Top Travel Destinations for 2019

Posted December 6th, 2018

What’s on your travel wish list for 2019? As travel insiders, our travel advisors have actually "been there, done that" and can offer insight, ideas, and inspiration on the top vacation adventures—connections you can't get elsewhere and recommendations that go beyond the articles and ads.

We've talked to thousands of travelers and tapped into our vast network of industry partners, vacation experts and destination specialists to learn about the most exciting places to travel in 2019.

Explore our expertly curated selection of CruiseInsider's recommended destinations for 2019 before you decide where to go next.

The Amazon

The number one reason why you need to put an Amazon River cruise at the top of your travel wish list: the region's amazing biodiversity. The world's second-longest river cuts a path across the continent of South America as it makes it way through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. More than a third of the world's animal species live in this vast river basin's rainforest and it's never been easier to explore than now on a luxury river voyage.

Aqua Expeditions' Amazon river cruises are the safest, most stylish way to explore the Amazon basin.
Aqua Expeditions' Amazon river cruises are the safest, most stylish way to explore the Amazon basin.

A cruise along the mighty Amazon River will introduce you to wildlife and culture not found anywhere else on earth, including squirrel-size tamarin monkeys, three-toed sloths, monk saki monkeys, scarlet macaws, Amazon River dolphins, Amazonian manatees, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, bull sharks, piranhas, electric eels, jaguars, and much more. And if wildlife encounters aren't enough, you'll also visit villages deep in the heart of the forest where few outsiders venture.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Aqua Expeditions' 7-night Amazon River Expedition

Bali, Indonesia

Among the more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali is still considered the most iconic and idyllic of all. With countless tropical destinations to choose from, this fascinating island is the favorite for every vacation appetite whether it's adventure, romance, escape or family fun. The unending list of stunning beaches is probably the most obvious reason to visit this tropical paradise in the Indonesian archipelago, but beyond the beaches, incredible culture and magical temples, Bali has virtually every kind of natural beauty.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Silversea's 7-night Asia Voyage from Bali to Manila

Discover the idyllic beaches and rugged beauty of Bali, Indonesia on a luxury cruise.
Discover the idyllic beaches and rugged beauty of Bali, Indonesia on a luxury cruise.
Insider TipBali’s rich and fertile soil, and also its fascinating traditional recipes, have created a very distinctive cuisine that can be enjoyed as street food or fine dining as many international chefs are drawn to Bali to expand their culinary concepts creating a very vibrant Balinese food scene.

The Azores

The Azores is one of those destinations that many people may have heard of, but very few have been. A remote collection of beautiful islands that are situated in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores is on the radar screen of adventurers and is now very easy to reach via cruise ship. Known for it's beauty along with historical and cultural charm, these gorgeous and diverse islands feature beaches, vineyards, volcanic crater lakes, world-class whale watching, hot springs, UNESCO protected landscapes, natural swimming pools, thermal springs, diving, surfing, waterfalls and more!

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Regent Seven Sea's 14-night Escape to the Azores Cruise from Miami to Lisbon

The Blue and Green Lakes of The Azores is a gem in the Atlantic.
The Blue and Green Lakes of The Azores is a gem in the Atlantic.

Germany

Germany's old-world charm and unique culture has been at the heart of Europe for centuries and more than ever before, is becoming a must-visit destination for even the savviest travelers. Germany's incredible history, amazing cuisine, friendly people, modern conveniences and one-of-a-kind architecture offer so much to see, taste, and enjoy in every region.

Germany's Rhine forms one of the most spellbinding rivers systems in Europe.
Germany's Rhine forms one of the most spellbinding rivers systems in Europe.

From Oktoberfest to Christmas markets to Carnival and the world famous castle-lined rivers, a Rhine River cruise through Germany reveals a landscape of beauty and culture. Explore the Black Forest, visit Germany’s best-preserved medieval castle and enjoy the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery as you see Germany while sailing one of Europe’s best-loved rivers.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Viking's 7-night Rhine Getaway River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

Insider TipAs the home of Bach and Beethoven, Germany boasts around 300 theatres, 130 professional orchestras and 630 art museums with internationally acclaimed collections and is ideal for travelers interested in the fine arts.

Tahiti, French Polynesia

When you see photos of paradise or think of what heaven on earth may look like, it's almost guaranteed that a picture of Tahiti comes to mind. Azure blue water, wild coastlines, ancient petroglyphs and marae (temples), and pockets of authentic Polynesian culture, the islands of Tahiti are one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth and make Tahiti one of the world's most sought-after destinations. Perfect for romance or rugged adventure, Tahiti is a bucket-list vacation and one of the best, most beautiful destinations in the South Pacific.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Paul Gauguin's 7-night Tahiti & The Society Islands Cruise roundtrip from Papeete

Tahiti is comprised of 118 islands in all strewn across millions of square miles in the South Pacific.
Tahiti is comprised of 118 islands in all strewn across millions of square miles in the South Pacific.

