Our Top Favorite TV Shows Featuring Cruise & Travel

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We recently shared our top picks of movies featuring cruise and travel that you can watch while docked at ‘homeport’ living room. In this edition of our Couch Cruising Series, we’re back with our top eight picks of TV shows featuring ships and travel that are sure to inspire wanderlust and have you dreaming of your next cruise.

1. Expedition Unknown

Inspired by legendary mysteries and driven by curiosity, archaeologist Josh Gates is on a mission for answers. Exhibition Unknown features Gates’ adventures as he investigates iconic unsolved events, lost cities, buried treasures, and solves mysteries in locations around the world such as the Bermuda Triangle, the Indian Ocean, Cambodia, Brazil, and Normandy Beach.

Where to Watch: The Discovery Channel 

Cruises to Santos (San Paolo), Brazil

2. No Reservations

In this Emmy Award-winning series, No Reservations chronicles famed travel host and chef Anthony Bourdain’s journeys around the globe to explore the cities, villages, and countries that offer life’s truest surprises. In the series' eight seasons, Bourdain travels to locales at all ends of the globe including Mozambique, Lisbon, Kansas City, Penang, Sri Lanka, Montana, and many more. 

Where to Watch: Hulu, Travel Channel Online (with cable subscription) 

Cruises to Lisbon, Portugal

3. Mighty Cruise Ships

Mighty Cruise Ships is the spin-off series of Discovery Channel Canada’s show Mighty Ships which provides behind the scenes insights into the voyages of cruise ships including Celebrity Solstice, Norwegian Joy, Viking Sea, MSC Divina, and Carnival Vista

Where to Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video

Search Celebrity Solstice Cruises 

4. Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure, applying her singular brand of warmth and inclusion along the way. The latest series on PBS by the beloved travel host captures her seeking out little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disruptors are creating a brand new travel experience. Catch Brown visiting destinations like Auckland, Miami, Montreal, and Oregon. 

Where to Watch: PBS Online

Cruises from Miami

5. Below Deck

This Bravo reality tv show chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside on a mega-yacht during a charter series. Each episode features a different group of guests as they vacation in far-flung locales such as Tahiti, British Virgin Islands, Thailand, and St. Martin. 

Where to Watch: Bravo Online, Hulu

Cruises to Tortola, British Virgin Islands 

6. Ugly Delicious

The beloved Netflix series featuring star chef David Chang combes travel, cooking, and history. Each episode highlights one dish or concept and explores how it is made in different regions and how it evolves. Travel to foodie paradises such as Nashville, Mumbai, and New Orleans. 

Where to Watch: Netflix 

Cruises from New Orleans

7. The Love Boat

This classic television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S.S. Pacific Princess aired on the ABC television network from 1977-1987. The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing and crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and comedic adventures.

Where to Watch: For Sale on Amazon

Find your dream cruise

8. Street Food

This documentary series takes viewers on a global voyage in search of the best street food dishes. Travel to the city streets and food markets of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Cebu, and Singapore for a culinary adventure to learn about the region’s foods and the people who make them. 

Where to Watch: Netflix

Cruises to Singapore


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