Back from cruising

10th April 2012

I’m home from my wonderful cruise around the Mediterranean Sea. I had an amazing time and I’ve seen some amazing sights including the Colosseum, The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. I’ve taken loads of pictures which I will show you. I’m planning on creating a blog post for each day of the cruise on Photographs (now closed) to tell you more about the cruise. I think it will be more interesting to look through pictures rather than having to read through lots of text.

The cruise ship we went on was called the Island Escape. I’ve not been on the ship before but I have been on one owned by the same company. It was a lot bigger than any ship I’ve ever been on before. It seemed to take me all week to find my way around it. But then when you pull up in a port next to an MSC ship you realise that the Island Escape is actually tiny in comparison!

Fortunately the sea was only rough on 2 nights. I’m not a good sailor so I felt pretty rough those nights even though I had taken travel pills. I went to watch a comedian in the show bar on one of these rough nights and I felt so ill that I couldn’t stay. I went back to my cabin, got into bed and watched the end of a film that was on telly.

One of the highlights of my cruise happened in a very short period of time. I was sitting eating my meal one evening and I saw a ship lit up in the distance. As I looked over I noticed a pod of dolphins swimming quite close to our ship. I couldn’t believe it! I have a real passion for dolphins and this was the first time I had seen them in the wild. I have always been against the speed boats that take tourists out to see them by chasing them so I never thought I would get the chance to see them in their natural habitat. It was pretty magical. It only lasted for about a minute and then they were gone. I was lucky to catch them at that moment as I was about to get up and head over to the buffet.

Speaking of food, we had the most amazing food on the ship. Every morning there was full English breakfast and a huge selection of pastries and cakes. We didn’t have lunch on the ship much because we were usually on an excursion but for the evening meal there was a variety of dishes to try. Every night was different and there was usually a theme. I tried sushi for the first time and I loved it. And that is the great thing about the buffet; you can always go back and get more. Around 4 o’clock in the afternoon they would serve cakes, scones and biscuits as well as little sandwiches. I’m a skinny person but not after this cruise haha!!

I will leave you with a picture of me enjoying a pizza in the centre of Rome. It’s one of those things you just have to do!

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  1. For a person who’s never been outside her country, this stuff looks fascinating. I have had day dreams about going to Rome and eating pizzas there, and I must say, it looks as wonderful as I’d imagined. I am not much of a traveler, probably because I am a boring, unadventurous person who likes the safety, comfort and routine of her home. I am going through your photoblog and can’t help but feel the teeny tiny sting of jealousy. 😛

    Thank you. I’d really like it if you link me. I already have you on my friends’ list, but I will change your link. I like the name of your domain, but I can’t understand it. Will you tell me the significance?

  2. aww… I’m happy for you Holly… I know you love travelling and all… and I’m glad you are liking your cruising trip!
    Just commented on your photoblog… I like your idea of shifting your blog to Empfire and photoblog as a subdomain!
    Hey I’m really sorry… I changed the theme and I forgot to link all my friends! sry I’m setting up the link right away!