Magnificent Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotels Around the World

by Lauren Dana and Donna Heiderstadt

Magnificent Pre- and Post-Cruise Hotels Around the World

by Lauren Dana and Donna Heiderstadt

Many ports are truly worth exploring in their own right — interesting enough for a stand-alone vacation. To make getting to your ship as fuss-free as possible when it’s time to board, we’ve scoped out the most incredible cruise-friendly hotels across the world. Thanks to their central locations and amazing amenities, these eight properties make embarkation a breeze.

Many ports are truly worth exploring in their own right — interesting enough for a stand-alone vacation. To make getting to your ship as fuss-free as possible when it’s time to board, we’ve scoped out the most incredible cruise-friendly hotels across the world. Thanks to their central locations and amazing amenities, these eight properties make embarkation a breeze.

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Guest room at Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam / Photo courtesy of the property
Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront
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Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

This luxe property — which features a gorgeous rooftop pool — is located across the street from the Vancouver cruise terminal. Guest rooms here are spacious and light-filled. From the hotel, it's a five- to 10-minute walk to restaurants and bars in lively Gastown. Book a pre-cruise package to enjoy breakfast and baggage porterage directly to the ship. 

This luxe property — which features a gorgeous rooftop pool — is located across the street from the Vancouver cruise terminal. Guest rooms here are spacious and light-filled. From the hotel, it's a five- to 10-minute walk to restaurants and bars in lively Gastown. Book a pre-cruise package to enjoy breakfast and baggage porterage directly to the ship. 

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
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Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

You’ll find comfortable and spacious rooms at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, which is conveniently located within one mile of the cruise port. The property's palm tree-lined pool is a terrific spot to relax in the sun. We recommend splurging on a pool or intracoastal view category room, since many standard rooms face the street and can get noisy. 

You’ll find comfortable and spacious rooms at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, which is conveniently located within one mile of the cruise port. The property's palm tree-lined pool is a terrific spot to relax in the sun. We recommend splurging on a pool or intracoastal view category room, since many standard rooms face the street and can get noisy. 

Kimpton Ink48 Hotel
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Kimpton Ink48, New York

The stylish Kimpton Ink48 Hotel offers easy access to Hudson Yards, the High Line, the Theater District, and many bars and restaurants. The décor here is sleek and sophisticated. Each room offers pristine views of either the Manhattan skyline or the Hudson River. The rooftop lounge — which overlooks ships in their berths — is the perfect spot to toast your voyage. 

The stylish Kimpton Ink48 Hotel offers easy access to Hudson Yards, the High Line, the Theater District, and many bars and restaurants. The décor here is sleek and sophisticated. Each room offers pristine views of either the Manhattan skyline or the Hudson River. The rooftop lounge — which overlooks the ships in their berths — is the perfect spot to toast your voyage. 

Intercontinental Miami
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InterContinental Miami

The 653-room InterContinental Miami offers pre- and post-cruise packages that include daily breakfast, a $20 credit for transportation to or from the port, and complimentary welcome cocktails. The resort's central location makes it easy to explore nearby restaurants and attractions, such as the arty Wynwood Art District and buzzy South Beach. 

The 653-room InterContinental Miami offers pre- and post-cruise packages that include daily breakfast, a $20 credit for transportation to or from the port, and complimentary welcome cocktails. The resort's central location makes it easy to explore nearby restaurants and attractions, such as the arty Wynwood Art District and buzzy South Beach. 

Hotel Miramar Barcelona
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Hotel Miramar Barcelona

Located on the edge of Montjuic Park, Hotel Miramar Barcelona is the perfect spot to spend a night or two before embarking on a Mediterranean sailing. The main building is a palace that was built for the World Exposition in 1929. Today, the glamorous property is complete with an on-site art gallery, a stunning outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a spa, a restaurant, and two bars. Each of the 75 rooms and suites are outfitted with a private terrace.  

Located on the edge of Montjuic Park, Hotel Miramar Barcelona is the perfect spot to spend a night or two before embarking on a Mediterranean sailing. The main building is a palace that was built for the World Exposition in 1929. Today, the glamorous property is complete with an on-site art gallery, a stunning outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a spa, a restaurant, and two bars. Each of the 75 rooms and suites are outfitted with a private terrace.  

AC Hotel Venezia
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AC Hotel Venezia, Venice

The 79-room AC Hotel Venezia is located within walking distance of Piazzale Roma, the Venice People Mover (a public transit system), and the Santa Lucia station. From here, you can board a vaporetto (water bus) to Piazza San Marco, the cruise terminal, and other hotspots. Most of the guest rooms here face an interior courtyard, a pedestrian alleyway, or a quiet side canal — all of which offer some much-needed peace and quiet after a busy day of exploring. 

The 79-room AC Hotel Venezia is located within walking distance of Piazzale Roma, the Venice People Mover (a public transit system), and the Santa Lucia station. From here, you can board a vaporetto (water bus) to Piazza San Marco, the cruise terminal, and other hotspots. Most of the guest rooms here face an interior courtyard, a pedestrian alleyway, or a quiet side canal — all of which offer some much-needed peace and quiet after a busy day of exploring. 

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam
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Kimpton De Witt, Amsterdam

Opened in 2017 as Kimpton’s first European hotel, Kimpton De Witt is airy and contemporary with eclectic and whimsical touches. Each of the 274 rooms are decorated in crisp white and blue (the blue-tiled bathrooms are a visual delight) with reproductions of notable Dutch artwork. The on-site eatery, Wyers Bar & Restaurant, serves American comfort food with a Dutch twist.

Opened in 2017 as Kimpton’s first European hotel, Kimpton De Witt is airy and contemporary with eclectic and whimsical touches. Each of the 274 rooms are decorated in crisp white and blue (the blue-tiled bathrooms are a visual delight) with reproductions of notable Dutch artwork. The on-site eatery, Wyers Bar & Restaurant, serves American comfort food with a Dutch twist.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
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Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest

The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is an amazing place to kick off a romantic river cruise on the Danube. It’s truly palatial, and you'll discover a new artistic detail each time you wander through. The 179 rooms and suites feature elegant cream, taupe, and mauve décor. Book a Danube River View Room for stellar vistas of the water and the Chain Bridge, which is especially magical at night.

The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is an amazing place to kick off a romantic river cruise on the Danube. It’s truly palatial, and you'll discover a new artistic detail each time you wander through. The 179 rooms and suites feature elegant cream, taupe, and mauve décor. Book a Danube River View Room for stellar vistas of the water and the Chain Bridge, which is especially magical at night.

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