Category Archives: Ports of Call

Rome In A Day

They say you can’t see Rome in a day, but if a day is all you have you see what you can. Carnival Vista made a port stop in Civitavecchia, which is as close as a ship gets to Rome … 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 Cuba

If you are not from the USA and are sailing on a ship leaving from anywhere else in the world then Cuba is probably just another cruise ship port without that much difference from any other. Some ships even embark … 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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Herculaneum

Pretty much everyone has heard of Pompeii, which was destroyed in an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Not so many know about the nearby town of Herculaneum. At our port stop in Naples on Carnival Vista we took … Continue reading

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Maui – Trilogy Discover Lanai Tour

On the way from Seattle to Sydney, Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas stopped in Hawaii at Lahaina on Maui. Prior to the cruise we set up an excursion on our own with Trilogy, a popular catamaran day trip company … Continue reading

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Amber Cove & Ocean World

Carnival Magic backed slowly into the dock at Amber Cove near Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic under sunny skies, which were quite welcome on a day where the weather forecast included thundershowers. Although it rained some overnight, no thunder … Continue reading

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Ziplining In Juneau

Juneau has two zip line options, Alaska Zipline Adventures and Alaska Canopy Adventures. If you come by cruise ship the ship’s excursions may include an option to book through them. You can also book on your own online in advance … Continue reading

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