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Our Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review–Part 6–Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta

Mr. Macho in Cabo San Lucas

Here we review three of our “do-it-yourself” port days from the Norwegian Jewel Mexican Riviera cruise we took March 2016.  It was our first time in all of these ports, so we did exploratory walking tours in each. Norwegian Jewel Cruise Port of Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas is a tender port, and when you are dropped at the tender dock, you are right in the midst of the bars and tourist shops.  We turned to the right and followed the flow of cruisers onto the boardwalk that wraps around the port.  We saw this placard and were

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Boppo’s First Cruise

  We just took our 4-year old grandson on his first cruise!  We booked a three-day itinerary on the Carnival Sensation out of Port Canaveral.  There were three reasons for picking this “trial run” cruise–  1.) The price was really good, 2.) It coincided perfectly with his parents work/school schedules, and 3) Three days was the shortest cruise we could book within driving distance. We usually book inside cabins but for Boppo’s first cruise we booked an ocean view! The Sensation is one of Carnival’s older ships, but it has been upgraded with “2.0” features.  The water park pictured

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More Game of Thrones in Split, Croatia

The last port day on our recent Med cruise was Split, Croatia.  You may recall that we missed our first scheduled port day in Dubrovnik, Croatia, because high winds delayed our departure from Venice.  Winds picked up again as we headed into Split, and the ship couldn’t dock.  We were supposed to arrive in the morning and depart at 5:00.  The ship was finally allowed to enter the harbor in the early afternoon, and the captain fortunately postponed our departure time out of Split until 7:30 pm.  That only left us five hours in port, but it was enough

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Kusadasi Port Day–Priene, Didyma, and Miletus By Rental Car

Our second port stop was Kusadasi, Turkey.  Most people visiting here come to see the Roman ruins at Ephesus.  They are fabulous, but we had seen them already on a previous port day, and wanted to visit some older Greek sites.  There are the remains of three Greek cities dating back from before the 6th C BC, and they all can be visited in a day.  At least that’s what our research led us to believe.  Tour companies offer one-day guided visits to these sites, and independent travelers reported that they had visited all of these sites in one

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Channeling Game of Thrones in Rhodes, Greece

When we were scheduled to debark from Venice on our latest Med Cruise, gale-forced winds picked up and closed the port.  We left eight hours late and were not able to visit our first scheduled port of Dubrovnik, Croatia.  It had been years since my last Dubrovnik visit, and I had wanted to wander around the medieval city and see if I could recognize filming locations for the TV Series Game of Thrones.  We had two sea days before we arrived in Rhodes, Greece. It was a perfect Greek island day with sun and temps in the low 70s. 

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Athens Greece Hotels Using Points

Staying in central Athens will position you for seeing the major sites easily.  If you are in Athens to meet a cruise, it is always a good idea to fly in at least a day ahead of time.  My mantra for flying to meet cruises is one day ahead for domestic departures, and two days ahead for overseas embarkations. If you fly in two days ahead, you can take advantage of my two suggested itineraries found here.  If you have a choice of staying before or after your cruise, I am recommending that you do your stay pre-cruise.  This

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Port Day in Athens Itineraries

Athens makes a wonderful port day, because the main sites are easily accessible from the port of Piraeus, and all the main sites are clustered within walking distance in the city center.  I will propose a couple of one-day itineraries that you can use if you are here on a cruise-ship stop.  If you are staying here pre- or post- cruise and have some extra days, you can do the two itineraries back-to-back. I will offer you two itineraries–the jam-packed high energy, outdoor, see-it all day, or a more reflective, indoor, lazy day itinerary. 1.  See-It-All Itinerary The Acropolis