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Cruise 2014 – Ventura, Genoa to Venice

Day 1 – Genoa
Flying into Genoa you get a lovely view of the Costa Concordia where it is being dismantled. Not really what you want to see as you are off to board a cruise ship! As we had been up since about 3am and the area near the ship didn’t look very exciting we decided not to go and explore Genoa. Instead we unpacked and enjoyed some afternoon tea and explored Ventura as it was our first time aboard.

Day 2 – Livorno
We had booked a tour to Florence from Livono as there isn’t much to do there and the options are mainly Florence or Pisa and we have been to Pisa before. It was quite a way, about 1 ½ hours on the coach but the tour guide was very good at pointing out things of interest on the way (fields of sunflowers grown for oil) and telling us about Florence so the time went quite quickly. Once we arrived in Florence the guide walked us to Piazza Santa Croce and showed us where to meet and where we could use our refreshments voucher.
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We looked at the queue for refreshments and decided to go and explore first. We headed for Palazza della Signoria which is where there are lots of statues, the guide described it as an open air museum. From there we headed to the Ponte Vecchio where we did some window shopping in the gold shops, took in the views and observed the corridor.
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After a quick time check we decided to head for the Duomo, cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore.
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We were very glad we made the effort as it is probably one of the most impressive buildings I have seen. We took lots of photos around here and vowed that we need to come back with enough time to go inside. Then we headed back to get refreshments stopping off at the Palazza della Signoria again to take more photos. Once back at the coach we were taken up to the view point at Piazzale Michelangelo, it was a lovely clear day and the views were stunning. We also saw the replica of Michelongelo’s David statue here.
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The coach ride back to the ship was rather quiet, I think most people had fallen asleep!

Day 3 – at sea
A chance to rest after Florence. Not such great weather but still warm enough to enjoy a few hours reading on a sun lounger by the pool. Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy is the current book. It was the first of the two formal nights tonight. I like seeing everyone all dressed up, for me it is part of the enjoyment of the cruise.

Day 4 – Naples
Lovely seeing the sun come up with a view of Vesuvius.

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Trip to Sorento today.
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Bit of a distance on the coach again but worth it. Enjoyed wandering round and glad we bought a book as it meant we saw the Old Walls
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and the Valley of the Mills.
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We also enjoyed ice cream refreshments which given it was quite warm were very welcome.

Day 5 – at sea
Another sea day well placed to relax after our Sorento trip. Today was much warmer and sunny so more reading by the pool. Dad went to the ice carving demonstration a dolphin.

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Mum enjoyed the chocolate fountain

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And we all enjoyed the adult only pool and the endless pool jets. Tonight was the second formal night, black and white night,

Day 6 – Dubrovnik
I love Dubrovnik. The old city is beautiful and interesting. We just enjoyed wandering around on our own.

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Then we found a bar and had coffee in the sunshine.
I also found the shop I bought towels in last time and bought some more, I know how sad that sounds but I really like them.

Day 7 – Venice
The sail into Venice was the highlight for me.

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Having been before and sailed in before it was good to be able to spot the main places as we went in. I am so glad I have done the sail in before they stop the big ships going right up past St Mark’s Square and the entrance to the Grand Canal.
There were four ships in and getting to St Mark’s Square was chaotic. After over an hour queuing and nearly as long in the boat waiting for a spot to more up to let us off we didn’t have much energy or desire to wander far. Mum and I just had a nose around St Mark’s Square and headed back.

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Thankfully we have been before so hadn’t planned to do much but we would have liked to have wandered to the Rialto Bridge but my back had had enough so we didn’t. This is a photo of the entrance to the Grand Canal which I took on the way back to the ship, I think it is one of my favourites.

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Day 8 – Time to go home
We were up early to go home but that did mean we saw the sunrise over Venice before heading to the airport.

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Around the ship
Here she is

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