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Voyage of a Lifetime 39—Barcelona, Spain (Catalonia)

By @EsteeKessler |

What would your reaction be if you were a non-English speaker on your first visit to New York and you found none of the street signs in the language you’d learned? Say in Dutch or Finish? This was my reaction as we drove through Barcelona and found the billboards and street signs not in Spanish. But rather wha...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 38—Rome

By @EsteeKessler |

All roads lead to Rome, and, as with most cruise ship ports, the road is long and slow. We set off for the Imperial City from the Port of Civitavecchia, over 60 kilometers northwest of the capital. The subsequent drive through Civitavecchia struck me as a tour of time with 17th and 18th-century warehouses--not in th...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 37-Naples - Pompeii

By @EsteeKessler |

Anchoring off Sorrento and tendering into this once Greek city offered our group bonus points in the landscape category. Originally the plan called for berthing in Naples followed by a coach tour of the ancient resort city for Roman one percenters, but the change, a result of delayed harbor dredging, meant we enjoye...

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Voyage of a Lifetime 36—Suez-Cypress

By @EsteeKessler |

When we sailed from Aqaba, we would not make landfall again until Cyprus, a two-day voyage. Day one was not like any other. Why? Why did this cruise differ from any other? Because the waterway was not open sea, but the walls of what may be the world’s oldest canal: the Suez Canal of Egypt. The rulers of this a...

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