8 Cruises For Film Lovers
From the Texas locations of the Golden Globe winner to the Sicilian village that welcomed Al Pacino, cruise passengers can visit some notable film locations.
Here are our eight favourite locations where you can re-enact film scenes while on a cruise holiday.
A Taste Of Texas - Princess Cruises
Richard Linklater's Boyhood picked up the top award at the Golden Globes. The film was shot over 12 years at various locations in Texas including the Pedernales Falls State Park, Big Bend National Park and the city of Austin. Houston also features prominently, with Minute Maid Park and the Museum of Natural Science both appearing.
Cruise Into Cannes - Celebrity Cruises
Tread the red carpet with a 10-night cruise that takes in Cannes Film Festival. Celebrity Cruises' Equinox stops off in the south of France en route from Barcelona to Rome. Guests can attend an exclusive VIP rooftop celebration with live music and cocktails. Back on board, there’ll be a film festival showing classic Palme d'Or winners and talks with a film historian.
One Cruise To Rule Them All - Silversea
Guests on Silversea’s New Zealand cruises departing from Auckland can head to the Matamata farm which doubled as Bilbo and Frodo’s Hobbiton home in both of Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Visits are available as a pre- or post-cruise extension, as well as a full-day mid-cruise excursion. Fans should take up the longer option that also takes in the Tongariro National Park. The near-perfect conical shape of the Ngauruhoe volcano was the inspiration for Mount Doom.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse? - Regent Seven Seas
The Sicilian town of Savoca appeared in The Godfather, and can be visited by passengers on Regent Seven Seas’ sailings from Rome to Venice. The Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli and the delightfully time-warped Bar Vitelli, where Al Pacino hung out during filming, are both included on a free excursion from the rugged port of Taormina.
For a small extra charge, you can also head to the villa used as the film home of Don Corleone. Sleeping with the fishes and horse heads in your cabin are not an option.
Nautical Nordic Noir - Princess Cruises
Where better to see Stieg Larsson's novels brought to life than the still, dark waters of the Baltic? Fans of the trilogy will love Princess Cruises' Scandinavian Discovery cruise and can watch movies under the stars thanks to a top-deck poolside screen, with chaise lounge seating, free popcorn, cookies and blankets if there’s a chill in the air.
Hollywood And The X Files - Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas sails from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Vancouver was the key filming location for the TV show The X Files, while in LA, passengers can take a Hollywood tour.
En route you can re-live Steve McQueen’s San Francisco car-chase scene from Bullitt, and in the wine country surrounding Santa Barbara soak up the scenery that inspired 2004 film, Sideways.
Caribbean Cocktail - MSC Cruises
A Caribbean voyage with MSC Cruises features three movies. Sailing from Miami to the Bahamas on Davina, stops include Puerto Rico for The Rum Diary locations, Charlotte Amalie in the US Virgin Islands, setting for scenes from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Jamaica for an excursion to Ocho Rios where Tom Cruise’s Cocktail was filmed.
Angels & Demons - Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas sailing from Barcelona to Monte Carlo include an Angels and Demons shore excursion in Rome, exploring some of the sites that inspired author Dan Brown, such as Castel Sant' Angelo, The Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel.
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