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Hallowe’en holidays, #3

The third instalment which includes a visit to Rome and Florence. You can read the firstsecond and fourth posts by following the links


Day 6
Our second stop was into the port of Civitavecchia, which is the main sea port for Rome. However, it had rained most of the night and our first experience of Civitavecchia more resembled a cold and wet Portrush.

Fabrizo met us, umbrella in hand, with the lovely greeting of “you have brought your UK weather to Italy…why?” We drove the 90 minutes or so into Rome, with the wipers constantly on, and Fabrizo telling us some of the history about the city.

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Hallowe’en holidays, #2

The second instalment in my travel diary (you can read the firstthird and fourth posts by following the links) and  is my day at sea and then a stop at Naples with a visit to Pompeii.


Day 4
Our first full day on board was a day at sea which allowed us to explore some more of the ship. The only thing that we had planned was a “meet and greet” event for the members of the Cruise Critic online forum. This is a great website to allow people to meet up before hand and allowed me to book private tours for some of our stops, but more of that tomorrow. The event allowed us to meet some of the ships senior management for some questions and answers and then some of us took part in a gift exchange. As the name suggested, this involved bringing a small gift from home and have a sort of raffle to get something else – I had brought some tea from Titanic Belfast which seemed to be very popular.

Cruise, October 2015 625
The Meet and Greet gets underway

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Hallowe’en holidays, #1

I’m just back from 3 days in Barcelona and a 7 day cruise around the western Mediterranean, so here is the first instalment in my travel diary – Barcelona and our first evening on the ship. (You can read the secondthird and fourth posts by following the links)


When you think of someone going on a cruise, most people assume it’s for the rich and famous. My mum called into Oasis Travel at the start of the year and discovered a very reasonably priced cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), which so happened to tie in with her school half term.

To begin with, off of the Oasis staff were absolutely brilliant and so helpful – yes, you may pay slightly more for booking a holiday with a travel agent, but it is so worth it… even to remove the hassle of having to check in.

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