Seeing the sun rise out of the water on the horizon is one of the precious moments that makes me cherish each day we have on this wonderful planet.
The sun is my element and pay homage to it whenever I can or when she shines down on me. I love the warmth and happy feeling it evokes, add this to the sound of the water rushing by and the slight movement of these amazing floating cities and you have the perfect start to any day 🙂
EO Day 973 – October 29th 2016.
Marseille, cruise day 7 (12pm – 7pm)
Some people pay millions to have a home where they can call it their castle, for me I have no castle but I am at home anywhere I feel free.
Just look at how our cabin glows in the morning light.
Today we will be visiting Marseille in the south of France. As I write this up, I can say now that we didn’t go out here at this stop as Moni’s mum was not feeling up to it 🙁 and instead we spent the day onboard. We’d only ever stayed onboard when in port at one port until this cruise and that was in Panama when Moni was not feeling crash hot.
Back then there were only a few that stayed around, today I saw lots of passengers staying aboard. Maybe it had something to do with the port being 30 minutes from the city center and I expect not easy to walk to!
Once again the ship did have on offer a round trip shuttle service for 15.90 adults & 9.90 children! Which would probably just break even with a cab for that distance.
Below is the daily program for Marseille and the specials
The port of Marseille was a blaze with sunshine as we made our approach.
We watched our arrival from the top decks once again, as you can see not many people were doing the same.
There were two other ships in, Costa Favolosa and Norwegian Epic.
Lucky for us, the ship turned around and docked offering us the wonderful view of the landscape and the ships in Marseille cruise terminal.
We had a relaxed lunch from the buffet and spent the afternoon on our balconies chatting which was quite nice for a change. We watched as people came and went for all three ships and I counted at least 32 trolleys each with roughly 13 pieces of luggage being pushed aboard, and I reckon that’s between 400-500 new passengers coming aboard here in Marseille.
The Epic was first to leave. She is certainly a much larger ship than both the Favolosa and Poesia with around 4500 passengers, look at all those extra decks with cabins 🙂
I spent some time up on deck catching some rays working on my tan 🙂
The Top 16 deck was a buzz with excited yet relaxed guests… Not 🙂
Another strange thing on this cruise was that the second Gala or formal night was on our last evening, which made it the first night for those that joined today!
I guess it’s not easy trying to arrange that everyone has a gala night at the most convenient time especially when you have a constant change of passengers at each port. For us, tonight is when you had to have your luggage packed and outside ready for collection by 1am 🙁
tonight’s dinner menu for our second gala night
And these are the dishes that we consumed.
Top left to bottom right are as follows; Duetto Imperiale, Cream of Argenteuil asparagus soup, Ravioli al salmone e aneto, Risotto ai porcini, The baked alaska, Grilled king prawns, Sliced beef fillet with green peppercorn sauce, Duck à l’orange in bigarade sauce and Baked Alaska.
The outstanding dish tonight was the Risotto ai porcini.
Suddenly our waiter friend Marlon appeared to wish us well and say goodbye which was nice of him 🙂
The staff were mentioned and had a walk through the restaurant to applause and they also did the baked Alaska parade through the restaurant which is a tradition onboard the ships, only instead of having them really flaming the have a tea light sat on top. Done as a result of safety regulations, but just not the same effect 🙁
After dinner we had a drink for the final time in the Il Grappolo d’Oro wine bar before heading back to the cabin to finish packing. I was amazed at the amount of people in the lobby area at around 8.30pm though they were probably waiting already for second sitting and having drinks… Not looking that gala night bling were they.
With our bags outside the cabins I got a couple of mugs of tea from the buffet as I do every night last thing and then off to sleep.
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