50+ Inspirational Cruise Travel Quotes – The Ultimate Collection

50 Inspirational Cruise Travel Quotes (with photos)

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Do you love cruising quotes?

These days, I’ve been dreaming about cruising and traveling once again. It inspired me to update this post and include more than 50 cruise travel quotes that I find inspiring, and I hope you do too.

During the last year, not being able to cruise and travel freely, has reminded me that travel must not be taken for granted. Seeing destinations by cruise ship, meeting people from all over the world, waking up to the ocean waves every day…

There’s something about cruising that’s special. The combination of life onboard a cruise ship and traveling to different destinations is a perfect pairing!

If you love cruise travel, I hope that you’ll enjoy these cruise quotes and that they’ll bring back memories and fuel your wanderlust for cruising once again.

50 Inspiring Cruise Quotes for Those that Love Travel and the Sea

These cruising quotes and sayings were written by authors, artists, sailors, and those in different walks of life. Some will be familiar to you, but I guarantee that you’ll find some new cruise travel quotes that will inspire you as much as me!

I’ve paired the cruising quotes with some of my own cruise travel photos as well as other inspiring images of destinations and cruise ports around the world.

Please feel free to save these cruise travel quotes to your favorite Pinterest board as inspiration. The quotes also make great Instagram captions.

1. “I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.”

– Alaine Gerbault, Sailor

This cruise travel quote describes perfectly the feeling of a cruise vacation. It’s more than a vacation, it’s an adventure.

I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea. Cruise Travel Quote

 

2. 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

The ocean seems to have a healing power, and reminds us of our resilience and strength.

cruise travel quote - Why do we love the sea_ It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think

 

3.”Adventure is worthwhile”

– Aesop

Where would you like to go? Travel changes us in a good way, and the experience is always worth it.

adventure is worthwhile Aesop

4. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Interesting fact about this famous quote

This has always been my favorite life quote. Then, when we started cruising years ago, it became my most inspiring cruise travel quote as well. 

However, I recently discovered that this quote has been misattributed to Mark Twain for years. The quote was actually written by H. Hackson Brown Jr., who attributes it to his mother in his book P.S. I Love You. 

I think the words of wisdom are amazing just the same (although I still love Mark Twain).

cruise travel quote - Twenty years from now

5. Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller

– Ibn Battuta

One of the things I’m so grateful for, is the travel experiences we’ve had while cruising. Whenever I meet someone on a cruise who has traveled a lot, I know that I’m in for some amazing stories!

cruise travel quote - traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller

6. “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.”

– Brooks Atkinson

If you love cruising, this cruise quote hits the nail on the head. There is something magical about arriving to your destination by cruise ship!

cruise quote - land was created to provide a place for boats to visit

7. “The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.”

– Joshua Slocum

the days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails - cruise travel quote

8. “I travel because seeing photos in books and brochures wasn’t good enough for me. To be there, that was everything.”

– Wiremu Ratcliffe

I love this travel quote because it’s so true. Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but being able to be there in person is truly priceless.

I travel because seeing photos in books and brochures - travel quote

9. “It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.”

-Vito Dumas

This simple quote reminds me of the feeling I have on a cruise, when I look out at the sea. I can’t wait to get back to this again.

It's out there at sea that you are really yourself
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10. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

– Dalai Lama

11. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.”

– Hans Christian Anderson

One of the best travel quotes, I love how Hans Christian Anderson included sailing or cruising in this famous saying.

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float. To roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live
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12. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

– John Steinbeck

They say travel changes you. This amazing quote illustrates it perfectly.

people don't take trips, trips take people - cruise travel quote

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

– Isak Dinesen

The cure for anything is saltwater. Sweat, tears or the sea

14. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”

– Wallace Stevens

15. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

16. “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”

— Sir Francis Drake, Sea Captain

Many cruise addicts would agree with this top cruise quote!  

it is not that life ashore is distasteful to me, it's that sea life is better
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17. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

– Hillaire Belloc

18. “Some people get lost for so long, that they forgot what it was like to be themselves. Find yourself again.”

– Anonymous

We aren’t meant to simply work and pay bills. This quote reminds us that we need to travel and find what makes us feel alive again.

Some people get lost for so long, that they forgot what it was like to be themselves PIN
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19. “With age, comes wisdom, with travel comes understanding.”

– Sandra Lake

20. “The journey, not the arrival matters.”

