Port of Call Valencia, Spain

It’s difficult to understand why this Spanish port isn’t on more cruise itineraries. Just up the coast west of Barcelona it is Spain’s third largest city and features over two thousand years of history. A remarkably modern, clean and vibrant city, Valencia’s history goes back to the Romans and features a number of 13th andContinue reading “Port of Call Valencia, Spain”

Port of Call Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest of Spains Balearic Islands and a major vacation destination for many western and northern Europeans attracted to its beautiful beaches, sunny climate and crystal clear waters. Palma is an ancient port with architecture showing the influence of both Christians and Moors in its castles, fortifications, cathedrals and in the winding streetsContinue reading “Port of Call Palma de Mallorca”

The Port of Call Vancouver, Canada

This port is a popular gateway to many Alaska cruises. While it owes much of its popularity in the cruise industry to an old and archaic U.S. law called the Jones Act it deserves to be recognized as a great destination as well. Vancouver is the largest western Canadian city with a large natural harborContinue reading “The Port of Call Vancouver, Canada”

Featured This Week • My Happy Place Tee

Cruise All Day • Repeat Tee Think of summer evenings cruising the world, the feeling of sea breezes and warm sun. Elegant evenings and casual days ashore exploring historic sights and enjoying amazing cultures. Shop Now The Cruise Life Shop at The Crafts Mart. Fashion For Ship N’ Shore Imagine cruising the Caribbean, Alaska or theContinue reading “Featured This Week • My Happy Place Tee”

The Port Of Call Malta

Malta sits in the middle of the crossroads of the Mediterranean being mid-way between Sicily and North Africa. It has played host to numerous civilizations which gives this island a unique culture. It is a blend of Arab, Byzantine and European cultures even with its own unique language. The island is blessed with the oneContinue reading “The Port Of Call Malta”

Ports of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea

Adventures in Paradise Called the French Society Islands they are better known by the individual island names of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea with Tahiti being the largest. The islands are due south of Hawaii on the other side of the equator. Tahiti is part of a volcanic chain formed by the northwestward movement ofContinue reading “Ports of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea”

Cruising The Pacific Ocean

Pacific Cruise Itineraries – While Alaska is one of cruising’s favorite destinations, the Pacific is the largest body of water on the planet, and Alaska is just the beginning of the Pacific adventure. Want to explore more? Look south from Canada and consider shorter Pacific itineraries by looking into a number of cruises based outContinue reading “Cruising The Pacific Ocean”

International Travel Insurance

A recent incident and a conversation with a travel friend highlighted the importance of international travel insurance. Please note that this is written with a focus on American travelers but we are also aware of similar plans offered in Canada and other countries, but you will need to explore options based on your home country.Continue reading “International Travel Insurance”

Port of Call Cobh Ireland

City Character – Cobh is a picturesque city centered on its waterfront. It features a beautiful Cathedral, nice shops, restaurants and pubs and The Titanic Museum. The connection to the Titanic is based on Cobh being the last port before the ships fateful Atlantic crossing. Where Your Ship Docks – Cruise ships will normally dockContinue reading “Port of Call Cobh Ireland”

Port of Call Brunei

One of Asia’s wealthiest countries with one of its highest standards of living Brunei is a beautiful place noted for its friendly people. Home to the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, one of the world’s most beautiful. The Sultanate of Brunei Brunei, is an independent Islamic sultanate on the northern coast of the island ofContinue reading “Port of Call Brunei”