Best place your ship ever took you?


#1

Carrying this over from another thread.
Other than your home port, what is the best place your seagoing vessel ever took you?? (We know home is always the best, so we’ll drop that in a hurry)
Me- Rio de Janiero, great food, great view, great city!


#2

Rio was nice, but I would have to say Saipan…everything that I imagined at the end of the rainbow minus the short green guy.


#3

My favorite place in the world to have sailed into (not tropical) is Madera. I sailed into the harbor on a small sail boat right around Christmas. Ever street and ally had complex christmas themes of lights across the from building to building. The university students were caroling. Amazing place in all aspects, and if you like Port wine than you will be spoiled by the Madera wines. I was taken through a large stone arch into a sub level with huge wooden casks in a row. There were two little ancient men in the depths cleaning tasting glasses. I tried all the samples of the smaller casks and walled away happy with cases in hand and a bottle in the gut.


#4

Madera is neat but that’s a tough question. I’m sure I’m missing a few but here are some of my favorites:
Coopenhagen

Bermuda

Cape Town / kwazulu natal (n of durban)

Borneo

Mauritius

Thailand
I am also a fan of big cities and love;
NYC

London

Singapore

Tokyo
Last time I sailed by Zanzibar I almost threw a wrench in the engine, I thought that would make for a good story.

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#5

Great Question RR…
So many places, so many beautiful women…lol
I’m going with Freemantle Australia…The women absolutely loved, us Yanks !..
Pattaya Beach Thailand
Subic Bay , Phillipines
Yelapa, Mexico… ( South side of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta ) The only access is by boat or mule…No cars, no cops…Heaven on earth…


#6

To sea!


#7

Nawiliwili Kauai


#8

Our school ship went to Dan’nang when i was on it. God damn that was a good time. We sat at a beach restaurant on china beach where you ordered seafood by the pound. Best seafood I’ve ever had and beers were dirt cheap also. I think a whole day of drinking and eating cost me forty bucks. Can’t wait to go back there with my buddies after school.


#9

Freshwater City.


#10

Capetown
Sydney
Hong Kong


#11

Like Anchorman said, Saipan was fun.

Also liked Gibraltar, Pusan (didn’t get enough time ashore, as usual…), and halifax.

Haifa was interesting, as was Fujiarah UAE. (true story… Marine security detail was to meet the ship there, they show up in civvies, but under heavy UAE military escort. “why the civvies?” “Oh, they wanted us to keep a low profile” said the SGT with a sly grin.)

Coastwise, I’d say Anacortes WA or Kenai AK.


#12

Hmmmm…Keelung, Taiwan


#13

Jeff, you weren’t window shopping were you?..<img alt="" src=“http://gcaptain.com/maritime/forum/js/FCKeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/embaressed_smile.gif” />


#14

No, I was sampling and buying…“check and check, then select”


#15

The ship went to Taiwan before I was assigned…The crew filled me in on what I had missed…Maybe next time…lol…


#16

Stockholm, Sweden


#17

Thunder Bay Canada… Met my wife there.


#18

In no particular order guys, but her it goes:
Subic Bay and Manila, Republic of the Philippines
Honolulu, Hawaii
Lyttelton, New Zealand
Punta Arenas, Chile,
Talcahuano, Chile
Capetown, South Africa
Bay of Whales, Antarctica
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Palmer Station, Antarctica
Deception Island, Antarctica
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Apia, Western Samoa
Souda Bay and Chania, Crete
Ash Shuaybah, Kuwait
Gdansk, Poland
Goteborg, Sweden
Bergen, Norway
Stavanger, Norway
Aberdeen…man, there was this red head…
…and most points in between, and many more I’m forgetting. I don’t know that I can “pick” a favorite, as all of them offered something so much different from the other.
If nothing else, it’s been interesting!


#19

Sounds like you’ve spent some time on the Palmer and the Gould?


#20

Just the Palmer C_A - The rest of the ports came before, during, and after…