Category Archives: Port Cities

Havana Cruise Ship Port

Sailing into Havana, ships negotiate a narrow channel with the guidance of a local pilot. Local pilots board the ship prior to entrance of most any port so that part is standard procedure. Coming into port is quite scenic with … Continue reading

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Maui Cruise Ship Port – Lahaina

Lahaina Cruise Ship Port When cruise ships stop in Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii the ship anchors a short distance from shore and drops its tenders to bring passengers to shore. The ship’s tenders are the lifeboats … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Alaska

Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure Snorkeling in Alaska? Brrrr. Way too cold. That’s what a lot of people think. I used to be one of them. If you went straight into the water in just a swimming suit like in tropical … Continue reading

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Cruising to Honolulu

Our transpacific cruise on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas made its first port stop in Honolulu. The cruise ship docked near the Aloha Tower a couple miles from the tourist area of Waikiki. They did have shuttles to the … Continue reading

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In Search of Cats in Old San Juan

Nearly every time we travel to Puerto Rico we seem to end up at the historic forts in old San Juan. Our visit on the Carnival Magic was no exception. At least that was the intention anyway. Some of the … Continue reading

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What’s At The Top Of Mount Roberts in Juneau?

The iconic Mount Roberts Tram is one of the main attractions in Juneau. It’s quite visible from ships as they cruise into town. Holland America ships dock right below it. The lower tram station sits at the center of the … Continue reading

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Australia’s Blue Mountains

Some cruises start in Sydney, some end there, and some are round trips out of Sydney. When cruising to or from Sydney it’s nice to spend a bit of extra time there to see the area. Sydney has great public … Continue reading

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Juneau Cruise Ship Port

Juneau, Alaska Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, sits on the Gastineau Channel of southeast Alaska. Like much of the state it is accessible only by boat or plane, although cars can get there on Alaska’s ferries. As one of the 4 … Continue reading

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Cruising to Sydney, Australia

Arriving in Australia by cruise ship is far nicer than arriving by airplane. Besides the fact that the journey is far more fun, cruise ship passengers are not sprayed with disinfectant before disembarking like airplane passengers sometimes are. Customs is … Continue reading

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Italy – Messina and Taormina

Carnival Vista stopped in Messina, Italy on a Sunday. From the ship Messina looks like a pretty big city with lots of interesting old architecture within walking distance. Being Sunday though they made announcements that not much of anything in … Continue reading

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