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  • DYI shore leave: Don’t be afraid to make your own port-of-call adventures

    DYI shore leave: Don’t be afraid to make your own port-of-call adventures

    There are times when the best tour is the kind you organize yourself. Sometimes life places you in the path of a tough decision. Looking at the optional shore excursions offered in Naples, Italy, by the cruise line, we had two choices — we could climb Mount Vesuvius or we could tour Pompeii, but there was no possibility of doing both. It was a dilemma that many cruise passengers face.
  • From pub crawls to libraries, literary Dublin offers much more than Bloomsday

    From pub crawls to libraries, literary Dublin offers much more than Bloomsday

    James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic "Ulysses," though many Dubliners freely admit they haven't read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn't stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honouring the day in 1904 when the fictional Leopold Bloom perambulated through the streets of the author's hometown.
  • Jordan's Wadi Rum has the power to awe visitors

    Jordan's Wadi Rum has the power to awe visitors

    The jeeps that had brought us to the middle of the desert had shut off their engines. One by one, the dozen people who had gotten out to take photos of the setting sun stopped clicking their shutters and fell silent. We were in Wadi Rum, Jordan, the stomping grounds of Lawrence of Arabia and the nomadic Bedouins he mustered into an army to defeat the Turks occupying the port city of Aqaba. We were surrounded by clay-coloured sand, monolithic cliffs, a cerulean sky streaked with wispy orange clouds and nothing else.
  • Battle for the high seas making waves

    Battle for the high seas making waves

    While the Caribbean continues to be the most popular cruise destination anywhere, there’s a chess game going on in several other ports in the world.
  • Time to enjoy the Carnival Breeze

    Time to enjoy the Carnival Breeze

    Let me be the first to admit it: In almost 50 cruises, I'd never sailed aboard one of Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ships. That all changed when I stepped aboard the 3,690-guest Carnival Breeze for the first time. Cleverly, Carnival has Carnival Breeze sailing a unique combination of six-,seven-, and eight-night Caribbean itineraries from the port of Miami.
  • Basking in the Celebrity Eclipse - spacious and easy to explore

    Basking in the Celebrity Eclipse - spacious and easy to explore

    Several days ago, along with 6,000 others, I left Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas in Port Everglades at Fort Lauderdale. Many of my fellow passengers were heading to the airport for flights home, some stayed on in Florida, and others who lived nearby hauled their luggage to the parking lot. I probably had the shortest distance to travel - about 180 metres.
  • Venturing well beyond the beaches and souvenir shops while on a cruise

    Venturing well beyond the beaches and souvenir shops while on a cruise

    Once I decided on a Christmas cruise, I was determined to soak up the "local" experience on the ports I'd be visiting.
  • Culture cruise appeals to kids, too

    Culture cruise appeals to kids, too

    Cruises in the Caribbean are proven winners with children. Each port offers a new beach, with perhaps a bit of souvenir shopping on the side.
  • In with the old, in with the new at Quebec City gem

    In with the old, in with the new at Quebec City gem

    A sweeping $500,000 renovation of Le St-Pierre, a darling boutique hotel in the Old Port of Quebec City, has preserved the best of the fine old structure and bestowed a fresh new look. It wasn't easy.
  • Cruise lines see big growth in the Big Apple

    Cruise lines see big growth in the Big Apple

    New York is my favourite home port. The cruise is always great, but the three or four days I spend there before getting on the ship is perfect.

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