Cruising to the world’s tallest buildings

Empire State Building

Seeing a city’s most celebrated sites is an important part of most people’s cruise and in many cases, no matter where you are in the world, regardless of their function, some of these places are famous largely because of their towering height. Whether currently the world’s tallest structure or one which held the title for many (sometimes thousands) of years, here’s a look at some of the tallest buildings you can see while on a cruise.

Burj Khalifa
What?
A skyscraper which is currently the tallest man-made structure in the world at 2,722 feet.
Where?
You’ll find this truly epic structure in downtown Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. If you’ve a head for heights, visit At the Top, the building’s lofty observation deck, for the view of a lifetime.
How?
Book a Middle East cruise which has Dubai on its itinerary.

Tokyo Sky Tree
What?
A broadcasting tower which also features a restaurant and an observation area.
Where?
Located in Sumida in Tokyo, Japan, the tower was the world’s tallest structure until the completion of the Burj Khalifa. It was built to relay TV and radio signals to aid the Tokyo Tower (just over half its size at 1,093 feet) in its task.
How?
Many cruises which explore the Far East include Tokyo as a port of call.

Petronas Twin Towers
What?
A pair of twin skyscrapers, they are currently the tallest twin building in the world.
Where?
You’ll find the towers in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The towers are connected by the Skybridge, a double-decker bridge which slides in and out of the towers and is the highest two-story bridge in the world.
How?
Book an Asian cruise with Malaysia on the itinerary and you’re likely to visit its capital.

Empire State Building
What?
A 102-story skyscraper which was the tallest building in the world for 40 years.
Where?
Located in Manhattan, New York, it’s one of the seven wonders of the modern world and since its construction in 1931, it was the world’s tallest building until the first tower of the World Trade Center was completed in 1972. The observation deck on the tower’s 86th floor offers 360 views of the city below.
How?
New York is a busy cruise port and a popular starting and ending point for transatlantic cruises, so book a Caribbean cruise which sails from there or book a transatlantic cruise directly from the UK.

Great Pyramid of Giza
What?
An ancient burial tomb. The only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence, at 481 feet, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for a staggering 3,800 years.
Where?
Located in Giza, Egypt, it’s believed to have been built as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu and took 20 years to build and is today one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.
How?
Sail on a Middle East cruise which calls at Alexandra, Egypt and book a shore excursion which calls at Giza.

By Simon Brotherton
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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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