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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!


Friday 1st of December 2017

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.

Wandermust Mummy

Friday 1st of December 2017

We’ve done many lines but Santorini was with rcl


Friday 27th of January 2017

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

Wandermust Mummy

Friday 27th of January 2017

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

alex muir

Thursday 26th of January 2017

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

Wandermust Mummy

Thursday 26th of January 2017

It is an amazing city

Tracy McConnachie Collins

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

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

Wandermust Mummy

Thursday 26th of January 2017

Yes it is a real sight to behold


Wednesday 25th of January 2017

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

Wandermust Mummy

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

Great suggestions - I will look these up