Saturday, 7 January 2012

MSC Melody Cruise

My Trip 2010 Part 6

Departed Barcelona at 7pm - 612 nautical miles to Cadiz – we would be going through the Straits of Gibraltar at approximately 2am.  Needless to say after playing cards until midnight I went to bed and missed the Straits of Gibraltar – but then again after seeing the pics that were taken - could not see much anyway.

Weather not improving at all – min 3 - max 14. Certainly not the kind of weather to lying on deck in. But there is so much more to do, Italian Lessons, Super Bingo, Bridge Lessons, Duty Free Shops, The Library – some ok books to read. So spent the day reading and sitting around chatting or you could be very busy and participate in the following:
9.00am                                    Aerobics
9.30am                                    Pilates
10.00am – 11.00am                                Arts & Crafts
10.00am                                  Beauty Demonstration
10.00am                                  Good Morning Game
10.00am                                  Babyfoot Tournament
10.30am                                  Quiz Time
10.45am                                  Italian Lessons
11.00am                                  Bridge Lesson
11.00am                                  Line Dancing
11.30am                                  Bingo
03.00pm                                  Coffee Game
03.00pm – 04.00pm                               Arts & Crafts
03.30pm                                  Robin Hood Game
04.00pm                                  Quiz
08.00pm & 11.00pm               Cha Cha Lessons
10.00pm                                  Dance Contest
11.30pm                                  Disco

So your day can be kept pretty busy and your evenings - then there is the Cinema – 6 different bars – and the Casino.

We were to dock at around 9am in Cadiz on the 4th December 2010 – another port of call – I was looking forward to another city to investigate.

Cadiz is located in the southern Spain and is considered to be one of Europe’s oldest cities.
We arrived just as the sun was rising so took some good early morning shots of the sun bathing the buildings in a soft glow.

After having breakfast we decided to take the Hop on Hop off city bus tour. It gives you good idea of what’s around you – what was great was the fact that we could walk back into the city after lunch as we were only departing at 6pm and we had to be back on board by 5pm. So we had all day to explore.

After lunch on board the MSC Melody – we walked back into to town and did a bit of exploring.
We found this amazing little shop that sold the most awesome confectionery – had the most decadent slice of chocolate cake – promised myself that I would be back for another slice – and so it has come to pass – leaving Cape Town on the 20th Feb 2012 on the MSC Melody for the Northbound cruise and will be stopping in Cadiz again – guess what I will be having.
I found the architecture to be really interesting   - Moorish, Baroque, Neo – Classic styles.

There were various excursions offered by the cruise – but we opted to do our own walk about – you will see and find so much more.

We were all pretty exhausted after our full day in Cadiz and we still did not get to see everything.

Next stop Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain – spent the next day the 5th December 2010 at sea.

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