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.

Jamaica Offers Three Unique Cruise Ports

Jamaica Offers Three Unique Cruise Ports

Three Ports and three distinct destinations. Nearly every cruise ship on a western Caribbean itinerary makes a port call at… View Post
One day in Lisbon, Portugal

One day in Lisbon, Portugal

Tips for taking a walking tour of the city. Fado. Pasteis. A glass of port. There is so much to… View Post
Cozumel, the other side of the island

Cozumel, the other side of the island

Explore the east side of Cozumel Mention Cozumel and immediately someone says something like, “Oh, yeah, don’t miss Carlos and… View Post
Chicago, the Drake Hotel and martinis

Chicago, the Drake Hotel and martinis

My mother had a fascination for collecting cocktail recipes.  Her assemblage of “potent potables” are handwritten, torn scraps from magazines… View Post
Manhattan Cruise Terminal and a day in New York City

Manhattan Cruise Terminal and a day in New York City

What to do when Manhattan is on your cruise itinerary It was going to be a perfect day in Manhattan.… View Post
Canada’s Petit Port, Trois-Rivières, Receives Their First Cruise Ship Visit

Canada’s Petit Port, Trois-Rivières, Receives Their First Cruise Ship Visit

Charming Trois-Rivières greets international cruise guests Located on the St. Lawrence River, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, Trois-Rivières is… View Post
Lobster Dave cooks up a storm in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Lobster Dave cooks up a storm in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

You’re on another western Caribbean cruise.  Once again, you’re headed back to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. You’ve already climbed 300 feet to the&… View Post
A Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia on a Canada New England cruise

A Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia on a Canada New England cruise

Day 3 of my 7-night cruise aboard the Holland America Maasdam from Boston to Montreal. When we departed from Bar… View Post
Shrimp and Grits goes uptown at the King and Prince Resort

Shrimp and Grits goes uptown at the King and Prince Resort

What happens when an Italian food and beverage director meets traditional American southern cuisine?  I don’t know either, but the… View Post
Falmouth Jamaica and “Jamaica for a Day” shore excursion experience

Falmouth Jamaica and “Jamaica for a Day” shore excursion experience

Looking for something different in Jamaica than your ship’s shore excursions? Try a relaxing beach day at an all-inclusive resort… View Post
#FridayFoto – At Blarney Castle, Cork-Ireland

#FridayFoto – At Blarney Castle, Cork-Ireland

Timing is everything.  I climbed the steps onto what seemed like a wrap-around stone “deck,” as a huge gust of… View Post
Friday Foto

Friday Foto

Late April brought an early sunrise.  Everyone stood on deck aboard the MSC Poesia, braving the cold air as we… View Post
Bonjour Paris!

Bonjour Paris!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JmP_YUIWfg[/youtube]Even Cruise Maven has to go inland on occasion.  Of course, that’s only … View Post
Remembering Provence

Remembering Provence

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzrHMWifxk0[/youtube]Three days in Provence…never enough time.   From my window in Hotel des Augustins, an 800 … View Post
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