Our most recent Voyage was a cruise called Gems of Spain on Holland America Lines. I have a blog entry for each day of the cruise, so I thought I would do a summary of the voyage with a single picture for each port and then a link to the blog entry. That way, if you are new to my blog you can get a detailed look at each stop. If you have seen any or all of the previous entries, you can either skip or review.
We started the trip in Barcelona but did not get to visit its many attractions because we went directly from the airport to the ship. So here is the only picture from Day 1 of the cruise:
You see this again in Spanish Cruise – Day 1 – Barcelona.
Our first port of call was Valencia and it was one of my all time favorite stops. Here is a picture of the opera house called Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia that you won’t see in the blog post below.
So here is the entry for Spanish Cruise – Day 2 – Valencia.
Our second port of call was Cartegena. The featured image from this post was taken while on our walking tour of the city, where we climbed to the top of the hill to see the castle built in the middle ages to protect the port. Here is a picture of the surrounding hills of this port.
For more pictures and details go to Spanish Cruise – Day 3 – Cartegena.
Our third port of call was Málaga. Here we experienced our first bad weather of the cruise with a rainy morning that turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon. Here is a shot from the top of the hill looking down at our ship during the stormy morning:
To learn about bullfighting or flamenco dancing (including a video clip), click on this link for Spanish Cruise – Day 4 – Malaga.
Our fourth port of call was Gibraltar. This was another fabulous stop with many picture opportunities and a tremendous amount of history. Here is a picture from Gibraltar that I altered for Cee’s Black and White Challenge.
You can see the original picture in color in my post Spanish Cruise – Day 5 – Gibraltar. If you haven’t seen this post, you are not going to want to miss it.
Our fifth and final port of call was Cadiz. We had a wonderful tour of the city along with a fantastic stop at the Gonzalez Byass Winery, the home of Don Pepe sherries and wines. We finished our excursion at the and a great tour of Spain’s Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.
Come take a peak at this fun filled day on our voyage at Spanish Cruise – Day 6 – Cadiz.
My wife and I love to travel and experience new places around the world. We have taken many voyages which I hope to recount in the coming months. If you would like to voyage with us, stay tuned by following my blog.