2 Week Cruise

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  1. trainer

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    Today is the day we get bussed down to Southampton for a 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

    It is our first proper cruise so we have 8 cases between us and empty wardrobes. We are stopping at Gibraltar, Villlefranche, Livorno, Cittivechia, Cagliari, Cadiz, Lisbon and some others I have forgotten.

    I am hoping to refresh my climbing skills on the wall and finally get to stand on a surfboard even if the wave isn't real.

    I will post pictures when we get back if they are good enough.
     
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    Have fun. :thumb:
     
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    We've been thinking about going on a Mediterranean cruise for the last couple of years. We havent done a cruise before. It will be interesting to see your pics and what you thought of it. Have a good time. :thumb:
     
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    Fantastic. Have a great time.
     
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    Gibraltar has many points of interest - but don't book a tour, because they cost a fortune. Loads of taxis by the ship, and it's a shortish (but steep uphill) walk to the town.

    Villefranche is a beautiful little town. A lot of people take the train to Monte Carlo or Nice but there is a lovely promenade with a few cafes and super views.

    Livorno is an absolute dump. The cruise ship docks in the industrial port and it's half a mile to even get out the gates. Recommendation - take a coach tour to Pisa.

    Civitaveccia is another industrial port - but there is usually a port shuttle bus. You can pay a fortune for a coach tour to Rome, or you can go by train for a fraction of the price. See the "ports" page on cruisecritic.co.uk for more information, from those who have done it.

    Cagliari, Sicily, is simply beautiful.

    Be on deck as the ship sails in / out of Lisbon, the bridge that you sail under (just!) is beautiful.

    Sorry, I've not been to Cadiz.

    I guess you are on a RC ship... Independence of the seas? If so, the "Chops Grille" restaurant is well worth the supplement to eat there once. Superb steaks and classy service.

    The surf pool is amazing.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Enjoy it sounds great......We are doing our first one in a few weeks, Leaving Port Canaveral in Florida, visting the Bahamas..... Nassau and Freeport.....only 5 days but we can't wait! Anyone done this trip?
     
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    I think Elton John and Bono have houses in Vilefranche so keep 'em peeled for a bit of shleb-shpotting!
     
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    Joan Collins also has a place in Cap Ferat (facing, in the picture), round the corner. Driving along the coast, as we turned into Villefranche bay, we were treated to this liner (Voyager of the Seas) doing a 180 to go back out to sea!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm guessing it will be. We went on it just after it launched and had a great time.
     
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    So does Tina Turner - but it's within a securely gated compound.

    I could tell you the code to the gates, but I'd have to kill you :dk:
     
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    Bon Voyage!
     
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    i have just returned today after a12 day cruise on the ocean countess from liverpool,had a great time force 8 in bay of biscay wasnt to good though have fun:)
     
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    The Bay of Biscay is a nightmare, luckily I don't get motion sick but my wife does.

    I think I might start chucking after 8 days though!
     
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    Well we made it back - not quite the intended way.

    The cruise was great and the boat is amazing - next size up from the one in MD5's picture above.

    Gibraltar was good especially my run from the port up the rock and back. I went off track on the descent and hit at dead end at one point.

    Villefranche was stunning to wake up to. We were side on filling the bay. A lovely steak tartar was to be had ashore.

    At Livorno we headed for Lucca and were pleased with the choice. It is a lovely place that we will go back to.

    At Civvitavechia we headed for Tarquinia as father in law didn't want a long journey. Bad choice but I would rather spend day in Rome not hours.

    Cagliari was great. We went on the trip to Nora, the vineyard and Cagliari's old town. It was all good with excellent food and wine at the vineyard.

    Cadiz is great to walk round and if you follow the lines painted on the ground you have your own guided tour.

    Lisbon was great. We went to Benfica as a treat for the eldest son. It was great even for a not so football fan like me - excellent food in the stadium restaurant. Leaving the port I played volleyball under the gaze of the statue of Christ and watched the funnels skim the underside of the 25th April bridge. I might be one of few people who have played volleyball under the gaze of the statue of Christ in both rio and Lisbon!

    The sea was choppy overnight and Mrs Trainer and father in law were not happy bunnies. So much so that when the weather was predicted to be worse for the journey from Vigo to Southampton we left the ship. Yes we left the ship.

    We made our own way back via taxi to Madrid, sleeper train from Madrid to Paris and then to London via Eurostar and Pendolino to Stoke. A real adventure.

    http://s592.photobucket.com/albums/tt3/clive1966/Cruise 2010
     
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