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.

Port of Roseau at sunset on a cruise to Dominica.

Dominica is Like a Day in Jurassic Park Without Dinosaurs.

Cruises to Dominica, nicknamed the Nature Island, bring you to an ecological paradise. As you approach the port of Roseau, your first glimpse is that of distant, verdant mountains, covered with a thin veil of mist rising high about the turquoise sea. Venture inland and you’ll find active volcanoes, steaming hot springs and bubbling sulphur ponds. […] Read more…

Air BnB Miami Beach Vacation Rental

My first vacation rental experience could have been my last. With a few days to spend in Miami Beach for an annual cruise industry event, an Air BnB seemed to be the least expensive and most convenient option.  After a hour’s online search, I found a place that was within my budget, near a taxi stand […] Read more…

Air BnB vacation rental Southampton

A Week in Southampton with an Air BnB Vacation Rental

My cozy Air BnB vacation rental in Southampton It was an unexpected delight.  When the attacks occurred in Paris last November, I decided to change my river cruise plans, leave the continent and head to the U.K.  Where to stay was the issue. Because I was booked for the 15 December Queen Mary 2 from Southampton […] Read more…

View of the Columbia River from the patio at Maryhill Museum.

A Day at The Dalles, Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge

Eight hours in The Dalles is like taking a brief step back in time. There was always an evening activity and the night before our arrival into The Dalles was no exception. Heritage Guide Kenny dressed as Samuel Hill, a mid-19th century industrialist, road builder, and subsequent millionaire. Sam, along with his wife Mary, ventured […] Read more…

From Russia with Love…and Vodka

Images of mystery and intrigue.  And Martinis with Russian Vodka.  We’ve all seen the spy movies and the Russia stereotype; gray, gloomy rain-slicked streets, shadows illuminated by flickering gas lamp posts. But it’s not dark and dreary.  Two days in St. Petersburg, on a recent Baltic cruise, quickly dismissed the Hollywood image.  It’s a beautiful […] Read more…

Park Hyatt in Hamburg Germany on the Elbe river

Pre-Cruise Stay at Park Hyatt Hamburg Review

It’s a short walk to the city center when you stay at the Park Hyatt Hamburg. Hamburg, the Park Hyatt Hamburg and Queen Mary 2 are a vacation trifecta.  Hamburg, Germany’s northern port, is the third largest port in Europe and home to cruise and cargo ships from all over the world. The rumors are true. Whenever […] Read more…

Family Activities in Sydney Nova Scotia

Best Things to Do in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Nine family things to do in Sydney, Nova Scotia. At first I thought it was just an interesting, over-sized violin that greeted our cruise ship arrival into Sydney Harbour. But to a Cape Breton Islander, it’s more than that. Translated from the Gaelic, “Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh,”  it’s actually the world’s largest fiddle. “Ceilidh” is Gaelic for […] Read more…

What to see in Vancouver in only two days.

Vibrant Vancouver Worth a Longer Visit

 Part of the waterfront as seen from the 550-foot Vancouver Lookout. This beautiful city is surrounded by snowy peaks. Experience the highlights of Vancouver in only two days. Surrounded by snow-capped green mountains, blue waters of inlets and bays, and blessed with abundant rainfall, Vancouver deserves its “Beautiful city” moniker. Site of the 2010 Olympic […] Read more…

Port of Roseau at sunset on a cruise to Dominica.

Cruise to Dominica, the Paradise of the Caribbean

The Nature Island, a cruise to Dominica is a voyage to an ecological paradise. Early morning, your first glimpse of Dominica are the verdant mountains covered by a thin veil of mist that rises high above the turquoise-grey sea.  Cruise to Dominica and venture inland to find active volcanoes, steaming hot springs and bubbling sulphur ponds.  Waterfalls cascade down dozens of […] Read more…

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