Port Cities from the Movies

Is it over yet? We are drumming our fingers wondering when the pandemic will be history or when a vaccine is developed allowing Americans to be welcomed in other countries. While we wait, we can think about cities we have seen in movies that we might visit with a great big ship underneath us.

  1. Nice, France. You can think of plenty of movies set on the French Riviera. All of them stylish and elegant. To Catch a Thief, the 1952 movie with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is a Hitchcock classic.
  2. Paris, France. Everyone has their favorite Paris based movie. Mine is Charade, the 1963 film starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Music by Henry Mancini. The city still features the Bateaux-Mouche riverboat dinner cruises along the Seine River.
  3. New York, NY. British friends we met on Cunard visited with us for several days. They had a list of NYC filming locations they wanted to see. Other people want to visit the city that’s home to the BRAVO TV series Real Housewives of New York.
  4. Rome, Italy. Lots of romantic films are set here. Classics include Toman Holiday (1953) and Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). Lots of adventure movies too. Take your pick.
  5. Nassau, Bahamas. The James Bond movie No (1962) comes to mind. Has the Straw Market changed all that much? Casino Royale (2006) is more current. Let’s not forget Pirates of the Caribbean. (2006, 7)
  6. Hamilton, Bermuda. Time for another Cary Grant classic. A Touch of Mink (1962) also starred Doris Day. Parts of Hamilton have changed, yet the island still has the atmosphere that’s attracted people for decades.
  7. Los Angeles, CA. It’s tough to pick one movie when it’s the film capital. Think about TV series including NCIS LA. Think music, like the Beach Boys.
  8. Venice, Italy. Many consider it the most romantic city in the world. OK, maybe the 2010 film The Tourist starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie didn’t do that well, but the Danieli Hotel was central to the plot. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) has some good Venice scenes.
  9. Petra, Jordan. It’s not a port, but land packages can take you there. The Treasury, that building carved into a cliffside, has been on my list of places to see since I first saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Petra also features in Aladdin (2019) The Mummy Returns (2001) and Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen (2009).
  10. London, England. It’s not a port for cruise ships, but you usually pass through on your trip. So many movies have been filmed in the city! The Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law come to mind. Four Weddings and a Funeral is a Hugh Grant classic, along with Love Actually. The Harry Potter films have enough London locations that tours have sprung up to show them to you.


If you are a film fan, there are probably cities you have always wanted to visit. Start making a list.

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