Top Five Cruise Destinations for Teens

| September 21, 2007

Our teens tell us their top five favorite cruising regions.

When booking a cruise, one of the first things you think of is the destination. Whether it's somewhere tropical or somewhere historic, it's pretty important where you travel to on your cruise. To help you narrow down your selections, I have created a list of the Top Five Cruise Destinations for Teens.

5. The Mediterranean In Italy, there are many well-known historic cities; the most famous of these being Rome. In Rome, you'll find the Colosseum (which is over 1,900 years old); the Vatican, which is the center of the Catholic Church; Trevi fountain; tons of cafés serving delectable Italian treats, and so much more. Also, in Pisa is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, another popular tourist attraction that I thought was pretty cool. Try taking a picture so that it looks like you or a family member is holding up the Leaning Tower!

France is known for its scrumptious deserts, pastries, and bread. And you can find those in many cafés around the French Rivera. The French Rivera is also known for having great beaches and shopping; it's filled with many chic, trend-setting boutiques.

Like Italy, there are many sites of ancient ruins in Greece, especially in some of its major cities like Athens, as well as some of its many islands. Greece is also known for its turquoise water, beautiful islands, and friendly people.

4. Hawaii When people think of Hawaii, one of the first things they think of is volcanoes. On the Big Island (Hawaii) there is a national park called Volcanoes National Park. This may sound boring but it's definitely not! There are tons of steam vents, lava tubes, and craters.

Hawaii is also a terrific spot for snorkeling and spotting wildlife such as whales, dolphins, and colorful arrays of fish. Scuba diving is very popular there, as well as horseback riding, rainforest hiking, zip-lining, sea kayaking, and surfing.

If you really want to get into the Hawaiian culture, go to a luau. There's craft-making, tons of traditional Hawaiian food, and entertainment such as fire throwing, dancing, and contests.

3. Bermuda Bermuda is known for its amazing beaches. Horseshoe Bay is my personal favorite, with its clear water, fine sand, and cool rock formations. Here's an important tip: If you're going to Horseshoe Bay, get there early. The beach tends to become really crowded around lunchtime. Another great beach is Elbow Bay.

At the West end of the Island is a popular attraction, Dolphin Quest. You can swim, feed, and play with the friendly bottlenose dolphins. Another attraction in Bermuda is the Crystal Caves. You can tour the awesome caves (named after the crystal clear water that fills them) located near the main city of Hamilton. There are boardwalks for you to walk on as you explore the caves.

2. Mexico There is a lot to do on the Caribbean side of Mexico. There are tons of great places to go shopping; most of them are jewelry and leather shops. Another important tip is to make sure you bargain with the shop owners and don't pay the original price.

There are also lots of water sports at the beaches such as banana boats, jet-skis, small sailing boats, and more. Another attraction is the Mayan ruins including Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The ruins are thousands of years old and are very interesting, but keep in mind seeing them is a full day excursion.

1. The Caribbean If you're a first-time cruiser, the best place to travel on a cruise is the Caribbean. It has great beaches such as: Trunk Bay in St. John's, Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas, Halycon Cove in Antigua, Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, and many others. There are also many water sports offered on Caribbean beaches. Snorkeling or scuba diving is also the way to go while in the Caribbean.

Wherever you plan to travel to on your cruise, you're sure to have a great time. However, if one of the above-mentioned destinations sparks your interest, let your parents know when they are in the cruise selection process. The more input family members -- like us teens -- have beforehand, the happier everyone will be when it's bon voyage time!

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