7 Great Movies that Take Place on a Cruise

Most of us can probably say we love to watch a good movie now and then – especially ones that are centered on travel and adventure!  But did you know there are lots of films out there that are set fully or partially on our favorite method of transportation – cruise ships?  We’ve rounded up seven movies about cruising to watch…and this list is not extensive, so see what other ones you can find too!

1. Romance on the High Seas

This 1948 romance/comedy finds Doris Day’s character Georgia on a cruise instead of her friend Elvira – who backed out of her anniversary trip because she suspected her husband was cheating.  Little does Elvira know, her husband thinks she actually is on the cruise…and has hired a detective to spy on her.

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2. Jack and Jill

Adam Sandler plays twins Jack and Jill in this hilarious 2011 comedy (yes he plays both!) aboard Allure of the Seas.  Jill comes to visit for the holiday’s, and together with their family they head out on a cruise vacation.  They get off on the wrong foot, and hilarity ensues.  Although this is considered one of the worst movies ever made, it still showcases a lot of Allure‘s awesome features – so you decide whether you want to sit through it.

Can be rented on Amazon Instant Video.

3. Out to Sea

Retired friends Charlie (Walter Matthau) and Herb (Jack Lemmon) pose as dance instructors on this much loved 1997 film.  Charlie convinces his recently widowed brother-in-law to come on the cruise, not telling him that he’ll need to dance.  Ship scenes were filmed aboard Holland America’s original Westerdam (now Thomson Dream).

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4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

This 2011 movie is the third installment in the live-action chipmunks series, and this time the chipmunks, chipettes, and Dave go on a cruise aboard Carnival Dream for a musical awards show.  As usual, havoc erupts, and they find themselves on a deserted island.  This is a perfect movie for families to watch to get excited for an upcoming cruise.

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5. Assault on a Queen

As you’ve probably guessed from the title, this 1966 film takes place on a Cunard ship – Queen Mary to be exact.  In it, Frank Sinatra (Mark) is a diver hired to search for sunken treasure.  He finds a U-boat, and their plan turns into a scheme to use the submarine to rob Queen Mary. 

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6. Speed 2: Cruise Control

After saving a bus full of people in the first Speed movie, Annie (Sandra Bullock) is looking forward to a relaxing cruise with her boyfriend in this 1997 movie.  Their vacation becomes dangerous, though, when an explosion disables the ship’s communication and they realize someone else is controlling the vessel.  The film takes place aboard the luxury Seabourn Legend (now Star Legend).

Can be rented on Amazon Instant Video.

7. The Parent Trap

While much of this 1998 movie takes place on land, there are some scenes set on a cruise ship, and I couldn’t help but include it.  Lindsay Lohan plays twins (yes, another twins movie where one person plays both!) that are working hard to reunite their parents, who haven’t seen each other in years.  While the ship scenes are set aboard Queen Elizabeth 2, they were actually filmed on Queen Mary, which is docked in Long Beach, California.

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