2017 Grand World Voyage

111 day Grand World Voyage

Madeira Portugal

On April 18, 2017, we docked in Funchal on the island of Madeira, our last port on this cruise. The ship was docked just across from the main town of Funchal. We took a shuttle into Funchal and boarded the Hop on Hop off Bus, that toured the town and went to a small fishing village, Camara de Lobos. Madeira is a mountainous island that is covered with terraced gardens which have mostly bananas in them. The fishing village is in a small cove with many colorful boats and waterfront restaurants. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual...

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Marrakech Morocco

  On April 16, 2017, we docked in Casablanca, Morocco, where we traveled 4 hours by bus to the fabled Marrakech. Marrakesh, located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. Once in Marrakech, we entered the old city which is surrounded by walls. Here we traveled by foot thru the Spice Souq to the Bahia Palace, which is an example of moroccan architecture. We then went to the Madrassa Ben Youssef...

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Seville Spain

On the April 15, 2017, we docked in Cadiz, Spain where we traveled to the city of Seville. Seville is located about an hour and 15 minutes drive from Cadiz. Once in the city we hopped on a Hop on Hop Off Bus to get a general over lay of the area, passing by many of the exposition buildings from both the expo of 1929 and 1992. After we got off the bus we walked around the old city taking in the Alcazar and the  Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Puerta de Jerez Tower of Gold...

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Barcelona Spain

We reached Barcelona, Spain on April 12, 2017, where we were docked for two days. On day one we took the shuttle to the World Trade Center where we walked to La Ramblas. We walked up the Ramblas and then turned left into the Gothic Quarter and went to El Dra de Sant Jordi for a Tapas lunch. After lunch we proceeded to the Cathedral, and then back to La Ramblas. On La Ramblas is the famous St. Joseph Market, a large public market that dates back to 1217. As always the market is very crowded and busy. We then returned to the ship. On day two we decide to walk across the Rambla de Mar, a new...

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Mallorca Spain

On April 11, 2017 we docked in Palma de Mallorca, which is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. We took a tour of the island which included Palma and the village of Valldemossa. We started out by going to Bellver Castle  for a panoramic view of the city of Palma. we then proceeded to Palma where we walked the old part of the city and finally ending up at the Cathedral, to step inside and view the Gaudi influenced interior. After leaving the Cathedral, we proceeded into the Tramuntana mountains to Valldemossa, a...

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Valletta Malta

The Grand Harbor in Malta was our stop on April 10, 2017, where we docked in Valletta. The ship docks just below the town which contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John also known as Knights Hospitaller and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  To get to the upper town we walked towards the Customs House and then took the elevator up to the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The main street in Valletta, Republic Street, is a busy shopping street that also has many of the main buildings that were constructed by the knights. From Republic Street...

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