Vacation Blues Episode 26 – Arendal, Norway

Vacation Blues Episode 26 – Arendal, Norway

In the Disney movie Frozen, the kingdom of Arendelle is named after the Norwegian town of Arendal. The real Arendal stands out for its own reasons. Arendal is a picturesque archipelago on the southern coast of Norway and although we’re sure it’s magical covered in...

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Vacation Blues Episode 25 – Isle of Man

Vacation Blues Episode 25 – Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has an air of mystery about it. Maybe because it’s an island in the middle of the Irish Sea surrounded by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Maybe it’s because of its rugged coastline, medieval castles, rural landscape and mountainous center. Maybe...

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Vacation Blues Episode 24 – Dover, England

Vacation Blues Episode 24 – Dover, England

Surely you’ve heard of the White Cliffs of Dover. They’re legendary. Songs have been written extolling the beauty and majesty of the white cliffs rising out of the sea. It’s a sight to behold, and there’s no better way to experience them than arriving in Dover by sea....

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Vacation Blues Episode 23 – Aberdeen, Scotland

Vacation Blues Episode 23 – Aberdeen, Scotland

Ahhhh…Scotland…the name alone conjures visions of vast and verdant open spaces, mystical stone circles, the mournful and haunting sound of bagpipes, and the legend of Loch Ness. And there are so many historic castles! We can’t possibly cover it all so we’ll choose...

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Vacation Blues Episode 22 – Lisbon, Portugal

Vacation Blues Episode 22 – Lisbon, Portugal

Famously built on seven hills, Lisbon is a bustling and exciting city that boasts a wide choice of activities and fascinating attractions. The city will surely win you over with its genuine friendliness and blissfully laid-back pace. Lisbon is one of Europe's most...

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Vacation Blues Episode 21 – Cherbourg, France

Vacation Blues Episode 21 – Cherbourg, France

As the gateway to the infamous Normandy region, Cherbourg is one of France’s great channel ports and is closely linked to French naval history and transatlantic voyages. Cherbourg is famous in its own right for being the final stop of RMS Titanic before her fateful...

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“Shannon was also instrumental in assisting our company to expand into a new port of operation, Ketchikan. Prior to 2003, we only conducted tours in the SE Alaska ports of Juneau and Sitka. She worked with us to identify the best local tour businesses to partner with, to facilitate our entry into the community, and she helped us to develop a tour product that would be attractive to visitors to Ketchikan. The successful launch of our Best of Ketchikan by Land & Sea tour enabled us to establish the foot-hold we needed to move ahead in developing the other tour programs we now operate in this very busy port.”

— John Dunlap, Vice President, Allen Marine Tours