Category Archives: Cruise Shore Excursions

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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By Land or Sea the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel is the Place to Be

If you owned a multi-million dollar yacht, what would induce you to tie up and sleep at a seaside hotel? We found the answer when we visited the fabulous Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel located along the picturesque Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound. Entering the Delamar demesne, we parked our rental auto a scant few …

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Three Great Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise out of the Port of San Francisco

Reason #1 – San Francisco is an outstanding port city with great cruise itineraries Imagine spending a vacation touring the fabulous attractions of San Francisco and then boarding a luxury cruise ship bound for another remarkable destination like Hawaii, Mexico, or Alaska. If you have sufficient time and money to both explore the many sites …

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