Sitka, on the Pacific Coast of Barenof Island in Alaska, is one of the more unusual Cruise ports to visit featured on an Alaskan itinerary. Originally built by Russian traders in the early 1800’s, when it was known as the city of ‘New Archangel’, Sitka has a very different feel to the wild west, gold rush, mining towns that form most of the other ports of call in Alaska. It is definitely worth a visit if you get the chance!!
on this particular morning our plan was simple…. leave ship, get taxi to the fictional Honoré. In reality this is a pretty village called Deshaies on the north coast of Basse-Terre a forty kilometre, one hour drive to the north coast of the island….
Stornoway, on the east coast of Lewis, is a busy port and a popular stop on Round Britain cruise itineraries. A new cruise terminal with deep water berth is under construction but at present only smaller vessels can moor alongside, larger ships tender passengers ashore to the CalMac pier. Cruisers are met by a team of Cruise Ambassadors, local volunteers, who are on hand to offer information and assistance. The currency here is the Scottish £ and, whilst Gaelic is a frequently used language on the islands, locals also speak English. The Sabbath is strictly observed here so most shops are closed on a Sunday.
Juneau, the capital of Alaska since 1906, was our first port of call. It is the only American State Capital not accessible by road – everything and everyone arrives by boat or air! Named after one of the two men -Joe Juneau and Richard Harris – who discovered gold in the area back in 1880, the town quickly grew up as mines flourished in the hills above and by 1906 Juneau was centre of the worlds gold mining trade. Unfortunately it was a short lived title and by the 1940s labour shortages due to WW2 meant that the mines closed. Today the cruise industry is the main source of income and employment history of Juneau for the town and the Mendenhall Glacier is its most promoted attraction.
Enchanted Princess has been awarded a Good Housekeeping 2023 Family Travel Award, recognising the ship as “Great for Groups.” The Princess ship is one of only three cruise ship experiences selected as winners. At Cruise Addicted we are not surprised, having loved our time onboard back in May22.
P&O Cruises reveal exciting new shore experiences for Arvia P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia, brand new in December 2022 will offer a range of brand-new shore experiences in the Caribbean which are not available on any other ship in the fleet. These new shore experiences include: Guests will also be able to enjoy a varietyContinue reading “Exciting new shore experiences for P&O Arvia”
P&O Cruises to name Arvia in a spectacular, world-first beachside event..
Celebrating its biggest ever European season, featuring more 7-night sailings than ever before, award-winning cruise line, Celebrity Cruises®, is excited to announce the launch of its new Find the ‘X’ challenge.
“Would you like to pay in local currency or the currency of your card?” – it seems such a simple question doesn’t it? When you use a card to pay for something abroad, whether it is a currency, credit or debit card, you are normally given the option of paying either in the local currency or in your own currency. There is DEFINITELY a correct answer! But do you know for sure what it is?
I am going to preface this Havana Port Profile with an explanation and a warning. Whilst Cuba is an amazing place to visit, unfortunately it was listed as a ” State Sponsor of Terrorism” by President Trump as he left office in 2021. This means that tourists from the USA are NOT able to visit and no American cruise lines visit the port. However three European companies (Marella, Ambassador and Fred Olsen) have added Cuba on itineraries from January 2023 onwards so we thought that a bit of information might be useful to those passengers. The main point to consider if you are booking a cruise to Cuba is that you should keep up to date with the latest situation in relation to subsequent ESTA applications to the United States.