Category: Cruises

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Amsterdam – take two

We always vowed to come back. An unexpected and forced layover in 2010 gave us a tantalising taste of the city, so when the opportunity presented itself to return, we grabbed it with both...

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Barcelona to the Costa Brava

Our HAL cruise on the Rotterdam finished in Barcelona, arriving in the afternoon, but allowing us one more night aboard the ship before an early morning departure. This gave us one last opportunity to...

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Monaco, Nice and Eze

It was something I had really been looking forward to – sailing into Monaco’s impressive harbour, Port Hercule – and it didn’t disappoint. An amphitheatre of hills and high rise apartments looked down on...

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Lucca and Viareggio

When cruise ships call in to Livorno, on Italy’s Tuscan coast, cruisers usually opt for the tours in to Florence, a most wonderful drawcard of a city. This is often combined with a detour...

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Ajaccio – Corsica

Ajaccio is the capital of Corsica, on the west coast of this French island, which is only a few kilometres north of Sardinia in the Western Mediterranean. It is a very popular cruise port. When...

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Córdoba and La Mezquita

Ask anyone who has been to Córdoba what is the most important attraction and they will tell you – La Mezquita! This was one of the most impressive mosques in Spain during the occupation...

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Huelva, Spain

While other cruisers climbed aboard buses bound for Seville, we took the shuttle bus into Huelva city centre, where we had already arranged the hire of a car, so we could have a day...

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Lisbon

The HAL cruise ship, Rotterdam, docked in the wide estuary of the Rio Tejo (Tagus) right near the Alfama district of Lisbon. From the deck we had great views of the city even before...