The exterior of the Azor Hotel in Ponta Delgada, Azores.

In June 2018, my girlfriend Colleen and I traveled to the Azores, followed by mainland Portugal. Our first stop was the picturesque island of Sao Miguel. Based on glowing reviews, we stayed at the Azor Hotel, located in the capital of Ponta Delgada. The rates for this hotel fluctuate between about $110 and $250 per […]

Review: Pinellas Ale Works in St. Petersburg, FL

Last Saturday, Colleen and I trekked up to St. Petersburg to take advantage of Bank of America’s monthly “Museums on Us” promotion and of course, review some of the many Tampa Bay area breweries for this blog. Tough job, I know! Our first stop was Pinellas Ale Works, a canine themed brewery in downtown St. […]

Review: Naples Beach Brewery in Naples, FL

I have to admit that it’s been way too long since I last stopped in at Naples Beach Brewery down in Naples, Florida. How long? Well let’s just say that they were still in their old (and much smaller) location. At last visit, they had a small selection of quality, but rather pedestrian core beers. […]

My DIY Day Visiting Tangier By Cruise Ship

In February, 2018, I visited Tangier, Morocco during a 10-night cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit. We were not originally supposed to be visiting Tangier by cruise ship, but several of the cruise’s original ports in the Canary Islands were cancelled due to bad weather so Tangier was substituted. Only 20 miles from Spain, Tangier seemed […]

Review: Big Storm Brewing in Cape Coral, FL

In March 2018, I visited the new Cape Coral location of Big Storm Brewing. Late last year, Clearwater-based Big Storm purchased the defunct Cape Coral Brewing and has some pretty big plans. To begin, the former Cape Coral Brewing building with its seven-barrel brewing system was turned into a Big Storm outpost. However, they also […]

NCL's Norwegian Spirit Review of 10-Night Cruise to Spain and Morocco

My February 2018 cruise on Norwegian Spirit wasn’t exactly planned. In fact, it all started with a cheap flight. Around the holidays, I was fooling around with┬áSkyscanner and found a deal on Norwegian Air Shuttle from nearby Fort Lauderdale, Florida non-stop to Barcelona, Spain for about $350 per person round-trip. Now normally, we use credit […]

Day Trip From Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port To Soller By Train

In February, 2018, I visited Palma de Mallorca, Spain during a 10-night cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit. We were not originally supposed to visit Palma, but several of the cruise’s original ports of call were cancelled because of bad weather. Since we had been to Palma once before and done the whole “hop on hop […]

Daily Programs From Norwegian Spirit Cruise Ship

For your reading pleasure, here is a full set of recent Norwegian Spirit daily programs from Europe. I know some cruisers like to read the “dailies” daily programs to prepare and get psyched for their upcoming trip! So here they are from our recent February 23, 2018 – March 5, 2018 10-night cruise on NCL’s […]

How To Spend A Half Day in Rabat, Morocco

On a February 2018 Western Mediterranean cruise, our first port of call was Casablanca, Morocco. But the allure of the picturesque capital city of Rabat was strong, so we hopped on an ONCF train to┬áspend a half day in Rabat. For specific instructions on how to take the train from the port of Casablanca to […]

Day Tripping From Casablanca Cruise Port To Rabat By Train

In February 2018, I took a Western Mediterranean cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit. Our first port of call was Casablanca, Morocco. Rather than hang around Casablanca, a bustling industrial city, we headed to Rabat, the picturesque capital of Morocco. Along the way, I wrote this guide to make it easier for other cruisers who wish […]