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Mr Garrod / April 2021
My wife and I booked our two 2022 Mediterranean cruises (Celebrity-X and Cunard) with Jeannette and Michelle. These two ladies provided us both with all the information we required to make our bookings without delay. Jeannette has advised us previously on our cruise requirements. The knowledge and professionalism of these two ladies is very reassuring when making our cruise decisions. It's a pleasure spending our money with you. Well done!!
Mr Griffiths / April 2021
My cruise advisor Naomi was excellent. She was pleasant, helpful, informative and kept me informed throughout the booking progress
Mr Cumming / April 2021
Arrive: Fri 16 July 2021 / Depart: Fri 16 July 2021 at 19:00
Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya as well as Spain's second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona's best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
Arrive: Sat 17 July 2021 / Depart: Sat 17 July 2021
The Balearic Islands lie scattered in the western Mediterranean off the southeast coast of Spain. Regular ferry service connects the principal islands of the archipelago with the mainland. Through history, the three main islands, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, were the object of invasion by outside powers. Moorish forces arrived during the 8th-century and established their hold until the disintegration of the Caliphate of Cordoba. James I of Aragon gained control over these specks of land in 1229, only to see them integrated into the independent kingdom of Mallorca in 1276. Later they were returned to the Aragonese crown. As your ship pulls into the port of Eivissa (also known as Ibiza Town), you will have a fine view of the impressive fortifications. An easy stroll along the cobbled streets takes you to the lively downtown area of shops and restaurants. Dalt Vila, the old town dominates the port and seafront. With its historic buildings and stately mansions, Dalt Vila is the very heart of Eivissa. Step inside the cool recesses of the 13th-century Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows) or visit the Archaeological Museum, where the island's history is well represented. As the sun arcs overhead, pause in an outdoor café for a glass of chilled Ibizan sangria.
Arrive: Sun 18 July 2021 / Depart: Sun 18 July 2021
The Balearics are comprised of 16 islands; the three principal ones are Mallorca, Ibiza and Minorca. Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals and Arabs have invaded these islands over the centuries. Ruins show evidence of the prehistoric Talayot civilization, a megalithic culture that flourished here between 1500 BC and the Roman conquest. Today the islands are besieged by invaders of a different sort - hordes of tourists. Lying 60 miles (97 km) off the Spanish mainland, the islands' lush and rugged landscape combined with an extremely mild, sunny climate proves irresistible, especially to northern Europeans. As a result, the Balearics boast cosmopolitan resorts with lively nightlife and plenty of sports activities. Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is the largest of the islands, with an area of more than 1,400 square miles (3626 sq.km). The scenery is magnificent, with cliffs along indented shorelines jutting out of the sea and mountain ranges sheltering the plains from harsh sea breezes. The fertile plain in the centre is covered with almond and fig trees plus olive groves with some trees more than 1,000 years old. Tall pines, junipers and oaks line the mountain slopes. Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the archipelago. A cosmopolitan city with sophisticated shops and restaurants, it also offers buildings of spectacular Moorish and Gothic architecture. In the western part of Mallorca, nestled into the mountains, lies the village of Valldemosa. It is known for its Carthusian Monastery where Frédéric Chopin and George Sand spent the winter of 1838-39.
Arrive: Tue 20 July 2021 / Depart: Tue 20 July 2021
Today, Marseille is the country's most important seaport and the largest one in the Mediterranean. The city is divided into 16 arrondissements fanning out from the Old Port. The large industrial port area virtually rubs shoulders with the intimate, picturesque old harbor, the Vieux Port. Packed with fishing boats and pleasure crafts, this is the heart of Marseille. Two fortresses guard the entrance to the harbor: Fort Saint Nicolas and, across the water, Fort Saint Jean.
Arrive: Wed 21 July 2021 / Depart: Wed 21 July 2021
Once an insignificant fishing village, this jet set haven became popular as an artists' colony in the late 19th century. But it was Roger Vadim's movie, And God Created Woman, filmed here with Brigitte Bardot, that brought about the international cult of Tropezian sun, sex and celebrities. Located at the end of its own peninsula, St. Tropez suddenly became the talk of the jet set, which propelled the tiny port into world fame. A hundred years ago not even a proper road led to St. Tropez; access was mainly by boat. Novelist Guy de Maupassant sailed his yacht into the port in 1880. The neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac followed, as did a number of other famous artists and writers. By the time of World War I, St. Tropez was well established as a hangout for Bohemians. The old part surrounding the harbour is the focal point. Here, narrow streets are packed between Quai Jean Jaurès, Place des Lices and what is left of the 16th-century citadel. The harbour is filled with sleek, gleaming yachts that have replaced the simple fishing boats. Pastel-coloured houses ring the waterfront, presenting the classic St. Tropez impression of sidewalk cafés and small boutiques with the latest fashions.
