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The World's Greatest Cruise Ports

Santorini, Greece

Sheer volcanic cliffs, topped by sparkling white houses, make htis ampng the most beautiful spots on earth. Take teh cable car up and back from the dick (it's nicer and less smely than the donkey ride). 

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Tracy Arm, Alaska

Cruise ships line up like white stretch limos below the ice cliffs of Glacier Bay National Park. Try to book a cruise that instead goes to this less-crowded but equally awesome ice-festooned fjiord south of Juneau. (Photo: Disney Cruise Line)

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

 Get off your ship and head straight up the hill, past the mobbed shops and restaurants of Old San Juan. There you'll find the 400-year-old fortress of El Morro, a European citadel above an impossibly blue sea. 

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Istanbul, Turkey

 It's just a brief walk from the pier to 1,700-year-old Hagia Sophia, once the largest church building on earth. Its spacious interior offers lots of quiet nooks for solitary reflection — and a cavernous space that instills awe for the Infinite. (Photo: Princess Cruises)

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Capetown, South Africa

 Chances are you'll view this city's most awesome sight right from your deck: A low, cottony cloud oouring over the top of Table Mountain. If there's no cloud that day, take the 10-minute cable car ride to the summit for a dramatic view of the city — and your cruise ship lying beyond. (Photo: MSC Cruises)

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Budapest, Hungary

The bustling ancient city sprawls on either side of the Danube River. A quiet climb up Castle Hill on the western shore, leads to a Disneyesque castle with an unforgettable view. (Photo: Viking River Cruises)

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New Orleans, Louisiana

 The Big Easy's riverbost pier is a 10-minute walk from the raucous French Quarter. But don't wedge yourself into Bourbon Street's rock-and-roll-infused melee; follow the sounds of the city's quiet side streets for some authentic jazz.

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St. Lucia

From your ship, take a ferry directly to the Caribbean's most awesome sight, the towering Pitons. At 2, 461 and 2,619 feet, these remote peaks rival any volcanic pillars in the world. 

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