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Memorable views from the Captain’s deck:
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ships Captains share some the World’s best kept secrets.

They travel across the seas with a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders. However, there are some perks to the job; they get to see some of the World’s most spectacular views. Many of the world’s most spectacular panoramas are hidden from normal view, only accessible to the world’s more adventurous travellers.

Caribbean Cruises sails to 260 destinations globally. The cruise company surveyed the Captains of its 23 ships to identify 12 views the appreciated most on their journeys. The selection is simply breath-taking.

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Captain Espen Been, from Grandeur of the Seas, describes the Geiranger Fjord as: “where the mountains meet the sea and the snow from the surrounding tops is mirrored, it seems like everything is blooming.”
The Geiranger fjord in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, in Norway with its deep blue water is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.

Golfo di Poeti, La Spezia, Italy

Lord Byron was so enamoured with Lerici that the bay became known as the Bay of Poets. The Captains commented that it was “easy to see why” it earned such devotion, with comments that the view of the Golfo di Poeti as ships sail out of the port of La Spezia is “enchanting.”

The Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Several captains chose the glaciers of Alaska as a favourite view. They mostly commented on the magnitude and scale of the view from Yakutat to Disenchantment Bay. Voyager of the Seas’ Captain Sindre Borsheim, said that he loves the view because: “it is different every time, as the colours vary with the light” while Captain Juan Caranti, from Radiance of the Seas, added that: “when a piece of ice falls into the ocean it makes an extraordinary roar, like a thunderstorm.”

The Hubbard Glacier, which is located in Eastern Alaska is joined by the Valerie Glacier to the west and joins Disenchantment Bay waters.

Island of Moorea, French Polynesia

The “beautiful green, jagged volcanic mountains” of the Island of Moorea finds its way into the top views for the ship Captains. The French Polynesian island paradise is known for the juxtaposition of sandy beaches against its dramatic mountain ranges, with rainforest trails and scuba diving popular activities for adventurous travellers.

Kotor, Montenegro

Captain Lis Lauritzen, from Vision of the Seas, chose Kotor in Montenegro because he felt that it is “completely different in terms of view and environment.”

The port in the Gulf of Kotor is considered to be one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. The historic town of Kotor has little commercial traffic and is known for its Venetian style architecture set against a mountainous backdrop.

Nice, France

A popular destination for the well-trodden holidaymaker, the Captains commented that the view of Nice as they sail into the neighbouring port of VilleFranche deserved a place in the top 20 thanks to its mountainous backdrop. Captain Tomas Busto, from Adventure of the Seas, said he loved it because: “when the ships arrive in the Mediterranean in April, the mountains are still snow-capped but the beaches are welcoming sunbathers.”

Sydney harbour, Australia

Captain Rick Sullivan, from Explorer of the Seas, called Sydney Harbour “the most iconic harbour in the world.” As one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world with more than 240 kilometres of shoreline and meandering waterways, it also plays host the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

Captain Espen Been said that “homes look like doll’s houses” as you sail past the archipelago through thousands of rocks and tiny islands on the entry to the port in Stockholm.

With nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocks - from Arholma in the north to Landsort in the south - rugged nature blends with wooded islands, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches in the second largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea.

Vesuvius, Naples, Italy

The landscape of the Mediterranean was regularly cited by the Captains as housing some of the best views in the world but several identified the view of Vesuvius towering over Naples at sunrise as an extraordinary image to capture from the sea..

Vancouver, Canada

Captain Rick Sullivan, from Explorer of the Seas, chose Vancouver because of the perspective of sailing under the First Narrows Bridge into Vancouver Harbour looking at the city against the backdrop of the mountains.

Venice Harbour, Italy

Several of the Captains surveyed, felt that Venice’s stunning architecture was at its best when the sun is rising over it first thing in the morning.

The English Channel, UK

Captain Henrik Loft Soerensen, from Brilliance of the Seas, says that his favourite view is of the expanse of English Channel because it is “beautiful and peaceful”.

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