5 Places to visit for my cruise bucket list

I’ve been thinking about my cruise bucket list.  There are so many places that I want to see while I can.  And I want new experiences instead of going to the same ports time after time.  So, below I’ve listed the future places that I want to see on a cruise.

Number one: Europe

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This will be a tough one, but I’ve always wanted to visit Europe.  A transatlantic cruise to Europe is normally at least a fourteen day one way cruise, so getting the time off won’t be easy.  Plus, we’d have to fly home to the US, so that will bring the costs up.  But I’m still putting it on my bucket list because my dream has been to go to Europe for a long time.  And prices for the cruise itself are not bad.

My number one cruise to Europe would be England and the United Kingdom.  But there are so many different destinations to visit on a cruise to Europe.  Italy would probably be my second choice, with Rome being the main place I’d like to see, with Venice a close second. But France and Spain are on my list also.  Looks like I’m going to need to win the lottery to go everywhere that I want to go.  Or maybe seeing the Northern Lights with their glow. 

Number two: Alaska

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I’m still not sure about Alaska, it’s so cold.   But, it’s also so beautiful.  I can’t imagine standing on the deck of the ship, with coat on, of course, and watching a polar bear on a glacier.   And I’ve always wanted to see a whale, I can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to be watching them play.

And then I’d love to stop in Scagway and check out the town.  Maybe I’d ride a dogsled like the old timers did and then pan for gold.  Then I’d definitely want to take the train across Canada and see the beautiful landscapes of Alaska and Canada.

Alaskan cruises aren’t really that expensive, but since we live on the Atlantic side of the country, the air fare would be harder.

Number three: Panama Canal

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I would love to sail all the way through the Panama Canal from one side to the other.  Just because it’s there.  I’m thinking that just to cruise through the canal would be exciting, but there are also port stops along the way.  I would love to stop in Costa Rica and hike through the rainforest.  The rainforest wildlife has to be beautiful there.   And the Carnival 13 day cruise stops in Cartagena, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, and Cabo San Lucas, before ending its journey in Los Angeles.  What a trip that would be.  I would definitely explore the Mayan ruins in Puerto Quetzal.  Cabo San Lucas has a camel & Mexican Outback adventure that sounds like lots of fun. 

Number four: Barbados

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The biggest reason that we want to cruise to Barbados is that my husband’s ancestor, way back in 1646, was transported from England to Barbados and helped settle the area.  He owned a plantation and is mentioned in the Barbados history books.  I’d really love to go there and try and find the plantation.  Barbados is a beautiful green tropical country.  I’d love to explore a sugar plantation to see what life was like in the olden days.  And I’d love to explore the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see animals in their natural habitats.  I love monkeys and have yet to see one in the wild in any of the tropical countries I’ve been to. 

Number five: Galapagos Islands

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I think that it would be so cool to visit the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.  I love to see animals in their native habitat, and what better place than in the Galapagos Islands?  I’d love to get up close and personal to sea lions and giant tortoises, although you are not allowed to touch or feed the animals.   Cruise ships to the Galapagos Islands are very small, usually less than 100 people on board.  A passport is needed, and there is a $100 fee to get entry to the Galapagos National Park. 

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