All Aboard

Royal Caribbean‘s  Brilliance of the Seas“, set sail from Barcelona in June of 2010 for a 12 night Mediterranean cruise, to include these stunning ports of call — Cannes, FranceLivorno, Italy (where most people went to Florence and/or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but we chose to hike through Cinque Terre); Rome, Italy; the Island of Capri off the coast of Italy; Venice (where we docked overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Corfu, Greece, before returning to Barcelona.

There are pros and cons to cruise travel.  Just like every thing in life.  But for this type of trip it made sense.   I’ve been on three other cruises…all of them to the Caribbean and they seemed to have more of a party atmosphere than this cruise.  That suited me because of the long days at each destination and the amount of walking we were doing!

We were upgraded at no additional cost to a room with a window to our pleasant surprise!

There were three formal nights.  One of them was a masquerade ball…so I’ll save that for another post!

Fun in the sun!

I awoke at 5:30am to capture the sun rising.  I believe we were headed to Corfu, Greece.  It almost reminds me of a lunar landscape.


It was white night on the ship…so I bought a dress in Corfu, Greece.

I met a lot of people on the cruise.   On the second day of the cruise my camera mal-functioned and I was lamenting my misfortune to a fellow passenger named Dan.  I had just met him and was very surprised when he said he had a spare camera and let me borrow it for a few days.  That gave me time to purchase one on the ship.  The kindness of strangers is wonderful!

This couple, Johan & Heidi, are from South Africa.  They were planning to marry in 2011 and I really enjoyed talking with them about their lives/country.  They even extended an invitation to visit them…but we’ve lost contact.

Tomorrow we dock in Cannes, France.  I’ll see you there!

27 thoughts on “All Aboard

  1. Cruising is wonderful. I think of it as a travelling hotel, thus look forward to looking out the window first thing in the morning wondering what the first glimpse of the new day will bring. Our one Med Sea cruise included Livorno, Venice, and Dubrovnik. Thanks for sharing!!!


  2. I took a cruise of the Greek Isles years ago and loved it! A much more efficient way to see a lot in a small amount of time. We spent a day in Corfu, but Santorini was my favorite. Thanks for blogging.


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  4. Something tells me that you would have a fantastic time whether it was on a fabulous cruise or sitting on the back of a camel! This looks like fun, and you look very elegant!



  5. Hi,
    What a fantastic surprise to be upgraded, that would of been great, and it looks like a fantastic cabin, and I love the window. 🙂
    Very nice photos, and I agree we can meet some wonderful people, I thought that was great that someone was kind enough to lend you there second camera.


  6. Looking forward to your adventures. We did a 21 day adventure in the Mediterranean back in 2007… you may just inspire me to relive that through my blog once you have finished taking us along on yours…. Thanks so much for taking the time. With respect to meeting people while on vacation, we met a couple from Australia a number of years back and we continue to travel with them today….


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