Arrive: Thu 22 July 2021 / Depart: Thu 22 July 2021
The independent principality of Monaco is famous as the playground of the Côte d'Azur. With sandy beaches, elegant hotels and a vibrant nightlife, this tiny domain is a favourite haunt of the jet set. In the possession of the Grimaldi family for more then 700 years, treaties with France guarantee Monaco's independence. The population of the fashionable enclave is 32,000 citizens, for an area smaller than New York's Central Park, but it boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world. In addition to its luxury hotels and beautiful beaches, Monaco is noted for its mild climate and magnificent scenery. Once an exclusive wintering stop for Europe's aristocracy and royalty, today there are more than 5 million visitors annually. Of the principality's four sections - La Condamine, Fontvieille, Monaco-Ville and Monte Carlo, the latter two rank highest on every visitor's must-see list. In Monte Carlo, the Grand Casino and Opera is perhaps Monaco's most outstanding attraction. For more than a century, the principality's livelihood was centred beneath the copper roof of this splendid establishment. The resemblance to the Paris Opera House is less than accidental since they share the same architect, Charles Garnier. Also facing the square are the famed Hotel de Paris and the more modest Café de Paris. Monte Carlo spells sophistication; it is the epitome of elegance and glamour. Year after year, the rich and famous of business and entertainment gather here to bask in the sun, gamble at the world's most opulent casino and attend spectacular parties. Nothing typifies more the elegant lifestyle of the Côte d'Azur than glamorous Monte Carlo. Situated on a rocky peninsula, Monaco-Ville comprises the old town and the seat of Monaco's government. Narrow streets lead to the Prince's Palace high above the sea. The 19th-century Romanesque cathedral contains impressive works of art and the tombs of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer III, while the Parliament building and the Oceanographic Museum offer additional points of interest. As if Monaco's splendid attributes weren't enough, the surrounding areas with their incredibly beautiful scenery are additional attractions.
Arrive: Fri 23 July 2021 / Depart: Fri 23 July 2021
Arrive: Sat 24 July 2021 / Depart: Sat 24 July 2021
Bronzed and beautiful visitors enjoy the unique ambiance, chic boutiques and quaint cafés that overlook the small yacht harbor and line the narrow, cobbled streets. Others explore along the coastline, where tiny villages are tucked away in hidden coves. Don't miss out on practically everyone's favorite pastime - people-watching while sitting in one of the outdoor cafés, sipping a campari or enjoying a cappuccino. The boutiques and designer shops are only a stone's throw away, tempting prospective buyers with chic resort wear and Italian designer clothing (be aware that not all shops may be open on Sunday).
Arrive: Sun 25 July 2021 / Depart: Sun 25 July 2021
Sharply defined against a hazy backdrop of craggy mountains, Calvi enjoys a spectacular setting that includes an upper and lower town. Basse-Ville, as the lower town is called, is characterized by a finely drawn strip of red-roofed houses and spidery palm trees lining a picturesque promenade and a yacht-crammed marina. From its beginning as a fishing village, Calvi fell victim to relentless raids. It wasn't until the arrival of the Genoese in 1268 that the town became a stronghold as evidenced by the massive citadel overlooking the port. The Republic of Genoa granted Calvi special privileges, such as free trading and tax exemptions in order to ensure the loyalty of the population. Calvi suffered a terrible siege by the Turks and French in 1553. In 1794, Admiral Horatio Nelson's fleet launched an attack that ended in surrender. During World War II, the town served as a military base from where arms were smuggled to mainland France. Perched above the marina stands the citadel, offering magnificent views from its bastions. Below extends the elegant Quai Landry, focal point of Calvi's social life and the best place to enjoy the town's ambiance. A favourite with European glitterati in the 1950s, Calvi today has the atmosphere of an old-fashioned English resort. Add to its visual beauty a perpetually mild climate and you will understand why Calvi has been attracting year-round visitors for quite some time.
Arrive: Mon 26 July 2021 at 07:00 / Depart: Mon 26 July 2021
Sprawled across seven legendary hills, romantic and beautiful Rome was one of the great centers of the ancient world. Although its beginning is shrouded in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle, Rome has always been and remains the “Eternal City.” Its greatest splendor was experienced during the 1st and 2nd centuries when art flourished, monumental works of architecture were erected, and the mighty Roman legions swept outward, conquering much of the known world. With Rome's establishment as capital of the Western world, a new ascent to glory began. Today's Rome, with its splendid churches, ancient monuments and palaces, spacious parks, tree-lined boulevards, fountains, outdoor cafés and elegant shops, is one of the world's most attractive and exciting cities. Among the most famous monuments is the Coliseum. As you walk its cool, dark passageways, imagine the voices that once filled the arena as 50,000 spectators watched combat between muscled gladiators and ferocious animals. Stop to see the remains of the Forum, once the city's political and commercial center. In later times, Rome's squares were enhanced with such imposing structures as the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, the monumental Trevi fountain and Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, to name just a few. Rome jars the senses and captures the soul. Join the many visitors who stand in awe of St. Peter's Basilica, Christendom's most magnificent church. Admire the timeless masterpiece of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. For the Millennium, Rome underwent an extensive beautification program that restored and cleaned churches, palaces, museums and piazzas. Many of the streets, squares and public spaces have been turned into pedestrian areas, causing additional strain on already horrendous traffic conditions. When visiting Rome, guests must be aware that traffic and parking problems may cause delays. Caution: Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and watches or carrying large amounts of cash ashore with you.
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