Western Mediterranean Cruise Photo Diary

After not seeing my family much over the last 12 months because of university, work and other commitments, I’m off on a 2 week holiday with my Mum, Dad and brother.
We’re sailing from Southampton around the Western Mediterranean, stopping at Gibraltar, Villefranche, Toulon, Barcelona, Palma, Malaga and finally, Seville.
I did plan on vlogging the whole experience, but after my camera broke in Japan, and I completely forgot to record in Monaco my plans went to pot.
Our first port of call was Gibraltar after spending the first two days at sea. Gibraltar is a small island just off the coast of Spain. Its main attraction is the Barbarian Apes on top of the rocks so that’s exactly where we visited. The views were spectacular and the Apes were a lot uglier than I expected but nevertheless, we had a great day and that’s another country added to my list.
We then spent another day at sea topping up my tan. Considering I’ve been in the sun for the last 2 months, I’m still as pale as ever, I guess it’s the ginger genes…
Our second port of call was Villefranche, so we made the short journey down the coast to Monte-Carlo, the home of the filthy rich. With super-yachts costing as much as £50,000 a day to rent, the port was full of some of the worlds most high-profile business people and celebrities. We visited Casino Square and then had lunch on the harbour front before heading back to Villefranche and our ship…
We then headed 150 kilometres down the coast to Toulon. We only spent a few hours in the seaside town, visiting the port and local markets before heading back to the ship.
Barcelona was our fourth port of call. Although we have visited before, we decided to get the open top bus around the city. We got off at La Ramblas for something to drink and then Park Güell for some food. It was 35 degrees but felt a lot hotter so the sightseeing was cut short and replaced with regular sangria stops.
We then docked in Palma de Mallorca for 2 days. Although we have cruised before we have never been in port overnight. My Dad and I got off during the day and walked down the coast past the harbour and into the old town, but we decided against heading out at night.
After having two days of sunshine without a cloud in sight, we woke up to wind and fog on route to Malaga. When we arrived into port at 1 pm, the sun was shining, however, so we headed for the beach. After spending a few hours sunbathing and swimming in the sea we ventured into the town centre, which looked exactly like Palma de Mallorca. Once you’ve seen one Spanish town you’ve seen them all but it was a great experience nevertheless…
Cadiz was our 7th and final stop. We got off board as soon as the ship docked at 8:30 am and made our way into the town centre. The sun was shining, which ended up being our last day of sunshine but it was a great last stop and finished off with paella and sangria.
The last two days were spent at sea but as we were heading north, the weather wasn’t great, however, the sun did come out in the afternoon.
I had a great holiday with my family, I visited places I had never been before and the service, food and drink on board were spot on.
It was also my parent’s 22nd wedding anniversary whilst we were away so it was great to celebrate together…
Until Malta in 4 weeks time…
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Thomas Mackie