Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel

Traditional English Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, London Discover this traditional British occasion at the Palace Lounge, which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. Relax in the comfortable lounge and dine on finger sandwiches and small bites while watching the world go by outside the large picture windows. Cruise visitors must …

(port activity) Big Bus Rome Review

Big Bus Rome Cruise visitors interested in taking a tour on the Big Bus Rome will either be visiting the Eternal City for the day or staying in Rome before or after a Mediterranean cruise. In either case (logistics aside), the hop-on, hop-off Big Bus Rome is a great choice. The reasons why: convenient, safe, great service …

CroisiEurope ms Miguel Torga Inauguration

CroisiEurope ms Miguel Torga sails the Douro I will be reporting live from Porto, Portugal to share news about the inauguration of CrosisEurope’s new ms Miguel Torga. The MS Miguel Torga cruises on the Douro, a major river of the Iberian Peninsula that crosses northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto. Porto is …

Photo Tour: Cruise Ireland

Lucky You! Cruise Ireland There are plenty of cruise options for those looking to explore the republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland. The Emerald Isle is full of history, beauty, passion, laughter, and one can always find a local willing to tell a tale. County Cork Heading to Cork, to see …

Cruise Britain

Diverse coasts, castles, cities and countrysides await! A popular way to explore the diverse coastline of Britain is via one of the 52 cruise lines offering spectacular voyages around the country. If you are considering a cruise to this region, then check out the resources available from CruiseBritain, which is a joint initiative between Britain’s …

ABCs of Cruising: V is for Venice, Italy

Best in Cruise Travel Venice, Italy.

Venice is one of the best places to visit by ship. I would suggest choosing a smaller ship that caters to more time in port. Why? Because often times the boutique ships like those from Azamara, or the ultra-luxe ships of Silversea will overnight in Venice, which allows more time to explore. The ship is a floating hotel and it can mean spending less money in Venice on accommodations, which is a good thing because the capital of the Veneto region located in northeastern Italy can be quite costly.
I have written a lot about Venice for cruise visitors. If you would like to learn about logistics of this port, click here.

Visual Venice (photo tour)

Photo by Carrie Finley Bajak
Port information onboard Azamara Journey

There are two port locations. Terminal S. Basilio will service smaller ships.

Pizza anyone?

Photo by Carrie Finley Bajak
Venice city view from atop the bell tower.


The Cats of Kotor, Montenegro

Why are there so many cats in Kotor? It will not take visitors to Kotor, Montenegro to notice the many cats roaming the streets of the walled city situated on the Bay of Kotor. The cats have their own museum dedicated to them and a lot of doting residents who live side-by-side with these animals. While …