Panoramic view of the Prosecco region

A perfect 4-day pre-cruise trip to the Prosecco region of Italy

The Prosecco region, famed for its sparkling wine, lies in northeastern Italy, between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region. This enchanting area is a tapestry of rolling hills, lush vineyards, and charming medieval villages, offering a perfect escape for a pre-cruise adventure. If you are heading … Read article

The best shore excursions in Nice, France

Welcome to the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur—a playground for the rich and famous and a paradise we’ve had the joy of exploring for many years. Known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm Mediterranean climate, this breathtaking coastline extends from southern France to Italy’s doorstep. If you’re … Read article

The Essential guide to the Port of Tarragona, Spain

Port of Tarragona, Spain – the essential guide

The port city of Tarragona in Spain is expanding with a new cruise terminal, attracting cruise lines like MSC Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Costa Cruises, and Silversea to include it on their southern Spain itineraries. We traveled to Tarragona, also known as Tàrraco, to discover more about this relatively unknown … Read article

View from the top of Eze village, taken from the Exotic Gardens, looking down over Eze toward the local beach, Eze-sur-Mer.

Visit Eze – an excursion from Villefranche

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps lies Eze, a hidden gem that beckons travelers with its medieval charm and breathtaking panoramas. For those fortunate enough to visit Éze as a cruise ship excursion from the port of Villefranche, the village offers an enchanting escape into history, nature, … Read article

"I Love Nice" sign overlooking Promenade des Anglais

Port of Nice (Villefranche) – the essential guide

Start your cruise vacation with a visit to Nice, one of our favorite cities in France – and just a short distance from the port town of Villefranche. A cruise from Nice offers the opportunity to explore this wonderful city and visit the nearby picturesque towns and villages of the … Read article

Barcelona cruise port cruise ship ban

Barcelona cruise ship ban – a new eco-initiative

Barcelona is taking a significant step to protect its environmental health by changing where cruise ships can dock. The new Barcelona cruise ship ban for specific cruise terminals is an effort to reduce pollution and preserve the city’s charm, ensuring it remains a favorite destination for everyone.  Balancing tourism with … Read article

The new Venice visitor fee

Beyond the Grand Canal – navigating the new Venice visitor fee

In the heart of the City of Canals, Venice is struggling with the consequences of its own popularity. A recent move by Venice’s City Council introduced a trial of the new Venice visitor fee – a 5-euro charge for daily explorers. This initiative aims to safeguard the city’s historical center … Read article

View of downtown San Diego from Coronado bridge

Cruise from San Diego Cruise Port – the essential guide

Are you looking for a Pacific Coast cruise starting in Southern California? Welcome to the sun-drenched coastal paradise of San Diego, where your cruise adventure begins. This vibrant city perfectly blends natural beauty, cultural richness, and coastal charm. In this guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know about … Read article

Are cruises worth it or is it getting too expensive?

Are cruises worth it? The pros and cons of a cruise vacation

Are cruises worth it? Many travelers ask this question as they contemplate booking a cruise for 2025 or 2026. Unlike a one-size-fits-all solution, the answer varies. Numerous factors come into play that can significantly impact your experience. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of cruises to … Read article

Are cruises all-inclusive or not?

Are cruises all-inclusive?

Before you even hit that “Book Now” button, a fundamental question should be on your radar: Are cruises all-inclusive? The short answer: cruises are what most of us would consider all-inclusive. This does not mean that all you see is included. But it means you can have a great holiday … Read article

Hotels Miami with free cruise port shuttle

Best hotels near Miami Cruise Port with free shuttle

When embarking on a cruise adventure, your journey begins when you step foot in Miami. This vibrant city, known for its energy, stunning beaches, and melting pot of cultures, is a gateway to some of the most sought-after cruise experiences. As cruise travellers, we always look for the best hotels … Read article

Explore your options with cruise line air services

Cruise line air services – more flexible than you may think

Embarking on a cruise vacation is exciting, and planning is all part of the fun. However, one of the more stressful factors in the planning process is booking flights. You must get to the port where your cruise adventure starts in time. And then home again from where it ends. … Read article