruisers will soon savor cigars and soak up the sun and plenty of rum. Starting in April 2016, Carnival’s new Fathom cruise line will offer “voluntourism” sailings to Cuba.

Dominican Republic: Carnival has just begun sending ships to its newest port, Amber Cove on the Dominican Republic, where the newly constructed terminal is designed to serve as an entry to exploring the isle’s natural beauty.

Alaska: America’s wild frontier is growing even more popular in 2016. Princess Cruises has increased its sailings, and the line is also offering more land tours, which allow cruisers to add extra nights exploring Denali National Park or seeing interior parts of Alaska by train.

World Cruises: You’ll find more of these 100- to 180-day sailings in the coming years. Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, and Crystal Cruises, for example, all offer epic voyages for 2016, visiting more than three dozen countries and more than 50 ports. Don’t have that kind of time? You can opt to join segments of the world cruise if you can’t escape for the whole shebang.

John Roberts

John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.

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