2018 Cruise Report: Top Destinations Every Month of the Year

Last updated on 09/09/2020

WARWICK, R.I., July 5, 2018 -- A new report from InsureMyTrip ranks the most popular cruise destinations for travelers, month by month. The Caribbean is the top choice throughout the year with the Bahamas, Alaska, Mexico, Italy, and Canada also making the list. Results are based on all travel insurance purchases sold for cruise vacations on InsureMyTrip.com between January 2015 and June 2018.

Summary:

2018 Top Cruise Destinations by Month

A new report from InsureMyTrip ranks the most popular cruise destinations for every month of the year. Results are based on all travel insurance purchases sold for cruise vacations on InsureMyTrip.com from 2015 to 2018 (thus far). Note: for the purpose of this report, United States refers to the 48 contiguous states. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are separate destinations.

  • The Caribbean islands (like Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, and Aruba) remain the top destination for cruisers anytime during the year.
  • Domestic cruises* gain popularity during October, November, and December.
  • Travel insurance customers prefer to cruise to the Bahamas during the late fall and winter.
  • April and May are the preferred months to sail through Alaska.

This list ranks the top five cruise destinations month by month:

Month #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
January Caribbean Bahamas Mexico Alaska Italy
February Caribbean Bahamas Mexico Alaska Italy
March Caribbean Bahamas Alaska Mexico Italy
April Caribbean Alaska Bahamas Italy Mexico
May Caribbean Alaska Bahamas Italy Mexico
June Caribbean Bahamas Mexico Alaska Italy
July Caribbean United States* Bahamas Italy Canada
August Caribbean Bahamas Italy Mexico Canada
September Caribbean Bahamas Mexico Italy United States
October Caribbean Mexico Bahamas United States Italy
November Caribbean Bahamas Mexico United States Italy
December Caribbean Bahamas Mexico United States Italy

*United States refers to the 48 contiguous states. Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are separate destinations in this report.

Travel Insurance for Cruises

According to InsureMyTrip, 70 percent of cruise customers choose a comprehensive travel insurance policy for trips at sea. Comprehensive travel insurance provides a variety of benefits including trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, 24/7 emergency assistance, travel delay and baggage protection.

Cruisers can also choose a comprehensive travel insurance policy that includes cruise-specific benefits. These benefits aim to address travel inconveniences most commonly experienced by cruisers, for example:

Shipboard Service Disruptions
Example: When a fire, mechanical breakdown, or virus disrupts a cruise.

Port of Call Change
Example: when a cruise line changes an itinerary prior to departure due to weather or other circumstances.

MORE: Travel insurance geared specifically for cruisers

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