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Port Reviews

Original articles detailing activities at various ports of call, whether exploring independently or by organized shore excursion. These will be added incrementally in the months ahead.

Alaska/Pacific Northwest    

Reviews of ports on the west coast of North America from San Francisco to points north.


Ketchikan, Alaska Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary, Raptor Center & Totems

Ketchikan, Alaska Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer

Seattle, Washington Overview

Sitka, Alaska Historic Russian America & Raptor Center

Skagway, Alaska Ultimate Yukon & White Pass Railroad

Vancouver, British Columbia Overview


Bermuda/Caribbean/Southeast U.S.

The Nautical Notebook’s take on the islands of the Caribbean and Atlantic, including embarkation ports on the Gulf Coast and southeast coast of the United States.


Bermuda Overview

Miami Overview (coming November 2020)

Mobile, Alabama Overview



Canada/New England

Share our favorite itinerary with us, from New York City to Montreal and points in between.


Bar Harbor, Maine Overview

Bar Harbor, Maine Town of Mount Desert with Oli’s Trolley

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Overview

Halifax, Nova Scotia Overview

Halifax, Nova Scotia — Halifax-Titanic Connection

Halifax, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and Public Gardens

Québec City, Québec Montmorency Falls and Island of Orléans

Saint John, New Brunswick Overview

Saint John, New Brunswick St. Martins and the Bay of Fundy

Sydney, Nova Scotia — Sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake





This section will include cruises in the British Isles, Western Mediterranean, and western Norway. Many of these visits are all-day excursions on port-intensive cruises, so we will be as detailed as possible.


Belfast, Northern Ireland–Antrim Coast & The Giant’s Causeway

Dublin, Ireland Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland Falkirk Wheel and the Antoine Wall

Honningsvåg, Norway North Cape Transfer

Livorno, Italy The Splendor of Florence

Monte Carlo, Monaco Nice, Eze, and Monaco

Naples, Italy Flavors of Sorrento & Pompeii

St. Petersburg, Russia Through the Eyes of Russian People

Tromsø, Norway Overview



Mexican Riviera/Southern California

Visit the west coast of North America from Los Angeles to points south.


Long Beach, California Queen Mary Revisited (Feature Article)