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Where the world wants to sail: Fascinating map reveals the Caribbean is the world’s number one destination for a boat trip (but NOT for Americans…)


A fascinating redesigned world map reveals the most popular destination for a cruise in each country – and it’s the Caribbean that is the most popular place on the globe to take a boat trip.

The map is color-coded to indicate the favorite sailing of each country, and the names of the countries are supplemented with the names of the places where their residents most want to sail. The results were generated by analyzing the cruise itineraries most searched for on Google between March 2023 and April 2024, using a master list of 100 popular cruise destinations.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination with a total of 2.8 million searches. It tops the wish list of 44 different countries around the world, including the UK, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden.

The Mediterranean is the second most searched destination with 2.1 million searches in the last 12 months. Spain, France and Croatia are among the countries that seek this destination the most.

An Alaskan cruise is in third place with 1.8 million searches and is the top choice for residents of America and Canada.

The map above shows countries color-coded to indicate their residents’ favorite travel destinations, with results generated by analyzing the travel itineraries most searched for on Google.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination of the year with a total of 2.8 million searches.  It tops the wish list of 44 countries worldwide, including the UK, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden.

The Caribbean is the most popular cruise destination of the year with a total of 2.8 million searches. It tops the wish list of 44 countries worldwide, including the UK, Mexico, Jamaica and Sweden.

Cruising the Nile came in fourth place (one million searches), with Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic among countries looking to discover ancient Egyptian temples and tombs with a ship as their main residence.

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The fifth most searched cruise destination is Antarctica, according to a study by cruise insurance specialists AllClear. The cool spot has a total of 969,670 searches and is number one in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.

In sixth place is a Seine river cruise (695,040 searches), best for people in Ireland, Vietnam and India.

South America is dominated by the Caribbean, while Alaskan cruising is among the best in Canada and the US

South America is dominated by the Caribbean, while Alaskan cruising is among the best in Canada and the US

Antarctica is the most popular cruise route in Australia and New Zealand.  While China opted for the Mediterranean and India, the Seine cruise

Antarctica is the most popular cruise route in Australia and New Zealand. While China opted for the Mediterranean and India, the Seine cruise

The Norwegian Fjords Cruise is seventh with 674,230 searches and the Danube Cruise – best in Romania and Slovakia – is eighth with 548,840 searches.

Mississippi River Cruise (462,580 searches) and Hawaii Cruise (454,670 searches) make up the rest of the top ten.

However, not all countries can decide on a dream destination. This is the case with the Japanese. «Around the world» cruises attract the most attention (11th place, 424,920 searches).

Letitia Smith, head of communications at AllClear, says: “It’s fascinating to see the number of travelers eager to set sail on unforgettable journeys around the world’s oceans, seas and rivers.

“From the beautiful Greek islands to the frigid Antarctica, it has been fantastic to see such an increase in interest in cruise holidays around the world in recent years.

“Cruises offer a unique alternative to your usual land trips, with a completely different set of things for travelers to consider and know. For example, always remember cruise-specific travel insurance rather than general travel insurance when buying insurance for your yachting adventure.

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«Unlike standard travel insurance, cruise travel insurance includes essential coverage specific to your cruise vacation, including medical emergencies on board, cruise interruptions and cancellations, cabin confinement and even missed port departure.»

To learn more about the research and the most popular travel destination in each country, visit: www.allcleartravel.co.uk/blog/where-the-world-wants-to-cruise/.

WORLD’S MOST WANTED CRUISE DESTINATIONS FOR 2024

1. Caribbean Cruise – 2,824,180 (number of searches between April 2023 and March 2024)

2. Mediterranean Sea Cruise – 2,146,670

3. Alaska Cruise – 1,804,940

4. Cruising the Nile – 1,025,830

5. Antarctica Cruise – 969,670

6. Cruise on the Seine – 695,040

7. Norwegian Fjords Cruise – 674,230

8. Cruise on the Danube – 548,840

9. Mississippi River Cruise – 462,580

10. Hawaiian Cruise – 454, 670

11. Cruises around the world – 424,920

12. Rhine Cruise – 416,320

13. Greek Islands Cruise – 409,470

14. Douro River Cruise – 363,030

15. Panama Canal Cruise – 342,420

Source: AllClear



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