5 best cruise ports for architecture 

5 best cruise ports for architecture 

We at Wandermust family love cruising, everything from convenience of onboard food to simply watching the sea go by. But our favourite thing about cruising has to be the ports. This list is for all you architecture lovers out there – from all of our adventures by cruise these are what we think are the top five ports for seeing different architecture!

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There isn’t a Greek yoghurt pot in the world that doesn’t have a picture of Santorini of. The island is home to the archetypal white buildings with blue domes and the beautiful town of oia is not to be missed. For the adventurous among you one of the best things to do in Santorini is to hike from Oia to Fira!

Archetypal Greek architecture


Santorini sail away

Make sure you try the local food while there!

For more ideas on what to do in santorini check out this guide

New York

Perhaps the most famous skyline in the world. As you sail out of port you’ll see the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and more.

New York sail away – what a skyline
View from the top of the rock

On a port excursion make sure you visit the flat iron, Chrysler building and the radiator to see New York in all its Art Deco glory


Like it or loathe, dubai has some of the worlds biggest buildings. A visit to Dubai isn’t complete without a trip to the burj khalifa but there are other impressive buildings too like the burj al arab!

Burj khalifa
Burj khalifa at night

The old souq is also worth a visit to see how Dubai use to be.


Although Rome is an hours drive from the port of civitevetchia it’s well worth the travel. Whether you want to see archaeological ruins at the forum or colosseum or bask in the wonder of the Vatican City – Rome has is all

Vatican City


There is no where on earth quite like Barcelona thanks to the architectural stylings of gaudi- from the park, to his buildings to the incomparable and still incomplete church. An architectural tour of Barcelona is amazing.

Sagrada familia

What are your favourite cruise ports for architecture?

Ps next week is baby cruise week the blog – come back from Monday for family cruise information!


  1. January 24, 2017 / 7:53 am

    All fantastic ports! Hoping to make it to Greece one day! #CityTripping

    • January 24, 2017 / 9:55 am

      It’s a fab one especially if you leave in the cold and arrive in warm Caribbean next

  2. January 24, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I find the prospect of stopping off at incredible places the most tempting bit. What a treat to be able to wake up just off the island of Santorini! #citytripping

    • January 24, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Yes for me it is all about the itinerary – you may be interested in the posts coming up later in the week about picking cruise itineraries. There is another I think you will enjoy coming up tomorrow too!

  3. January 24, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    I’ve never done a cruise before but I think New York would be such an amazing place to see and sail into (And out of!). One day I am going to just kidnap my whole family and place them on a cruise ship (My husband isn’t too keen!)

    • January 24, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      I think it’s a perfect multigenerational holiday as plenty of places to escape too lol! Would thoroughly recommend picking one out of New York

  4. January 24, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I loved the view leaving Istanbul as well on one cruise – such an amazing skyline. Santorini always sounds so stunning though. #citytripping

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Istanbul is the city that keeps getting away from me. Not sure when I’ll get there at the moment

  5. January 24, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Oh, I do want to go to Santorini! I haven’t done a cruise…yet. It is certainly very tempting when you see how many great places you can visit. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • January 24, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Santorini is lovely and a Greek islands cruise wonderful

  6. January 24, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I have never been on a cruise but I’m proud to say I have at some stage visited all but Dubai of your favourite ports. #citytripping

    • January 25, 2017 / 5:11 am

      Dubai is interesting in its own right though it is a bit of a marmite city

  7. January 25, 2017 / 6:11 am

    Wow! I have to cruise more. There are some really interesting ports in here. For architecture, I would cruise to San Juan or Cartagena. #citytripping

  8. January 25, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Love all those places (though have yet to visit Dubai!)

    It must be particularly amazing sailing into New York! It was impressive by air but by boat it must be fantastic! #citytripping

  9. January 26, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I bet it’s a wonderful feeling cruising into the port of New York, such an amazing city. I’ve never done a cruise though so I’m not sure where would be my 2nd choice, South Queensferry maybe, because of the big red bridge? #citytripping

  10. January 27, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Santorini has been creeping up my travel list over the past several months. Would love to visit there within the next couple of years.

    • January 27, 2017 / 5:16 am

      It is beautiful and you feel like your in a yoghurt pot commercial lol.

  11. December 1, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I’m still yet to go on a cruise even though my Mum and stepdad have been and to all of the destinations above. The shot that you have taken of the Santorini sail away is simply stunning; a location that I would definitely put on my travel list. It would be good to know who your cruise was with.

    • December 1, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      We’ve done many lines but Santorini was with rcl

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