Home Pauline Howto Articles Uniquely NZ Small Firms Search
Cunard Queen Victoria 2018
Mediterranean Cruise part 1
Map Introduction to  the Cruise, Venice and the initial day at Sea Korcula, Croatia Valletta, Malta Messina, Sicily, Italy Naples, Italy Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy Barcelona, Spain Ajaccio, Corsica, France Villefranche, France Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Italy   Map Venice and the return to the UK Civitavecchia2 (for Rome), Italy Corfu, Greece Split, Croatia Piran, Slovenia

The write-up of this cruise is far from complete.

There is reasonably comple text on ever page which just needs a little polishing when pictures are added..

Most of the pictures present are from previous write-ups and empty 'picture blocks' have been added ready for pictures to be added. We have already selected over 800 pictures for, what we call, our 'print file' to chose from - these have been chopped and tuned ready for use by Pete and we just need to select a some for each page and for Pauline to add them with appropriate labels. New pictures have been added to the first 5 ports so far.

All the pictures on our pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover a cursor over them and they can all be clicked to open a larger version in an Overlay (Lightbox) or Popup Window. The image display options can be set on the settings links at the bottom right corner of every page which includes pictures.
The write-up of this cruise is far from complete.

There is reasonably comple text on ever page which just needs a little polishing when pictures are added.

Most of the pictures present are from previous write-ups and empty 'picture blocks' have been added ready for pictures to be added. We have already selected over 800 pictures for what we call our 'print file' to chose from - these have been chopped and tuned ready for use by Pete and we just need to select some for each page and for Pauline to add them with appropriate labels. New pictures have been added to the first 5 ports so far.

All the pictures on our pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover a cursor over them and they can all be clicked to open a larger version in an Overlay (Lightbox)

This cruise follows our Journey to Venice on the Orient Express to celebrate Pauline's Birthday which is being writen up separately and will cover the travel from the train by watertaxi to the Hotel in Venice where we stayed overnight.

Once we had checked into the hotel we took an evening walk round some of the central areas already familiar to us - we did not need to eat as we had lunch and tea on the Orient Express. The hotel was very central and it was only a short walk to St Marks square which was starting to liven up for the evening and we continued along the water front passing the Relais and Chateau hotel where we had an excellent lunch on our last visit, it was tempting but we had eaten too well for the previous few days so we just had a gelato in the square on the way back. It is now prohibited to anywhere sit in the square or many tourist areas except in aproved restaurants but one seemed to be able to carry an ice-cream!

We ate in the hotel in the morning as breakfast was included and then had another walk round passing the opera house and galnced into several churches - an increasing number now seem to charge and many try to ban photography. The lesss said about the travel arrangements to the ship where our tour firm again failed to deliver dispite calls from us and the hotel to the UK and they finally suggested we organised a water taxi ourselves and sent them the receipt. The hotel arranged one for us which arrived in ten minutes and we had an interesting journey - water taxis to the port seem to have a fixed charge of 100 euros. The boat was in beautiful condition with gleaming varnish you could see your face in. It was then a fairly quick check in and we were on board in time for a lunchtime snack.

Currently our intention is to add little more here about the evening and morning round Venice as we have already covered them in our account of the Journey down by train on the Venice Simplon Orient Express and we will be visiting Venice again at the end of the cruise when we have an overnight in port before flying back to the UK.

Home Pauline Howto Articles Uniquely NZ Small Firms Search
Copyright © Peter and Pauline Curtis
Content revised: 31st October, 2018