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Montjuic – Barcelona’s Hilltop Haven

    To the west of Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella is the Parc de Monjuic, site of a 17th century hilltop fortress, a cemetery, a botanical garden, and several museums and sporting arenas leftover from the 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Olympics. To reach Montjuic, you can walk up any number of streets in the … Continue reading »

14 More Things to See in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella

Maybe you saw the Gothic Quarter on an earlier cruise, but left with the feeling that you only scratched Barcelona’s surface. What more is there to see in the rest of the Old City? If you’re near the Colon Monument, the sights of Port Vell and El Rival are within easy walking distance; if you’re … Continue reading »

11Must-See Sights in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Beautiful Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and home port for many Mediterranean cruise ships.  But how much can you see if you’re just in town for a few hours?  Thanks to the Old City’s walk-ability, the answer is “Quite a bit.” Arriving in Barcelona If you’re arriving by plane, there are many options for making … Continue reading »

Buried Alive – The Ruins of Herculaneum

“The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to he driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the earth … On the other side, a black and dreadful cloud, broken with rapid, zigzag flashes, revealed behind it variously shaped masses of flame: these last were like sheet-lightning, but much larger. We were … Continue reading »

Vibrant, Bawdy Naples

Arriving in Naples If you arrive in Naples by cruise ship, you will dock at  Stazione Maritima, which is right in the heart of this historic city.  Many visitors take side-trips out of Naples or come in for only a day, so this write-up provides only enough information for a half-day’s site-seeing. First, a few … Continue reading »

Catania, Siciliy’s “Grey City”

Catania’s port is very near the city center, making it a short walk – about 20 minutes  – from the pier.  The city also has a 6-stop Metro system that runs from the Port to Borgo.  Tickets are available at any tabaccheria and cost € 1.50.  The Metro runs above grade along the coast to … Continue reading »

CORFU (Greece)

If you’re arriving by ship, you’ll dock in the new port, which has a welcome center, car rentals and a taxi stand.  The trip from the port to the Old Fortress is 3 KM:  you can walk (30-40 minutes), take the Port/Kefalomandouko #2B Bus (about € 1.50) at the Blue Bus Stop, or take a … Continue reading »

BARI (Italy)

Larger ships dock at the San Vito Dock, a 5-7 minute walk to the Main Cruise Terminal:  from there, the entrance through the Old Town gate is about a 20 minute walk. Taxis and shuttle buses are also available, as are mini-train tours. Trenino-Tour offers a 1½ hour Bari City Tour covering the harbour, Old … Continue reading »


It is approximately 12 kilometers from the cruise port to Ravenna.  Most cruise lines provide a shuttle bus (whether or not complimentary) to Viale Farini, a boulevard that leads to the train station.  This is a central location within walking distance of the town’s highlights. You can also get to Ravenna on your own via … Continue reading »

KOTOR (Montenegro)

Much as with Valletta, cruising into Kotor is half the trip, so get up early for the 17-mile journey up the bay and into the port.  Wander the red and white streets of Old Town, or book a taxi tour to the nearby towns of Budva and Perast. Kotor’s small Old Town is surrounded by … Continue reading »

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