We love that cruises are heading to exotic locales. But, we also understand some travelers may harbor hesitation when it comes to traveling certain destinations. If you want to cruise, but are erring on the side of caution, these are the safest cruise destinations around the globe. Remember always be aware of your surroundings, regardless of where you are traveling, and check government websites for the latest travel updates.

Pacific Northwest

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From Washington’s dramatic coastline to the lively metropolis of Vancouver, the Pacific Northwest offers some of the world’s most magnificent scenery and adventurous excursions. Whether you’re marveling at the natural beauty of the Puget Sound or getting a bird’s eye view of Vancouver via seaplane, the Pacific Northwest is all about nature’s beauty.

St. Bart’s

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The crème de la crème of the Caribbean when it comes to an upscale, island getaways, St. Bart’s draws an A-list crowd looking for a quiet reprieve. Celebs have been flocking to the destination for years. And, with for some of the world’s most pristine beaches and Rodeo Drive style shopping, it’s easy to see why.  The small, quaint feel makes St. Bart’s a hidden gem in the French West Indies.

New Zealand

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Ahhhh Auckland, New Zealand. Where the local greeting is ‘Kia Ora,’ meaning “Stay Well”. With its distinct beauty, spectacular wildlife, and gourmet goodness, New Zealand has so much to offer in addition to safety.

Turks & Caicos

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With little rain, perfect 80-degree year-round weather, and idyllic waters, the Turks & Caicos are one of our top picks for safe and fabulous cruise destinations. The British Overseas Territory of the Bahamas consists of an archipelago of more than 40 islands, including the famed Grace Bay Beach.

Anguilla

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Another tropical paradise and British Overseas Territory, Anguilla is a hot spot for celebs and luxury travel enthusiasts. Anguilla’s low crime rates consistently make it one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for adventure, family fun, a romantic escape or relaxing spa retreat, Anguilla has it all.

Australia

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From snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef to cuddling Koalas; from sampling botanical infused gin to tasting gastronomical delights, Australia offers a host of exciting options.

Iceland

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Unlock the mysteries of the far north and uncover some of the earth’s most remote and peaceful locations. Beautiful fjords and acres upon acres of nature reserve, make Iceland a truly unique destination. To truly experience the magic of the north, consider a luxury expedition cruise on PONANT.

Japan

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Japan may not be the first destination to come to mind when planning a cruise. However, a cruise to the Far East offers a bounty of culture, ancient empires, and cosmopolitan cities. Visit volcanoes, Edo Period gardens and a range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A world of amazing destinations await. Cruises offer a hands-off approach for those looking to travel to safe locations in a secure environment.