Bonaire is one of three islands that make up the catchy nickname: the ABC islands. This colorful Netherlands Antilles archipelago lies 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is comfortably outside the Caribbean’s hurricane belt.    Bonaire is laid-back by design. Large chain hotels have been kept out and eco-preservation has been enforced sinceContinue reading “Bonaire!”

Bridgetown, Barbados

Link to YouTube video on the port is here: Barbados was first visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown.  The island first appeared on a Spanish map in 1511.  When an English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625, the men took possession of it in theContinue reading “Bridgetown, Barbados”

St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

I finally got the chance to visit St. Thomas…this has been on my bucket list for some time. Be sure to watch our video at the link below: St. Thomas is the gateway isle of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and is known for beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots. Founded by theContinue reading “St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands”

Pros and Cons of Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm Fjord and Endicott Arm Fjord

Previously, I wrote a rather biased view of Hubbard.  Many people have questions about the differences between the three options available, so thought I would give a quick list of the pros and cons of each Hubbard Glacier Pro: Hubbard, as noted in my prior post, is a large, advancing glacier.  The trip to the glacierContinue reading “Pros and Cons of Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Tracy Arm Fjord and Endicott Arm Fjord”

Best things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

A few years ago, we took a Baltic cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse.  One of our ports was Tallin, Estonia. Tallinn is a fascinating city.  The old town is on a hill and is an easy walk from the cruise terminal.   Most cruise lines offer busses for a fee, if you prefer to saveContinue reading “Best things to do in Tallinn, Estonia”