ABCs of Cruising: Ports
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ABCs of Cruising: Ports

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ABC’s of Cruising: Ports of Call

Cruising is an excellent way to experience new places and local cultures.

Cruise Tips about Ports of Call

While getting off the ship while calling on a port is not required, there are some places at or near the sea that you will not want to miss. Some ports are easily accessed via the port, while other destinations require some advanced planning, especially if a passenger with limited time in port is going to experience a popular attraction.

Limited time in port means that passengers need to make sure to plan ahead.

While many ships offer complimentary transportation from the port to the city center, this is not the norm. Getting from the ship to the pier will depend on factors like size of the ship, where the ship docks, and other variables that will influence time and budget.

Cruise lines encourage passengers to book their shore excursions, but there are other options for exploring on one’s own. All shore excursions offered by the ship can be booked at the ship’s shore excursion desk or in advance during the pre-boarding registration process.

The ABCs – Cruise Places to Discover


There are a lot of ports to visit, but I will start with my favorites and add links to this page as I develop the pieces.

“A” is for …

There is no shortage of ports throughout Europe that welcome cruise ships but those starting with A are quite popular.

  • Alaska
  • Amsterdam
  • Antarctica
  • Antilles
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Athens and the neighboring port town of Piraeus hosts cruise ships year-round sailing on Mediterranean Cruises.
  • Australia


Adventures in port await.

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Carrie Finley

Carrie is ready to explore, discover, and share the wonderful world of cruise travel. My goal is to report live from the ships sharing information about the overall experience under my Blogger-at-Large series. You will find information about cruise ships and places near the sea. Explore what’s buzzing at the cruise lines and gain insight into the world of cruising. Make sure to connect with Carrie via social media outlets including Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
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