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    <p>Did you know there are over <strong>1,200</strong> cruise ports in the world? One would have to set off on a lot of voyages to visit them all! As a starting point, we&rsquo;ve collated 10 of the world&rsquo;s most popular cruise ports. From the crystal clear waters of Cozumel to the iconic skyline of New York, here&rsquo;s a rundown of our favourites:</p>\r\n
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    <h2>10 of the world&rsquo;s most popular cruise ports</h2>\r\n
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    <h3>Barcelona, Spain</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Spain&rsquo;s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/barcelona" target="_blank">Barcelona</a> attracts over 30 million tourists per year, 2.7 million of which arrive by cruise ship. It features as the starting point for many <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/mediterranean" target="_blank">Mediterranean cruises</a> and a highlight for lots of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/types-of-cruise/world-cruise" target="_blank">world cruises</a>. It is a city that passengers often want to spend more than a day in largely thanks to its wealth of historical, cultural and artistic offerings as well as its popular <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/blog/list-of-unesco-world-heritage-sites" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage sites</a>. The port, which has a rich 2,000-year history, was developed by the Romans and has been a Mediterranean centre of commerce and passenger shipping for a long time.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Civitavecchia, Italy</h3>\r\n
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    <p>The gateway to the Eternal City, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/civitavecchia" target="_blank">Civitavecchia</a> attracts 2.2 million passengers per year. Though it is a stunning city in its own right, with lots of incredible attractions including Forte Michelangelo and Terme Taurine baths, many choose to stop here for easy access to Rome and the Vatican City. Like Barcelona, it&rsquo;s a staple port of call on almost every Mediterranean cruise and it&rsquo;s so easy to see why. Rome is about an hour away from Civitavecchia but with early arrivals and late departures, you&rsquo;ll have plenty of time to squeeze in some of the city&rsquo;s most popular sites, such as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Cozumel, Mexico</h3>\r\n
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    <p>An island with plenty to recommend, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/cozumel-1" target="_blank">Cozumel</a> welcomes over 3 million passengers per year, making it the fourth busiest cruise port in the world. Situated off the coast of Mexico&rsquo;s mainland, Cozumel Island is famed for its crystal clear waters, pleasant tropical weather, glorious beaches and a plethora of water-based activities including snorkelling, fishing and diving. It is a stop that features heavily on <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/find-your-cruise?places%5B0%5D=Western%20Caribbean" target="_blank">Western Caribbean cruises</a> with many major cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises including it in their sailing itineraries.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Fl&aring;m, Norway</h3>\r\n
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    <p>At the head of the awe-inspiring Aurlandsfjord lies a tiny, idyllic village of just 350 inhabitants, surrounded by colossal mountains draped in snow, green forestry, a myriad of magnificent waterfalls and babbling brooks at almost every turn. <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/flam" target="_blank">Fl&aring;m</a> is one of the most beautiful ports in the world. Approximately 450,000 tourists visit the village each year. It is the only backdrop that can make vast cruise ships look teeny tiny, we urge you to be on deck as you sail into port!</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Marseille, France</h3>\r\n
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    <p>Founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/marseille" target="_blank">Marseille</a> has a rich history as an attractive destination for travellers. Not only is it France&rsquo;s second-largest city but it is also home to one of the largest cruise ports in the Mediterranean. The port welcomes 1.5 million cruise passengers per year. Most day-trippers opt to spend their time strolling the quaint streets of the Old Town, sampling sumptuous seafood from the beautiful tree-lined square and meandering around the city&rsquo;s churches and museums. No wonder Marseille won Capital of Culture in 2013.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Miami, USA</h3>\r\n
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    <p>An over of the world&rsquo;s most popular cruise ports would be incomplete without <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/miami-1" target="_blank">Miami</a>. Famous for its shining golden sun, rolling waves and lazy days on the sand, Miami is all of this and so much more. Think rich cultural history, vintage vineyards and abundant wildlife attractions. As the second-busiest cruise port in the world and the largest cruise port in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/usa" target="_blank">the USA</a>, Miami welcomes millions of passengers each and every year.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Nassau, the Bahamas</h3>\r\n
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    <p>An idyllic, tropical paradise, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/nassau" target="_blank">Nassau</a> is the Caribbean&rsquo;s busiest cruise port. A family-friendly destination, Nassau&rsquo;s main attractions are its natural beauty and tropical climate but delve a little deeper and you&rsquo;ll find it has everything an ideal tourist destination should have. The capital of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/the-bahamas" target="_blank">the Bahamas</a> features as a popular port of call on almost every single <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/caribbean" target="_blank">Caribbean cruise</a>, making it easy to see how the island welcomes 2 million passengers per year. Many of these passengers choose to visit downtown Nassau or surrounding islands in order to enjoy beach activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and mangrove exploring.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>New York, USA</h3>\r\n
