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22 Inspirational Cruise Travel Quotes (With Photos)

22 Inspirational Cruise Travel Quotes (With Photos)

Are you inspired by cruise travel quotes? I know I am, so I’ve put together 22 of my very favorite ones to share with you and spark your wanderlust!

Cruise travel is such a unique way to see the world, with lazy (or not-so-lazy!) days at sea and adventurous days discovering new places and experiences. Reading cruise travel quotes always inspires me to keep traveling, and remember how much more of the world there is to explore.

I’ve illustrated each of these cruise travel quotes with a photo from my journeys on board cruise ships and in some of the various ports I’ve traveled to.

I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do. Use your favorites for scrapbooking, journaling, and Instagram captions, or just for inspiration to keep adventuring.

Please feel free to save any of my cruise quote images to use on your own website or social media. Just be sure to credit Should Be Cruising and link back to this page. Thanks!

1. “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.” – André Gide

Looking out at the Caribbean from the deck of the Norwegian Sky, February 2020

2. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai

The three blue domes in Oia, Santorini, July 2017

3. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” – Brooks Atkinson

The cruise port at Nassau, Bahamas, February 2020

4. “In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” – Charles M. Schulz

On deck on the Norwegian Sky, February 2020

5. “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Grace Hopper

Regal Princess in port at Tallinn, Estonia August 2019

6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

Norwegian Sky at anchor off of Freeport, Bahamas, February 2020

7. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Along the canal in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, July 2019

8. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

In the old city of Cartagena, Colombia, January 2018

9. “The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

At the beach at Great Stirrup Cay, February 2020

10. “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

At Love Beach, Nassau Bahamas February 2020

11. “The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” – Joshua Slocum

On board UnCruise Adventures’ Wilderness Explorer, Glacier Bay, Alaska September 2019

12. “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

In Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska September 2019

13. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Tallinn, Estonia, August 2019

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14. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

At the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany, August 2019

15. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

At Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia, July 2019

16. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next to find ourselves.” – Pico Iyer

Street scene, Copenhagen, Denmark August 2019

17. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

At Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, September 2019

18. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri

19. “At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” – Robin Lee Graham

On board Royal Princess in the Mediterranean, July 2017

20. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” – Ray Bradbury

Berlin, Germany, August 2019

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21. “It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” – Sir Francis Drake

On board Norwegian Sky, February 2020

22. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” – Zora Neale Hurston

In the Caribbean, February 2020

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What’s your favorite cruise travel quote? Is it one of these, or do you have another quote that inspires you? Let me know in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen


Saturday 6th of June 2020

Great quotes! And kudos for using a photo of Hans Christian Andersen's former Copenhagen home in Nyhavn for your HCA quote. I see what you did there! I admire the thought you put into that!!! :)

Carrie Ann

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Derek, I wish I could take credit for being so clever! I wasn't actually able to take any good pics of any of HCA's Nyhavn homes - I think he lived in three nearby residences. We only had a short time in Nyhavn, so I had to work fast to get any decent pics of the canal houses. The one I used in my quote was actually taken through the window of a moving bus because it was the only way I could get a shot with several buildings in it!! :D I'm sure he was familiar with that view, though. I think it's right across the canal from where he lived.

Sarah Wilson

Saturday 6th of June 2020

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

One of my favourite travel quotes - so very true. Although in 20 years time, we will all probably be saying do you remember 2020, it was a very weird year!

Carrie Ann

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Sarah, that's one of my faves as well! I also think about how we'll explain 2020 to future generations. It sounds unbelievable, and we're only in June!


Saturday 6th of June 2020

Great quotes! I love number 2 and 7. Traveling is living and wherever you go becomes part of you. Hope we are all able to go cruising and traveling once again soon. :-)

Carrie Ann

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Jan, I really hope it'll be safe to travel sometime in the near future, even if it's not too far from home!


Thursday 4th of June 2020

Love these! Cruising isn't for everyone, but I love being able to stop in lots of different ports and cities that you may not have travelled to by yourself otherwise! :)

Carrie Ann

Friday 5th of June 2020

Kelly, I agree! Cruising is such a fun way to see a bunch of ports in a short time - and you don't have to worry about getting yourself from one place to another!

Linda (LD Holland)

Thursday 4th of June 2020

We are definitely missing cruising as this pandemic continues. We sadly cancelled all we had booked. So many of these resonated with me. We have so many great memories of our cruise travels. And we have definitely brought pieces of places home with us. The cure for my current discontent would definitely be saltwater! This pandemic may be teaching many of us how little we need. But it has reinforced to me how much travel and cruising is a part of our lives.

Carrie Ann

Friday 5th of June 2020

Linda, I know how you feel - our cruises were canceled as well. I can't wait until cruising starts up again, too! I'm so glad you enjoyed the quotes I chose, and how they can relate to our current situation :)