Never Been on a Cruise? These are the Best 2022 Trips for First-Timers

by Emese Graham
woman looks out over side of cruise ship towards ocean

Cruise novices and obsessives alike have a lot to look forward to on the open seas this coming year: sailings through Alaska, a dazzling trek through the Caribbean seas, a Mediterranean getaway, and more.

So whether you want to squeeze an introductory cruise into your tight schedule or you’re ready to dive head-first into the odyssey of a lifetime, we’ve got you covered.

Best 2022 Cruises for First-Timers

1. Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises

small boats pull up to the beach in an eastern caribbean country


Duration:  10 Days

Start: Fort Lauderdale

End: Fort Lauderdale

Destinations: Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Fort Lauderdale

Ship: Celebrity Reflection

There are shades of blue that only those who have experienced the Eastern Caribbean have seen. Join that club. Every palm-shaded beach, every waterfall, every mountain seems almost too dreamy to be true. You may wonder for years to come, “Did I really snorkel in Turtle Bay? Did I really soar above the rainforest of Antigua? Did I really hike the Piton mountains?”

2. Alaska Discovery Cruise with Princess Cruises

a cruise ship sails along smooth arctic waters


Duration: 7 Days

Start: Seattle

End: Seattle

Destinations: Seattle, Ketchican, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, Seattle

Ship: Discovery Princess

What’s your travel language? Princess Cruises’ choices of travel style let you spell out the details. Spot mountain goats and brown bears as you cruise through arctic fjords. Visit the world’s oldest collection of totem pols in Ketchikan. Try axe-throwing or glacier hiking in Juneau. However you experience Alaska, do it on your own terms.


3. Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean

two travellers enjoy the beautiful views of the mediterranean sea


Duration: 7 Days

Start: Venice

End: Venice

Destinations: Venice, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Santorini, Split, Venice

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

You’ve made it. To the gondolas and Gothic architecture of Venice. To the irresistible scenes of Greece’s archipelago. To the warm, shimmering shorelines of Croatia’s many islands. So take it all in! Now is your time to cycle through Santorini, to feel the spirit of fjaka -and above all- to experience the Mediterranean in ways you’ve never imagined.


4. The Bahamas with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

giant helium balloon floats above colourful water park with royal caribbean cruise ship in background

Duration: 5 days

Start: Port Canaveral

End: Port Canaveral

Destinations: Port Canaveral, Perfect Day at Cococay, Nassau

Ship: Mariner of the Seas

If you asked a kid to design a Caribbean cruise, their answer would look exactly like this Bahamian expedition by Royal Caribbean. From the giant balloon rides and canopy of zip lines to the kid-friendly menus and bubble-gum coloured water parks, every second of this getaway is a dream. So, unleash your playful side and scream your way down the tallest water slide on the continent, splash around the beach, and enjoy some epic quality time with the fam.


5. Pacific Coastal Cruise with Holland America Line

a cruise sails past a red and white lighthouse at dusk


Duration: 5 Days

Start: San Diego

End: Vancouver

Destinations: San Diego, Victoria, Vancouver

Ship: Eurodam

Gourmet cruising. Have you caught on yet? Get a taste of cruising with Holland America Line’s mini-expedition along the Pacific Coast. You’ll indulge in award-winning dining experiences like Pinnacle Grill steakhouse, Nami Sushi, and Rudi’s Sel de Mer. Pair your scenic journey with daily entertainment, casino games, and lots of relaxation and pampering.



6. Western Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line

a norwegian cruise line ship is seen through the leaves of two palm trees on the beach

Duration: 7 Days

Start: Miami

End: Miami

Destinations: Miami, Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Looking for culture? Climb aboard! This exciting route takes you from the Art Deco district of Miami to the Mayan ruins of Belize and the Yucatan to the local kitchens of Cozumel.
And when it comes to outdoor adventures, you’ll have more options than you’ll know what to do with! Explore the Everglades on a private airboat guided tour, snorkel above the mesmerizing marine life of the Honduran Reef, and immerse yourself in the tropical forest of Gumbalimba Preserve.


Psst… Here are 7 Quick Tips for First-Time Cruisers

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  1. Always look at the ship map! Don’t just choose a stateroom based on price alone. If you’re worried about seasickness, opt for a midship stateroom below the waterline. 
  2. You can book local shore excursions, not just the ones organized by your cruise line. 
  3. Take advantage of your days at sea to really unwind. 
  4. If you like low-key getaways, a river cruise may be a better fit than an ocean cruise. 
  5. Flight Centre’s Travel Experts can offer exclusive cruise rates that you can’t find online!
  6. You gotta try the specialty restaurants on board! 
  7. Cruise lines are more accessible than ever before. Ask your Expert Traveller about the top picks for low-sensory cruises, mobility accommodations, hearing and visual accommodations, menus for dietary restrictions, and support for travellers with chronic conditions. 

Talking to a Travel Expert couldn’t be easier.

If you’re curious about cruising in 2022, talking to one of our Travel Experts could be the smartest decision you make all year.  Just call anytime, chat with us online, or drop anchor in the Flight Centre store nearest you