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Cruise Diary: Alghero, Sardinia

Five-Star Mariners Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick!

Today we were supposed to visit Alghero, Sardinia, but when we got there, the sea conditions were not great for anchoring and tendering, so the Captain decided to cancel the port stop. There is always that risk when an anchor port is on a cruise schedule. We have not been to Sardinia before but heard it is beautiful so we were looking forward to our day there. But, oh well, better luck next time!!! We were at least able to take some photos from the ship looking to the shore.

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Some history: Lying some 150 miles west of the Italian mainland is the charming island of Sardinia. It is a diverse place with the busy pace of the northern Costa Smeralda where the jet set come to dance in the night clubs or sit contently at the many bistros.

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The southern part of the island offers a much slower pace with tiny villages connected to the inland narrow roads that cross a landscape dotted by the ever-present sheep. There is little traffic on the roads, trains or busses and the people move in a gentler pace than on the mainland. There are hamlets where women in black shawls and long full skirts look suspiciously on strangers passing by.

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The island still remains removed from the stream of tourism except for two months in the summer when vacationing Italians take to the beautiful coasts and clean beaches. The walled town of Alghero was originally an Argonese colony that has now been developed for tourism. Ramparts overlook the town, while cafes, seafood restaurants and hotels welcome the visitor to the center. The main attraction though is Neptune’s Cave, an echoing vault in the headland of Coppa Caccia with interior pools and lime stone curiosities near sea level, deep within a headland.

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