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Ports Of Call On Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island The “Big Island” of Hawaii is the largest and southern-most island in the State of Hawaii. It is home to The Volcano National Park which includes Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano. The island has two major towns, Kona on the […]

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Avoid Alien Encounters While Traveling

There are all kinds of aliens out there. Alien hotel rooms, alien electric receptacles. It’s terrible being lost and disoriented in a strange hotel room or cruise cabin in the dark of night. It’s interesting to note that night lights aren’t a common part of American hotel rooms and traveling overseas – forget it. In […]

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Some Flying Health Advice

Keeping Safe While Flying Note: In the times of the Covid pandemic there is actually a bit of good news for air travelers. First, people are much more aware of the risks of contagion when flying and the airlines are taking more precautions. Also with all the emphasis on mask wearing you will no longer […]

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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 service […]

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Useful Apps For International Travel

Ten Great Travel Apps You Should Consider Where would we be without our phones? Every day we use them to navigate, take photos, send and receive email, play music, surf the web and who knows what else. They’re cluttered with dozens and dozens of apps and often we cringe when some store, restaurant or bank […]

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Cruise Ports of Call Cruising General Pacific & Down Under

Port of Call Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland New Zealand and The Bay of Islands Auckland is a popular port for cruise itineraries around Australia and New Zealand as well as Pacific repositioning cruises. Most itineraries with a port call in Auckland also include a stop at The Bay of Islands. The city is built around two bays and calls itself the […]

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Europe Photo Gallery

Photo Essay • Amsterdam’s Keukenhof

Images and impressions from our travels near and far… Each Spring Holland celebrates its famous tulips with an event called The Keukenhof. An opportunity for its tulip growers to show off their creations, The Keukenhof is virtually a Worlds Fair of tulips. Located outside Amsterdam amidst the growers tulip fields, The Keukenhof attracts visitors from […]

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Photo Essay The Acropolis In Athens

Photographic impressions from our travels near and far… The Athens Acropolis • Most people relate the Acropolis with Athens but an acropolis is actually a Greek word meaning a citadel or a fortified section of a Greek city. It is typically built on high ground or on a hill. Most Greek cities in the fifth […]

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Europe Photo Gallery

Photo Essay • The Panama Canal

Photographic impressions from travels near and far… One of cruising’s great experiences is transiting the Panama Canal. Over one hundred years old the canal remains one of mans greatest engineering accomplishments. Coming into the canal ships are lifted eighty-five feet above sea level by a series of locks to Lake Gaton. After transiting the lake […]

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Practical And Fun Cruising Accessories

LOOKING FOR A GREAT BON VOYAGE GIFT? Looking for a great bon voyage gift? Want some solid ideas to make your cruise experience even more enjoyable? We’ve curated a number of great items to help you make a splash! Bon Voyage Ideas! Our extended family has done some cruising and it is a family tradition […]