Looking for a hotel before your cruise out of Port Miami or Fort Lauderdale?

Our trip to The Turnberry Isle, a North Miami landmark, was wonderful and we ‘highly recommend’ If you are looking for a hotel stay in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale either before or after your cruise – this hotel has it all.  It is really in the middle of both airports and both piers. As we arrived from a short ride from airport by taxi, we noticed the parking lot was flooded with shiny Mercedes, Porsches and Ferraris. …

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Rare whale gives birth off Dana Point. This amazing baby and mother were filmed by Captain Dave’s team and guests.

If you have a cruise out of LA or San Diego or find yourself in that part of the world, I highly recommend you take pre trip or post trip. One of my favorite hotels in the world is Balboa Bay Club.  http://balboabayclub.com/ The restaurant is old world with incredible food and you sit on the patio looking at multimillion dollar yachts.   the location is perfect if you are wishing to be in the heart of several …

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Warm gorgeous pools, friendly staff, bourbon steak, golfers paradise & a small and intimate spa all exceed expectations

“Jewel” Hotel to Consider for Pre or Post Cruise When we take a Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami-based cruise we always go a few days early to the vicinity. Our hotel of choice: Turnberry Isle, Miami. While this is a fabulous locale during the cold winter months (for those of us living in northern climes), the Turnberry experience is marvelous at any time of year. We stayed at the hotel on the 4th of July last year and …

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Cairns, Australia, where crocs keep the beaches empty

second in a series from Queensland, Australia Much of what is accessible to travelers in northern Queensland, Australia, lies between Cairns and Cooktown. From Sydney, I flew into Cairns, then made my way north through Daintree National Park. The primary reason to go to Cairns is to book a snorkeling or diving boat to the Great Barrier Reef, either out of Cairns or nearby Port Douglas to the north, where I ate my first spangled emperor for dinner (look …

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Reef, Queensland’s history, lure cruisers north in Australia

First in series from Queensland, Australia A giant clam, which is a mollusk as big as a bear, opens wide to catch the sunlight. It sits on the shallow ocean floor at the Great Barrier Reef, where famed explorer Captain Cook scraped some serious wood off the bottom of his ship, the Endeavour, trying to squeeze through the coral in 1770. Nearby, along the coast of Queensland, Australia’s northeastern state, rain drips from the fronds of prehistoric …

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