The Essentials

How to Pick a Cruise Ship Itinerary

Thinking of cruising to the islands of St Thomas or St Martin in the Caribbean, or to Dubrovnik in the Adriatic, or Santorini or Mykonos in Greece? Let’s not forget the inside passage to Alaska.

All of these destinations suffer from one thing in common. On many days, there are too many cruise ships in their harbors.

Before booking any cruise itinerary to these destinations, my advice is to call the port and ask how many ships would be there on the day your cruise is scheduled to arrive. If the answer is more than two ships, pick and then plan a different itinerary.