For decades, films have inspired us to travel the world in search of the beautiful, far-flung destinations we’ve seen on screen. These glamorous locations invite us to jet off on fun-filled adventures; taking our levels of wanderlust to new highs. But you don’t need to spend months planning a complicated journey of planes, trains and treks to get to some of your favourite film locations; you can reach them by film scene cruise.
Top 4 Film Scene Cruise
Many iconic filming spots appear on cruise ship itineraries; making it easy for you to visit the setting of your favourite film and relive the highlights. Here are just four famous film locations you can visit on a cruise.
The rugged, intimidating mountains, thick, verdant jungles and exotic, alien-like plants that make up the Kauai island of Hawaii; have served as the backdrop to some of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park films. You can tour around the location of the prologue, where a member of staff fell prey to an unseen predator being loaded into a container; at the National Tropical Botanical Garden yourself when you book a Hawaiian cruise. You can also take a helicopter tour and fly over Na Pali’s green slopes which were used in place of ‘Isla Nublar’ in the film.
Lord of the Rings
New Zealand is one of the best cruise destinations for film buffs to visit. There are boundless Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit tours around the island which take you to all kinds of interesting filming spots, like Gollum’s pool and Hobbiton; although these are usually extended tours lasting 11-15 days. A visit to Matamata (Middle Earth) is a great day out that’s totally possible to do on a film scene cruise ship stop-over, since it’s less than an hour away from Tauranga port.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
As well as being one of the Seven Wonders of the World; Petra in Jordan also featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as the entrance to the temple that housed the Holy Grail. Many Middle Eastern cruises stop off at the Aqaba cruise port, which is a straight-forward drive from the magnificent landmark.
Step foot on one of the most iconic scenes ever featured in cinematic history, by sailing away on a Caribbean Cruise. The scene from the very first Bond film, Dr No; in which bikini-clad Honey Ryder emerges from the waves was filmed at Laughing Waters in Saint Ann’s Bay; just three miles outside Ocho Rios in Jamaica. This port town was used as a backdrop to many other parts of the film; including Miss Taro’s bungalow on “Magenta Drive” (now the Couples Sans Souci); and Dr No’s bauxite mine (a real bauxite mine on the north shore).