Being from the East Coast, it is rare that I see the Sun set over the ocean. Sometimes from the right Carribean Island or certain points off of Long Island or the Cape you can get a semblance of the beauty but a Pacific Sunset is a sight to behold.
I never thought much about cruises as a mode of travel. I always preferred to get there and hang or explore but if there was any experience that exemplifies the phrase " It's not the destination it's the journey" then its hats off to Cruising. I've never been treated or fared so well. Waldorf or Four Seasons might come close but I doubt it.
On a beautiful day to travel, I was treated to a great view of The Gateway National Recreation Area and Broad Channel and Floyd Bennet Field and the Southern Beaches of Long Island. That's the Rockaways, Long Beach and Fire Island.
I was in Philadelphia for the Labor Day Weekend. It was a spur of the moment thing and a good learning experience about finding things to photograph in a city that I know nothing about except for what I've learned in school or through sports broadcast or news generated from there. I was based in the center of town and walking is my best method of seeing(of course this has its own limitations). The thought of hunting for shots from a car doesn't really appeal to me unless I am familiar with a place. You could spend hours in traffic and still not end up in a productive place. Asking local and working people in the area usually resulted in the usual tourist spots; not the flavor that I'm really looking for. Now that I'm retired I'll definitely have to work on a better system