Cruise ship captains give advice on their top sailing destinations
If you’re consider a cruise but don’t know where to go, how about considering the suggestions of cruise ship captains who travel around the world for a living.
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Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise ship company and parent company of many cruise lines, asked a variety of their captains what’s their favourite destination.
Captain Mariano Manfuso, who sails the Island Princess for Princess Cruises, put a vote in for French Polynesia, saying the sunsets are extraordinary and visiting the islands is a unique experience. He notes that “Bora Bora is the perfect place for diving and water safaris, an enchanting geological phenomenon".
Another captain, Captain Dino Sagani, cited Sydney, Australia as a top destination, noting that heading into the famed Sydney Harbour is “second to none – the white surf breaking onto the rocky Heads that mark the entrance, a natural welcome to the beautiful waters”. The views travellers get of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are a also an amazing experience for travellers, he says.
But Indonesia was the top destination of Captain Hans Mateboer, who sails for the Holland America Line and said that the country’s sunsets are an unexplainable adventure. “Seeing this huge warmth-generating star touch the horizon and seemingly stay there for a while, then disappear too soon, is a wonder that is unbelievably grand in its simplicity".
Captain Peter Philpott said that he likes to sail through the Panama Canal, which resonates with him because of the history of the canal, which was completed in the 20th century. “When we sail through the steep-sided Gaillard Cut section of the canal, one cannot but think with awe of the vast numbers of canal construction workers who lost their lives in the jungle in order to complete this Wonder of the World, connecting two oceans, which forever changed the face of the shipping industry."
But there are as many destination suggestions as there are cruise ship captains, with others suggesting Fort-de-France, Martinique; Manaus, Brazil; Grand Turk; Hamburg, Germany; Brisbane, Australia and New York.