It might take you awhile to get there, but once you’re in northern Norway or in the South Pacific, you’ll remember why you decided to cruise to some of the world’s most remote ports. While journeying to some gorgeous remote ports requires expedition ships or smaller cruise lines, offerings are more plentiful than ever before. Even big-name cruise lines offer trips that go to far-flung places, ensuring you’ll be able to cruise your way to remote ports around the globe. There are even cruises that go to the North Pole. Here are five cruise ports of the beaten path.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Sure, Sydney, Australia, is a beautiful port city, but it's nowhere near as remote as the Canadian city of the same name. Sydney is at the very northeastern tip of Nova Scotia, just southwest of Newfoundland. The Port of Sydney says, “[V]isitors are eager to discover our unique and treasured island … with its gracious and proud people, rich Gaelic heritage and sweeping landscapes.” Known as the ocean gateway to Cape Breton Island, on which it lies, Sydney has become a relatively popular destination for cruise lines looking to get away from the ordinary.
Okay, but what about tropical remote cruise destinations? Bye-bye, Bahamas, and hello French Polynesia. It’s more than 2,600 miles from New Zealand and more than 2,600 miles from Hawaii, so it’s decidedly remote. But, perhaps that and the tranquil beauty of its largest islands – Tahiti and Bora Bora – are what make it a majorly popular cruise destination. While you’re exploring French Polynesia, keep in mind that there are plenty of options to avoid the crowds of those main islands by heading to Taha’a, Raiatea or one of many other French Polynesian islands that rival the sheer splendor of any place on the planet.
As if this blog post were an infomercial, but wait – there’s more! Sure, the Marquesas Islands are part of French Polynesia, but they’re nearly 1,000 miles from Tahiti – not exactly next-door neighbors. Further northeast and closer to the equator, the Marquesas Islands make up some of the most geographically remote places on earth. Cruises here also typically visit more central French Polynesia, so you’ll be able to visit a multitude of the most remote ports in the world in one trip.
Easter Island, Chile
It’s a remote dot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known for its mysterious stone Moai statues. It’s a whopping 2,182 miles away from mainland Chile and its nearest neighbors are on the equally remote Pitcairn Island, 1,289 miles away. You can get there as part of a lengthy cruise to or from French Polynesia with some operators, or go straight there with others (it’ll still be a fairly long journey). The island is also a World Heritage Site, protected within Rapa Nui National Park by UNESCO since 1995. It is believed that the first inhabitants of the island arrived from Polynesia sometime near the year 1200. Now, centuries later, you can make that same ocean journey – only a bit more comfortably on your next cruise.
About 310 miles north of Oslo, Molde is a scenic city on the Norwegian Sea. It’s famous for its panoramic view of 222 snowy mountain peaks, holds an annual international jazz festival and is the city nearest to the Atlantic Ocean Road, voted Norway’s “Engineering Feat of the Century” in 2005. Cruise ships dock right in the center of town, which is quaint Norway at its finest.