Mediterranean Cruise, Visiting Europe By Cruise Ship Venice, Italy,
Venice was everything I had ever dreamed that Venice would be.
We arrived before sunrise to a sleeping city that was spectacular. Since we were scheduled to take the
second week on the same ship all we had to do was get off the ship and take a water taxi (vaporetti) to St.
Mediterranean cruise in May and I would like
to share with you some of my wonderful
We had a mini suite and enjoyed every
moment on the balcony.
We left Logan Airport for our overnight flight
to Lisbon, Portugal where we boarded the
Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, Splendor Of
Lisbon has a large seaport with shipping
being one of its major industries. After
leaving the dock you will see the Discovery
Monument, the statue of the sea explorers
marching down to the sea, Also the Belem
Tower is a must see while leaving this
beautiful city by sea.
The next day our first port of call was to Gibraltar. The Rock is a British duty free shopping area with wonderful
outdoor cafés. A shopper’s paradise right in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea
The following day we arrived at Alacante, Spain, a
new port for cruise ships. The people of Alacante
want the tourist dollars and have spent a lot of money
to make the harbor area inviting. They did a wonderful
job with cafés, a beach and shopping within walking
distance from the ship. It was a pleasant place to
stroll and enjoy the warm weather and a glass of wine.
While sailing the Mediterranean many countries are close together and take a short time to reach. Our
next day was in Messina, Sicily and after arriving at the port, which was right downtown, we took a bus
tour to Mount Etna, the world’s largest active volcano.
To reach the top of the mountain the tour bus made circles around the mountain and finally arrived at the
tourist area in about an hour. When we arrived at the volcano we found café selling sandwiches and cold
beer. The souvenirs from Mt. Etna ranged from jewelry to lamp bases made from the hardened lava.
The day we were there many school children were there to get a close up view of the volcano. It was an
The following day was a day at sea enjoying what the ship had to offer and knowing the next morning we
would be arriving in Venice, Italy.
Since we were scheduled to take the second week on the same ship all we had to do was get off the
ship and take a water taxi (vaporetti) to St. Mark’s Square. Arriving at St. Mark’s Square about 8am
was breath taking especially since the city was not awake yet, we didn't have any crowds to contend with
for a few hours. Later that morning we took a free ride by boat to visit the Murano Glass Factory. We
shopped and took in the sights until 3pm when we started back to the ship to start our next adventure. It
was not difficult sailing away from Venice since I knew the ship would bring us back in one week.
Discovery Monument, explorers marching down
to the sea,
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Venice, Italy Mediterranean Cruise, Visiting Europe By Cruise
Ship Venice, Italy Text and Photos By Nancy Santry
On our Mediterranean
cruise we visited Europe by
Tours included Venice, Italy,
Spain, and Gibraltar.
Venice was everything I had
ever dreamed that Venice would
We Arrived before sunrise to a
sleeping city that was
The Belem Tower
Text and Photos
By Nancy Santry
Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, Splendor Of The
On our Mediterranean Cruise we Visited Europe By Cruise
Ship including Venice, Italy, Alcante Spain, and Gibraltar.
We had a mini suite and enjoyed every moment on the balcony.
Text and Photos By Nancy Santry