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The magic of the sea is irrepressible and movies shot on cruise liners are certainly a great way to evoke memories of the ocean. Everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire to Kristen Bell and Alvin and the Chipmunks has starred in a feature film set aboard a cruise ship or ocean liner.

An Affair to Remember

The 1957 released movie stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and routinely finds itself in lists of the most romantic movies of all time. Shot aboard the transatlantic ocean liner SS Constitution, the lead couple fall in love on the ocean liner and agree to meet six months after their trip. However, when the couple decides to meet, Deborah has  an accident that leaves her unable to walk. The love story that plays out on the cruise liner when the couple gets attracted to each other is a key highlight.


The lilting tunes of Celine Dion’s theme song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ have almost become iconic in the 1997 movie Titanic. Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, this is a cruise movie that fictionalises the sinking of the RMS Titanic and is easily one of the most loved ones. Shot aboard the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, this movie directed by James Cameron was one of the most expensive movies of its time. The winner of 11 Oscar awards, it was an epic love story intertwined with human emotions in the face of loss and despair.

The Poseidon Adventure

This 1972 film, the story is based on SS Poseidon, a fictional aged luxury liner sailing from New York City to Athens on her final voyage when she is overturned by a tsunami. The story centres around how a preacher leads the small group of survivors to safety. A visual spectacle, the movie deservedly won the Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the famed number ‘The Morning After’.

A Night to Remember

This 1958 film plays out the final night of RMS Titanic before it sank and stars Kenneth More. Said to be one of the most historically accurate versions of the Titanic, the movie showcases how the unsinkable Titanic collides with an iceberg and the chaos that ensues after. The film’s climactic sinking of the vessel is spot on and is just 37 minutes shorter than the actual tragedy and has been shot in real time.

The action and restrained performances of the team is a big highlight of this movie and the focus really is on the ship itself, which makes this one for all sea lovers.

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