With a population just under 1.5 million people, Auckland is the largest and most populated urban area in the country of New Zealand. Its beauty will reel you in and its rich culture will make you wish you had more time to visit. The good news is that if you give yourself an extra day or two before your cruise departs from this port you can enjoy much of the scenery. The best part? Many of the activities below are free or at least darn near free!
We’ve written a lot in the past about ports of call, but what about ports of departure? We thought we would take some time to look at the various ports of departure for cruise ships because these are the cities you will generally be visiting for at least a day while you wait for your cruise to depart. First up, Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
This following is a guest post by “Famous Ashley Grant”. Ashley is a writer and photographer based in Tampa, Fla. Ashley loves to travel, but she recently revealed to me that she doesn’t like to buy what she refers to as “typical” souvenirs from her travels. Here’s what she had to say about what she does instead:
When I go on a trip I don’t bring back the typical souvenirs. You probably know the kind I’m talking about too. Shot glasses, shirts, koozies and other random novelty items that say the name of the place I went to- I just don’t like buying cheap knick knacks when I’m traveling. Based on past experiences I’ve noticed that my friends and family honestly don’t like that kind of stuff anyway. Think about it. The last time someone came back from a trip and handed you a cheesy shot glass or worse a post card, were you excited about the gift or did it end up in your junk drawer never to see the light of day again? Exactly!
This is not to say I never bring back gifts from my travels though. I love bringing back photos from the trip and framing prints for family. I also get a kick out of bringing things like seashells from beaches that I can make a Christmas ornament out of. One girl I know likes to make sand art in beautiful glass bottles with sand she retrieves from all over the world. Another picks up rocks, sticks and other random things from nature to make crafts using materials she finds and includes a note with the crafts that says where the items in the gift came from.
When I went to Thailand last year I bought gifts I would ultimately give my mom and one of my girlfriends for Christmas that year. You may be wondering what I bought them since I don’t like “typical” souvenirs. For my mom I got her bracelets and necklaces made by local artisans. For my girlfriend I bought a handmade jewelry box that was hand carved with a cool image from another local artist. I know they appreciated these gifts more than a hat or key chain. My mom even told me how excited she gets when someone asks her where the necklace came from and she gets to say, “Oh my daughter bought this is Thailand!” How awesome is that?
Other interesting gifts I have heard of friends getting loved ones back home include handmade blankets, paintings, baskets and even pieces of furniture. When you think beyond the standard trinkets, the possibilities of the types of gifts you can bring back from your travels are truly endless. So, the next time you are traveling skip the novelties in favor of one-of-a-kind gifts your loved ones can not only use, but that won’t end up on the bottom of the junk drawer!
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Did this post inspire you to go on a trip to find your own unique gifts for loved ones? If so, give Imperial Cruise & Travel a call at (480) 758-5147 today and let’s start planning your perfect getaway!
Thelma has been an avid fan of cruising for some time and feels this is a great way to see several different islands in one amazing trip. She loves to help her clients plan their vacations whether it's by land or sea.