Bar Harbor Maine A New England Port

Visiting The Cruise Port of Bar Harbor, Maine A favorite stop for New England and Canada Maritime cruises, Bar Harbor has a lot to offer. The town itself and waterfront are the major attraction with a number of shops and great restaurants to visit. Where Your Ship Docks Bar Harbor is a tender port andContinue reading “Bar Harbor Maine A New England Port”

Do It Yourself Cruise Tours

Weighing Port Excursions Against Going It Alone Many people like the convenience of a ship sponsored tour, but we are just not “guided tour” enthusiasts, even as we’ve taken on a fair number of them. To begin with, there are some land tours that just make sense under some circumstances. First is where there isContinue reading “Do It Yourself Cruise Tours”

What Makes Some Great Cities So Appealing?

This is part two from “Must Visit Cities”. Thinking about our choices of favorite cities we noticed a few things they seemed to have in common and it surprised even us. Maybe you’ll figure out what they are? Great cities make you feel welcome and leaves you wanting to be there. The first thing thatContinue reading “What Makes Some Great Cities So Appealing?”

An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure

A Short Story Blarney Castle Caution If you are not up the the challenge of climbing six stories of steep stairs – don’t start the tour… I think that one of those requirements for first-time visitors to Ireland is visit Blarney Castle. It was way up on our list of must see. When you tourContinue reading “An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure”

Photo Essay – The Keukenhof

It’s coming up Spring in Europe and that means it’s Keukenhof  time in Amsterdam. For additional information about the Keukenhof click  HERE. Open 21 March to 15 May 2019 The Keukenhof is unarguably the largest flower gardens and show in the world                   For the Official siteContinue reading “Photo Essay – The Keukenhof”

A Road Like No Other

A Short Story The Hogsback on Route 12 in Utah Last summer we spent a couple of weeks checking off items on our bucket list in the National Parks of Utah. We rented a car in Salt Lake City, toured the parks and dropped off the car in Los Vegas. After leaving Capital Reef NationalContinue reading “A Road Like No Other”

Cruise Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand

The cruise port of Akaroa, New Zealand is seeing more frequent visits by cruise ships with the growing popularity of  cruising around Australia and New Zealand. The cruise port of call Akaroa, New Zealand is located on the southeast side of sheltered Akaroa Harbor, centered on the cute resort township of Akaroa. It is onContinue reading “Cruise Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand”

Money and Roads Less Traveled

Financial Considerations for When You Travel Internationally You’ve got your passport and your bags are packed, but are you ready financially to travel abroad? We’ve been to some pretty interesting places over the years but usually haven’t had issues with getting local currency or being able to use credit cards. While some time back ourContinue reading “Money and Roads Less Traveled”

A Tale of a Whale

Whale Watching In Alaska A Short Story A few years ago while on an early season Alaska cruise our ship stopped at Icy Straight Point. For a number of reasons we had decided to take it easy that day. The ship was anchored out and we had gone ashore early in the morning and tookContinue reading “A Tale of a Whale”

Port of Bangkok, Laem Chabang

Laem Chabang Cruise Gateway to Bangkok, Thailand Cruising in the South China Sea is becoming increasingly popular which normally includes one or two ports of call in Thailand. Thailand is one of the most advanced and open nations in Southeast Asia, and was once known as Siam. It is bordered by Myanmar (Burma) to theContinue reading “Port of Bangkok, Laem Chabang”