Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Expedition: Still Life Tour ~ Guest Post by Dani Pettrey + Giveaway!


Port of Baltimore

Thanks so much for joining me on Melanie’s wonderful blog for the fifth stop on my Expedition: Still Life Tour. If you aren't familiar with this exciting blog tour, or the fabulous grand prize you can win by taking part in it, please visit Expedition: Still Life's main contest page for all the details.

Today’s stop is the Port of Baltimore. Baltimore has an amazingly rich maritime history and the Port of Baltimore plays a key role in Still Life.

Fun facts:

1. The port’s official name is The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. It was renamed for Helen Delich Bentley during the 2006 celebration of the port’s 300th birthday. Helen was an amazing lady, and I’m honored to say she was a fan of the Alaskan Courage and the beginning of the Chesapeake Valor series prior to passing late last year. If you’re ever interested in learning about this incomparable lady and the Port of Baltimore, be sure to check out Helen’s book Great Port of Baltimore Its First 300 Years 1706-2006.


2. The Port of Baltimore started in the 17th century as an access point for Maryland’s tobacco trade with England.

3. The Port of Baltimore became famous for its shipbuilders. They gained renown for their Baltimore clippers as well as the Continental Navy.

4. Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy.

5. Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American National anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.


6. Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.

I love driving home past the port, seeing the ships and knowing the rich history of my home state.

Thanks again to Melanie for hosting me today, and for all of you joining me on stop #5 of my Expedition: Still Life Tour. Be sure to collect your passport stamp to be entered to win the Grand Prize



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To also be entered to win a Amazon gift card, just answer the question below. After answering the question, visit http://danipettrey.com/stilllife-contest/ to see all the other stops and giveaways on this tour.

Merchant ships aren’t the only ships to travel in and out of Baltimore’s port these days. Over the last few years, Baltimore has become a key cruise port, leading cruises through New England, Canada, and down to the warm Caribbean. Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, where? If not, what would be your top cruise destination?


Author Bio:

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a sigh-worthy romance novel. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent” of romance (USA Today).

Dani’s adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA bestseller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Courage series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, “a harrowing and thrilling ride.” For more information about her novels, visit www.danipettrey.com.





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91 comments:

  1. I have yet to be go on a cruise, but I my goal is to go on a Mediterranean cruise and an Alaskan cruise.

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    1. Both sound like amazing options. I've been on a Mediterranean cruise and it was fabulous!

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  2. I would love to go on a Viking River Cruise. I've never been on a cruise before. I'm not sure I want to do the ocean...unless it is Disney and it's free lol. On the river, I'm not far from shore in case of major malfunction.

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    1. I've heard Viking does fantastic River cruises.

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  3. Decades ago I was on a cruise of the western Mediterranean.

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  4. I have never been on a cruise! My dream destination is Ireland, but that is a bit far away, haha. :)

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    1. Wonderful dream destination. It's on my list too.

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  5. I've been on two cruises, to Cozumel and then an Alaskan Cruise. Love cruises. I think my dream cruise would be Panama Canal or a European river cruise. (okay, husband wants the first. I want the second.)

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  6. I have not been on a cruise and am not really interested. I do want to travel to a big list of places, just not via cruise. That is a gorgeous harbor picture above! -Kim H in GA

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    1. I feel ya. I've been on one cruise and we loved the trip, but we prefer to travel by land and air.

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  7. I have! The Bahamas and the Caribbean are beautiful. I think the Caribbean is my favorite place to go!

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  8. I've never been on a cruise, but I think a cold weather place would be most fun--Alaska, the north Atlantic, Scandinavia. Someplace like that.

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    1. All sound like awesome options. I have a friend going on a Scandinavian cruise this summer and I'm so jealous. Can't wait to see her pics.

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  9. Honestly, the thought of spending that much time on a boat doesn't appeal to me so it would have to be some place amazing to make me want to go on a long cruise. Some place like....Italy :)

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  10. I have not been on a cruise yet. I'd like to take one to Alaska some time!

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    1. I've heard from a lot of friends that Alaskan cruises are gorgeous.

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  11. I have never been on a cruise, but think it would be fun. I don't know if I could talk my hubby into it, though! :) A fun destination would be the Caribbean.

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  12. I've been on dinner cruises only. Several in the Port of Baltimore and a couple in the Port of Wilmington.

    Denise

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    1. We did my daughter's second baby shower on the Spirit of Baltimore. So much fun!

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  13. I have only been on a dinner/show cruise. I would love to see Alaska!

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    1. I've heard the Alaskan land/cruise combos are great!

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  14. I haven't been on a cruise, but if I ever decided to go on one, I'd love to go to Alaska!!

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    1. I'd love to get up close to a glacier and see a whale!

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  15. I've never been on a cruise before, but I think one to the Mediterranean would be fun!

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  16. I would love to go on an Alaskan Cruise. Thank you

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  17. I've never been on a cruise, but I would love to sail across the Atlantic to England! Then, of course, I would need to spend several weeks traveling to the Lake District and Scotland before sailing back home again. ;)

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  18. I have never been on a cruise. (Unless you count the Riverboat Cruise around Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida) I have not really ever thought about taking a cruise, but it may be fun!

