Posted by: gardner310 | October 9, 2012

Hopefully you’ve been reading and know that I spent 8 days exploring southern Italy before boarding the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice.We haven’t been on one of our big ships in about 2 years and must say this ship is really quite lovely.  She is but 2 years old so still has some shiny new “stuff” and things we haven’t seen, like the private cabanas on the pool deck and the Silk Den bar with the Tamarind restaurant.  The food has been quite good and varied during this first cruise and we are meeting the rest of the crew slowly.

We are doing several itineraries while we are here until the end of October.  The first one is the one just completed, Venice to Barcelona via Dubrovnik, Argostoli (Greece), Corfu, Naples, Civitevecchia, Livorno and Barcelona.  I had 3 new places for me, Dubrovnik, Argostoli and Corfu so was able to add them to my city/country list.

Dubrovnik was a treat with its great walls and restored old city.  Major issue was the crowds and distance from the ship.  It is quite a walk from the ship and it was hot so not practical to try to walk to the UNESCO site. The shuttle buses ran regularly though so no worries on that end.  Due to some commitments we had on board we did not have a of time to explore thus were not able to walk the walls.  I plan on doing it next time, I Love walking walled city walls.  Dubrovnik is beautifully restored; it is very impressive considering the damage done during the fighting.

Real life in Dubrovnik

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