Cruising carries us all over the globe, exposing us to different landscapes as we explore from the comfort of the lido deck and on shore excursions. For a different view of port, why not try a hot air balloon ride?
If ocean cruises and hot air balloons seem like an awkward fit, you're not wrong; that's why few ports offer balloon rides that send passengers drifting out along the coast. Since hot air balloons fly at the mercy of the wind and weather, and landing can be tricky, free flying (that is, flying without a tether to the ground) is generally a no-no at the coast. However, with a tethered balloon or with a short drive inland, balloon flights can be a jaw-dropping way to take in the scenery.
We love the sight of hot air balloons filling the sky and the vistas when we're perched high above, so we looked for the best ports for hot air balloon rides around the world. Whether you want to soar above the vineyards of France or Italy, take in the sunrise over the jungles of the Dominican Republic or Cambodia, or catch a bird's-eye view of one of the most remote "ports" in the world, we've got you covered.
Read on to discover the 10 best cruise ports for hot air balloon rides.