The idea of seeing Mediterranean ports from a ship felt appropriate, after all, these ports grew out of days of ocean travel. The itinerary that I liked was the one that hit upon all the ancient highlights, starting from the port of departure where Christoph Colombo left Italia to sail the oceans blue, through the straits of Gibraltar and back. We docked in Malaga, Casablanca, Cadiz, Lisbon, Valencia and Barcelona.
Dining can be casual, buffet, snack bar, small fancy restaurant or big group dining with layers of seatings, in the main dining room, as seen in this photo above. You choose your menu and your table mates and order your beverages at each meal- all six of them! It is a virtual floating feeding trough.
When in ports of call, your can choose from various optional day tours, which can be relatively short or up to 10 hours, based on length of stay in each port. Arriving in Casablanca for instance, a long bus ride to the interior cities, such as Fez or Marrakesh, may take 4 hours each way on a bus with walking tours lasting a couple of hours at your destination.
Our draw to the cruise in the first place, was the added attraction of a fascinating Scientific American line-up of professors at the top in their fields of specialty, on topics of current scientific interest. Here we are enjoying Dr. Jeannette Norden discuss Parkinson's disease of the human brain.
As we were crossing the opening of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, from Morocco to Portugal, we had rough water, and I clearly remember wondering if these floating cities ever flounder...how do they stay afloat? But then, I know now that they can flounder at the helm of an idiot pilot.
Remember to say I love you... often... to your loved ones. And buy travel insurance.
Blessings to the families of the COSTA Concordia victims and survivors.