Why Should You Travel?

Why should you? It’s a very simple question. Why would you want to jump out of your comfort zone, go to foreign places, and explore the world? There are many people who are just born with that innate desire to seek out adventure, but there are those who need a little more convincing. Here are […]

12 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise

Sept 3- 15, 2016 Ship: Celebrity Silhouette  Amsterdam – Rome Special Events Private Cocktail Party Private Shore Excursion in the Canary Islands Pricing Inside Cabin- $2845.23 per person, double occupancy Balcony Cabin- $2995.00 per person, double occupancy: INCLUDES $150 ON BOARD CREDIT Contact Alison Finco, CTC alison@advancetravelfwa.com 260-485-4816

Dubrovnik and Kotor

Dubrovnik, Croatia Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and tourist site,  but I can remember in 1992 when it was assaulted by the Serbs.  Most damage has been repaired and it truly is a beautiful walled city. Our ship docked a mile or two from the main town and did not offer a […]


I got a little behind on my Med Cruise blog posts, but let me continue! I was excited to be back in Sicily and especially Taormina.  Art and I had spent a week in Sicily a few years ago and really liked it.  Of course on a cruise stop you have to choose just a […]

Cruising the Mediterranean: Day 7 – Athens

We arrived at Piraeus, the port for Athens at about 8am and met our tour guide.  On our way to Athens, we learned a bit about Piraeus, which isn’t just a port, but an active city of its own. After a short drive, we arrive in Athens – the birthplace of civilization. We visited the […]

Oceania Nautica, Day 5: Santorini

How many pictures have you seen with the beautiful blue and white of Santorini?  It is one of the places that never disappoints me.  Luckily this time we are in the age of digital cameras because Kodak made a fortune selling film on earlier trips. We came by ship, so we tendered in to the […]

Oceania Cruise, Day 4: Delos and Mykonos

I was excited to go to Delos, one of two places I had not been to before on this 14 day Mediterranean cruise. Delos is an uninhabited archaeological sight only a few miles from Mykonos.   The whole island is only 1 ½ square miles. We anchored off the coast and tendered in.  The whole island […]

Alison’s Adventures: Oceania Nautica Day 3 – Rhodes

The third stop  on our Oceania Nautica cruise was Rhodes.  Rhodes is a beautiful island – its name means “Rose” in Greek and is named for its beauty.  It is the largest island in the Aegean. When you first see Rhodes from the water, you see its intact medieval wall.  The old town has castles, […]

Alison’s Adventures: Istanbul, Turkey

After 26 years as a travel agent, it has been suggested that I blog about my trips and offer up some advice. I just returned from 18 days in the Mediterranean, so I will start there. Today’s city – Istanbul. Instanbul When planning a trip to Turkey, you will learn that US citizens are required […]