The majority of cruise ports around the world have been painstakingly designed and constructed to cope with the large number of cruise vessels and other ships that pass through. Some destinations, however, are lucky enough to have their own natural bay, designed and constructed by Mother Nature, creating the perfect docking point for cruise ships with minimal effort on the part of the engineers. This blog will take a look at three of these impressive natural bays, elaborating on the attractions and landmarks on offer in each.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The beautiful and natural Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is one of the Far East’s most spectacular harbours. This magical destination incorporates a multitude of tiny islets to create a destination unlike any other in the world. Ha Long Bay – which translates to mean Bay of Descending Dragons – is surrounded in mystery and intrigue, attracting curious tourists from across the globe.
The local Vietnamese culture is rife in Ha Long Bay and holidaymakers can try a profusion of authentic cuisine and meet friendly local people. A number of sightseeing and excursion opportunities also are available to visitors to the region, including Ha Long Bay cruises, which navigate a selection of the tiny islands that make up the harbour, observing a range of stunning flora and fauna along the way. Don’t miss the chance to visit this incredible harbour while you have the chance – book your Far East cruise now!
Port Jackson is Sydney’s splendid natural harbour, widely regarded as one of the finest harbours in the world. The harbour is also famous as the location of several iconic Australian landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. This vibrant and diverse part of the city is a continual hub of activity, hosting various events throughout the year, such as yacht races and the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Coastal water sports are also popular in the area and everyone is welcome to have a go, whether you are a beginner or seasoned expert.
Cruisers will also find that Port Jackson is the ideal location from which to embark on a tour of the city, as the harbour is surrounded by excellent attractions, including famous structures alongside an array of excellent shops, bar and restaurants. Sydney is one of Australia’s most famous cities, and it is easy to see why upon arrival in this tremendous natural bay.
The Bay of Kotor is a meandering natural harbour on the Adriatic Coast of south western Montenegro, often incorporated within the itineraries of fabulous Eastern Mediterranean cruise getaways. This dramatic bay – once referred to as Europe southernmost fjord – covers 28 kilometres of scenic coastline, running from the open sea to Kotor’s main harbour area. Kotor itself is a charming medieval town brimming with historic structures and ancient culture.
Visitors who make the climb up all of 1350 steps to city’s ancient fortifications, which sit upon the top of sheer-faced cliffs, will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding areas and coastline as well as an insight into the region’s intriguing past. A number of other historic structures can be found littered throughout the city, including the 11th century St Tryphon’s Cathedral, the Orthodox Church of St Nicolas and the many Austro-Hungarian fortresses scattered across the deserted mountains and hills a few kilometres outside of Kotor.
If you are interested in embarking on a blissful to cruise getaway calling at one of these amazing natural bays, follow the links to our main site to see a range of exciting itineraries or ring the number at the top of the page to discuss your next voyage with a member of our dedicated and knowledgeable Cruise Concierge.