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.

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…

Outside of my AirBnB Vacation Rental in Amsterdam

My Second Air BnB Vacation Rental, this Time in Amsterdam

Air BnB vacation rental gets a second chance. Hit or miss. That’s what I’m learning about an Air BnB vacation rental. Despite my hesitation, I was back online to see what was available in Amsterdam. I had four days between river cruises and I really wanted to find out why Amsterdam is so popular, besides […] 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…

Yes...that's snow on a Canada New England cruise. Not a lot but enough that the crew had enough to make little snowmen! Many had never seen snow.

An Autumn Canada New England Cruise Brings Unexpected Moments

An Autumn Canada New England cruise packs a bunch of surprises. This was a first for me: to see a crew member shoveling snow on the pool deck.  When I decided to revisit one of my favorite itineraries, I never expected actual weather events.  Especially in early October.  But living in Florida for almost 15 years, I’d […] 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

Family activities in Sydney, Nova Scotia on your Canada New England cruise

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…

Ocho Rios Jamaica

One Beautiful Island. Three Cruise Ports. Welcome to Jamaica

Jamaica runs on its own rhythm of music, food, its people and scenery. The mountainous Caribbean island of Jamaica is famous for its dense rain forests, lush waterfalls, wild and crazy bobsled rides and of course pulsating reggae. Your only decision is to choose which port to visit on your cruise to Jamaica. A cruise […] 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…

The original bar at Cafe Un Deux Trois in New York City and a Perfect Manhattan.

A Day in New York City and a Perfect Manhattan

In search of lunch and a Perfect Manhattan. It was already a perfect spring day in Manhattan. I had plans to join a food tour mid-morning with Ahoy New York Food Tours.  But the night before, I had to cancel due to work a commitment. That left me with a sunny New York afternoon to fill on […] Read more…

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