Captains of cruise ships see the world’s most spectacular ports, often on a regular basis, as they sail their mighty vessels safely around the world.

The Adriatic port of Kotor is a favourite with cruise ship captains.
The Adriatic port of Kotor in Montenegro is a favourite destination for cruise ship captains.

In a bid to share these glorious destinations with cruise aficionados, Royal Caribbean asked its Captains to reveal their most memorable world ports. It was a big ask as the cruise line’s captains sail to 260 destinations globally on 23 different ships. notes that In many cases the captains were unanimous in identifying views that seasoned travellers also consider breath-taking.

Sydney Harbour, Australia: Seen by the Captains as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as man-made linchpins.  Captain Rick Sullivan, of Explorer of the Seas, visited Sydney Harbour often onboard Rhapsody of the Seas and calls it “the most iconic harbour in the world.”

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska: The magnitude of this glacier is a stand-out, and Voyager of the Seas Captain Sindre Borsheim, says  “it is different every time, as the colours vary with the light”, while Captain Juan Caranti, from Radiance of the Seas, says,  “when a piece of ice falls into the ocean it makes an extraordinary roar, like a thunderstorm.”

Geiranger Fjord, Norway: Captain Espen Been, from Grandeur of the Seas, describes the fjord as a place “where the mountains meet the sea and the snow is mirrored in the deep blue ocean.”

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden: It is described as like “nothing else” due to the thousands of rocks and tiny islands that have to be navigated to enter port. Captain Espen Been, from Grandeur of the Seas says homes there “look like doll’s houses when sailing past them.”

Kotor, Montenegro: Captain Lis Lauritzen, from Vision of the Seas, describes this coastline as one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, and a great entrance to the historic town of Kotor.

The English Channel, UK: Captain Henrik Loft Soerensen, from Brilliance of the Seas, says his favourite view is the expanse of the English Channel as it is “so beautiful and peaceful”,

Other top views included Moorea, French Polynesia, and the Italian ports of Naples and Venice,


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