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  19. I've never been on a cruise! My husband and I agree that Alaska would be a fabulous destination. I think it would be ridiculously expensive but fun to see Antarctica someday too! The cruises there are small but educational!

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    1. Absolutely. I can't even imagine how amazing Antartica would be.

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  20. I have never been on a cruis but would love to go somewhere warm

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  21. I have not been on a cruise. I would like to go to Alaska.

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    1. I've heard the cruises there are fabulous.

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  22. Have been on a cruise to the Bahamas. Would love to go to Europe on a cruise or Alaska.

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  23. I have not been on a cruise,but would like to go to Alaska!
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1(@)imonmail(dot)com

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  24. Many years ago I went on a cruise to the Bahamas which I have some very fond memories of. It was a great experience for me. I would definitely do it again. :)

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  25. I have never been on a cruise and am not real interested. I get seasick.

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  26. I've never been on a cruise. I'd love to go to Alaska or somewhere tropical like the Bahamas or Caribbean!

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  27. I haven't been on a cruise. I would love to cruise to the Bahamas.

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  28. Thank you so much for hosting me today and for all your support, Melanie :) Deeply appreciate you!

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    1. I'm honored to be a part of this! :D Love your books and sharing about them. :)

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  29. I have not been on a cruise, but I would definitely chose Alaska.

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  30. I have never been on a cruise, but if I would go it would be to the Caribbean :-) Someplace warm and welcoming.

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  31. I've been on a cruise to the Bahamas. It is so beautiful there.

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  32. never been on a cruise but have always wanted to go on an Alaskan one!

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  33. I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise.

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  34. I've never been on a cruise, but if I were to go on one it would probably be to South America. I really want to visit Brazil. ;D

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  35. I've never been on a cruise. I'd like to go on one along the coast of New England and Canada.

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  36. I've not been on a cruise but my dream is an Alaskan cruise.

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  37. I have never been a on a cruise but my parents have been on a few. On one they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have always had a wonderful experience.

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  38. I haven't been on a cruise before, but if I were to go on one, I think I'd like to go on an Alaskan cruise or one of those that takes you to each island in Hawaii. So either a snowy Alaskan cruise or an island-hopping cruise. :)

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  39. I have never been on a cruise, but I would love to go on a Alaskan cruise after reading your first series.

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  40. I have not been on a cruise before, but I would love to go on a Alaskan cruise after reading your first series.

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  41. I would love to take a cruise to Alaska!

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  42. I have never been on a cruise but would love to do an Alaskan cruise.

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  43. I haven't ever been on a cruise (unless you consider the whale watching one I went on in San Diego, Ca) - but I would love to go on one in Alaska! Kim

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  44. I haven't been on a cruise, but I would like to go on an Alaskan cruise because my husband has talked about it for years!

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  45. I haven't been on a cruise. I'd take an Alaskan cruise because my husband has talked about it for years!
    Nicole
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  46. I have not been on a cruise. I'd go on an Alaskan cruise because my husband has talked about it for years.

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  47. I've been on 2 cruises. One in 1976 to Cozumel & some very unknown ports! LOL! In 1994, my husband won a 10 day cruise & we sailed to Grand Cayman, Cozumel & I really don't remember where else. I was PREGNANT, it STORMED, he was SEASICK (I wasn't!) they were REPAIRING THE SHIP DURING THE ENTIRE VOYAGE ... Not the greatest trip!

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  48. I've never been on a cruise before and I'm not sure where I'd want to go.

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  49. I've never been on a cruise and..... honestly, I don't really *want* to go on a cruise. Personally, not a big fan of that sort of thing. :|

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  50. I love cruises. I've been to cruises in the Caribbean and Alaska. I'd love to take one of the Panama Canal.

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  51. No I haven't been on a cruise. I'd Love to go on one near Hawaii.

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  52. I have never been on a cruise but have thought that taking one in Alaska would be fun.

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  53. I've never been on one, but I if I did it would be around the Scandinavian countries. (Of course I would first need to overcome my fear of depths to ever be able to get on a cruise ship!)

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  54. No, I've never taken a cruise and I want to SO BAD! I don't care where! LOL Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  55. Yes I have been on a cruise. That took me to the Caribbean.

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  56. I haven't been on a cruise, but if I could choose a trip, I'd see the coasts of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

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  57. I went on a short cruise years ago to Ensenada, Mexico. That was fun. I also went on a dependents cruise on a naval ship which was also fun.

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  58. I would love to go to Ireland

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  59. I have not been on a cruise but an Alaskan cruise is on our bucket list! Maybe some day! This has been such a fun blog hop, Dani!

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  60. i havent been on a cruise but i really want to go on a Disney cruise

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  61. I have not been on a cruise but I think the Caribbean would be the way to go

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  62. I would love to cruise to the bahamas!

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  63. I've only been on one cruise, to the Caribbean! It was with Norwegian and I *LOVED* the freestyle dining. We visited St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Barbados, Antigua, and Tortola.

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