Cruising and photography were meant to be together. Whether you want to be surrounded by people in a bustling square or capture a deserted haven, shoot amazing architecture and natural wonders or just find the most picturesque place to take your new profile picture – we’ve got 12 of the best for you right here. So take your pick – every location on this list guarantees incredible scenes!
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Each year, more than 1.5 million visitors head to Australia to marvel over this World Heritage–listed area, stretching across 2000 km of coastline. Make sure you pack an underwater camera, because you’ll want to capture this fascinating underwater world at it’s finest! Diving and snorkeling here is the perfect way to experience this wonderfully rich ecosystem up close.
2. Petra, Jordan
The ancient Nabataean city of Petra, with its elaborate architecture chiseled out of the pink-hued cliffs, is not just the leading highlight of a country blessed with more than its fair share of top sites – it’s a wonder of the world. Petra is a spectacle that simply cannot fail to impress. The colourful shades cast each hour from the sun makes this ancient wonder a must on your camera-snapping list.
3. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Emerald waters and islands, Halong Bay is one of Earth’s true treasures. This waterway contains a spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind and wave eroded grottoes. It’s a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub. A boat journey with these towering figures surrounding you is a truly magical experience – so make sure you fight your way to the top deck for the best photos.
4. Tokyo, Japan
A city always on the move, the bright lights of Tokyo are like no other. The world’s most populous Metropolis is a dizzying whirl of activity – you can practically feel it pulse, with neon signs, the crush of people, and the perfectly punctual, high-speed trains whizzing by. It’s one of those cities that screams to be photographed – there’s no such thing as a bad photo here.
5. Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Standing with his arms spread and casting a watchful eye over Rio de Janeiro from the 700-metre tall Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer is one of the most recognised and photographed monuments in Brazil. It’s been crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and is the fourth-largest statue of Jesus. The walk up rewards you with some amazing views! You’re likely to find this stop-off on a spectacular sailing such as a South American Circumnavigation – so you’re going to need plenty of space on your phone for photos!
6. Machu Picchu, Per
Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, lays Machu Picchu. Believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for the ancient Inca leaders, hundreds of thousands of people marvel through Machu Picchu every year – especially to see the sun set over the towering stone monuments. The mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders is a sight you really will remember forever.
South west of India deep into the Indian Ocean lies over around 1200 small islands, 300 of them making up the Maldives. With its abundant sea life and sandy beaches, The Maldives is portrayed by travel companies as a tropical paradise – and that’s exactly what it is! This Utopian heaven has to be on the bucket list – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ‘Islands of the Indian Ocean’ itinerary will have you calling at the marvelous island of Male – what a treat!
8. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Seductive and beautiful. Deemed an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape by UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most piercing destinations. Here, mountains plunge into the sea in a nail-biting vertical scene of precipitous crags, cliff-clinging abodes and verdant woodland. Its string of fabled towns read like a Hollywood cast list – so many photo opportunities, so little time!
9. New York City, USA
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Earth’s most famous urban jungle, The Big Apple. Street photography and New York City are terms that often go hand in hand. New York is a diverse city of nearly 8.5 million eclectic and vibrant souls, all packed into a tiny island and its surrounding boroughs. Each area of the city has its own unique character and flavor, and there are so many interesting, unique moments that you can see here on a daily basis. Cunard specialise in some terrific transatlantic sailings – so hop on and head to the top of the Empire State Building for a photo like no other!
10. Easter Island, Polynesia
As a remote volcanic island in Polynesia, this destination is a little further afield than your usual trips around the Med, but the archaeological sites alone are worth it. Easter Island has about 900 monumental statues that were created by the early Rapa Nui people during the 10th to 16th centuries – which make for some seriously stunning shots. This is a powerful place where’ll you’ll not only come back with mesmerising photos, but a real sense of awe, too.
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