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.

The central shopping and dining area. Pension Nossek is located on the street to the left on a day in Vienna.

Top 8 Things to Do in Vienna on a Danube River Cruise

With only one day in Vienna, here are highlights to see. Planning a Danube river cruise ?  If it begins or ends in Vienna, definitely add a couple of overnights to experience this expansive, bustling city.  But, if you only have one day in Vienna, here are my suggestions to experience as much as possible.  This city is truly a […] Read more…

Cologne Cathedral

Five Unusual Museums in Cologne, Germany

Eau de Cologne, Chocolate, Roman Ruins and Pop Art are just some of the unique museums in Cologne. As river cruises steadily gain more fans, so do certain itineraries.  One of my favorite river cruise itineraries is on the Rhine River through Germany.  Aside from dozens of spectacular cliff-hugging castles along the Rhine, there are also modern […] Read more…

Gold Dust Martini and London at Night

Moonlight and Martinis in London. Sometime after dinner, on a recent visit to London, my British friend and I were wandering through Kensington in search of a quiet, low-key bar.   Of course there were the usual assortment of pubs but in this neighborhood, they seemed to have more American patrons than British.  I wanted to find a […] Read more…

In Cannes, you can walk for miles in either direction along the Mediterranean Sea.

Port of Cannes, the Glamourous Seaside City on the Côte d’Azur

Cannes, home of the International Film Festival, is a perfect cruise port for a one-day visit. One day in the port of Cannes and you can easily explore much of this seaside hideaway; a glittering, international city on the tropical French Riviera. With sturdy walking shoes, city map and a few hours, cruise passengers can taste, experience and explore […] Read more…

The Volksgarten (People's Park), Rose Garden in Vienna.

A Day in Vienna on a Danube river cruise

Visit Vienna for one day or overnight before or after your cruise. Planning a Danube river cruise ?  If it begins or ends in Vienna, definitely add a couple of overnights to experience this expansive, bustling city.  If you only have one full day, here are my suggestions to experience as much of Vienna (or “Wien” in Austrian) as possible.  This city is […] Read more…

Fun Infograph Guide to Caribbean Attractions

Quick guide for what to do on your Caribbean cruise. I love colorful infographics and hope that you like this one, too.  Click on each highlight to find out a few ideas about what to do in 5 Caribbean destinations, including three regions in Jamaica. Presented By Experience Destinations Follow me on Twitter @CruiseMaven “Like” […] Read more…

Review of Hotel Barocco boutique hotel in Rome

Small, charming hotel near Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. With Hollywood’s version of Italy as my only guide, I knew I wanted to stay near Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.  I started to look online, without a clue of anything about Rome.  When I found the 41-room Hotel Barocco, it was exactly what I […] Read more…

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 one of the three main ports in Jamaica.  Your choices are Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Royal Caribbean’s newly restored Falmouth. Many of Jamaica’s crowning jewels of tourist attractions can be reached from any of […] Read more…

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 see, do, hear and taste in Lisbon that it’s not an easy task to cram it all into one day. But I tried. Not directly on the ocean, Lisbon is several miles inland on the […] Read more…

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 Charlie’s tequila party.”  But Cozumel is so much more than hanging in downtown San Miguel or climbing an “iceberg” water float at Mr. Sancho’s. Or even more than sipping Coronas on a catamaran. Read more…

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 and neatly typed index cards.  This simple collection of cocktails is nearly sixty years old but the recipes are timeless.  Among the mélange of options, from Side-Cars to Grasshoppers, my parents stuck with the tried […] Read more…

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. With our ship docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, it was only a short walk to Times Square and the famed Theatre District. Past the tiny urban oasis of the Clinton Community Garden, a newly […] Read more…

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