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Cruise blogs and articles
Pigs That Probably Live Happier than We Do
The amazing island of Big Major Cay located in the heart of the Bahamian archipelago has the unusual inhabitants – pigs. They turned the island into a tourist attraction. Pigs safely walk on the beach, "sunbathe" and, surprisingly, swim in salt water. They say that pigs swim up to 100 meters or...
New Giants of Carnival
We’ve somehow missed the fall news of Carnival starting the construction of two new “megaliners”. We’re fixing the situation! Today we would like to tell you the facts. ;) Photo for example Carnival Cruise Line announced the construction of two new megaliners with a tonnage of...
Do the US Citizens Need a Passport on a Cruise
We often hear a question – do the US citizens need their passports on a cruise or the Driver License will suffice... Today we’ll try to help you figure it out. We warn you: the situation may change, so be sure to check the information before your cruise, contact your travel agent or cruise...
Did You Know What the Color of Your Passport Means
Did you know that all passports in the world are divided into only 4 colors or their shades? It turns out that all passports in the world are predominantly red or blue! Only a few countries have green and black passports! What do these colors mean? Let's start with the more rare ones...
Are You Ready for a New Mega Port
Recently, the cruise world broke the news – Carnival and the Bahamas agreed on the construction of a new cruise port. Let's see what the story is about. A couple of weeks ago, many media sources spread the news that the government of the Bahamas and Carnival Cruise Line agreed on the...
Story of Riga Cathedral
Dear friends, today I will tell you about one of the iconic buildings of Riga, which, in fact, has become a hallmark of the city - about Riga Dome Cathedral. There are several Dome Cathedrals around the world, as the word takes after the Latin sayings "The House of God" and "to the ...
The United States and the United Kingdom Ban Laptops and Large Devices On Board
Starting March 24, it will be prohibited to take any electronics larger than a mobile phone on some direct flights to the United States and the United Kingdom. The ban is related to the threat of terrorist acts. At the moment it is not clear how long this ban will be valid for. The new ban...
7 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises is one of the world’s leading cruise companies. The company has a huge army of fans around the world, and it is not surprising. Today we would like to recall a few facts you probably didn’t know. The facts that directly influenced the establishment of the company. 1....
7 Reasons to Choose a Private Island During a Cruise
In the last article we talked about the private islands. Today we would like to tell you about the reasons to visit these islands. Many people wonder whether it’s worth to take a cruise to an unknown island when you can visit another Caribbean island instead of it. The answer is simple: it’s...
History of Cruises. Part 6. The Future Has Come
We continue our acquaintance with the history of the cruise industry. Today we are concluding our story, which turned out to be rather voluminous. The last part ended with the establishment of modern cruise companies, which have delighted passengers so far. In this part, we will make a...
Memorial Park Dedicated to the "Barricades Days" Victims
There is one park in Riga (if we can call it the park) which really impressed me. This is the place of memory of the Barricades Days of January 1991 victims. It is located near Bastion Hill in the heart of Riga. Now it is a regular beautiful park where young people celebrate weddings,...
The Island of Mauritius. P.2
Let's continue our tour of Mauritius (The Island of Mauritius. P.1)! This is a bus station in Port Louis. Sunset on the island is amazing! Mauritius has the third oldest botanical garden in the world. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (Pamplemousses...
New Caledonia From Above. P3
New Caledonia From Above. P1 New Caledonia From Above. P2 There are many beautiful beaches on the island of New Caledonia. This is a cottage settlement on artificial canals with sea water. Naia. This settlement is under construction: The erosion of the coast (which is little on the...
New Caledonia From Above. P2
Here you can find the beginning of this review. The island has an amazing variety of landscapes and views: It has a distinguishing feature among the islands of Oceania - the rich world of conifers: Finally, we saw The Heart of Voh - the most famous (thanks to the cover of Jan Arthus-Bertrand's...
New Caledonia From Above. P1
If you take a plane in the area of the Australian Great Barrier Reef and fly east, you will see New Caledonia 2 hours later. This is the third largest island in Oceania (after New Zealand and New Guinea). It may take a couple of days to travel around New Caledonia by car. But we went to the...
Shopping In Rome, Italy
When our ship docked at the port of Civitavecchia in Rome, we already had a certain plan. Honestly, I adore this city. I admire its stunning history, preserved in a delightful architecture and small streets with their cozy restaurants. In Rome, of course, there is still Via del Corso with its...
The Island of Mauritius. P.1
“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” Mark Twain, American writer The island of Mauritius has always been a very distant, interesting and mysterious place for me. Finally, I’ve visited it. Sometimes sunbeds are placed on artificial islands...
History of Cruises. Part 5. Between the War and Boeing 747
Gradually we are getting to the roots of the origin of the modern cruise industry. Last time we talked about the terrible war and its impact on the industry. It is worth saying that, despite almost total destruction, the cruise industry quickly recovered. The US authorities began to...
Bounty Paradise: Private Islands of Cruise Companies
Few people know that almost all the leading cruise companies own private islands. It is quite beneficial for the companies because the prices on the islands are affordable, and the benefits are obvious. After all, one can offer absolutely exclusive service on such island. Additionally, the...
Waterfront, Karon Beach. Phuket Island, Thailand
It was too hot to stay on Karon Beach, so we decided to take a walk in the shade along the waterfront. There's Buddha monument on that hill. This is a view back. Here's the shade finally! This is a bridge. We bought few baby bananas (1 piece=0.30USD, as of 2016). Ice-cream! These are the...
Karon Beach. Phuket Island, Thailand
After visiting Kata Beach, it started raining and we decided to go to Karon Beach. We went there by bus. We paid 35 baht=1 USD (as of 2016). Despite the rain, we were swimming. The beach was deserted. Usually, it stops raining quickly there. The sun came out. We were afraid to get...
Kata Beach. Phuket Island, Thailand
We arrived at Kata Beach at about 11 a.m. Well, it was cloudy. It was not far from the beach. Here's the beach. Somebody's hovering... We were swimming enough. In the afternoon people leave the beach, and the birds come... Dark clouds gathered... It started raining. We decided to go to ...
Caribbean Curacao. P.2
Let's continue our acquaintance with Curacao (Caribbean Curacao. P.1)! After the ship passed, the bridge became accessible for pedestrians again. However, something does not give me any peace of mind to sit still, and we went to the southern tip of the island across a high bridge....
Caribbean Curacao. P.1
Curacao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles. There are 6 of them. Three large islands - Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire - are located in the south, off the coast of Venezuela. St. Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius are in the north, about 1,000 km from the main islands. Here's what a...