The Port of Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the two largest cruise ports in the Mediterranean and is used as an embarkation port as well as a popular port of call. The city is a modern and historic place with a number of iconic neighborhoods and attractions. If you are cruising out of Barcelona do not miss the opportunityContinue reading “The Port of Barcelona”

Dublin Gardens in the Spring

For several days this May we visited a number of gardens while in Dublin, Ireland. The weather was mostly good with one morning of rain when we headed out for the National Botanic Gardens. By the time we reached the gardens the rain had lifted. The National Botanic Gardens – This is a really beautifulContinue reading “Dublin Gardens in the Spring”

Piraeus The Port of Athens, Greece

General –  Piraeus is the seaport serving the city of Athens. This city is a major metropolis in its own right and the commercial area southeast of the port and near the sea has a number of excellent restaurants and attractions. While most passengers visiting this port for the first time will head out toward Athens andContinue reading “Piraeus The Port of Athens, Greece”

The Port of Lerwick in the Shetlands

Located in the North Sea one hundred fifty miles north of Scotland, Lerwick, the major town in the archipelago is the major Shetland port. Getting Ashore -Cruise ships will normally anchor out and use tenders to reach shore. The tenders will dock right in the center of this picturesque town with its narrow streets andContinue reading “The Port of Lerwick in the Shetlands”

Civitavecchia, Rome’s Cruise Port

General – Civitavecchia is a seaside city and major port serving the city of Rome. The city is served by frequent train service from Rome along with service to other Italian destinations. The Cruise port is only a short five or six block walk along the waterfront on Via Aurelia. Once at the port thereContinue reading “Civitavecchia, Rome’s Cruise Port”

Cruise Port Antigua, W.I.

General – The sovereign state of Antigua & Barbuda is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands chain, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, most of Barbuda’s infrastructure was destroyed by Hurricane Irma and the population was evacuated to Antigua. Rebuilding will be a slow and painful process as resourcesContinue reading “Cruise Port Antigua, W.I.”

Cruising Port Icy Strait Point (ISP), Alaska

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 “Cruising Port Icy Strait Point (ISP), Alaska”

The Shetland’s Lerwick, Where Time Stands Still

Located in the North Sea one hundred fifty miles north of Scotland is the Shetland Islands where modern opportunities and history meet. Most buildings in Lerwick, the major town in the archipelago, are made of local stone and have the appearance of being from a different era. Narrow alleys and streets don’t appear to haveContinue reading “The Shetland’s Lerwick, Where Time Stands Still”

The Port of Livorno, Italy

General – Livorno is a popular cruise port of call mostly because it is a gateway to Pisa and Florence. Cruise ships offer a wide range of tours focused primarily on those two cities. But Livorno is also the center of the Etruscan Coast with its beautiful beaches and medieval villages. Where You’re Docked –Continue reading “The Port of Livorno, Italy”

The Port of Dunmore East, Ireland

Dunmore East is the port that serves the city of Waterford primarily for cruise ships. It’s a quant seaside village with a few galleries, gift shops and restaurants and some very nice walking trails along the shore. It is a bit isolated however and transportation options are few. It is also a tender port asContinue reading “The Port of Dunmore East, Ireland”