Category Archives: Port City Side Trips

Houston, Texas

When cruising from Galveston, anyone not from the area will most likely fly in and out of Houston, which is just under an hour away. For anyone with a bit of time before or after their cruise, Houston has a … Continue reading

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Penrith, Australia

When embarking or disembarking a cruise in Sydney, if you have a few days to stay it’s nice to see some of the surrounding area. We took advantage of disembarking the P&O Arcadia there to visit with our daughter who … Continue reading

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Scenic World in Katoomba

Katoomba is a major touristy area for Australia’s Blue Mountains. The train stops in town and from there you can catch either a city bus or hop on hop off bus out to Echo Point and Scenic World. Both places … 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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Gatorland

If you’re in Orlando and either all Disneyed out or don’t want to spend the kind of bucks it takes to get into either Disney World or Universal Studios, there are other options. Gatorland is one of them. It’s exactly … Continue reading

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Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans can enjoy a visit to a simulated world from the books and movies at Orlando’s Universal Studios. Perched on the edges of both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, visitors to both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade … Continue reading

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Disney – Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios seemed less crowded than some of the other theme parks at Disney World. Or maybe it just felt that way because we got there right at opening time before the crowd had time to build up. Initially we … Continue reading

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Disney World – Epcot

Epcot was our favorite of the four Disney World Parks (which also include the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.) Sheri scored a great deal when she got our tickets, getting 4-day tickets with an extra 3 days free … Continue reading

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Disney World – Magic Kingdom

Usually visits to areas in the vicinity of ports are side trips to our cruises, but our cruise on the Carnival Magic was a side trip from Disney World in Orlando. Our daughter and her husband are runners and decided … Continue reading

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Disney World – Animal Kingdom

Unlike the rest of Disney World where the animals are all characters, animation, or wild visitors – like birds or squirrels dropping in, Animal Kingdom has actual live animals as a planned part of their exhibits. Of course it’s still … Continue reading

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