Each day is in a different photo album with a different link that is posted in each of my new posts. For those interested in the full reports, just scroll through the thread. For those interested in just quick links to pictures, I will add them here:
Barcelona and Palermo, Sicily: http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...462&p=75641486
Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento: http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...760&p=75648667
Olbia, Sardinia with trips to Moon Valley:http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...p=75648913&f=0
Florence and Pisa: http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...252&p=75650010
Here is my trip report and photos from Disney Cruise Line's first Mediterranean voyage that took place on May 26-June 6th, 2007. Additional segments will be added over the next few days as I finish uploading my pics.
Anyways, I finally had some time to start and upload my photos from our terrific Disney Cruise vacation onboard the Disney Magic during its inaugural Mediterranean voyage from May 26 to June 6, 2007 online. I've decided to break up the report into several smaller albums hosted by Epson galleries. I've found this to be an easy format to work with, but since this is my first time doing a large photo trip report, hopefully this will work out ok.
For those interested in just the photos, here is the link: http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...462&p=75641486 Just scroll through or select :"Disney Med Cruise 1" at top to see the menu of pictures. Captions for each are below and larger images are available by clicking on the image.
Our trip started by boarding a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Barcelona, nonstop, on the evening of May 24. We arrived in Barcelona around 8:00am local time (2:00am Pennsylvania time). The airport was under refurbisment with limited number of terminals and thus we disembarked the plane using stairways to the outside and boarded trams that took us from the plane to customs clearance and baggage claim.
After getting our baggage and noting that our flight came from "Filadelfia" on the monitors, we were greeted by Disney representatives from Spain. It was obviously their first time doing this and everyone was incredibly understanding. All that said, everything ran very smoothly for us. We were taken to a small bus and whisked away to our hotel for the day and evening, the AC Barcelona. A nice, modern hotel. We had two rooms here. One had a bedroom area, a living room area and a bathroom area with a walk-in shower so large that two people at at time could get a shower on each end if they wanted (and yes, there were two shower heads on either end of the shower stall). The other room was a more typical hotel room with two beds and a bathroom area. Nothing too special, but the look was ultra-modern, complete with hardwood floors in place of carpet. Some pictures of the room are in the album.
We ate lunch (at McDonald's of all places ) and then slept pretty much the rest of the day and evening, awaking for dinner. Talk about jet lag!!
The next day we were picked up and taken to the beautiful Disney Magic sitting in the port at Barcelona. The terminal was decorated with banners celebrating the Magic's first Med cruise in conjunction with Disneyland Paris's 15th anniversary.
We didn't do an excursion in Barcelona and opted to relax and enjoy the ship. The sail away party was as fun as ever and we were off on our 11 day journey around the Eastern Mediterranean on the best ship on the seven seas.
Our first day was a much needed relaxing sea day, but before long we arrived at our first port of call, Palermo, Sicily.
This city on Italy's largest island was a bit more rundown and poverty stricken in appearance then I had expected. In Palermo, we took the "Mysterious Palermo tour" that visited the Spasimo Church, Zisa Castle, and Capuchin Catacombs (no pictures there for obvious reasons).The Spasimo church was heavily bombed during WWII leaving behind a structure void of a roof but with 4 remaining walls still standing. A lot of history happened in this area with the church being built and then converted into a hospital during the plague to being used as a concert venue by the locals today. The Zisa castle was a neat building originally used as a summer residence by Italian Royalty. Today it is a historical site. Next was the Capuchin catacombs. These catacombs were first used to house a Monk in 1599 after his death. The bodies were preserved through an elaborate process of allowing the bodies to "dry" on a steel grate for several weeks to months before being covered with lime or arsenic. Eventually the bodies would be dressed as directed by their final wishes and 'displayed' in the catacombs either in glass coffins or hung on the walls for their family members to come and pay their respects. The best preserved body is that of a 2 year old girl, Rosalia Lambardo, who appears today exactly as she did when she died in 1920, one of the last people to be preserved in the catacombs. For those with young children, be warned that you will walk long hallways of real corpses hanging on the walls dating back to 1599. Many are preserved very well with skin and hair still intact. While it is of great historical significance, it can be disturbing. Some more history and pictures can be found here at a site I found using google: http://members.tripod.com/~Motomom/index-3.html
Again, select pictures I took that cover what I wrote above can be found here:
I hope you all enjoy. If you don't like the Epson format, let me know and I will upload the pics in a different format so I can post them directly to my posts. Thanks!
Visits to Sorrento and Pompeii to follow later.