Category Archives: Ports of Call

Eilat, Israel Cruise Port

EILAT, ISRAEL Eilat is the southernmost city in Israel. It has a busy seaport in the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea near Jordan. Eilat is a popular resort town for both domestic and international tourists. Its beaches are … Continue reading

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Tianjin Cruise Port

Tianjin Tianjin is China’s 4th most populous city and one of 4 under direct control of the central government of the People’s Republic of China. The walled city was built in 1404 – back when walled cities were common and … Continue reading

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Cruising the West Coast

Boarding the Royal Princess in Los Angeles, California was a much easier process than their pre-cruise emails made it sound. After having been told just a couple weeks before the cruise that we couldn’t get on the ship until 2:30pm … Continue reading

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Limassol, Cyprus Sea Walk and Old Town

Cruise ships visiting Limassol, Cyprus dock at a terminal in an industrial area about 3K away from town. Shuttle service brings passengers into the city. On our stop there on the MSC Lirica it cost 9 euro per person to … Continue reading

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Limassol, Cyprus Cruise Port

CYPRUS Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, an independent country officially called the Republic of Cyprus. Weather in this area brings hot dry summers and rainy winters. Currency is the Euro. Limassol lies on the southern coast … Continue reading

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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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Rhodes, Greece Cruise Port

Rhodes was once home to one of the wonders of the ancient world – the colossus of Rhodes, a giant statue which stood at the harbor. This replica of the ancient Greek sun god Helios was built by Charles of … 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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Dalian, China Cruise Ship Port

Dalian People might not expect to see colonial Russian architecture in China, but Dalian – a modern port city on the Liaodong Peninsula, at the southern tip of China’s Liaoning Province – was founded by the Russians in 1898. Russian … Continue reading

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