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.

Florence Italy on the River Arno.

8 Hours in Florence Italy on a Mediterranean Cruise

Four not-to-miss places to see with only one day in Florence. Every moment on a Mediterranean cruise is incredibly special.  The west coast of Italy is resplendent with steep overlooks, precariously perched cliffside apartments and white-knuckle hairpin turns as your motor coach inches along the cliff-hanging roadway. Sleepy fishing villages are contrasted by busy seaports. But a Mediterranean cruise to Florence makes getting […] Read more…

Carnival Sunshine sailaway from Port Canaveral

Charleston Gets New and Larger Year-Round Ship

Carnival Cruise Line will position a newer, larger ship to Charleston in May 2019 when the 3,002-passenger Carnival Sunshine moves to Charleston for year-round  four- and five-day cruises. Carnival Sunshine features a wide array of food, beverage and entertainment options, including WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare recreation area, a three-deck-high adults-only retreat featuring a waterfall and […] Read more…

Cozumel Chef Food Tour Features Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Cozumel Chef takes guests beyond the tourist restaurants. Those who know me understand my penchant for culinary adventures.  This was the case when, after doing a little online research, I stumbled upon the Cozumel Chef. Otherwise known as Emily, this classically trained French chef runs the much-acclaimed Cozumel Chef food tour. In a quest for […] Read more…

Valletta Malta wins third place

Valletta, Malta Wins Third Place in Western Med Cruise Ports

  A UNESCO-protected port, Valletta, Malta won third place on the Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Cruise Destinations in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards are given based entirely on consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year. Chosen the European Capital for Culture 2018, nearly 10,000-year old Malta is part of an archipelago-state […] Read more…

St. Francis Inn beautiful courtyard and garden.

Try a Getaway to Historic St. Francis Inn St. Augustine

Stay a few nights or before or after your cruise from Jacksonville. It’s easy to overlook treasures found in our own backyard. I live a short three hours from St. Augustine, but I’ve never been there.  So when I was invited to stay at the historic  St. Francis Inn St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast on a whirlwind 4-day press trip, […] Read more…

Pantheon in Rome

One Day in Rome – Make the Most of It.

What to see in Rome with only one day to explore. A cruise from Rome actually departs from Civitavecchia, the closest port to Rome.  Even though it’s only an hour’s drive from the port (in good traffic), it’s always best to spend at the least, one full day to explore this incredible city.  Your first […] Read more…

Just before the rain and wind, the gardens from the patio at Blarney Castle took on a magical appearance.

Cruise to Cobh, Ireland and Visit Blarney Castle

Cruise ships dock in Cobh, the closest port to Cork. Pronounced, “Cove,” Cobh, Ireland is itself a wonderful small town to spend an afternoon.  But a visit to this area in southwest Ireland almost necessitates a trip to nearby Blarney Castle and the expanse of meticulously groomed gardens. { Historic note: Cobh was the last port […] Read more…

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