Beauty is subjective. It’s in the eye of the beholder. What one person thinks is beautiful, another might think plain and unappealing. Listing the 10 most beautiful places in the world you can visit on your cruise is a challenge.
One person may find ancient ruins beautiful, while another might see beauty in vast landscapes untouched by man. For this list, which everyone would fill out differently, we’ve decided to include a variety of cruise destinations from around the world that are thought by many to be particularly beautiful.
10. Venice Italy
Nothing can prepare you for the sheer beauty of Venice, with its charming architecture and its extensive, labyrinthine network of canals that are what the city is best known for.
A fascinating city whose many buildings attest to its long seafaring history, Venice spreads across over 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, with enchanting views to be found all across the roadless city.
9. Mo’orea French Polynesia
A somewhat sleepy paradise island, Mo’orea is a place where much care has been taken to preserve the scenic views treasured by passing visitors and the islands.
Many full-time residents who live in traditional villages and towns dotted all over. Surrounding the island is a gorgeous turquoise lagoon that adds a whole lot more to the island’s timeless and unchanging beauty.
8. Skagway Alaska
The rugged landscapes of Alaska attract over a million avid cruise passengers every year and one of the most beautiful places to visit is Skagway, which thrives on showcasing its vast history to cruise ship passengers and travellers from around the world.
Wander through the town and you’ll soon learn to appreciate the beauty of the many historical buildings that give the town its old-world charm; for unbeatable views of the Alaskan mountains and wilderness, hop on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.
7. Sydney Australia
A glistening and multi-cultural metropolis, Sydney is renowned for its tranquil yet impressive harbor, home to such world-famous sights as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There’s much to discover in the city itself, from gorgeous beaches to scenic parks, but its harbor area is perhaps the most glorious and striking part of this vast modern city.
6. The Isle of Skye Scotland
An island whose beauty is raw, enchanting and captivating, Skye has long been admired by many. It’s home to many quaint fishing villages full of character, such as the wondrous Portree and its fanciful colorful houses.
As well as ruined castles from the medieval times that attest to the island’s rich history. Skye is the largest and most northern of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands and many think it’s the most whimsical of them all.
5. Manhattan New York
The Manhattan skyline is world-famous and you’ll get to see it for yourself if visiting the buzzing city that never sleeps on a cruise.
A complex and seemingly never-ending maze of towering buildings, the most popular of New York City’s five boroughs is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and a living tribute to geniuses of architecture.
While the skyline is a brilliant sight to see during the day, seeing it at night is a spectacular marvel that will surely be one of the highlights of your cruise.
4. Kotor Montenegro
Kotor is steeped in history and its OId Town, surrounded by an amazingly well preserved Venetian wall, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. All throughout the town you’ll find many centuries-old buildings that attest to the town’s rich and extensive seafaring history, such as churches, museums and squares lined with cafes.
For many, the location of this town is what makes it so beautiful: it lies on the Bay of Kotor and is nestled between towering mountains, which give the town a spectacular, scenic backdrop whose beauty few other places can match.
3. Vancouver Canada
A decidedly modern and cosmopolitan city surrounded by nature, Vancouver is the perfect place for anyone who wants to combine urban experiences with outdoor adventures. It’s a place where glass buildings tower high and glisten in the sunlight, yet at the same time nature is respected and celebrated.
A thriving world-class city, Vancouver’s mountains form a stunning backdrop and if you venture up them, you’ll be rewarded with captivating views of the city and its harbor area.
2. Santorini Greece
Famed for its whitewashed houses with blue roofs dotted along the cliffside, Santorini is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque places in the Mediterranean.
The island has experienced more than its fair share of volcanic eruptions, which are responsible for the island’s many geological wonders that attract many a curious traveller both from nearby and far away. Another thing Santorini is known for is the marvelous sunsets, which are said to be the best in the world.o.
1. Geirangerfjord Norway
A fjord of remarkable natural beauty, Geirangerfjord is characterized by deep blue waters, verdant valley slopes, snow-capped mountains and mesmerizing waterfalls, with small villages scattered throughout the area.
The fjords of Norway are unmatched in the sheer awesomeness of their natural beauty and Geirangerfjord is widely considered to be the most breathtaking of them all.
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