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    <p><a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/new-york-1" target="_blank">New York</a>, New York. Home to one of <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/blog/the-worlds-most-iconic-skylines" target="_blank">the world&rsquo;s most iconic skylines</a>, this is America&rsquo;s most well-known city. The Port of New York and New Jersey welcomes 1.5 million cruise passengers per year - transatlantic cruises from Southampton, UK to New York, USA made famous by ultra-luxury cruise line Cunard are big business. The Big Apple has been the envy and the fascination of the world for decades largely thanks to its fast-paced culture and fascinating history. It truly is impossible to unearth all of New York&rsquo;s treasures in a single visit.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Shanghai, China</h3>\r\n
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    <p>2.8 million cruise passengers travel to <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/shanghai" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> each year. Its deep sea and river port serves as an important stop for most major cruises operating on the Asia-Pacific route. Almost every <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/china" target="_blank">cruise to China</a> features Shanghai (which is the world&rsquo;s second-largest city) as a port of call. It&rsquo;s easy to see why it&rsquo;s so popular - a cruise here offers a far more adventurous experience largely due to its unique juxtaposition of old and new. Wherever you turn, you&rsquo;ll see a modern twist on a glimpse of Old Shanghai - the city provides its visitors with days&rsquo; worth of things to see and do.</p>\r\n
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    <h3>Southampton, UK</h3>\r\n
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    <p>The Cruise Capital of the UK is certainly not short of hustle and bustle; 1.7 million cruise passengers wave &lsquo;bon voyage&rsquo; each year. Since it began operating in 1943, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/cruises-from-southampton" target="_blank">Southampton</a> has acted as a significant port in the UK. It was also the starting point for the <em>Titanic </em>which set off on her fateful sailing in 1912. Southampton is a fantastic port for those who may be new to the world of cruising or those who prefer no-fly voyages.</p>\r\n
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    <p><a class="button" href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/find-your-cruise?page=1&amp;places%5B0%5D=Barcelona&amp;places%5B1%5D=Civitavecchia%20%28Rome%29&amp;places%5B2%5D=Cozumel&amp;places%5B3%5D=Flam&amp;places%5B4%5D=Marseille&amp;places%5B5%5D=Miami&amp;places%5B6%5D=Nassau&amp;places%5B7%5D=New%20York&amp;places%5B8%5D=Shanghai&amp;places%5B9%5D=Southampton&amp;sortBy=top%20picks&amp;published=1&amp;worldCruise=1" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ffffff">See all featured cruises</span></a></p>
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From the crystal clear waters of Cozumel to the iconic skyline of New York, here&rsquo;s a rundown of our favourites:\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch2\u003E10 of the world&rsquo;s most popular cruise ports\u003C\/h2\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EBarcelona, Spain\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003ESpain&rsquo;s second-largest city and the capital of the Catalonia region, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/barcelona\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EBarcelona\u003C\/a\u003E attracts over 30 million tourists per year, 2.7 million of which arrive by cruise ship. It features as the starting point for many \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/mediterranean\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EMediterranean cruises\u003C\/a\u003E and a highlight for lots of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/types-of-cruise\/world-cruise\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Eworld cruises\u003C\/a\u003E. It is a city that passengers often want to spend more than a day in largely thanks to its wealth of historical, cultural and artistic offerings as well as its popular \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/blog\/list-of-unesco-world-heritage-sites\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EUNESCO World Heritage sites\u003C\/a\u003E. The port, which has a rich 2,000-year history, was developed by the Romans and has been a Mediterranean centre of commerce and passenger shipping for a long time.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ECivitavecchia, Italy\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe gateway to the Eternal City, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/civitavecchia\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ECivitavecchia\u003C\/a\u003E attracts 2.2 million passengers per year. Though it is a stunning city in its own right, with lots of incredible attractions including Forte Michelangelo and Terme Taurine baths, many choose to stop here for easy access to Rome and the Vatican City. Like Barcelona, it&rsquo;s a staple port of call on almost every Mediterranean cruise and it&rsquo;s so easy to see why. Rome is about an hour away from Civitavecchia but with early arrivals and late departures, you&rsquo;ll have plenty of time to squeeze in some of the city&rsquo;s most popular sites, such as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ECozumel, Mexico\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAn island with plenty to recommend, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/cozumel-1\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ECozumel\u003C\/a\u003E welcomes over 3 million passengers per year, making it the fourth busiest cruise port in the world. Situated off the coast of Mexico&rsquo;s mainland, Cozumel Island is famed for its crystal clear waters, pleasant tropical weather, glorious beaches and a plethora of water-based activities including snorkelling, fishing and diving. It is a stop that features heavily on \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/find-your-cruise?places%5B0%5D=Western%20Caribbean\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EWestern Caribbean cruises\u003C\/a\u003E with many major cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises including it in their sailing itineraries.