Surprising St Petersburg, Russia

As Published in The Wakulla News What comes to mind when you think of Russia? Is it cold war, drab green soldiers, and blocky uninspired Soviet era architecture? Not so, in St Petersburg. Immerse yourself in St Petersburg’s surprising European beauty and splendor.   Love exploring Europe’s great museums? Tour the Hermitage Museum, containing over 15 miles of galleries and nearly three million works of art. Considered by many to…

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Top 5 snorkeling spots in the Caribbean

  Experience the magic of the under sea world. Don’t know what you are missing? Try a glass bottom boat ride. Marvel as the sea life darts past, completely oblivious to the world above them. Fish in multiple brilliant colors, and unusual shape; brain coral; stag horn coral; sponges; sea fans; the shapes and colors are as varied as a landscape. Incentive enough to don mask, fins and snorkel to…

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River Cruising, Where Luxury and Convenience Meet

Imagine visiting your favorite historic cites in Europe, now forget spending hours in a car or a train. Sounds good right? By choosing a river cruise you wont worry about the logistics of moving you from city to city, no train schedule, no road map, you simply relax, and watch the panorama glide slowly past. These are small ships. Typically accommodating around 150 passengers, you wont get lost or be crowded.…

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12 things to do in the Bahamas on a cruise

So you have decided to take a cruise, but now you wonder which islands should I visit? There are 4 typical itineraries for a Caribbean Cruise: the Bahamas(which technically are not Caribbean), the Eastern, Western & Southern Caribbean. In this post I will cover the Bahamas. Most first time cruisers begin with a shorter cruise of 3-5 nights. This is a great way to sample cruising to decide if you…

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Choosing the right cabin for your cruise.

So you have decided to go on a cruise, and you have never cruised before. The first thing your travel agents asks, is inside, outside, or balcony cabin? How can you determine which cabin is right for you? Here are several ways to help narrow down the choices. Is this an Alaska cruise? Since so much of this cruise travels the inside passage where mountains rise on both sides of…

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Oahu, Hawaii 10 things to do

On your first trip to Hawaii, most times you will start in Honolulu. Honolulu is an unusual city, similar in some ways to Miami Beach. You are clearly in a major metropolitan city, and yet there are incredibly beautiful beaches right in front of you. In some respects it feels like the city never sleeps. No matter what time it is, someone is up and doing something, probably because most…

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Victoria, Canada

If you are going on an Alaska cruise, chances are you are leaving from Vancouver,Canada, or Seattle, Washington. From either of these departure points it is easy to get to Victoria, and certainly worth a visit. From Seattle to Victoria, hop aboard the Black Ball Ferry Line at the cruise port. From Victoria to Vancouver, use the BC Ferries to get to the Vancouver port. In fact it is possible…

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Enjoy a Visit to Singapore

Singapore is often a stopover on long-haul south east Asian flights. Many times people don’t take the time to enjoy what this cosmopolitan city has to offer.  Next time you are transiting through, consider adding a day or two to look around.The first thing that you will notice is how clean it is.  Since the laws regarding litter & graffiti are so strictly enforced,  people simply don’t break them.  Then…

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Falmouth, Jamaica’s new cruise port

  Jamaica’s newest cruise port is Falmouth. It is a beautiful facility, very large, with many shops and restaurants. The town of Falmouth is right outside the gates of the port. There are not a large number of things to do in Falmouth proper, and there is not a beach within walking distance. Pictured above is a historic church in downtown. In order to enjoy Jamaica from this port it…

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Alaska Cruises, Comparing Glacier Bay, Tracy’s Arm, College Fjord & Hubbard Glacier

Choosing an Alaska cruise is difficult, but the choices between glaciers can complicate things even more. Also keep in mind that a passport is required for the cruises leaving from Vancouver, or an Alaska to Vancouver, but not those leaving from Seattle. A roundtrip Seattle, or Vancouver inside passage cruise will go to either Tracy’s Arm, or Glacier Bay. Several cruise lines go to Glacier Bay & that includes Holland America…

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