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16 June, Gibraltar

Thus we arrived bright and early at the Gibraltar pilot station. The weather was quite miserable with rain squalls all over the place. The pilot was nicely on time and from the pilot station it was only two miles to the dock. By 6 am, the ship was safely docked and the gangway out, awaiting…   read more of “16 June,…”

15 June, At Sea.

After hopping from one port to the other for the last four days, we had another sea day. The guests could catch their breath and relax a little bit from all the sightseeing. Although we did keep them busy today as well, if they wanted to of course. This being a longer cruise means that…   read more of “15 June, At…”

14 June, Barcelona.

Today we docked at the Palocruceros terminal. This terminal is brand new and one of the four along the cruise ship dock at Barcelona. Apart from being brand new it is also owned by Carnival Corporation and was especially built for Costa who uses Barcelona as one of their change over ports. Thus from now…   read more of “14 June,…”

13 June, Marseilles

It is only a short hop from St Tropez to Marseilles and we went for an early arrival as the full day tours were leaving shortly after 7 am. Apart from the regular city tours, there are also tours going deep into the Provence and that takes a bit of travelling by bus. Marseilles has…   read more of “13 June,…”

12 June, St Tropez.

When I read the agents email with the arrival information, there was a mention about a sailing race taking place during the day. That always gives me a bad feeling as it means most of the time, pleasure boats all around the ship, boats anchoring where they should not be, boats not behaving according to…   read more of “12 June, St…”

11 June, Civitavecchia, gateway to Rome.

Bright and early we arrived at the pilot station and slotted into the parade of all the approaching ships. The sequence worked out as follows: Galaxy first. Then delay for all due to an out coming car carrier. Ferry next, followed by us. Followed by Disney Magic, Oceana, Thomson Celebration, Seabourn Legend and then another…   read more of “11 June,…”

9 June, Dubrovnik.

Another busy day in this port. There was the Brilliance and the Legend of the Seas at anchor, the Veendam and the MSC Armonia alongside, and the Costa Marina and Costa Serena at the downtown anchorage. No reason for the shopkeepers to complain. We had our normal fun and games with the sailing yachts upon…   read more of “9 June,…”