Take off for distant and not-so-distant shores to experience the most beautiful ports of call around the world.
Between low cost flights and rail connections, getting to your holiday destination has never been easier. But there is something deeply romantic about pulling into a port or seeing an impressive skyline from the view of a ship. These 30 ports serve many functions, and whether they're moving people or products they're sure to dazzle.
Cape Town, South Africa
The Port of Cape Town is a lively and vivacious place to be due to its location along one of the busiest trade routes in South Africa. Many cruise ships stop here to allow visitors to explore Cape Town's many wonders, and it's not just the number of boats that will take you by surprise! The port lies in the shadow of Table Mountain, which makes it one of the most attractive ports to sail into.
Sydney Harbour is considered one of the most alluring ports in the world. It's a grand stretch of 240 kilometers lined with pretty beaches, gardens and not to mention some of Australia's top attractions including the Sydney Opera House. There are many activities you can get involved with at this harbour such as visiting the landmarks, getting involved with watersports at one of the beaches or simply taking a picnic out on one of the harbour islands. For truly unforgettable views, you can climb the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A top attraction in Hong Kong is without a doubt Victoria Harbour. After all, it's one of the best places to see the city's skyline, which includes the Bank of China and HSBC buildings. The "Symphony of Lights" takes place in the evening, a light and laser show featuring more than 40 different buildings on different sides of the harbour. It takes many by surprise, especially as the lights are synchronized with music. The harbour has a long history inextricably linked to that of the city and is a must-visit if you find yourself in Hong Kong.
New York, USA
New York's harbour is extremely exciting and can be explored by taxi, ferry or ship. There are many infamous sights to spot during your tour of the harbour including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verazzo Bridge. You can also appreciate great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. For years, the harbour has played an important role in the regional economy and transportation network. There are many boat trips and cruises that take place daily.