– T.S. Eliot

The journey, not the arrival matters - cruise travel quote

 

21. “I’m not afraid of storms for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

– Louise May Alcott

22. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller

Cruising gives us a chance to say yes to new adventures. Whether you cruise solo, as a couple or family, the travel experiences will be memorable.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all
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23. “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.”

-Trenton Lee Stewart

This quote reminds us of the romance of cruising. Balcony breakfasts, fine dining, sunrises and sunsets at sea – there is nothing better.

May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home
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24. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”

– Michael Palin

This travel quote is absolutely true! I would add that once the cruise bug bites, there is no escaping that cruising addiction!

Once the travel bug bites there is no known cure
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25. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

– Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness
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26. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

– Hellen Keller

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page
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27. “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.”

– Kristen Butler

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully
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28. “If one doesn’t know to which port one is sailing, no port is favorable.”

– Lucius Annaneus Seneca

29. “The eye has to travel.”

– Deena Vreeland

The eye has to travel
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30. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”

– Zora Neale Hurston

cruise quote - ships at a distance have every man's wish onboard

31. “Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.”

– Jamie Lyn Beatty

32. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

-Marcel Proust

the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes
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33. “May you live all the days of your life.”

– Jonathan Swift

34. “We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”

– Hilaire Belloc

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment
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35. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next to find ourselves.”

– Pico Iyer

36. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Martin Buber

37. “Take every chance in life, because some things only happen once.”

– Karen Gibbs

take every chance in life- cruise travel quote

38. “In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.”

– Charles M. Schulz

39. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships were built.”

– John A. Shedd

A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships were built
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40. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things.”

Henry Miller

41. “The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.”

– Amelia A. Barr

cruise quote - The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them

42. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

– Anita Desai

43. “Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape you.”

– Anonymous

Travel not to escape life, but so life doesn't escape you
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44. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

– Mary Ann Radmacher

45. “You haven’t lived until you’ve sailed.”

– David Sedaris

You haven't lived until you've sailed - cruise quote

46. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

47.  “Make time for travel. The memories will last a lifetime.”

– Ilana Schattauer

Make time for travel. The memories will last a lifetime.
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48. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

– Sir Richard Burtun2

49. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. “We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.”

– John F. Kennedy

This cruise travel quote is another favorite of mine. In truth, whether on a cruise ship, boat or even at the beach, the ocean seems to call.

We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came
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51.”We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”

Aristotle Onassis

52. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

– Susan Sontag

53. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

– Hellen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
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54. “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”

– Unknown

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

– Andre Gide

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore - cruise travel quote

56. “Happiness is living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” 

– Leo Tolstoy

57. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are”

– Edith Wharton

58. “No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.”

– Felix Riesenberg

No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story more enthralling, no tradition is more secure - cruise sailing quote

 

Funny Cruise Quotes

59. “There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land again after a cheerful, careless voyage.”

– Mark Twain

there is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land again after a cheerful, careless voyage
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60. “If it wasn’t for seasickness, all the word would be sailors.”

– Charles Darwin

61. “Nothing lasts forever, expect the day before you start your vacation.”

– Gayland Anderson

Isn’t this the truth? I can’t wait until we can feel that cruise anticipation once again!

It's out there at sea that you are really yourself
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Cruise Quotes from Song Lyrics

62. “Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me, and soon I will be free.”

– Christopher Cross

Does anything say it better than these song lyrics? Please let me know if there are other songs about cruising and sailing that you love.

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me, and soon I will be free
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Final thoughts: 50+ Inspirational Cruise Travel Quotes to Fuel Your Wanderlust

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational cruise travel quotes and that they reminded you of your love of cruising, travel and the sea.

Why do I love cruising?

Cruising is a way to see and experience the world, while traveling by sea. It’s a chance to meet people from all over the world, both on the cruise ship and on shore, and discover what you have in common, as well as the interesting differences. It is reconnecting with those you love, as well as yourself. 

What cruise travel quote inspires you the most? If you love cruising and miss it, please share what you like best in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!

Ilana xoxo

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2 Comments

  1. April 9, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    My favorite quote is 20 years from now. How true that is 20 years I will probably in a old folks home. Looking back I can see all the wonderful things I did. Thanks for all you do.

    • April 11, 2020 / 3:16 pm

      I love that quote too! Time is the most precious thing we have. Glad you live by it and it’s so meaningful!

      Thanks so much Russell!

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