Qantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 318 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3519 times:
This second stage of my trip report is following the first part of my journey fron London to Palma de Mallorca as well as the cruise that we undertook and the destinations that we covered. If you would like to read my first trip report then here is the link:
We stayed in the Hotel Born, which is located inside a historic building right in the centre of town. It wasn’t flash but it had a beautiful courtyard and the windows and Juliette balconies were also a nice touch.
The next day we went for a walk around Palma and took some photos and looked at some of the sights. Later that day we boarded our cruise ship, the AIDAcara, which is a German cruise ship as this trip was booked while we were living in Germany.
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I think most German readers will know which cruise line I am talking about. This was the smallest ship in their fleet and is a lot more personal and comfortable than the larger ships that fit a lot more people, however therefore there aren’t as many amenities as on the larger ships due to weight ad space issues. On this ship there were about 1270 people, which is a relatively small number. The cruise would last for 10 days and would then bring us back to Palma where we would spend some more days around the island before heading back to the airport to take us back to London. The route is as follows:
Day 1: Palma de Mallorca
Day 2: Day at sea
Day 3: Malta/Valletta
Day 4: Tunis/La Goullette
Day 5: Palermo
Day 6: Rom/Ciavecchia
Day 7: Corsica/Ajaccio
Day 8: Cannes
Day 9: Day at sea
Day 10: Valencia
Day 11: Arrive back at Palma
We checked-in for our trip and dropped off our luggage that would come back up to our room later on. We boarded the ship and headed up to deck 6, where our cabin was situated. It had three beds and a bathroom as well as a window overlooking the ocean or at first the harbour. We left at around 2230 and were on our way for two days towards Malta. We used a lot of the facilities and the day passed rather quickly.
Soon we were pulling up the Maltese harbour and got ready to disembark for the day. We arrived at 1200 and would depart again at 1800 leaving us six hours to explore Valetta and it’s old building, however the heat was uncomfortable so we had a stroll around the town and had a hot drink and returned to the ship to relax in a cooler environment. I felt a bit sorry for the people who had booked the expensive tours with the cruise line as it would have been hot and sweaty and therefore less enjoyable and a bit of a waste of money.
We pulled into Tunis harbour during breakfast time. It was still early and we were only up at this time due to the tour that we would take, for which we would have to meet at 0900. We proceeded to the meeting point and were soon on our way for our tour of firstly a small fishing town just past Carthage called Sidi Bou Said and then further on to Tunis. Our tour guide was charming and funny, partly because of his somewhat laughable German expressions, which must have originated in Arabic, where they would have come over in a positive way, however they just didn’t work in German. We went to the first town, Sidi Bou Said where we took a tour of an original Tunisian house that belonged to a rich lawyer. It was as we left this house where the incompetence of the tour guide started to show. Two women went to the bathroom, one of them from our group and one of them from another group. He must of thought that both belonged to us and he realized that one was missing, even though they weren’t in our group in the first place. Hence he began to search up and down, turning up in cars of people that we had never seen and telling us to proceed down the road. It was all a big mess and eventually 20 minutes later he turned up with the bus driver. We headed to Tunis, and during the ride over his comments were becoming worse and worse, and his voice increasingly annoying. As we were about to disembark Tunis, he made another one of those terrible comparisons, saying something about it being fairly safe in Tunis and that we shouldn’t be too worried about being robbed, which we understood. Then he went to say that however if given the chance, some people would take the opportunity, and finishing it off by saying, don’t l dangle the sardines in front of the fish. I laughed quite hard at that one, however he was dead serious. To be hones I would be more concerned about him sneaking around than the average Joe. Anyway we took a tour of the main sook (the towns main bazaar) however as it was a public holiday, there was not much going on, so we just walked through the city centre where I took some pictures of the beautifully decorated doors and other nicer parts. We then went into a shop that was selling carpets and we just sat through that hopeful presentation however nobody bought anything, and the salesmen were quite disappointed. We were promised a drink, however did never receive one, as because it was a holiday there weren’t many shops open. That’s all right we though, until we saw him drinking his tea and bread near the bus stop. Oh well we thought, we would be on the boat again soon. We ate lunch laid in the sun and I watched I Am Legend, which was an awesome movie and I was very happy with that. Soon enough we were leaving, and in truth I was in no hurry to come back, however there might be nicer sides of the country that I haven’t seen yet.
