We arrived at the port of Civitavecchia on Nov 15th for a cruise starting on Nov 18th. What a wonderful little port town to stay in and to visit the market and walk around with the locals. We stayed at the Hotel Bramante and beautiful small 14 room hotel that treated us like we were part of their family.
When we embarked we were amazed at how many people had booked the entire 33 day cruise. It was a memorable cruise with ports of historical value that will be ever present in our minds. To see the buildings and ruins of the past thousands of years and be comforted by the return to the safety of our ship. Some of the places that we visited were pretty disgusting in Egypt. Thank goodness we saw the pyramids and the sphinx, as we will never return to Egypt. We could not believe that they were pushing their garbage into the "blue" Nile river.
The Grand Princess could use a little face lift but they were working hard on redoing floors and public areas while we were in More
various ports. Never having been at sea during the Thanksgiving Holiday (American) nor the preparatory Christmas season we were both surprised and wonder-struck by what the ship staff accomplished in the over night periods. This total cruise was above and beyond our expectations in every way possible from the ports of call to the staff and the festival spirit of the ship. Would we do it again without Egypt - yes in a heart beat.
PS B748 beautiful colors and an awesome balcony. There really are no negatives about this cabin. Back of the ship great evening views and leaving ports. Super for taking pictures. Slept like a log for 33 nights:) Less
PS B748 beautiful colors and an awesome balcony. There really are no negatives about this cabin. Back of the ship great evening views and leaving ports. Super for taking pictures. Slept like a log for 33 nights:)
The British influence and the modern times are evident at this port the nicest of the 3 visited in Egypt. We joined 6 other CC members on a private tour here with a wonderful operator. Beautiful waterfront, cute market stalls and great hsitory
Beautiful place to walk around most people were fluent inn English and very pleasant. We decided to go to the Freixenet Cava Cellars out in the country and very good decision it was. We visited caves down 128 feet that were the original champagne caves and are still used today. The countryside was lush and green when we were there. A great tour if you are looking for something different.