July is the heart of Hollywood’s blockbuster season – and the perfect time to set sail on a cruise! We decided to take a look at some of the best movie locations you simply have to visit on your next sailing…
With thousands of stunning ports across the globe, many of them offer up the ideal opportunity to submerge yourself in one of your all-time favourite films. There are the obvious destinations like New York City, Los Angeles, and London – where many movies have been filmed – but there are a few others that are worthy of a visit too. These are some of our favourite, famous movie locations you can visit on a cruise.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Venice
One of the greatest movie franchises of all time – Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones. The movie arrived in Venice in 1988 to film part of the third installment of the trilogy – The Last Crusade, where Indiana and his father (Harrison Ford and Sean Connery) search for the ‘Holy Grail’. Indiana finds a clue in the Church of San Barnaba, in the laidback Dorsoduro district, across the Canal Grande from St Mark’s. Make sure to take a snap in front of the church – unfortunately, only the exterior of the building is real – no running around underground passages and secret corridors for you!
Venture to Venice and see the intriguing beauty of this city for yourself. P&O Cruises offer a variety of itineraries that call here – Croatia and Italy or Italy, Malta and Greece are two of the best. One thing’s for sure, you’ll come away feeling as real an adventurer as Mr.Jones himself by the time you’re done exploring!
Jurassic Park, Hawaii
Jurassic Park graced our screens way back in 1993 and was an instant Hollywood hit – several movies later and it’s safe to say we’re still gripped by the tale of human hungry dinosaurs. The majority of the filming for all of the Jurassic Park movies was done in Hawaii – the island of Kauai to be more specific – although some scenes were also filmed on the islands of O’ahu and Honolulu. Fans of the movie series will be pleased to know that guided film set tours are offered – thankfully, the T-Rex has moved on.
Norwegian Cruise Line are just one cruise line that can take you to this picture-perfect paradise – and since they now offer Premium All Inclusive as standard, you can sip and scoff to your hearts content, too!
Mammia Mia! Skiathos
This ABBA-loving favourite can’t fail to get you singing along to the likes of ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Super Trouper’ and of course, ‘Dancing Queen’! A lot of the movie was filmed on the island of Skopelos, with some iconic scenes filmed in serene Skiathos. This Aegean paradise offers breathtaking scenery, with an old harbour that serves up a relaxing atmosphere mixed with a rustic charm.
It’s a destination that’s bound to make you want to hop on a cruise and get to Greece, fast. The sunshine, sea, sandy beaches and tavernas make Skiathos the perfect destination for a getaway in the Med. There’s even an open-air cinema, which is known to show this memorable movie several times a week in the summer! Thomson Cruises‘ 2018 Aegean Meze itinerary features this stunning port, and all onboard the spectacular TUI Discovery 2. That means you can look forward to sipping away on cocktails to your heart’s content, since she’s All Inclusive as standard!
The Beach, Thailand
Phuket is absolute paradise – there’s no other way to describe it. It’s no wonder Danny Boyle chose to shoot his movie The Beach here, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Is it possible to even watch this film without wanting to go on holiday immediately? The movie inspired so many people to travel to Thailand following its release, but the main location for filming was on the island of Ko Phi Phi Leh at Maya Bay. The waterfall scene, where Leonardo DiCaprio and others jump from a high cliff to the water below, was filmed in Khao Yai National Park in central Thailand, at the Haew Suwat Waterfall. Phuket is also your stop for tours to Khao Ping Gun, aka ‘James Bond Island’, the location for Bond film ‘The Man with The Golden Gun’.
If you’re looking for spectacular scenery and beautiful backdrops, Thailand is the perfect location. Royal Caribbean have some amazing itineraries just ready and waiting to have you sailing through these turqouise waters in no time.
The Godfather, Sicily
The ultimate gangster movie, The Godfather is a violent and complex story of family loyalties, murder, coercion, drugs, Dons and offers “he can’t refuse”. The Corleone family, headed up by Vito, come from the town of Corleone in Sicily – however due to its overdeveloped look, the filming shifted over to the prettier, more atmospheric villages of Savoca and Forza agro, near Taormina.
These key sets are only a short journey away from the majestic port of Messina – the villages themselves are quaint and quirky, and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into the movie! Make sure to visit the famous Bar Vitelli and the iconic wedding church. Back in the centre of Messina, you can visit the legendary Duomo Cathedral and the monumental Fountain of Orion. And for a real feel of what Italy has to offer, why not set sail with the Italian cruise line MSC Cruises?!
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