World’s top ten historic cruise destinations / ports

They’re a number of different cruise ports around the world but according to Frommers.com, you will find 10 historic cruise ports that are said to be the worlds best. So we thought that we would provide you with a bit of information on these ports.

The first port to make the list was Dubrovnik,Croatia, which is a new commercial port located in the Gruz neighborhood. This port is about 2,5 km northwest from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, which is where you will want to spend most of your day. The port of Gruz, and Dubrovnik is said to be one of the busiest cruise ports in Europe. The official language of Dubrovnik is Croatian and The Kuna is the official currency of Croatia, but Euros are widely accepted.

Second on the list is Venice, Italy. Venice is said to be one of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean, with nearly 500 ship departures per year. The Venice Cruise Terminal is located near the 4-km causeway that links the historic city with the mainland.

The port of Lisbon, Portugal is located on the Tagus estuary in downtown Lisbon, and is a well-established cruise destination. The Alcantara cruise dock is well over 2km (1.24 miles) from the city center and has over 250,000 cruise passengers pass through Lisbon each year. The official language of Portugal is Portuguese, and the currency is the euro and dollars are rarely accepted.

Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most important cruise ports, visited by cruise liners operated by Princess, Oceania, Costa, Celebrity, Cunard and MSC Italian. Most cruise ships will dock in Istanbul at the Karaköy Yolcu Salonu in Karaköy, at the southern tip of Beyoğlu. The currency is Turkish Lira.

The fifth historic cruise port is in Beijing, one of the most exciting cities in China. Located in northern China not far from the sea. Beijing does not qualify as a cruise ship port of call. Beijing is about 2 hours inland from the port at Tianji. Passengers fly from Beijing to the Yangtze River at Chongqing to join their river cruise ship.

In Athens, Greece your cruise ship will dock in the Port of Piraeus, which is about seven miles from Athens. It is an easy walk into Piraeus from the cruise ship terminal. The official language of Greece is Greek. Greece has accepted the euro as its formal currency and US dollars are accepted so is major credit cards.

In Stockholm most cruise ships will be able to dock right in the city center as all inner city quays are equipped for international cruise ship arrivals. Stockholm is said to be a unique cruise destination. Stockholm can accommodate up to 10 cruise ships at a time at its nine berths and the mooring buoy.

The port of Kusadasi in Turkey is in the downtown area. The shopping area is just a short walk from the cruise port. The official language of Turkey is Turkish, and the currency is the Turkish lire.

Quebec is the largest cruise ship port in St. Lawrence. Just a few minutes walk from the cruise ship terminal you will be able to see some fascinating historic buildings and entertainment. The Cruise Terminal in Pointe-à-Carcy was awarded the “Best Destination Experience Independent” in 2010.

The last historic cruise port is St.Petersburg in Russia. The main cruise ship terminal is situated in the main industrial harbor, which is about a 20-minute drive from the downtown area of St. Petersburg. The official language of St. Petersburg is Russian and the currency is the Russian ruble.

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