Anguilla (Caribbean)

Anguilla is a "hidden" island gem in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourists and far away from the standard cruise ship routes. Boasting pristine beaches, incredible island food, unspoiled beauty and some of the world's best hiking trails, Anguilla is one of the West Indies most under-the-radar places. Whispered about for years by locals and regular visitors, Anguilla is now poised to become one of the Caribbean's most talked about ports. See the scenic beaches, azure blue waters and breathtaking cliffs of Anguilla now, before the word really gets out!

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Silversea's 10-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan

Sun, sand, and sea await on the unspoiled Caribbean island gem of Anguilla.
Sun, sand, and sea await on the unspoiled Caribbean island gem of Anguilla.
Insider TipOnly about 14,000 people live on Anguilla (pronounced Anne-gwilla and rhymes with vanilla) with a rich history and culture dating back to the Arawaks, who traveled to the island from South America as far back as 3,500 years ago.

The Maldives

No two words sum up the luxury travel experience as effectively as The Maldives, an archipelago of coral islands that even the most discerning travelers would agree is unmatched in terms of elegance and exoticness. An exquisite island paradise where white sand, perfect tropical temperatures, crystal blue seas, over-water bungalows and private luxury has, in the past, been an exclusive Eden only for honeymooners or Hollywood A-listers, but 2019 is your chance to experience this Indian Ocean hot spot. An immaculately presented paradise, The Maldives is a flawless gem for travelers looking for vacation perfection.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Seabourn's 16-night Myanmar & Malaysian Marvels Cruise from Malé to Singapore

Sunset on Maldives island is a stunning site to behold.
Sunset on Maldives island is a stunning site to behold.

Vietnam & Cambodia (Southeast Asia)

The Mekong River winds its way from the Tibetan plateaus of China and through the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries before meeting the South China Sea. In terms of historic, cultural, natural and ecological richness, the Mekong has no equal. From the sagas of ancient empires, colonial powers and modern conflicts to its temples, wildlife, heritage sites and fishing villages untouched by time, nowhere are the river’s riches more apparent than in the neighboring, but distinct countries of Vietnam and Cambodia—one of CruiseInsider's must-see regions to visit in 2019.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Lindblad Expedition's 12-night Vietnam & Cambodia Along the Mekong River Cruise from Siem Reap to My Tho

A Vietnam river cruise takes you from bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to rural towns and rugged coastlines.
A Vietnam river cruise takes you from bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to rural towns and rugged coastlines.
Insider TipLindblad's riverboat Jahan is appointed in grand style, with large, gracious staterooms with private balconies and luxurious touches ship wide, and is widely considered the finest ship on the Mekong.

Ireland

From fairytale castles to lush, green countryside as far as the eye can see, Ireland offers a wide range of activities, culture and history for visitors of all ages and adventure levels. And the best way to see the Emerald Isles in style? From the sea itself! A luxury cruise through the British Isles allows you to explore and enjoy big cities like Dublin and Belfast as well as the beautiful scenery of northern waters, dramatic cliffs, epic castles, and rugged landscapes along Ireland's stunning coast.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Celebrity's 10-night Ireland & Iceland Cruise roundtrip from Dublin

County Cork's famously beautiful Black Rock Castle
County Cork's famously beautiful Black Rock Castle

Panama

So much more than its famed canal, natural and man-made wonders combine in this exotic and ecologically diverse region. The country is curvy and narrow making it the perfect physical—and cultural—land bridge between North and South America. But despite its global significance, Panama has often overlooked by tourists . . . until now. Panama's natural beauty is unsurpassed with hundreds of idyllic, deserted tropical islands scattered through warm blue seas as well as dense forests, exotic wilderness and an impressive variety of wildlife.

Insider TipOne of the greatest man-made marvels in the world, traversing the Panama Canal—a legendary feat of engineering that joins the Pacific and Caribbean in the most direct way possible—actually takes at least 20 hours by cruise ship, but is one of the highlights of every voyage calling on this Central American gem.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:

Oceania's 16-night Portraits of Panama Cruise from Miami to Los Angeles

Panama is a lush, tropical paradise just waiting to be explored in 2019.
Panama is a lush, tropical paradise just waiting to be explored in 2019.

The world is filled with too many fantastic places to count, but hopefully this list of our most highly recommended destinations will help you discover something new and exciting in 2019.

Whether you're looking for an exotic beach paradise, to explore off the beaten path, to enjoy history and culture, or want to experience adventure, 2019 is the year to see the world as an insider on an ocean, river or expedition cruise voyage.

For a complete list of the best places to go or to begin planning (and saving) on your vacation, connect with a CruiseInsider expert today by calling (877) 734-6858.


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