Category Archives: Port Cities

Rhodes Castle and Walled City

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes Rhodes castle on the Avenue of the Knights is the dominant feature of the medieval walled city. This 14th century palace of the Grand Masters was occupied by the Knights … Continue reading

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Crete Venetian Fort and Sea Wall

MSC Lirica docked in Heraklion on the island of Crete in Greece. Being a container port, passengers are not allowed to walk through the port area, but rather required to take a short bus ride to the cruise terminal. Following … Continue reading

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Seattle Center

The highlight of the Seattle Center is the symbol of Seattle itself, the Space Needle, built for the 1962 world fair, as was the Seattle Center itself. Back then it was the tallest building in Seattle, but now it’s not … Continue reading

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Sasebo, Japan Cruise Port

Sasebo, Japan Sasebo is a city on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s most noted for Huis Ten Bosch, an amusement park modeled after a Dutch town with canals, replica buildings, windmills and flower gardens. The park also has rides including a … Continue reading

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Seattle Waterfront

Cruise ships in Seattle dock either at pier 66 or pier 91. Most start and or end cruises there, but sometimes Seattle is just a port stop. Pier 91 is nearest the cruise parking for cruises beginning and ending there, … Continue reading

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Pireaus Cruise Port

Like many ports, where the ship actually docks in Athens is not the famous city, but nearby Piraeus, about 10 kilometers distant. On the MSC Lirica tickets to catch a hop-on-hop-off (aka HOHO bus) at the port for $20 euro … Continue reading

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Seattle Underground Tour

Royal Princess docked in the center of the waterfront activity at Seattle’s Pier 66. This pier is so much nicer for a port stop than being stuck out at pier 91 where ships often board for cruises usually heading out … Continue reading

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Split, Croatia

SPLIT, CROATIA Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with over 350,000 people living in its urban area. The city spreads over a peninsula and surrounding area on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. It’s the largest city … Continue reading

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Busan, South Korea Cruise Port

Formerly spelled Pusan, but now changed to Busan although since apparently the Korean pronunciation actually is Pusan the spelling change really makes no sense, this city is South Korea’s second most populous city after Seoul. It is the 5th busiest … Continue reading

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Gondola Ride in Venice

Our 20-day cruise on the MSC Lirica was scheduled from Venice to Dubai so we flew into Switzerland 10 days ahead and did some traveling around Europe by train, ending with 3 nights in Venice before boarding the ship. Although … Continue reading

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