Visiting Vlissingen (Flushing) and Middleburg, Netherlands By Cruise Ship

August 16, 2017

The itinerary during our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam included a 6-hour stop in southwest part of the Netherlands at the Zeeland Cruise Port in Vlissingen. With its strategic location between the North Sea and the Scheldt River, Vlissingen was a major port for English sea traffic to central Europe for centuries. The English […]

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Touring the House of Waterford Crystal Factory in Waterford, Ireland

August 11, 2017

When in Waterford, Ireland — like we were during our 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise on Holland America’s ms Prinsendam — the number one thing to do is to take the House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour. This very knowledgeable gentleman, pictured above, led our 1-hour tour. The tour begins with a video tracing the history of […]

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A Visit to the Bantry House and Garden in Bantry, Ireland

August 4, 2017

Bantry House and Gardens is a private estate in Bantry, Ireland, that we visited during a port call by Holland America’s ms Prinsendam as part of the 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise. The original Queen Anne house — built around 1700  and originally called ‘Blackrock’ — has been the ancestral home of the White family since […]

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Visiting Bantry, Ireland by Cruise Ship

July 29, 2017

In preparation for our June 3rd 14-day Celtic Explorer cruise, I had researched the port of Bantry, a coastal town of 3,500 residents in southwest Ireland. It’s located at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep water, wind-sheltered harbor on the Atlantic Ocean with an interesting history, some of which is captured in 15 Interesting Facts About Bantry, Ireland. […]

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