Cruise Ports

Exploring Makassar, Indonesia by Taxi

March 18, 2016

In 2013, while sailing on a short segment of the Holland America Grand World Voyage, I visited Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The port city of Makassar is also known as Ujung Pandang — which is also the name of the pre-colonial fortress in the city that dates to 1545. The original fortress was built by the Gowa Dynasty. The […]

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20 Fun Facts About Juneau, Alaska

March 10, 2016

Juneau, Alaska’s capital city is located on the Gastineau Channel in the southeast part of the state between the Gulf of Alaska and British Columbia. The heart of Juneau, a city of 32,406 residents, lies between the ocean and ice-covered mountains. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level below mountain peaks reaching up to 4,000 feet.  These […]

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21 Fun Facts About Ketchikan, Alaska

February 29, 2016

While a city with 8,245 residents would be considered to be small in most places, Ketchikan is the fifth-most populous city in the state of Alaska.   While the self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” might be a small in residents and in size at 5.9 square miles, Ketchikan, Alaska attracts nearly a million visitors each year, many of them arriving by […]

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A Walk Around Alicante, Spain

February 19, 2016

Last fall, while on a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale, we spent a port day in Alicante, Spain. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Alicante is a popular vacation destination on Spain’s Costa Blanca.  In this view from our cruise ship in the port, you can see Mount Benacantil with its Castillo de Santa Barbara overlooking the city. […]

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