Next it was off to Ajaccio, Corsica - France. Another cold rainy day but this day we had a tour to Prunelli Gorge ($40 per person) I want to say we saw some gorgeous countryside but it is not for someone scare of heights. If you do it, be sure you sit on the right side of the bus. Many people in panic mode sitting on the other side of the bus. But, on the right side we really didn't' see down into the gorge. Probably a good thing for me. Thats the pros and cons on the trip. The drive reminded me of Hana Highway on the island of Maui though.
Our next port was Cartagena, Spain. Another new port of call for us. A very unique, clean place that you walk right off the ship into the main tourist places. The shops/restaurants along the dock were closed when we got off the ship but once we returned, they were hopping with passengers from the ship. A big unique statue caught our eye right off the bat. This statue represented the fallen victims of the terrorists. After crossing the street you could see the entrance into a shopping area that started with the Royal Palace on the left and the Roman Theatre on the right. Walking down this pedestrian area filled with shops, restaurants, churches, etc... was really nice. We also visited one of the back streets where the military base was. Very nice place to visit.
Now for the activities on the ship. These first few pictures are just a look at some of the things around the ship. One of our favorite things on RCCL ships this size and bigger is the Promenade Deck. We love walking it, people watching and even get a cabin overlooking it. Makes it much easier to watch the two parades offered during the cruise. The first parade is for Sailaway and the second one is the Island parade. Both very fun. The Promenade deck is also used for dancing and music, 70's parties, among many other things. Just a lot of fun. We also got to experience watching the ship go from "normal" decor to CHRISTmas time. Always great to see. And this size ship and bigger also has the ice skating that has open skate along with a wonderful ice show during the cruise and roller blading up on the sports deck.