Cruise Line Industry Maps

The maps provided below will show you the most popular ports of call in the cruise ship industry.

As you can see, they are separated by region, providing you with the opportunity to see the different places in the world cruise ships access.

Taking some time to study the different ports of call is a valuable resource when considering cruise ship employment. It allows you to consider the travel aspect of working on a cruise ship, arguably one of the biggest perks! While there is work to do onboard a cruise ship, cruising is also about travel. If you work on a cruise ship in any of the following regions, you can expect to visit a number of different places around the world.

Keep in mind that just because you don’t see a port of call listed on one of our maps, it doesn’t mean that ships don’t visit that location. Generally speaking, the maps listed below are meant to act as a guide to the number of different travel opportunities available to employees on a cruise ship. For a specific ship, always check the itinerary.

Maps are in PDF format which can be viewed in Acrobat Reader. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can get a free copy by clicking here.

If you need some help understanding what PDFs are, go here for a quick explanation.

Ports of Call:

Asia

Interested in traveling to the Far East? When you work on a cruise ship that accesses ports of call in Asia you might find yourself visiting places like:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Australia
  • French Polynesia

Asia has an extremely exotic array of places to visit and things to experience, which is why well-off cruisers often choose Asia as a destination.

Caribbean

The Caribbean is where the cruise industry got its start and is one of the most popular areas for people to enjoy vacations. As you might expect, temperate weather, white sand beaches, and swimming in crystal clear waters is somewhat of a dream come true. There are a number of Caribbean cruise hot spots to visit. On our map you will see cruise ships ports of call such as:

  • Aruba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Bahamas
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts
  • Panama
  • Florida

Europe

European cruise itineraries are becoming more and more popular. Since the land area of Europe is so large you can expect to find most ports of call where ocean meets land. However, river cruises are becoming more popular in Europe, so the number of locations to visit is increasing significantly. Travel from the Mediterranean to the northern Fjords on a European cruise. You might stop at places like:

  • Greece
  • Malta
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Israel
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden

Mexico and Alaska

Mexico and Alaska are two very different places, but they share similarities in the cruising industry as being two of the most popular destinations. They also commonly leave from ports of call on the western coast of the United States. Check out our PDF of Mexican and Alaska ports of call, and find out what you might see as a cruise ship employee onboard.

Smaller cruises are becoming more and more popular in Mexico and Alaska as well. Be sure to keep these in mind when applying.

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