Port of Call – Barcelona & Palma de Mallorca

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Back on the ship, we arrived in Barcelona and were taken aback by this busy city compared to some of the previous stops. The interior of Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral. The cathedral construction started in the 13th century. Wandering through the different neighborhoods, this is definitely a city filled with culture …

SamPort of Call – Barcelona & Palma de Mallorca

Port of Call – Cannes, France & Ajaccio, Corsica

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Arriving in Cannes in the French Riviera, most recognized for its annual film festival that started in the early 1930s. The Mariner of the Seas could not dock directly so water taxis transferred all the guests to/from the city to the ship. We spent a couple of hours wandering through the narrow passages in the old town with a basic …

SamPort of Call – Cannes, France & Ajaccio, Corsica

Port of Call – Genoa & Portofino

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Arriving in Genoa at 7am. I was surprised how nimble the cruise ship can be manoeuvring into the narrow harbour for docking. The old city of Genoa is on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) and the city is an important seaport in northern Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to explore the city. Our excursion took us to Santa …

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Rome & Mariner of the Seas

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Continuing on our brief stay in Rome. We woke up nice and early to tour around the main attractions. The Roman Forum with some buildings dating back to 8th century BC. That is 2800 years ago! When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Enjoying a fresh cup of cafe latte and pastry by the counter (sitting down cost more). …

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First Stop – Rome, Italy

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With its roots stretching back as far as 2,500 years ago. Rome is a paradise for ancient buildings, cobblestone streets, and little alleys. Flying with Air Transat, the budget airline between North America and Europe. Taking a breather after rushing from work to the airport. We caught sight of Italy after breaking through heavy clouds! Checked into the hostel and …

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Europe Trip – Prague, Kutna Hora, Budapest

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In the town of Kutna Hora, we visited the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the “Bone Church”. The church was built in the 1400s in the middle of the cemetery. There are estimated 40,000 human skeletons in the ossuary. Some of the bones exhibit wounds or fractures, possibly from battle or rebellions. An emblam constructed from human skeletons. In the …

SamEurope Trip – Prague, Kutna Hora, Budapest