5 Must-See Destinations to Visit

These places are all true essentials for travelers, and you can cruise to every one of them.
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Falmouth is your entry point to the tropical wonders of Jamaica.

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There is always room to add more must-see places and experiences to your list. And we have just the destinations for you—five to be exact. One of the best things about all these locales is how accessible they are because you can find a Royal Caribbean cruise that will take you to any one of them. Some of the destinations offer rich cultural experiences, history and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while others feature miles of natural beauty, sweeping vistas and adventures for everyone—even the tallest waterslide in North America on a private island destination in The Bahamas.

Ready to see the world? Here are the five places that are sure to land on your vacation list:

Perfect Day at CocoCay’s Thrill Waterpark has 13 slides, including the 135-foot Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas

When you want incredible thrills and ways to chill, you can have it all at our private island destination just for Royal Caribbean guests. And it’s easy to plan a perfect day your way when you have everything within reach. Whether it’s relaxing at one of the first floating cabanas in The Bahamas at Coco Beach Club, hitting the tallest waterslide in North America at Thrill Waterpark or flying as high up as 450 feet on Up, Up & Away, the helium air balloon ride, this island oasis has something for people of all ages.

Find your way to Perfect Day at CocoCay on one of the many Bahamas and Caribbean cruises you can choose from.


Exploring Alaska’s interior by seaplane gives an entirely different perspective of the mountainous and vast landscape.

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Ketchikan, Alaska

The Last Frontier should make your list for many reasons. Perhaps most of all is the perfect mix of adventures by land and sea matched with its unparalleled beauty and unrivaled nature. Ketchikan teems with wildlife and exhilarating ways to see it, such as traveling to a secluded section of Tongass National Forest by floatplane to watch black bears pluck salmon from a rushing stream.

The beauty of Alaska surrounds you on board, too. No matter which ship you choose, you can see majestic sights that include the Misty Fjords, Tracy Arm Fjord, Hubbard Glacier and the Inside Passage, all of which offer incredible rugged coastline views and possible whale sightings.

Check out cruises to see the glaciers and wildlife of Alaska here.


Chichen Itza is a glimpse into Mexico’s rich cultural heritage and its Maya influences.

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Cozumel, Mexico

Beyond jaw-dropping shorelines, Mexico is known for its historic locations, most notably the extensive Maya ruins. From Cozumel, one of the most picturesque Caribbean ports, you can explore Tulum and its ancient sites or snorkel in the waters of an underground cave the Maya once used to honor their rain god.

Close by, there’s Costa Maya, Mexico that offers world-class beach spots and activities like kayaking, catamaran cruises and plenty of snorkeling. Deep in the jungle, you can also find quiet temples in the ancient city of Chacchoben, which date back to 700 A.D.

Explore cruises heading to these ancient Maya sites here.


Seeking nature and the sun? Grand Bahama Island offers diverse options to spot flora and fauna.

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Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas

At Grand Bahama Island, you can take in the serene beauty of its beaches, opt for unparalleled diving off the coast and immerse yourself in Bahamian culture and hospitality.

Freeport on Grand Bahama Island is also made for nature lovers. Kayak through Lucayan National Park to explore one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world, verdant pine forests, mangroves creeks and coral reefs. Or grab a pair of binoculars and head to the Rand Nature Center, a birding hotspot, especially when migrating songbirds join the local population from October to May.

Don’t miss out on this island’s Bahamian adventures.


Don’t miss Jamaica’s tasty staple—jerk chicken


Falmouth, Jamaica

For travelers whose vacations require food tours, trips to local markets and new flavors (because why not?), Jamaica is a paradise. The local cuisine mixes the flavors of the island with African and European culinary influences to create tastes that are sometimes spicy, and always delicious, including coffee and cappuccinos made from coffee beans from the Blue Mountains and local delicacies like jerk chicken, meat patties, and ackee and saltfish.

Chart your course to Jamaica by sailing on any of these cruises.


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