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Cruise Diary: Venice, Day 2

Cruise Diary: Venice, Day 2

HAL guest George Labecki and his family sailed aboard Nieuw Amsterdam’s Mediterranean Tapestry cruise throughout Europe this past July and documented his experience in a journal. Below is his last entry from the cruise detailing their call at Venice. Enjoy! July 18th Tying Up the Loose Ends Venice, Italy Our bags were out before 1AM….   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Venice, Day 1

Cruise Diary: Venice, Day 1

HAL guest George Labecki and his family sailed aboard Nieuw Amsterdam’s Mediterranean Tapestry cruise throughout Europe this past July and documented his experience in a journal. Below is an entry from their call at Venice, Italy. Enjoy! July 17th Completing the Tapestry I’m assuming that all cruise lines do things the same way, but our…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Debarkation and Back to Reality

Cruise Diary: Debarkation and Back to Reality

Day 12: July 30, 2012 At 6:30 a.m. it was already sunny in Venice. We had hoped to see the sailing into the Venice lagoon from our balcony, but we arrived well before the scheduled time. Actually the azipods, used to berth the ship, woke us up. It was a busy day in Venice’s Stazione…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Sailing Away from Venice

Cruise Diary: Sailing Away from Venice

July 19, 2012: Our first night on board Nieuw Amsterdam we slept like a rose. We had a very comfortable (and huge) bed. For the kids, the stewards transformed the couch into a bed and they lowered the ceiling above us, where another bed became available. Of course with four people in the room and…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Embarking Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice

Cruise Diary: Embarking Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice

July 18, 2012: Today we embark our home for the next 12 days — Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam. First, we said goodbye to our previous home, hotel Santa Chiara. Across the Piazzala Roma was our transport to the cruise terminal. Just a five minute walk to the Venice People Mover. The People Mover is an…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Exploring Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Exploring Venice, Italy

July 17, 2012 (day before the start of our cruise): After breakfast in the hotel, we continued our walking tour in Venice. Amazing how many squares and churches fit in a relatively small city like Venice. Finding your way is not always easy since the streets are quite twisting and there are a lot of…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Traveling to Venice, Italy

Cruise Diary: Traveling to Venice, Italy

July 16, 2012 (two days before the official start of our cruise): We like to make the most of our time and money, so we try to spend a couple of days at the departure port. Since we are flying to Venice anyway, we might as well take more time to explore the city. This…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”