2016 cruise – As I mentioned yesterday, I have been traveling most of the past three weeks. We were in Houston a couple of days with a grand daughter for a dance competition, then we headed to Europe for an 11-day cruise of the Mediterranean.
We flew into Amsterdam, then on to Barcelona. Lots of sitting and flying. We had a couple of days free in Barcelona before we boarded our cruise ship, the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Spirit. The Spirit is one of their older ships holding only 2,000 or so passengers. We left Barcelona, Spain and sailed to Provence (Marseille), France – we ended up taking the train to Aix-en-Provence for the day. The next day we sailed on to Cannes, France. From there we sailed to Florence/Pisa (Livorno) (Italy). The next day we sailed on to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Following Rome we sailed to Naples, Italy, though we chose to spend our time ashore in Pompeii. We had a day at sea then. We needed it as we had walked more than 10,000 steps each of the previous days exploring the sights. We next arrived at the Greek islands of Santorini, then on to Athens, Greece. We had another day at sea, then arrived at Zadar, Croatia. Finally we ended our cruise in Venice, Italy.
We were surprised at how pleasant the weather was for much of the cruise. We ran into a little rain while in Zadar, and it was on the cool side (in the 40’s) in Venice. Ship was smaller than the others I have been on (this was my third cruise with NCL) and was starting to show its age. Beyond the regular dining options, we particularly like Cagney’s steak house and the Le Bistro French restaurants. I spent a little time in the on-board library which is small, but adequate. They even have the equivalent of a “Little Free Library” where ship guests could leave a book and pick up a new one.
I will share more on details in each city over the next few weeks.
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