We arrived, as in all cities in the early hours, and were then soon moored next to the yachts of the Sultan of Oman, which were impressive as it seemed he had a private yacht for himself as well as a yacht full of men just to protect or follow him. We went for a walk through the city here, looking at the cathedral and some other sights. We then walked through a small market and proceeded back to our “home” on the boat.
As this harbour is some 80 kilometres from Rome itself, and we had visited Rome twice already, we thought we would look at the small town of Civitavecchia and it is quite a nice little place. It had some nice shops and we looked around before catching the shuttle bus back to the ship, for another afternoon on board.
Corsica is a beautiful island, we discovered. We decided to rent a car in Corsica so that we could visit a beach, as we had been on the high seas all this time however we had not yet actually been in it. We headed to a beach called Capo di Feno and it was very nice. Quiet and waters were warm. There was a lovely restaurant on the sand that served nice salads. I can only recommend this place, and we returned back to the ship that evening with smiles on our faces.
Obviously this is the area where the rich and famous have their holidays and boy do you feel it. It feels as if there is too much money in this place and that it could be used elsewhere for a greater and more important purpose. Nevertheless, we decided to do a bike tour. It started out easily enough, just cruising around the shore but then we had a big climb, which nearly killed my father, who was huffing and puffing up the hill. It wasn’t as if he was unfit, it was just that biking is a hell of a lot more exhausting than say a treadmill. Anyway, we then descended from this hill, with a nice view and then headed on to Antibes, which has a special harbour for mega yachts, which mostly came from the Cayman Islands, hmmm I wonder why. We then stopped to bathe in Antibes and had a bite to eat before heading back to Cannes, this time along the coastal route, which was comfortable and easy, thank goodness.
We had visited this nice city in Spain before, and had looked at most of the sights so we just had a wonder through the Central Market and then visited a Tapas Bar where we had eaten years ago with friends. We did some shopping and then returned to the ship.
Back to Mallorca
We arrived very early in Mallorca, yet we were still allowed to sleep in a bit. We had breakfast, said goodbye to our acquaintances as well as the Philippino waiters who were great to us and really made the trip that much better. Our plan was to stay in Mallorca for another four nights. We would first go up to Cala St Vincenc and then to Deia both towns on the north coast of Mallorca, which doesn’t have sandy beaches and therefore also doesn’t have as many tourists. We stayed in fincas in both towns which were very nice and provided great relaxation. We visited some beaches and other towns, before heading back to Palma for a short nights sleep, sue to BA’s ludicrous flight times. The hotel in Palma was the same and soon enough at 3 50 am it was time to get up.
Flight Back Home:
I will not be writing too much about this flight as it was so early and everything was fine. We arrived at the airport at 4 40 while one of us dropped off the rental car, the other two handed over our luggage and received our boarding passes. We then moved through the terminal, it was a very long walk, and boarded. We were one of the later ones to board and after the last few passengers boarded. The captain introduced himself very quickly and push soon came. We taxied past a Qatar Airways Plane, and took off. Food was served, a ham and cheese roll and some orange juice. I then spent some time on my laptop writing this trip report and we soon arrived. We took the train to Victoria and then the tube to Bayswater and we were home safely.
I Hope you enjoyed the last part of my TR! Please Leave comments and Criticisms as I often get very few and it would help a lot to get my TR's to a better level. Also in case these photos don't work, I apologize, it if my first time uploading photos like this and I could have made a big mistake on all of them. Thanks for Reading!