We’ve put together a guide with some of the most amazing views from a cruise ship when arriving or departing from a port of call. Some of the ports feature are predictable and some are not. This will also help you decide on a cruise as a view from onboard is one of the first things people think of when booking a cruise. The list below isn’t in any particular order.
When the ships arrive and leave into the port of Miami guests get to see the amazing views of South Beach! The ships get very close to the shore and is one of the most famous views of the city. Also while the ships sail into the port you can view all the lush luxury buildings along the banks. With the vivid blue sky and Florida sunshine it makes the views just about unbeatable! It also works both ways as people can get a great shot of the ships coming and going from the beach especially on busy days! Thanks to Alan Light for this amazing view taken from a cruise ship sailing past South Beach.
Venice, Italy is famous for its historic views of St Marks square and all the twisted streets along with the busy canals. When ships arrive they will sail along the lagoon which comes very close to the banks of the shoreline. This provides a breathtaking view of central Venice including St Mark’s square. This is one of the highlights to cruising into the city. The only problem is that in 2014 large cruise ships will no longer be able to sail this scenic route which makes these views even more special. Photo by Paulo Ordoveza
Amsterdam is a popular port for Northern European cruises and when ships are arriving or leaving passengers can get great views of the city. The ships also have to go through locks so does limit the size of cruise ships which can dock in Amsterdam. Photo by kismihok
St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is a constant hive of cruise ship activity and no matter of your arriving to the Caribbean island or departing, you always guaranteed a view never to forget! Even when the ship is docked there are great views all around. Guests can also take a trip up to Paradise Point which is just a small walk away from the port. From Paradise Point guests can get a great view of the island and all the ships docked.
Hong Kong is one of the most popular destinations in Asia and is a growing market. When ships sail in Victoria Harbor they are given a great view of the famous Hong Kong skyline. Doesnt matter if it;s day or night because as night the buildings light up and if your lucky enough can catch the light shows. Photo by Casper Moller
Sydney is an iconic cruise destination and known for its famous harbor views. When cruise ships sail into Sydney passengers can get great views of the famous harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House which is famous worldwide and has been there since 1973. The ships get very close to the opera house which makes a good photo memory.
Monte Carlo, Monaco is one of the most grandest destinations in the Mediterranean. Ships get to dock very close to the city and passengers can get almost a full view of the city! Monte Carlo is famous for its Grand Prix’s, Casinos and of course James Bond 007. This port of call is always a highlight on any voyage. Also from the cruise ship your able to enjoy the sights of all the luxury yachts which are constantly docked there. Photo by of Herry Lawford
New York City is one of the most popular ports for cruise ships and the New York skyline makes for a perfect photo when the cruise ships are arriving and departing. The ships sail pretty close to the shore as you can see in the photo to the right which was taken from the Carnival Dream when the ship was making its debut in the city. Oh yes and anyone know of that Statue of Liberty? Well passengers can get a good view of it too!
These are just a few of the most popular views from cruise ships when arriving or departing a port. The only way to really get a feel for these destinations and the many more around the world is to simply take a cruise! If there’s any more amazing ports your know of then feel free to post them in the comments below. Also you can discuss more ports of call at our dedicated cruise forum.