Ports and Places

Guide to cruise ports and nearby places to help you plan your day.  Points of interest and getting around are really important when visiting a new city.  Where to stay, eat and play in ports around the world.  For cruise ship shore excursion information, head over to Plan Your Cruise.

Places to Visit in Budapest include the Chain Bridge at night

Top 10 Things to See in Budapest Hungary

From bubbling thermal baths to eerie reminders of Hungary’s Nazi and Communist past, you’ll find incredibly diverse things to see in Budapest. This was my fourth visit to Budapest on a Danube river cruise.  Each time, my river ship has docked in a different location so I’ve had to learn  to get around from various […] Read more…

Carnival Sail Away from Jetty Park Port Canaveral

Best Places to Watch Ships Leave from Port Canaveral

If you live near Port Canaveral, maybe on vacation or in Orlando for the theme parks, plan to watch cruise ships leave from Port Canaveral.  It’s an experience filled with excitement and amazement.  And a lot of fun. Places with the best views to watch ships leave from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral has grown by […] Read more…

Four Northern Europe Cruise Ports You Don’t Want to Miss

Northern Europe Cruise Ports This article is part three of my series on 11 Not-to-be-Missed Europe cruise ports.  Here we head to explore four northern Europe cruise ports that I think give cruisers a slice of life that’s not totally always touristic.  You’ll get an insider’s peek into their world. The Baltics, Britain and Scandinavia […] Read more…

Cologne Cathedral

Five Quirky Museums in Cologne You Don’t Want to Miss

Eau De Cologne, Chocolate, Roman Ruins And Pop Art As river cruises steadily gain more fans, so do certain itineraries.  One of my favorite river cruise itineraries is a Rhine River through Germany. Aside from dozens of spectacular cliff-hugging castles along the Rhine, there are also modern cities worth a day’s visit.  One of these bustling cosmopolitan […] Read more…

View of the sprawling Budapest Parliment Building from across the Danube on the Pest side.

10 Best Things to do in Budapest on Your Own

From bubbling thermal baths to eerie reminders of Hungary’s horrific Nazi past, there are incredibly diverse things to do in Budapest. This was my fourth visit to Budapest on a Danube river cruise.  Each time, my river ship has docked in a different location so I’ve had to learn  to get around from various vantage points. Budapest is […] Read more…

36 Hours in Boston – What to Do and See

Thirty-six hours before boarding a ship in Gloucester, MA for a New England cruise, my husband and I flew into Boston’s Logan airport. Travelers visiting Boston pre-cruise, post-cruise or for only a day can choose from a plethora of fun attractions. Boston is a very walkable city. Its narrow streets, historic buildings and downtown waterfront […] Read more…

A Day in Ponta Delgado, Azores on a Transatlantic Cruise

After six rather calm sea days crossing the Atlantic aboard Holland America’s Koningsdam, Ponta Delgada was a welcome change. The Azores are a volcanic chain of islands,  some 850 miles west of Portugal.  And yes, the Azores belong to Portugal. To be exact: The archipelago: Azores.  The island: Saõ Miguel.  The main city: Ponta Delgada.  […] Read more…

The Best Time to Visit Paris

Spoiler Alert: This has nothing to do with the seasons. There are countless songs written about the best time to visit Paris or when someone most loves Paris. I’ve found my own best time to visit Paris. Early morning The day began as another moving day for me. A day when I pack up my […] Read more…

Quirky Society Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Cute, quirky and history, but not everyone’s cup of tea. If three’s a charm, I was in luck.  This would be my third time on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.  Once was in the Spring and now twice in late summer/early fall; first with American Cruise Lines and now my second […] Read more…

Bratislava Danube river promenade

Eight Hours in Bratislava on a Danube River Cruise

Located between elegant Budapest and Imperial Vienna, Bratislava beckons the curious traveler. Bratislava, Slovakia seems to be included on just about every Danube River cruise.  And it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite small cities on the river. The austere architecture of eastern Europe resonates in cities all along the Lower Danube, from Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary.  In these two important cities, Communist […] Read more…

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