Category Archives: Cruise Shore Excursions

Skagway: At the Top of Alaska’s Inside Passage

Skagway is one of the best-preserved gold rush towns in Alaska. During the 1896 stampede for riches it played an important role as the last outfitting post along the Inside Passage seaway before the prospectors headed inland over treacherous mountains to the Klondike gold fields. This tiny seaside village with wooden sidewalks and gold rush …

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Discovering “Decebalus Rex” on a Danube Viking River Cruise

After writing scores of articles about ocean cruises, we decided to see what motivates vacationers to take European river cruises. We are glad we did. So much to choose from There are endless selections of river cruise itineraries on the internet, so we sought the guidance of three prominent river cruise companies in Europe – Amway, Uniworld, and Viking. Viking River Cruises comes through …

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The Legendary Walled City of Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic

Established in the 7th century A.D., the ancient and scenic port city of Dubrovnik lies in the southernmost part of the Republic of Croatia, – almost directly across the Adriatic Sea from the “spur” in the boot of Italy. It is a beautiful city of colorful red-topped tile roofs and cobblestone streets, all of which looks …

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Visit This Historic Lookout in Hawaii: It Will Blow You Away!

The next time you  are in Honolulu, make it a point to experience this unique site. Take a short drive up the Pali (Cliff) Highway to one of Hawaii’s most scenic points – the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. This vantage point oversees Oahu’s lush and panoramic windward coast. The location was the site of the historic Battle …

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The Royal Hawaiian Hotel: The Stunning Pink Palace on Waikiki Beach

If you have ever marveled at the iconic “Pink Palace” on Waikiki beach, and wondered about its colorful origin, so did we. Here is what we found out about its interesting history. In the early 20th century, a group of capitalists with substantial interests in Hawaii had the foresight to envision a burgeoning tourism future for the …

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Exploring Sitka: Our Favorite Alaskan City

  Stepped in history and culture, and surrounded by picturesque forested islands, towering mountains, a distant volcano, and soaring eagles – Sitka is what most tourists imagine when they think of Alaska’s natural wonders. Founded by Russian explorers in the eighteenth century, Sitka (once called New Archangel) is within easy view of Mt. Edgecombe, an …

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Returning to Historic Catalina Island and the Echoes of Big Bands Past

Long before Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, throngs of everyday Americans in the difficult 1930s and 1940s were keeping a stiff upper lip to the world’s problems and singing “…I left my love in Avalon…” to the Big Band sounds of Miller, Herman, Goodman, James and Dorsey. The song “Avalon” was first …

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Exploring Maritime Quebec and Its Bounty of Lighthouses

The Province of Québec, Canada has so much to offer the global tourist that we found the best way to present the many vacation options was to separate them into several categories; this story zeroes in on just one of Québec’s major attractions – lighthouses. On the trail of the lighthouses North America’s most spectacular lighthouse trek …

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Villa Vizcaya: Don’t Miss This Downton Abbey of the Tropics

Like the grand estates of England, most of the historic baronial manors of America have succumbed to the times and the tax man. However, the evolution has made these grand houses accessible to those of us who could not otherwise presume to personally visualize their grandeur. Such is the circumstance of the Highclere Castle of …

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Exploring the Amenities Aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America has been building  great ships for cruise vacations for 138 years. The ms Nieuw Amsterdam is no exception. In our last article, we wrote about the four ships that have proudly borne the name ms Nieuw Amsterdam. We also reviewed the many on-board dining options available to passengers. Today, we complete our story by …

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