On the Rest of the Journey

This post is a synopsis of the rest of our trip. Previous post provided info about the most prominent stops. Not that the remaining stops don’t merit their own post, but I don’t want to drone on about this trip.

SpainCruiseShip

Gibraltar (UK)
I thought Gibraltar was a small peninsula with a big rock at it’s point. Wow, was I ever wrong because it’s primarily a rock with 30,000 people living around it’s base. We walked from the dock to the tram (which took us to the top), then we walked down, and back to the ship. Of all our days on this trip, this was our highest count of walking steps – 24,500+.

Gibraltar Whole Rock

Caves, tunnels, views, and monkeys entertained us on the way down. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the airport with a main road crossing the runways, so see this 1-minute video. The return trip through the strait was at night … and with city lights on each side of the ship, one can tell Africa and Gibraltar are closer than one may think.

Montserrat
We visited Montserrat while in Barcelona. Located about 30 minutes outside the city, it’s a monastery located at the top of the Serrated Mountains. Within the altar is the Black Madonna. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience the stunning views because of the lingering fog – but we are glad we went. Because of the fog, here’s a link to a Google Images search to accompany mine.


Cadiz
Cadiz (KA diz) is the closest port to Seville (Sevilla), but getting there is a 2-hour trip in each direction. Given we were only in port 8-5, we first visited Jerez (the next section), then spent the afternoon in the Cadiz’s Old City. To me, Cadiz was the most unexpected surprise of the trip. The Old City was vibrant, and a grand cathedral serves as its hub. Thumbs up!


Jerez de la Frontera (Jerez)
From Cadiz, we took a ship’s tour to Jerez, a 20-minute ride from the port. Walking through it’s main square and past the Alcazar castle of the Moors, the focus of our tour was the Gonzalez Byass Bodegas that produces sherry (wine). We loved both the tour and the sherry samples.


Cartagena
Founded in 227 BC by the Carthaginians, today’s Cartagena is a small city for 200,000+ nestled in a small bay flanked by 5 mountains. The dock is close, so we strolled the streets to the Roman theater, the old bullring, the waterfront, and to the Castillo de la Concepcion for panoramic views of the city.


Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, the largest city and capital of the Balearic Islands, was our first stop after leaving Barcelona. It was a Sunday, so many stores were closed and the local free walking tour we wanted wasn’t available. The weather was beautiful, so we made the best of what we could without a map.


Although more posts about this trip may appear over time, the links to past posts from the rest of the cruise are below.

Lisbon Sun Effect

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82 thoughts on “On the Rest of the Journey

    • Katy,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Not only a fun and interesting trip, but one I would highly recommend. The previous posts (linked at the bottom of this post) share the highlights … and to me, Barcelona is extra wonderful!

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    • George,
      The cruise itself was 13 days/12 nights … we built an extra day in Barcelona at each end (and that wasn’t enough for that wonderful city). .. but yes – a wonderful trip … good weather, wonderful sights, good people, and good health all add up to make it special.

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    • Debra,
      Outside of the Rock, Gilbraltar wasn’t spectacular … but the rock intrigued us … and wow … we walked a lot that day. For us, Jerez was a half day with most of the time at the bodegas. Cheers to Cadiz!!!!

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  1. Wonderful all of them.. Palma we love… We often go to Mallorca for our vacations… but have travelled the UK this last two years.. 🙂 Pollensa and Cal D’Or are two of our favourite places there..

    You certainly Packed in some wonderful places and sites Frank.. Brilliant.. thank you for sharing them.. Loved all of your photo’s.. And Gibraltar looks better in the Boucher than when I went lol 🙂

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    • Cynthia,
      Time will tell, but I would like to cruise further up the Portuguese coast then to the top of northern Spain. If out of Barcelona, yes … some return stops … but out of England, not so much. Overall, this was a wonderful trip … and I want to return to Barcelona.

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  2. Wonderful, wonderful! You and Mrs Right Angle are most fortunate indeed! The odd bit of mist doesn’t destroy beauty, it just makes it more mysterious don’t you think. I’m beginning to think a cruise ship is the best way to see the world! Thanks for sharing your vacation Frank, it has been most enjoyable.

