“Aruba, Jamaica,” the song goes. “Bermuda, Bahamas.” Yup, the Caribbean rules when it comes to favorite ports of call. We recently asked our 38,000-plus fans on Facebook what port, first visited on a cruise, calls you back again. And, boy, did they let us know.
Although Kokomo (yeah, we’re humming the words to the Beach Boys classic) wasn’t mentioned — mostly since it’s now a renamed privately owned island, but Jamaica was noted — St. Thomas and St. Maarten got lots of love, too. Mexico and Central America ports got a holla, too. Kara DeStefano called out to Roatan: “It’s clean, fun, no tender, it’s not build up… and the Hurricane Hole is SUCH a good time.”
Still, there’s more to cruising than the Caribbean. Mediterranean ports weren’t without their devotees, especially Santorini, Istanbul and Venice. Rebecca Frost Chatham wants to return to Venice because her first visit was hampered by a stroller with her 2-year-old in it. Yeah, not exactly the best accessory for romance.
Alaska ports and Vancouver got a shout-out or two, though Owen Hargreaves insists Galapagos beats Alaska. Baltic ports weren’t left out in the cold, either. Hawaii, the South Pacific — Kimberly Sullivan Hale loves French Polynesia — and New Zealand got a few mentions. And little Catalina got some kudos from nearby California native Frank Perez, for whom it took a cruise to get him there.
We’ll give Kelly Bowlus the final word. Her response? “Any of them. Get me outta here.”
Since most folks seemed to be in a Caribbean mood, though, vote below for your favorite island port.
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