From the Northern Lights reflected in the Norwegian Sea to the breath-taking sight of the Opera House when entering Sydney Harbour, seeing a city or famous landmark from the water can be a magical experience, offering a completely different perspective on a destination.
To identify some of the most impressive views from the ocean, CLIA (the Cruise Lines International Association) has surveyed a selection of captains to find out their favourite port approaches or cities best seen by sea.
Every day this week we'll be looking at some of them.
Tromso, Norway – Captain Arnfinn Kaasbøll, Hurtigruten
"I never tire of sailing into the beautiful city of Tromso, with its wonderful blend of traditional wooden buildings and more modern structures such as the beautiful Arctic Cathedral, all surrounded by mountains to finish off the picturesque scene.
"However, when you approach 'The Gateway to the Arctic' with the Northern Lights twinkling overhead, it is truly spectacular. Tromso is directly beneath the Aurora Oval (the epicentre of Northern Lights activity) so we regularly have an opportunity to watch this fantastic show as it changes from light green to dark purple flickering across the sky above the city."
New York, USA – Captain Hakan Svedung, Norwegian Cruise Line
“My favourite city to approach by water has to be New York. The Manhattan skyline is one of the best in the world. When approaching New York early in the morning the light casts a special glow over the city-scape and with the buildings still lit you can even see an almost perfect reflection in the Hudson River – it’s just stunning.”
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