Our 1st Trip Around the World

Indian Ocean and Europe Cruise The Cruise Options London to Singapore London to Rome Rome to Dubai through Suez Canal Dubai to Singapore Rome to Singapore or the Reverse or 1, 2 or 3 segments in either direction The Deal The Ports of Call Shore Excursions in 19 Ports Obtaining Visas In Our Next Post […]

1st Sea Day Nov 9, 2018

Friday – Post Barcelona Alboran Sea, Strait of Gibraltar We have rounded the southeast corner of Spain and are sailing in the Alboran Sea just off the coast of Andalusia. While playing Scrabble in the Buffet Area we could see the beautiful snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, in Sierra Nevada National Park, which […]

Barcelona Nov 8, 2018

Thursday, Sailing From Barcelona As the sun sank low in the west, the time for Norwegian Star to finally begin sailing for Sint Maarten in the Caribbean had come. Shortly after sunset, things began to happen. The night scenes around us were beautiful! The view of the beachfront “W” Hotel was impressive. The bridge connecting […]

Barcelona Nov 7, 2018

Wednesday – Still in Barcelona When we woke up today we were anticipating sailing at 5:00 pm this afternoon. Since dining at Viana Tuesday evening was the one thing we had planned for Barcelona, and since we had been to the city several times before and seen many of its sights, we decided to stay […]

Barcelona Nov 6 2018

Tuesday – Here a Day Early On October 23rd, NCL sent out a message, forwarded to us in the Cruise Critic Community, that the itinerary for the Nov. 25th Norwegian Star Transatlantic cruise from Rome to Miami Was being modified. Instead of arriving in Barcelona at 5:00 am on Nov. 7th, we would be arriving […]

Rome Nov 5, 2018

Monday – Civitavecchia Sailaway One last morning partaking of the delicious breakfast at our hotel, and then we must pack up and leave. Intermittent heavy rain was falling outside. Our car was scheduled to arrive at 11:00 am. We had booked our transfer from Piazza di Spagna to the Port of Civitivecchia with RomeHabiCabs.com. Our […]

Rome Nov 4, 2018

Rainy Sunday We had experienced intermittent rain showers on both Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday it just came down. We looked out at the churchgoers and tourists scurrying up and down the Spanish Steps in the rain. After two days of walking, a day spent “at home” in the shelter of our hotel would […]

Rome Nov 3, 2018 – Night

Saturday – The Pantheon The Pantheon, whose name means “Temple of All Gods”, was originally a Roman Temple, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD) . It was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD.  Hadrian did not order his own inscription on the Pantheon, but chose to keep the inscription […]

Rome Nov 3, 2018 – Day

Saturday Afternoon We really loved our hotel. The convenient rear entrance of the Royal Suite Trinità dei Monti allows for guests to enter and leave by the hotel’s gate on the Spanish Steps. ©2018 James R. Lannin, Jr. One of the best things at the Royal Suite Trinità dei Monti is the private gate on […]

Rome Nov 2, 2018

Thursday & Friday We left The Villages on the afternoon of November 1st. The Village Airport Van picked us up at our home and transported us to Orlando International Airport (MCO). From there we flew on JetBlue to Newark Liberty Airport (EWR). We played Scrabble and partook of pub food and drink while waiting for […]