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 52 so far, and plan to add one per month.
I wish you a great cruise vacation
Guides to Plan a
Great Cruise Vacation!
EXPLORE the CRUISE PORT AREA
BEFORE you visit it
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
on how to get there via self-guided touring.
TIME Planning your cruise vacation
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
on shore excursions
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.
PORT GUIDES WITH YOU on
your iPad, tablet, phone, laptop, etc.
guides are pdf files (E-books). Download them to
your portable electronic devices. You can carry the guides
you on your self-guided tour.
ARE INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE, NON-COMMERCIAL & FREE
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
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.
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
me thank 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
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.
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
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.
doing this. You help so many people with your integrated, accurate, and
you, thank you, thank you!!! I cannot find anything more to say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
you so much for this elaborately,
intelligently, thoroughly well researched project/website, which will
aid every single person!
tell your friends about my website
tell your friends and travel agents about my website and post
reference to it on the travel blogs.
travelers haven't discovered my website.
You cannot use
Toms Port Guides for a commercial purpose.
You cannot sell the port guides or charge a fee to download them from
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.
your personal use, you can disassemble and copy individual
pages of the port guides, e.g. maps.
can post a link to my website on any website.
Copyright 2014 Thomas Sheridan
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!