About Interesting Places in the World
What constitutes an interesting place is in the eye of the traveler. For an avid cruiser, many port cities are beautiful and fascinating. Though each has its own identity, entering a city via ship makes them all special.
Many travelers agree that Sydney, Australia, has the most beautiful harbor in the world. If you're lucky enough to visit Sydney via cruise ship, one of your first sights will be the amazingly designed and constructed Sydney Opera House. Add to that the wealth of outdoor activities, the breezy attitude of the locals and the popularity of the arts and you've got a fascinating place to visit.
Curacao is a Caribbean island that is part of the Netherlands Antilles and located near the coast of Venezuela. Many cruises feature it as a port of call on their Southern Caribbean or Central American itineraries. The cruise ship sails right into the middle of the colorful city, which boasts lovely multicolored houses and buildings.
Hong Kong has a beautiful skyline as well as a gorgeous harbor. If you're not cruising, don't miss an evening harbor cruise. Hong Kong, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, is rich in history and culture and is a shopper's mecca.
Charleston, South Carolina
Another port city that provides rich history and architecture is Charleston, South Carolina. A favorite with many Civil War buffs, Charleston is increasingly sophisticated, with a great food and arts scene.
Every city has its own story to tell. One of the best ways to learn more is to spend time talking with locals. They'll tell you about their lives and will also express much curiosity about yours.
Debbie Selinsky is an award-winning writer based in North Carolina. Selinsky is the former senior editor of "Success Magazine" and deputy director of the Duke University News Service. She has written about travel for many years and specializes in cruise travel, having sailed on more than 100 cruises. Selinsky attended North Greenville University, Oregon Institute of Technology and the Poynter Institute for Journalistic Excellence.
The Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbour/photo by D. Selinsky