Best Cruise Ships for People Who Really Love Taking Pictures

by Emese Graham
young woman leans against cruise ship railing for a photo at sea

So, you’re addicted to your Instagram. Honestly, we don’t blame you. The world is beautiful. How could you not want to capture its best side and share it with the people you love (or at least follow)?

Go ahead and take that keen eye and joie-de-vivre of yours to the world’s waterways. These picture-perfect cruise ships make for stunning backdrops in between each and every gorgeous destination.

The A and The B by U River Cruises

Let’s cut to the chase. This boutique river ship’s rooftop lounge could be the best vantage point for capturing Europe from the splashy end of the riverbank. Perfect for trendy selfies by day or night and uninterrupted panoramic shots, she’s sure to make your travel scrapbook pop.

But since one Insta-trap does not a postcard ship make, The A also boasts flashy backdrops on all three decks, including the technicolour Ice Bar, the adorable U lounge, and visibly cozy cabins.

The Scarlet Lady by Virgin Voyages

We can’t take our eyes off this lady in red! Once you see her in person, neither will you. It’s 100% clear that when Virgin Voyages designed this modern luxury ship, they did so with your camera in mind.

Snap a breathtaking shot from countless portholes and strike a pose in every expertly designed suite and public space. The moodiness of The Manor, the vibrant colours of Voyage Vinyl, and the super-dreamy vibes of your suite will be filling up your IG feed for ages.

The Avalon View by Avalon Waterways

If it wasn’t already obvious by her name, The Avalon View’s most stunning feature is what she doesn’t have much of: walls.

Thanks to the panoramic liding windows in every suite, you won’t even have to lift head from pillow to get that breathtaking shot that brought you to Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa in the first place.

The Wind Surf by Windstar Cruises

Nothing will quite prepare you for the moment the sails unfurl on Windstar’s iconic sailing ship. Your first thought will be, “I can’t believe I’m really here”. Your next one: “I hope I remembered to press record!”.

For when you’re feeling fancy, for when you’re feeling adventurous, for when you’re craving an experience that tilts your perspective upside down, climb aboard the Wind Surf. Her welcoming spaces and six unique decks are all nothing short of postcard perfect.

The Celebrity Edge by Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity’s youngest fleet member is also its most innovative. The outward facing design means more videos and pictures of the wide, blue ocean for your reminiscing pleasure. Onboard, plan some portraits inside the “living” room known as Eden or the pristine marble spa space (and don’t forget the obligatory shot in front of the Edge’s butterfly wings).

Perhaps the most photogenic spaces of all can be found in The Retreat. Think: floral sundecks, a stylish lounge, and a penthouse suite you’ll have to zoom into to believe.


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