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.

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 open for business.  Cruise business. On Thursday morning,  the people of Trois-Rivières witnessed a long-awaited sight;  the arrival of  their first cruise ship, the Balmoral, owned by British company Fred Olsen Cruise Line.  Carrying 1,200 passengers and […] Read more…

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 top of Dunn’s River Falls, driven the twisting roads through Fern Gully, gone river-tubing and experienced zip lining. When you’ve been there, done that and want something different to do in Ocho Rios, I have a suggestion. It’s not […] Read more…

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 with Jamaica For A Day. Falmouth, Jamaica is the “newest” port of this popular Caribbean island.  Recently, a collaboration between the government of Jamaica and Royal Caribbean began a revitalization construction project to the tune […] Read more…

Friday Foto

Late April brought an early sunrise.  Everyone stood on deck aboard the MSC Poesia, braving the cold air as we cruised into New York  Harbor at dawn.  Passengers, officers and an assortment of crew members huddled near any alcove or windblock they could find.   The pre-dawn breeze quickly turned into a chilling north wind […] Read more…

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 after taking a ship across the Atlantic.  Getting to Paris by sea isn’t going to happen without a bit of careful planning. If your cruise itinerary touches the port of Le Havre, you can request to debark there.  Arrangements must be made through the cruise […] Read more…

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 year old convent turned hotel, I heard the sounds of France as I imagined. Read more…

Lobster Dave – Chef and Entrepreneur

You’re on another Caribbean cruise headed back to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. You’ve already climbed 300 feet to the top of Dunn’s River Falls, driven the twisting roads through Fern Gully, gone river-tubing and experienced zip lining. When you’ve been there, done that and want something different to do in Ocho Rios, I have a suggestion. It’s not for […] Read more…

Marigot, St. Martin day four

It’s Monday in Marigot and nowhere to go.  The Azamara Journey is anchored off of the waterfront dock on the French side of the dual-nation island of St. Maarten (Dutch) and St. Martin (French.)  Unknown to nearly all onboard, Read more…

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