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Choosing a Destination
Whether you select your cruise for the itinerary or for the ship, each port you visit should be an exciting experience. For our family, it's what we love the most about cruising. Board the ship at one port and you'll arrive at a new destination everyday.
When cruising the Caribbean, we personally enjoy boarding out of either Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Even though many East Coast ports have cruises to the Caribbean, keep in mind the Atlantic Ocean can get rough at times and the water is not nearly as tranquil when first departing. Although when cruising to Bermuda or Canada/New England, definitely head to Bayonne, New Jersey or New York City for a very easy embarkation process.
For Hawaii, Alaska or California cruises, the West Coast has some fantastic ports. They are in wonderful cities, so definitely make sure to allow at least a few days to explore these areas before boarding the ship.
Virtual Hint: Check out my East Coast Cruise Guide for quick links to each port calendar for ships departing from an East Coast port close to you. Sometimes a short road trip is much easier than traveling through airports with the family.