Cienfuegos: La Perla Del Sur – The Pearl of the South

June 16, 2016: Cienfuegos, Cuba The comparisons between Havana and Cienfuegos started the moment we left the Cuban capital city.  Havana is 3.5 million people, Cienfuegos is only 150,000!  It’s a quiet sleepy little coastal town “David” in comparison to the “Goliath” of Havana that we just left.  Dubbed La Perla del Sur (“The Pearl […]

St. Petersburg: Day 1 — Victory Day & Crossing Off A Bucket List Destination

May 9, 2016: St. Petersburg, Russia There’s nothing like waking up to a beautiful blue sky and light winds as your ship comes alongside the dock for one of your bucket list locations.  After many years of planning, budgeting, and one previously cancelled itinerary, we looked out our balcony windows, overlooking the city of St. […]

Berlin: SPB Tours Brings Us The Wall, Brandenburg Gate, & So Much More

May 6, 2016:  Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany The first official port of our 12 day Baltic cruise onboard the Holland America Zuiderdam brought us to visit the northern German port of Warnemunde, a pleasant, if tiny port on the water’s edge in the Baltic Sea.  When a port city is officially identified as “Warnemunde (Berlin)”, it […]

Copenhagen: Walking, Bouncing, and Floating Through The Danish Capital

May 5, 2016:  Copenhagen, Denmark (Note:  While The Next Journey is completely committed to posting only our own, original photography as we document our travels, through a series of unfortunate errors, all of the photos taken in Copenhagen, over 250 of them, were lost and irretrievable.  As a result, the banner picture above is still […]

Sao Miguel: Tectonic Convergence, Lakes, & Organic Pineapple

April 26, 2016:  Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal While the rough weather and seas of the Atlantic Ocean crossing was starting to subside, the thick overcast cloud cover would again impact our stop in Ponta Delgada, on the most populated island within the Azores, Sao Miguel.  While it changed the scheduled itinerary, our driver and guide […]

Barcelona: Up in the Sky at Montserrat

Thursday, December 6, 2012:  Barcelona, Spain Click Here to see all 330 photos from our 2012 Transatlantic Cruise Our Transatlantic itinerary provided us with the chance to return to one of our most favorite cities in the world…  We’re back in Barcelona, Spain and today’s plan will take us an hour outside of Barcelona for […]

One Journey Ends… With Many More To Begin…

What a ride… 100 Days… 42,000+ Miles… 50+ TheNextJourney Posts… 1325 Pictures Posted Online… 6 Countries… 9 Rental Cars… 55 Days Onboard Ship… 20 Hotels, Motels, Hostels, and B&Bs… 24 Cruise Ports Of Call… 30+ Methods of Transportation (including Gondola, Jet Boat, Camel, Segway, & Bamboo Raft)… Countless New Experiences Had and New Friends Made… […]

Auckland: Rangitoto, Devonport, and Segways!

Friday, October 28th, 2011:  Auckland, New Zealand There are those moments when you can recognize that Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is home to more than one-third of the country’s entire population.   With its towering skyscrapers, morning commute traffic, and urban sprawl, it can certainly fit the description.  Amongst the organized chaos of […]

Akaroa: Swimming With The Dolphins! Almost…

Monday, October 24th, 2011:  Akaroa, New Zealand A last minute port replacement for Christchurch, which while making good progress still has a lot of reconstruction to complete before thousands of cruise ship passengers can enter its damaged city center, the tiny town of Akaroa was this year’s beneficiary of 83 cruise ships to represent the […]

Fjordland: Scenic Cruising In The Sounds

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011:  Fjordland, New Zealand As we completed two relatively calm days in the Tasman Sea, headed southeast from Sydney, we arrived into Milford Sound early on Saturday morning for scenic cruising of Fjordland National Park in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island.  Onboarding our ranger and pilot for the sounds, […]

Lifou: Island Life Away From The Hustle & Bustle

Saturday, October 8th, 2011:  Lifou, New Caledonia After two sea days working our way northeast from Sydney through the Coral Sea, we arrived shortly before 10am to the island of Lifou in New Caledonia.  The largest of the Loyalty Islands, this island paradise is truly unspoiled, untouched, and quite amazing.  Nearly the entire island is […]

Darwin: Waterfalls, Litchfield, & Termites?!?

Friday, September 16, 2011:  Darwin, Autralia We’ve arrived in the Northern Territory and to Darwin, Australia, the northernmost port on our Australian itinerary, and the gateway to the Australian Outback.  Through our travels today won’t take us more than 120kms from Darwin, we will travel down the Stuart Highway, also known as the A1, which […]