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EFl&aring;m, Norway\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAt the head of the awe-inspiring Aurlandsfjord lies a tiny, idyllic village of just 350 inhabitants, surrounded by colossal mountains draped in snow, green forestry, a myriad of magnificent waterfalls and babbling brooks at almost every turn. \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/flam\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EFl&aring;m\u003C\/a\u003E is one of the most beautiful ports in the world. Approximately 450,000 tourists visit the village each year. It is the only backdrop that can make vast cruise ships look teeny tiny, we urge you to be on deck as you sail into port!\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EMarseille, France\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EFounded by the Greeks in 600 BC, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/marseille\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EMarseille\u003C\/a\u003E has a rich history as an attractive destination for travellers. Not only is it France&rsquo;s second-largest city but it is also home to one of the largest cruise ports in the Mediterranean. The port welcomes 1.5 million cruise passengers per year. Most day-trippers opt to spend their time strolling the quaint streets of the Old Town, sampling sumptuous seafood from the beautiful tree-lined square and meandering around the city&rsquo;s churches and museums. No wonder Marseille won Capital of Culture in 2013.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EMiami, USA\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAn over of the world&rsquo;s most popular cruise ports would be incomplete without \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/miami-1\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EMiami\u003C\/a\u003E. Famous for its shining golden sun, rolling waves and lazy days on the sand, Miami is all of this and so much more. Think rich cultural history, vintage vineyards and abundant wildlife attractions. As the second-busiest cruise port in the world and the largest cruise port in \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/usa\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Ethe USA\u003C\/a\u003E, Miami welcomes millions of passengers each and every year.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ENassau, the Bahamas\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EAn idyllic, tropical paradise, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/nassau\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ENassau\u003C\/a\u003E is the Caribbean&rsquo;s busiest cruise port. A family-friendly destination, Nassau&rsquo;s main attractions are its natural beauty and tropical climate but delve a little deeper and you&rsquo;ll find it has everything an ideal tourist destination should have. The capital of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/the-bahamas\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Ethe Bahamas\u003C\/a\u003E features as a popular port of call on almost every single \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/caribbean\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ECaribbean cruise\u003C\/a\u003E, making it easy to see how the island welcomes 2 million passengers per year. Many of these passengers choose to visit downtown Nassau or surrounding islands in order to enjoy beach activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and mangrove exploring.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ENew York, USA\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/new-york-1\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ENew York\u003C\/a\u003E, New York. Home to one of \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/blog\/the-worlds-most-iconic-skylines\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Ethe world&rsquo;s most iconic skylines\u003C\/a\u003E, this is America&rsquo;s most well-known city. The Port of New York and New Jersey welcomes 1.5 million cruise passengers per year - transatlantic cruises from Southampton, UK to New York, USA made famous by ultra-luxury cruise line Cunard are big business. The Big Apple has been the envy and the fascination of the world for decades largely thanks to its fast-paced culture and fascinating history. It truly is impossible to unearth all of New York&rsquo;s treasures in a single visit.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003EShanghai, China\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E2.8 million cruise passengers travel to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/shanghai\" target=\"_blank\"\u003EShanghai\u003C\/a\u003E each year. Its deep sea and river port serves as an important stop for most major cruises operating on the Asia-Pacific route. Almost every \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/china\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Ecruise to China\u003C\/a\u003E features Shanghai (which is the world&rsquo;s second-largest city) as a port of call. It&rsquo;s easy to see why it&rsquo;s so popular - a cruise here offers a far more adventurous experience largely due to its unique juxtaposition of old and new. Wherever you turn, you&rsquo;ll see a modern twist on a glimpse of Old Shanghai - the city provides its visitors with days&rsquo; worth of things to see and do.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Ch3\u003ESouthampton, UK\u003C\/h3\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003EThe Cruise Capital of the UK is certainly not short of hustle and bustle; 1.7 million cruise passengers wave &lsquo;bon voyage&rsquo; each year. Since it began operating in 1943, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/cruise-destinations\/cruises-from-southampton\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ESouthampton\u003C\/a\u003E has acted as a significant port in the UK. It was also the starting point for the \u003Cem\u003ETitanic \u003C\/em\u003Ewhich set off on her fateful sailing in 1912. Southampton is a fantastic port for those who may be new to the world of cruising or those who prefer no-fly voyages.\u003C\/p\u003E\r\n\r\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca class=\"button\" href=\"https:\/\/www.rolcruise.co.uk\/find-your-cruise?page=1&amp;places%5B0%5D=Barcelona&amp;places%5B1%5D=Civitavecchia%20%28Rome%29&amp;places%5B2%5D=Cozumel&amp;places%5B3%5D=Flam&amp;places%5B4%5D=Marseille&amp;places%5B5%5D=Miami&amp;places%5B6%5D=Nassau&amp;places%5B7%5D=New%20York&amp;places%5B8%5D=Shanghai&amp;places%5B9%5D=Southampton&amp;sortBy=top%20picks&amp;published=1&amp;worldCruise=1\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan style=\"color:#ffffff\"\u003ESee all featured cruises\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}],"settings":{"span":"12"}}]}]}],"navigation":[]}"
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