See the best cruises for stunning photos

( - The views seen from cruise ships tend to linger in your memory and make your fingers itch for a camera. Whether you are shooting with your iPhone or digital camera or using film, there are some places around the world where postcard-perfect scenery abounds.

Proof that cruisers can take excellent photos can be seen in guest hallways on Princess Cruises' Royal Princess and Regal Princess, where 1,000 photos submitted by past cruise passengers are on display.

If you're not quite sure of your point-and-shoot skills, on some ships you can improve in photography classes. Lindblad Expeditions ships have a National Geographic-trained photographer onboard offering tips.

Sometimes, though, the destination will do all the work for you. Here are the best cruise spots for stunning photos.


The crystal-clear fjords serve up one picture-postcard scene after another. You'll pass 1,000-foot cliffs, snowcapped mountains, mammoth waterfalls and beautiful rolling valleys. Some scenes may remind you of the fabled Trolls, especially as views unfold well into the evening in the land of the Midnight Sun.

Greek Isles

Whitewashed towns, blue-domed churches, beaches, ancient ruins and abundant sunshine make the Greek Isles a photographer's delight. While only 227 of the more than 6,000 islands are inhabited, you'll have plenty of opportunity to capture quintessential scenes. Choose a cruise itinerary that includes Santorini for shots of cliff-side towns above the volcano-created bay.

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High drama takes place in the calm waters of Alaska's Inside Passage, whether its whales spouting and breaching, bald eagles flying overhead, jumping fish, honking sea lions, waterfalls or a house-sized chunk from an immense glacier thunderously calving into the sea. Keep your camera poised at all times. You may even sight a grizzly.

French Polynesia

Dark volcanic peaks above very green foliage, pristine beaches and startlingly blue sky and sea will have you snapping photos of paradise found. Bring an underwater camera to capture the colorful world of corals and fish under the sea – where you can also bag proof if you choose to swim with sharks.


You won't find many humans here, but you will find views and photographic opportunity in and around Antarctica that includes the sheer starkness. The "Great White Continent" unfolds with magnificent white and blue icebergs and spectacular glaciers. Shoot your ship's Zodiacs filled with parka-clad passengers against the frozen scene. You may get shots too of orca and sperm whales. On island stops, photographic delights include close-ups of penguins.

Milford Sound

This waterway, which cuts through steep glacier-carved cliffs in Fjordland National Park on New Zealand's South Island, is little changed since Maori people discovered the passage more than 1,000 years ago. Snow-topped peaks are reflected in clear water, and you can capture the ethereal beauty in a photo, especially if you arrive on a fair weather day.


River cruises on the Mekong and ocean cruises to such cities as Hanoi and De Nang bring so many intriguing sights you may find you can't put your camera down. There's the elderly woman in conical straw hat, fishermen using traditional nets, rice paddies, ancient temples, motorbikes and vendors clogging streets and scenes of both mountains and jungle. Take a junk (a kind of boat) through the craggy and eerily misty limestone formations of Halong Bay and visit the quaint, historical resort town of Hoi An, both a photographer's dream.


Gothic and Renaissance buildings including churches and palaces, the maze of canals and little side streets, gondolas, ornate bridges and squares will have you snapping away. Even the scene of laundry hanging from clothesline can seem magical in Venice, where photographic surprises are around every corner. People watching in St. Mark's Square is among the must-dos. Take a vaporetto (water bus) for two miles of views along the Grand Canal.

New England

The colorful leaves of New England in fall are one of nature's best shows and a photographer's delight. Capture vistas of quaint towns and scenes of trees in red, orange and gold – including as you cruise the rugged Atlantic coast to Canada. Choose an itinerary that visits Bar Harbor for the explosion of color at Acadia National Park. The tree-lined Saguenay fjord in Quebec is stunningly beautiful in fall. Keep an eye out for humpback and minke whales as you cruise the coast too.

The Galapagos

These islands, located some 600 miles off of Ecuador, are one of the few places in the world where the wildlife is so unafraid of humans that some creatures will actually pose for your camera. Expect to capture many images of various types of boobies, iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises, flamingos and more. Shots of barren landscapes and volcanic peaks will also help you remember this wild spot.

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