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 …

SamPort of Call – Genoa & Portofino

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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