Amsterdam Port of Call

Approaching The Netherlands from the North Sea cruise ships navigate the North Sea Canal. The canal runs from the IJmuiden locks to the Coenhaven. East of the Coenhaven, the waterway is called the River IJ (both letters are capitalized) and continues up to the Oranjesluizen locks located in the eastern part of Amsterdam. Than fromContinue reading “Amsterdam Port of Call”

Seven Day Caribbean Itineraries

Popular Caribbean Cruises  If you are looking for a little bigger taste of the Caribbean than those three or four night cruises, the next step up is the week-long cruise. The major cruise lines typically divide their itineraries between east and west Caribbean. The east usually includes St. Thomas and the Dutch side of SintContinue reading “Seven Day Caribbean Itineraries”

Mediterranean Cruise Itineraries

Planing A Mediterranean Cruise Summer is the major cruising season in the Mediterranean and the major cruise lines are well established in the market and offer a wide variety of itineraries. There are a number of similarities in most itineraries with the two main embarkation ports being Barcelona and the port for Rome, Civitavecchia. Venice,Continue reading “Mediterranean Cruise Itineraries”

Bermuda • The Port of Kings Wharf

Port of Call Bermuda Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory or one of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories of which there are 14 that fall under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United Kingdom. They are the parts of the British Empire that have not been granted independence or have voted to remain British territories.Continue reading “Bermuda • The Port of Kings Wharf”

Alaska’s Icy Straight Point Port of Call

General – This is a nature port on Chichagof Island which opened in 2004 and is only open when cruise ships are in. It was developed by the Native Tlingits and celebrates their culture. It is the ideal location for viewing wildlife and sea life. Hoonah, the only town on the island is described asContinue reading “Alaska’s Icy Straight Point Port of Call”

Sint Maarten Port of Call

General – This island is divided into two parts, Sint Maarten is the Dutch side while Saint Martin is the French side. It is a favorite cruise destination because the cruise port can handle several large cruise ships at one time. Where You’re Docked – The cruise ships dock on the Dutch side close toContinue reading “Sint Maarten Port of Call”

Curaçao, NA Port of Call

Curaçao, A Nice Blend of Two Worlds Wouldn’t it be great if we could move tropical seas, palm trees and great beaches to Northern Europe? It’s not going to happen, so the next best thing, is to move the Netherlands into the Southern Caribbean. Welcome to Curaçao. There are a number of European influenced islandsContinue reading “Curaçao, NA Port of Call”

Ketchikan Port of Call Alaska

By 1936 there were seven canneries working, producing almost two million cases of salmon a season. The need for lumber fostered the Ketchikan Spruce Mills built in 1903, which operated for over 70 years. The lumber industry collapsed when the Clinton administration moved to reduce timber cutting in Alaska by having the U.S. Forest serviceContinue reading “Ketchikan Port of Call Alaska”

The Port of Call Maui Hawaii

Lahaina is the cruise port of call for the gorgeous island of Maui, a port famous for its miles of beautiful white sand beaches. Lahaina has excellent shopping in a central area famous for its galleries. The tender landing is near to a beach with plenty of beach shops and great restaurants serving up HawaiianContinue reading “The Port of Call Maui Hawaii”