Monte Carlo

We took a tender into this gorgeous port and had our only touring mishap of our cruise. We had hoped to take a public bus to Eze, the charming medieval village high above the Mediterranean, with its winding cobblestone streets filled with art galleries and shops. Unfortunately, we received incorrect information about the bus schedule. […]


Irene and I have been to Barcelona several times and chose to just wander the Ramblas, Barcelona’s famed downtown promenade. We walked the old Gothic Quarter and saw several churches. We also saw one of Antonio Gaudi’s famous and completely unique Art Nouveau apartment houses.

A Day at Sea

I haven’t said much about Oceania’s Marina and this is a good time to fill you in. Irene and I had been invited to the ship’s christening back in January and were very impressed with what we saw that weekend. But it’s actually sailing on the Marina for 16 days that’s given us a real […]


We did not know what to expect in this Moroccan city, but decided not to wander about by ourselves, so we took a shore excursion offered by Oceania that took in the city’s landmarks. We started our tour with a visit to an olive market — very colorful — then a drive to the Royal […]


We were very much looking forward to visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Seville, and we were not disappointed. Again, we used the services of Made for Spain and met our driver for the 1 hour 45 minute trip. We had been warned by the ship’s concierge that it would be […]


We were supposed to dock in this port at 8:00 am. The fog was so thick, we could not see three feet past our verandah. After waiting several hours to see if the port authorities would allow us to continue, the ship’s captain, Captain Manzi, decided that the fog would not lift, and we sailed […]