Category Archives: cruising

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THE CRUISING LIFE – THIRTEENTH CRUISE – KEY WEST

Leaving Costa Maya we headed back to Miami. Most passengers disembarked but we stayed onboard for another round. Leaving that afternoon we set sail for Key West, Florida. When I was in the Navy i […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – TWELTH CRUISE – COSTA MAYA

Looks like I have let this posting slip a little. I will try to be more prompt. This is our next stop on this adventure. Puerto Costa Maya and nearby sleepy Mahahual were once rural […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – TWELTH CRUISE – EMPRESS & COZUMEL

Cruise #12 was a Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami onboard the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas. At that time the Empress OTS was the oldest and smallest ship in Royal’s fleet. She entered […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – TRIER

Today we stopped in Trier, Germany, for a wonderful excursion. Trier, Germany’s oldest city, lies at the head of the scenic Mosel Valley near the Luxembourg border. An ancient Roman capital, Trier brags that it […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – BERNKASTEL

The old town of Bernkastel has many sights to offer. The castle ruins of Landshut high above the town, the “Spitzhäuschen” (pointed house) or the historic market square. Kues is the largest district. Here you […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – COCHEM

The next stop on this epic journey was Cochem, Germany. Cochem is a beautiful historic town in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, near Koblenz and Trier, Germany’s oldest city. It lies along the left bank of the Mosel […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – MAINZ

One way that river cruising is different from ocean cruising is that there is always something to see. One minute you see old castles, then some kind of industry, then a campground, then you’re in […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – VIKING ALSVIN

Viking River Cruises operates a well-oiled travel machine and sailings on Alsvin are no exception. The logistics of the pre- and post-cruise extensions are executed smoothly from arrival to departure. Both included and optional activities […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – ELEVENTH CRUISE – PRAGUE

From Rome we grabbed a Czech Air flight to Prague. This would be the start of our Viking River Cruise that would take us from Prague to Paris. Viking bills it as the “Cities of […]

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THE CRUISING LIFE – TENTH CRUISE – BARCELONA

Barcelona was our next stop and the last stop on this part of the trip. We would be disembarking Freedom of the Seas and saying goodbye to a wonderful crew and many new friends. I […]

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