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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 26th 2014

Geo: 45.4345, 12.3384Debarkation went very smoothly today. We simply walked off the ship, picked up our bags and walked out of the terminal. The walk to the People Mover wasn't too bad and neither was the walk from the People Mover to the hotel. After we checked in and left our bags, we walked around for a while before heading back to the hotel to catch a water taxi to Murano Island. We wanted to walk around that island for a little while this morning. We ended up spending a few hours then and decided to have lunch as a sidewalk trattoria. Murano is known for its glass blowing craftsman. We then caught a Vaperetto (water bus) to take us to Burano Island which is another island nearby Venice and Murano and it is known for ... read more
Colorful Houses of Burano

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 25th 2014

Geo: 45.4345, 12.3384Today we arrived in Venice. At about 6:30 we were scheduled to begin sailing down the Bacino de San Marco and then the Giudecca Canal and then on to the cruise terminal. Nikki and I were up and it was really cool to see. Around 6:45 we passed San Marco Square and we were lucky enough to see it right outside our verandah. We met the girls at Cabana's at 8:15 and had breakfast before meeting in the D-Lounge for our last shore excursion this trip. We boarded a water bus that took us down the Giudecca Canal to San Marco Square. We then went on a tour of the Doges Palace and St. Marks Basilica. Then we walked to a café where we ordered gelato to eat while people watching. While we were ... read more
Bridge of Sighs

Europe » Croatia June 24th 2014

Geo: 44.2688, 13.8373Because today was a day at sea, we didn't make plans to meet early. Nikki and I got up and were at breakfast at Cabana's around 8:30. We ate slowly and then met the girls for trivia at 10:15, then another at 11:00. Kelsie wanted to eat lunch in Lumiere's so we went there when they opened at 12:30. They have a great hamburger so three out of the four of us had that. After lunch Regan, Kelsie and I went to watch Frozen Sing Along and Nikki went to get a jump start on packing. Then it was a nap for Regan and Nikki while Kelsie and I went and rode the Aqua Dunk and then sat by the pool. At 3:45 it was time for trivia again and then Kelsie went to ... read more
At Dinner

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik June 23rd 2014

Geo: 42.6537, 18.0948We had enough time this morning to eat breakfast in Lumiere's before heading out to the walled city of Dubrovnik Croatia. We met in Fathoms before heading out to the bus. We took a short 15 minute ride to an overlook point where we could see the walled city with its red tiled roof buildings. Dubrovnik is the oldest walled city on earth. In the Middle Ages, Dubrovnik was known as the Republic of Ragusa and was as important as a seaport as Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice. It was a highly diplomatic Republic that remained free for much of its history. Today, Dubrovnik still exists as a residential and commercial city within the walls. The wall varies in height and thickness based on whether the wall is toward the sea or the land ... read more
The Walled City

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu June 22nd 2014

Geo: 39.6178, 19.9196Today was the first and only time that the Disney Cruise Line made a stop in Corfu, Greece this year. We had a later excursion today so we didn't meet until 8:45 in Cabanas. We then met in the Walt Disney Theater for our excursion. The island of Corfu is very close to both the mainland of Greece and also Albania and both of those could be seen just across the water. We boarded our bus and headed to Paleokastritsa Bay on the north west side of the island. Our bus dropped us off at a beautiful bay where we were able to get into the crystal clear, blue water. The water was cold but, when in Greece we had to get in. We then took a short ride to a Byzantine Monastery of ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Catania June 21st 2014

Geo: 37.503, 15.0881Today we were in Catania, Sicily. We had an early excursion time at 7:00 am so we met in Cabanas early once again then we were off to the Walt Disney Theater. Our day started out with a 45 minute drive to Taormina. This is a medieval town that was built in Greek times and, like much of Italy, taken over by the Romans. The name means between two mountains. It is about 230 meters above the sea. It is beautiful. We walked down the main street of town, past two churches the city hall, many shops and historic buildings before arriving at the medieval theater. It was built on a hillside so that they could have stadium seating and the sea to the back of the stage so that the wind from the ... read more
Shoreline from Taormina
Atop Etna

Europe » Italy » Sicily June 20th 2014

Geo: 37.2206, 11.6421A Day At Sea. Finally a day to relax!!! Except I was awake at 5:45 and gave up and got out of bed at 6:00. I did laundry and sat on the verandah until Nikki woke up. Then we spent the morning just lying around the stateroom until we needed to head up to Palo for brunch. Regan met us up there and we were seated. Kat, our server, soon came to meet us and take us on a tour of the buffet. We had a nice table by the window and had a great meal as always. During the day we passed between the island of Sicily and the mainland of Italy. The channel is, at its narrowest 1.9 miles wide and a depth of between 300 and 700 feet. It was really ... read more
Relaxing on the Deck

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples June 19th 2014

Geo: 40.84, 14.2529Today we were awakened by the sound of thunder. There was no rain at the time but there were clouds and noise. We arrived in Naples shortly after we got out of bed. We met in Cabanas again before our excursion. Then off to the Walt Disney Theater for our meeting time.We then boarded our bus and rode to the base of Mt Vesuvius where we switched to 4 wheel drive vehicles that took us up a bumpy, windy dirt road to 1000 feet where we hiked an additional 1000 feet up a 40% grade to the summit of the volcano.While we were exploring the caldera the clouds rolled in and a thunder storm started. The lighting actually struck near enough that some people were knocked off their feet. The rain started as we ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Civitavecchia June 18th 2014

Geo: 42.0912, 11.7968Today we ported in Civitavecchia which is the port of Rome. We had a little later start since we were meeting our guide at 8:00. We had arranged for a private driver to take us around Rome today. His name was Claudio and he was from Rome. He took us to his car and we started on what was supposed to be a 45 minute drive to Rome. We made it to the outskirts of town in no time but encountered a traffic jam (that later we found out had been caused by an overturned car). That delayed us about 45 minutes. We made a stop at some ruins before heading to the Knights of Malta church where we saw an amazing view through the keyhole of the church. It was a great way ... read more
St. Peter's Basillica

Europe » Italy June 17th 2014

Geo: 44.1097, 9.81355*** If you have already read the blog for Monaco, I have corrected an error. Land in Monaco is $125,000 per square meter, not the $125 I had original posted. Today we ported in La Spezia which is the closest port to Florence and Pisa. Our tour was an all day tour so we started early. We met the girls at Cabanas at 6:15. Regan had not felt well overnight and was a little shaky as to whether she was going to be ok to go but she decided to go.We met in the Walt Disney Theater and were escorted to our bus where we met Elena, our tour guide. She explained that we would be riding into Florence first. We made a short pit stop at a rest area and then after a ... read more
Cathedral of Santa Maria
La Spieza Harbor
Cathedral of Santa Maria

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