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    • Pauline,
      We love cruising … they take you port to port, and only pack/unpack once. I particularly enjoy getting the first glimpse of the new stop as soon as I get up in the morning. Downside is that each port is typically one day (8-5) … just enough for a taste. At least on this itinerary we had 3 ports with an overnight, thus giving us two days.

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  3. Sounds like you had a nice cruise – but aren’t they all? At least I haven’t found one I didn’t like yet. I had no idea there was a Cartagena in Europe. We were just in Cartagena as one of the port stops on a Panama Canal cruise – but it was Cartagena, Columbia. It will be in my blog eventually, but not for awhile because unlike you I do drone on about every aspect of my cruises since that is the whole point of my blog.

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    • LB,
      I figure the Cartagena, Spain is the namesake for the one in Columbia – but maybe not. As a port, it was low key, but actually found helpful info from a blogger. (Can you imagine that?) 😉 … Overall, a fabulous cruise … and we look forward to a future Panama Canal cruise because that is one we haven’t done.

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      • There does seem to be a lot of places in the Americas named after places in Europe. The Celebrity Infinity was a great ship for the Panama Canal cruise. It takes 10 hours to transit the canal, which would be a long time to sit out in the sun taking in the sights. Infinity has a lounge at the front with picture windows so we staked out a spot there at 4:30 am (and only beat the next people to the room by about 20 minutes.) There we had comfortable chairs in the front row for a full day of canal watching. Anyone not coming early did not get front row seats, although not everyone stayed all day so some got to move up eventually. They opened up the helipad on the bow and people would come and go there just for the locks.

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  4. Nice photos, Frank and I’m glad you had a nice trip…minus the motion sickness. Hubby and I love to cruise and are looking for another one to do. This one sounds great…maybe we’ll try it one day…

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    • Kayjai,
      No motion sickness on the cruise (thank you meds) … only coming off the meds after I get home (yuk!) … but my step-down method worked like a charm. This was a fabulous trip … I can’t say that enough!

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  5. I’m feeling like a broken record that keeps saying “thanks for taking me with you!” “thanks for taking me with you!” “thanks for taking me with you!” “thanks for taking me with you!” “thanks for taking me with you!”

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  6. Was that your ship? It is enormous. How many on board?

    We cruised in the early to mid 80s with Carnival. It wasn’t a huge ship like the ones today. Still, we had a lot of fun going from Miami to Nassau.

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    • Jim,
      Celebrity Equinox is over 1000 feet long carrying 2850 passengers and 1200+ crew. Celebrity has several other ships of this design, which are the biggest in their fleet. We like Celebrity … and ships have changed since we started cruising in the mid-90s — so I can’t imagine the change since the mid-80s.

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    • Mouse,
      Gib was interesting. I could see the Atlas Mountains in the distance during the day, but the night time position on the ship emphasized the closeness. … and a grand trip it was.

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  7. Okay Frank, I will admit, I absolutely loved these photos… but the monkeys stole the show for me. I don’t know what it was but I couldn’t stop looking at them and smiling. They are just so adorable. Thanks for sharing this with us. It made my day.

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    • Kia,
      There are many of them. We just in the tram station/gift shop at the top of the mountain on the observation decks … and suddenly one was standing in the middle … probably waiting for food. That was the first one I saw. The best one was the guy standing beside the mother with child – and the child on tugging on the man’s shirt … and mom was totally calm. I think you would have loved that scene.

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  8. It really looks like the most spectacular set of experiences! You’ll be so glad, too, that you did these posts about the trip because the posts will serve as a journal, to help bring back details and memories!

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    • Kerry,
      Truly an outstanding trip. Doing these posts also gave me a chance to make passes through the many photos … thus deleting some … much more to delete before making a small book for friends to see … and hopefully a video about Barcelona to music. Cheers to good memories!

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  9. There are some names here that really hold allure, from history and literature. As destinations go, this trip holds a lot of appeal because so many of the locations have a little romance and mystery associated with them. So nice, Frank!

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