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Toms phototeddy bear Hi, I'm Tom Sheridan

Let me introduce you to my hobby of writing port guides. I spend 60+ hours a week working with Teddy Bear at my side. She is a big baby and wants a lot of attention.

If I spent less time playing with her, I could write more guides.
A new guide takes about 4 weeks. I've written 54 so far, and plan to add one per month.

I wish you a great cruise vacation

Use Port Guides to Plan a Great Cruise Vacation!


Port guides are highly visual with photos and maps showing the relationship of the cruise ship's dock to the town, tourist sites, and public transportation.  The guides show and describe tourist sites with details on how to get there via self-guided touring.

SAVE TIME Planning your cruise vacation

Port guides are designed to "jump start" cruise vacation planning by introducing you to the port area, touring options, and issues unique to the area.  I've included links to the best websites to save you Internet research time and help you plan shore excursions for your priorities.

SAVE MONEY on shore excursions

Until you are familiar with an area, you won't know if low cost, self-guided travel options are feasible such as walking, public transportation, renting a car, etc.  Port guides include walking tour maps and details on where to get public transportation, etc.  If renting a car is a preferred travel option, I provide driving tour routes and GPS coordinates.   I've written separate driving tour guides for some ports such as the "Cape Breton Island Scenic Driving Tour Guide" from the port of Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada.

TAKE THE PORT GUIDES WITH YOU on your iPad, tablet, phone, laptop, etc.

Port guides are pdf files (E-books). Download them to your portable electronic devices.  You can carry the guides with you on your self-guided tour.


Many websites providing  information on cruise vacations  have a vested interest in selling you something. My port guides are independent and non-commercial.  My goal is to provide the best, most useful  information to familiarize you with a port area so you can plan tours for your priorities. I  do not advertise in the guides, although I occasionally mention a private tour, restaurant, or  hotel that's one of my favorites.

Feedback Is Important

Continuous improvement depends on user feedback.  Travelers can help me understand how they use the guides, what they like, and how I can  improve the port guides. 

My email address is on the last page of every port guide. Send me a note and get on my email list to receive notification of new and revised guides plus information  on what I'm working on. Begin a dialog with me to help me improve the guides. I  invite you to collaborate with me on new guides. I list the "next" guide I will be working on as the last item on the port guide page.

I invite you to post on my facebook page  = 


My wife and I  just returned from a cruise with three friends to Saint John NB & Halifax.  Had a great trip due to the use of your guides in both ports.  You made selecting a rental car, destinations, and route selection as easy as could be.  Your guides gave me confidence, along with my own GPS, as to where we were going and how long it would take. We never got lost except to find gas; all on me. Can’t wait to travel somewhere else that you’ve been to and use your port guides.

hank you for your precious work. Your guides gave my vacation a special flavour. I want to thank you very much. My wife wants to thank you very much. My little children want to thank you very much and give a big caress to Teddy Bear.
Cruising with little children is not easy. You can't improvise on a ship's excursion.  Your guides helped me a lot.  I discovered your project only before my last cruise and, as far as the previous cruises, I too have to say "I wish I knew about your port guides before my vacation!"


I've been so lucky to discover your site as I was Goggling to find some "Livorno to Portofino" answers. Thanks to you, I saved countless hours of work - searching, reading, copying, pasting, and I am sure I couldn't, it would be impossible, to have the same, accurate results.

Your work is tremendous, priceless, so valuable to me, and of course, to so many other travelers. You really helped me soooo much. I know how hard and lengthy this kind of research is, as I do it often for our trips, but nothing so professional, detailed, and effective as your port guides.
Your contribution to the success of our cruise is significant. Your guides for Dubrovnik, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Monte Carlo, Marseilles, and Barcelona, have been a find, and huge help to me.
Keep doing this. You help so many people with your integrated, accurate, and reliable work.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I cannot find anything more to say.

I am truly amazed. These are the best, most practical and usable travel helps I have ever seen. I've been associated with the the travel industry for almost 30 years (now retired). For each tour I planned or guided, I produced a tour guide booklet. But mine never remotely approached the practical help of your guides.
The pictures and maps make your guides come alive giving the reader all the tools needed to confidently explore important sites. You answer many questions for which I have been unable to find answers, like public transportation and local tour options. We prefer independent sightseeing; your Port Guides are perfect for this.

I am writing to say thank you for your very informative port guide to Venice. It was so helpful, it was almost like having a personal guide actually with us and certainly helped us to maximize the amount of time we had in the city before joining our cruise ship. We took your advice and stayed at the Hotel Tritone in Mestre so that we didn't have to wrestle with luggage and what a wonderful find that hotel was! Public transportation links from the airport and across to Venice were exactly as you described and made things go like clockwork for us.

Before I discovered your wonderful, valuable port guides, we had booked tours that were going to cost us $1700. After reading and studying your literature, we cut out several excursions or booked what you suggested like the Florence Walking Tour instead of having a guide all day. Your advice has saved us a lot of money and we certainly appreciate it. In your honor I am going to donate $100 to the Salvation Army.  

Received your newest port guide. Having just returned from Portugal, the Lisbon one is spot on!!! All your guides are phenomenal--I can't even imagine the amount of time and effort you must put into each one. Well done.

Thank you so much for this elaborately, intelligently, thoroughly well researched project/website, which will aid every single person!

Please tell your friends about my website

Please tell your friends and travel agents about my website and post a reference to it on the travel blogs.
Most travelers haven't discovered my website.

Copyright Notice

You cannot use Toms Port Guides for a commercial purpose.  
You cannot sell the port guides or charge a fee to download them from the internet.

You may copy the port guides and distribute them intact.  
You must leave the copyright notice and the port guides intact as downloaded from my website.
You cannot distribute sections of the port guides.
You cannot modify the port guides.

For your personal use, you can disassemble and copy individual pages of the port guides, e.g. maps.

You can post a link to my website on any website.
If you place my pdf port guide file on a website, indicate the source is my website.
Do not place the port guides on a website to appear as "part of" some company, service, or product.
I want the port guides to be recognized as independent, objective, non-commercial, FREE travel guides! 

Copyright 2015 Thomas Sheridan