Cruise Mediterranean Europe, Venice, Lisbon, Gibraltar and See Europe By Cruise Ship.   Venice, Lisbon, or Gibraltar, The cruise ship becomes your hotel while you visit European cities.
The cruise on the Mediterranean to Venice was elegant.  
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Venice was everything I had ever dreamed that Venice would be.  
Arriving before sunrise to a sleeping city was spectacular.
Since we were scheduled to take the second week on the same ship all we had to do was get off the ship and take a water taxi (vaporetti) to St. Mark’s Square.  
Have you ever thought about taking a Mediterranean Cruise?  My husband George and I did in May  and I would like to share with you some of my wonderful experiences. .  We had a mini suite and enjoyed every moment on the balcony.
We left Logan airport for our overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal where we boarded the
Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, Splendor of the Seas.
Lisbon has a large seaport with shipping being one of its major industries. After leaving the dock you will see the Discovery Monument, the statue of the sea explorers marching down to the sea,  Also the Belem Tower is a must see while leaving this beautiful city by sea.  
The next day our first port of call was to Gibraltar.  The Rock is a British duty free shopping area with wonderful outdoor cafés.  A shopper’s paradise right in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea
The following day we arrived at Alacante, Spain, a new port for cruise ships.
The people of Alacante want the tourist dollars and have spent a lot of money to make the
harbor area inviting. They did a wonderful job with cafés, a beach and shopping within walking distance from the ship.  
It was a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the warm weather and a glass of wine.
While sailing the Mediterranean many countries are close together and take a short time to reach.
Our next day was in
Messina, Sicily and after arriving at the port, which was right downtown, we took a bus tour to Mount Etna, the world’s largest active volcano.  

To reach the top of the mountain the tour bus made circles around the mountain and finally arrived at the tourist area in about an hour.  When we arrived at the volcano we found café selling sandwiches and cold beer.  The souvenirs from Mt. Etna ranged from jewelry to lamp bases made from the hardened lava.  

The day we were there many school children were there to get a close up view of the volcano.  It was an interesting day.
The following day was a day at sea enjoying what the ship had to offer and knowing the next morning we would be arriving in Venice, Italy.
Since we were scheduled to take the second week on the same ship all we had to do was get off the ship and take a water taxi (vaporetti) to St. Mark’s Square.  
Arriving at St. Mark’s Square about 8am was breath taking especially since the city was not awake yet, we didn't’t have any crowds to contend with for a few hours.  Later that morning we took a free ride by boat to visit the Murano Glass Factory.
We shopped and took in the sights until 3pm when we started back to the ship to start our next adventure.  It was not as difficult sailing away from Venice since I knew the ship would bring us back in one week.
On the Cruise Mediterranean Europe we visited Mount Etna
Murano Glass Factory.
Mediterranean Cruise, Venice, Italy
Cruising Mediterranean Europe we saw the Belem Tower and the Discovery Monument, the statue of the sea explorers marching down to the sea,
Nancy A. Santry has worked for a large newspaper, a cable television station and currently working in the art department of a major Photographing first as a hobby and now in her own small business, Nancy's photographs have won many art show honors and have been published in Tourism brochures.
Nancy concentrates on photographing New England scenes but also loves traveling and photographing in Europe.
Nancy’s web site is
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