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.

Island of Lipari seen from Royal Clipper

A Lovely Day in Lipari

Post-summer, Lipari is definitely off tourists’ radar.  An island in the cobalt blue and teal colored Mediterranean and also the name of the city, Lipari is located off the northern coast of Sicily.  First settled in 580 B.C.E. by the Greeks, Lipari survived a tumultuous upbringing. Conquered by Arabs and plundered by Saracen pirates in the […] Read more…

Portland Maine Old Port

Portland Maine on a Canada New England cruise

A cruise visit to Portland Maine is a wonderful way to spend the day. A typical Canada and New England cruise spends seven days en route to Quebec City or Montreal and if it’s a round-trip, then another seven days to return. The cruises begin or end in the New York City area or Boston.  Portland, […] Read more…

Aix en Provence Saturday market with French milled soap

Insider’s Guide to Three Days in Aix-en-Provence

Days of wine and rosé in Aix-en-Provence, under the brilliant sun. Mention Provence and it’s easy to imagine undulating fields of fragrant lavender, a glass of a local rosé and bustling outdoor cafés lining the wide, tree-lined avenues. Welcome to the small once-Roman town of Aix-en-Provence. Before my Mediterranean cruise, I decided to spend a few […] Read more…

A Night at Westin Portland, Oregon Before a Columbia River Cruise

I’d been traveling by train for three days. Two nights from Chicago to Sacramento aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr and one night on the Coast Starlight to Portland, Oregon. I arrived into Portland one day before my Un-Cruise Columbia River cruise.  I knew I’d be tired.  A nice, centrally located hotel convenient for a late afternoon walking tour […] Read more…

Grand Turk Cruise Center

Forget the Pool. Explore, eat and enjoy Grand Turk.

Bypass the Cruise Center and experience this beautiful island.   Grand Turk is one of those laid-back islands where wild donkeys and horses roam along the beach and in town.  Situated in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean Sea, this small island is part of the islands that comprise the Turks and Caicos archipelago.  Grand […] Read more…

Arcul de Triumf – Triumphal Arch - Bucharest Romania

My Danube River Cruise Began in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania, a surprisingly beautiful city fashioned after Paris. No, this isn’t the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.  This is the Archul de Triumf in Bucharest, Romania. Built on the site of two previous arches, all to commemorate victories in battle.   The first arch was quickly built of wood in 1878 so that the […] Read more…

Take a Ride on the Magical Flying Chair in Roatan

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center and the Flying Chair in Roatan. I don’t fly. Ever. When the opportunity to “fly” from Mahogany Bay Cruise Center at the port in Roatan, Honduras to the beach presented itself, I was determined to sally forth.  Come along with me in this short video as I take a ride on the flying […] Read more…

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