By ferry, mingle with the locals and take in postcard views of some of the world's most beautiful cities.

1) Canada's Vancouver Ferries

Crossing the sparkling waters between Vancouver and the surrounding islands, state-of-the-art ferries pass dense deciduous forests and distant snowy peaks. During the summer, ferries run more frequently.

Planning : If you're going to explore the coast of British Columbia, you'll need to purchase a SailPass online. They can be rented for four or seven days.

2) New York City's Staten Island Ferry

As the mighty tower blocks of Manhattan cast long shadows across the surface of New York harbour, speed past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You arrive on Staten Island after five miles and 25 minutes. Stay on the ferry to return to Manhattan or disembark to explore New York's lesser-known borough. The best part is that the trip is completely free!

Planning : There is no need to make a reservation; ferries run every hour from Whitehal Terminal in Manhattan and St. George Terminal on Staten Island. Passengers on foot have free access to the ferry.

3) Ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito, California

The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz prison, Angel Island, and the San Francisco skyline are all visible from the 30-minute ferry ride. Make sure to visit on a clear day, as San Francisco's famous fog frequently obscures views.

Planning : Ferries depart from the foot of Market Street, behind the San Francisco Ferry Building. You are also welcome to bring your bicycle.

4) Ferry from New Orleans to Algiers, Louisiana

Between the old neighbourhood of Algiers Point and the rest of New Orleans, the stately Algiers ferry transports passengers (for free) across the Mississippi River.

Planning : The ferry runs every quarter hour and runs seven days a week, so there is no need to make a reservation.

5) Hong Kong, China's Star Ferry

The famous Star Ferry, which runs between Hong Kong island and the Kowloon mainland, takes only five minutes but provides a spectacular view of the city skyline, especially later in the day as the sun sets.

Planning : There is no need to make a reservation. Depending on the time of day, ferries depart every ten minutes.

A night scenery from City Boat Trip
A night scenery from City Boat Trip
6) Australia's Brisbane CityCat

Brishane's sleek, modern CityCats appear to float almost above the water's surface. Take a thrilling nde along the Brishane River, passing Story Bridge and the South Bank Parklands. CityCats are fast; take an epen City Ferry for a more leisurely ride and a chance to admire the city at your leisure.

Planning : Tickets are sold by zone, allowing you to travel by a variety of modes of public transportation within that zone.

7) Istanbul, Turkey, Bosphorus Ferry

From the deck of a Bosphorus lerry, the delicate minurcts and ornate architecture of Istanbul a sprcad out before you in this city that sits on the cusp of two continents. Sip tea in the open air as the ferry carries you past the city's most splendid sights—from Ortoman palaces to the Bosphorus Bndge.

Planning : The months of June to August can be hot and humid, whereas the months of November to January can be bitterly cold. Women should wear modest clothing.

8) Vaporetto in Venice, Italy

Although gondolas are romantic, true Venetians use vaporettos, or water buses, to get around the city. From the airport, you can get a sense of the city's atmosphere. The vaporetto will take you into the city, stopping at Murano and the Lido along the way. Before dropping you off at night in St. Mark's Square, we'll take you to Venice's beach. Other routes lead to various locations throughout the city. For a glimpse of a less touristy Venice, take a ferry ride to one of the city's islands or the Lide.

Planning : A hefty fine can be imposed if you travel without a ticket. If you are unable to purchase a ticket on shore, make sure to purchase one from the conductor when boarding. There are tourist cards and passes available.

9) Ferry from Naples to Capri, Italy

The Bay of Naples has some of the world's most beautiful coastline. Explore the famous Blue Grotto, where the cavern is naturally illuminated with blue light, by taking a boat from Naples to Capri across the azure sea. Plan your trip so that you can visit Capri for lunch; many restaurants offer stunning views of Naples, which you can enjoy while eating Spaghetti Vongole and sipping a glass of local white wine made from grapes grown in Etna's fertile volcanic soil.

Planning : Depart from Naples' Pert of Molo Beverello. The journey takes approximately 80 minutes.

10) Liverpool, England's Mersey Ferry

Liverpool's famous red-and-black ferries take an hour to cross the Mersey River. This is Europe's oldest ferry service, dating back to the 12th century. There are also tours of the Merseyside arca and themed cruises for special occasions, in addition to the standard ferry service. The Beatles cruise honours Liverpool's ties to the Fab Four, who all spent time in the city.

Planning : Standard cruises leave Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Pier Head every 20 minutes.