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Cruising the Mediterranean

Editor August 23, 2017

IT’S a great way to see the ancient world at your leisure, cursing along on crystal blue waters in a luxury cruise ship stocked with the best of food and entertainment, and that’s exactly what it was like.

Aileen and Peter Kemp from Invergordon and their friend, Janet Mills of Shepparton joined forces for this wonderful travel experience.

They Flew to Barcelona for three days before boarding their cruise ship. Aileen says they chose to use the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour Barcelona. It takes you everywhere with full English commentary and you can get off and on as often as you like, or just stay on and watch the world go by.

They loved the atmosphere and the many restaurants and the Paella was just great. On day three they boarded their cruise ship the Royal Princess to begin their tour of the Mediterranean.

First stop was Cartagena Spain and the opportunity to go on a guided Tapas tour. They walked the city’s tapas bars and sampled the food along the way. Aileen loved the cobble stone streets the many little shops and the wonderful atmosphere of Spain.

Back on board they sailed to Gibraltar and there was the rock. The ship berthed and all passengers had the opportunity to go ashore and explore.

Then on to Genoa, Florence and Rome. Italy has much to offer; again hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to go and Rome in particular has it all. If you had the time you could spend weeks there, but on a cruise time is limited so the bus is a great way to go.

Aileen just loved shipboard life. The Royal Princess is a wonderful ship; so opulent. They had a balcony cabin and it was great to relax on and watch the ship arrive and depart port.

The dining facilities are first class the food excellent. You can eat buffet for breakfast or use the dining room where you are served and dinner is a great experience with a number of dining options to choose from. They tried the crab shake and the lobster was wonderful.

Add to all this, the entertainment and you have everything from first class floor shows to movies on the big screen.

Their next stop was Montenegro. They took the ship’s tenders to go ashore. It’s a great place with village life on display. You can just kick back relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.

They now sailed the Greek Islands Corfu, Crete, Mykonos and then Athens. Aileen says the islands were the real Greece with the white buildings and blue doors but Athens was special. They took the bus again and toured all the main sights. They left the ship and booked into a hotel in the old quarter. It had a great atmosphere and from the rooftop bar you looked onto the Acropolis.

They spent two days exploring Athens before flying home via Singapore. Aileen says it’s an amazing city. They stayed at the Mandarin Orchard right on Orchard Road. They went to the zoo and the Gardens by the Bay with those giant man-made trees that glow in changing colours at night and the incredible domed gardens.

Back home Aileen would like to than Vivien of Helloworld Travel in Shepparton for arranging everything.

Until next time,

Safe Travel’n.

Geoff Vallance.