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    On your next cruise?

    Is the ship or cruiseline a new addition to your portfolio?
    We are MSC Fantasia newbies

    How many ports are new to you? Which ones?
    Marseilles, Genoa, Palermo and La Goulette

    What ones are you returning to? Are you going to do something different this time?
    Going back to Barcelona where we intend to visit Casa Batlo and Park Guell to finish our Gaudi Tour. We hope to go to Old Town and the Cathedral and leave the Montjuc region and Montserrat for another time.
    Also returning to Naples - did Pompeii last time so this time its the Vesuvius climb (plan A) or Capri (plan B) depending on weather. Herculaneum is plan C.

    Which port are you looking forward to most?
    La Goulette as I love the Arab Culture

    Any port you will not bother disembarking for? Why?
    No

    #2
    Cunards Queen Victoria

    Ports new to us

    Hilo, Hawaii, United States
    Honolulu, Oahu, United States
    Nawillwili,kauai,United States
    Lahaina, Maui, United States
    Ensenada, Mexico

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      #3
      Ooooo I wish that I could add Smee's new ports to my list. How exciting! Have a wonderful cruise, Smee and please post lots of photos on your return for us all to enjoy.

      Your cruise sounds interesting too, Tom.

      Here's what will be our new port on our next cruise..

      Zeebrugge!

      Ok folks, it's not quite Hawaii or sunny Med, haha but we're really looking forward to our seeing Bruges and I've never been to Belgium before. We're told that it's very pretty. We're already counting down the days to our cruise now...Yay!

      Best wishes. x

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        #4
        Is the ship or cruiseline a new addition to your portfolio?
        Yes we are going on Oceana, although we are not new to P&O.

        How many ports are new to you? Which ones?
        We've never been to Lisbon, Oporto, Villefrance or Barcelona.

        What ones are you returning to? Are you going to do something different this time?
        Sadly Gibraltar.

        Which port are you looking forward to most?
        Ooh a difficult one. My son is looking forward to Rome most, although we will be meeting a friend there who lives on the Appian Way and
        he is a wonderful tour guide in that he knows absolutely everything but he's also completely exhausting and not very child-friendly so I have my reservations about how that will go. We haven't yet decided how we'll travel from Civitavecchia.
        In Livorno we are meeting friends from the children's school who now live in Genoa so it won't be about sightseeing at all which will be rather refreshing.

        Any port you will not bother disembarking for? Why?
        I'd like to not disembark in Gibraltar, but it's DH's birthday that day and we'll have just had a sea day. We might do a dolphin watching trip.

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          #5
          Hello Britchic.
          Looks like you've got some great places on your cruise. We're on a cruise later this year which is stopping at Barcelona and we've been doing some research on it. It looks delightful. We also stop at Gibraltar and from your comment (plus those of others on this forum), it suggests that Gib may not be that great. However, as it's also somewhere that we've never been to before either, we will get off the ship to see what it's like.
          Best Wishes

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            #6
            Well, personally I really didn't like Gib but my children loved it! We got a taxi tour outside the terminal and went up to see the apes etc which was interesting, but the shops were full of tat. My daughter's idea of heaven! (She's 6.) As we've already done the tour DH & I really don't want to do the tour again as its quite expensive for 4 of us, although the children would like to meet the apes again. It's a shame of all the ports to be in on DH's birthday, we're in Gib but I'm determined he'll have a nice day.

            Originally posted by Pippa, Kernow View Post
            Hello Britchic.
            Looks like you've got some great places on your cruise. We're on a cruise later this year which is stopping at Barcelona and we've been doing some research on it. It looks delightful. We also stop at Gibraltar and from your comment (plus those of others on this forum), it suggests that Gib may not be that great. However, as it's also somewhere that we've never been to before either, we will get off the ship to see what it's like.
            Best Wishes

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              #7
              My next cruise is on the Adonia round South America visiting

              Southampton, England
              One of the world's most famous ports, Southampton served as the launching point for the Mayflower and the Titanic. Today, it's one of the busiest passenger ports and home to a waterfront dotted with restaurants, shops and curios.

              Funchal (Madeira), Portugal
              The island of Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 370 miles off the coast of Morocco. For over 100 years tourists have enjoyed its rugged volcanic peaks, beautiful tropical coastline and a climate that's never too hot or cold. Madeira lace and Madeira wine are both still produced here in the Old World tradition. Many hidden valleys, peaks and botanical gardens are just waiting to be explored.

              Bridgetown, Barbados
              Though Barbados gained its independence from the British in 1966, the island maintains a distinctly English flavour. From British products such as chocolate and china to the national pastime, cricket, the British influence is evident throughout this gorgeous Caribbean destination.

              Grenada
              Sailors through the centuries have rated it one of the worlds prettiest harbours and it is hard to disagree. Horseshoe-shaped and set in a volcanic crater, Grenadas capital and cruise port St Georges is flanked by two forts, with colourful French colonial style buildings ranged along the front.
              It is the perfect entrance to one of the Caribbeans most scenic islands. Only 12 miles by 21, it is awash with waterfalls, mountain valleys, rainforests, lakes and volcanic craters. The beaches are to die for, especially Grand Anse - a two-mile stretch of pure white sand just around the bay from St Georges.

              Recife, Brazil
              Recife (pronounced 'he-si-fee') is an enchanting port city named after the coral reefs that line its coasts. Recife is brimming with vibrant culture and gorgeous beaches and is a major draw for tourists from all over during Carnival, one of the biggest parties in the world. In Recife, the waters are crystal clear, excitement is everywhere and you will find yet another great stop on your holiday.

              Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
              North-eastern Brazil, where Salvador Da Bahia lies, developed as an important centre for sugarcane production. You can see the enormous wealth that came from the crop reflected in the grand mansions and gold-lined churches in Pelourinho. You can also see reflected in the population, the legacy of the slaves who worked in many of the plantations. Today nearly 80% are of African descent. This heritage has influenced the food, art, religion and music of the area. In the last 15 years, a new form of music called axé has evolved, blending complex African drumming rhythms with reggae melodies to create a uniquely Salvadoran sound.

              Buzios, Brazil
              Once home to pirates and slave traders, Buzios is a beach-lined peninsula jutting out into the sea. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, today its beautiful beaches are frequented by the rich and famous. It's the perfect place to play all day in the sand and surf, then play all night in the clubs and bars.

              Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
              Rio is famous for its wild beaches and outrageous Carnival celebrations. But this energetic city offers so much more. It lies between the sea and several fertile green mountains, including Pão d'Açúcar (Sugarloaf) Mountain and Corcovado, home to the famous art-deco statue of Christ the Redeemer. Lined with 23 beaches along its coast, its most famous, Copacabana and Ipanema, are teeming with bikers, walkers, joggers, surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, all enjoying the scene as much as the sun.

              Montevideo, Uruguay
              Uruguay's capital city and one of the Americas' most important seaports, Montevideo attracts travellers from all over the world – many just hoping to bask in its multicultural European charm. Narrow streets and varied architectural styles ranging from colonial to Art Deco reveal this vibrant city's strong Spanish, Portuguese, French and British influences. And while most of its historic sites can be visited within a few hours, walking through the port area and exploring old neighbourhoods is the best way to discover the true allure of Montevideo.

              Buenos Aires, Argentina
              Famous as the home of Evita Peron, Buenos Aires is more European than South American in feel. Cobbled streets, charming cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants all give it a unique flair befitting the resilient people who live here. Through good times and hard, Buenos Aires has remained the political, economic and cultural heart of Argentina. Wander the streets and plazas and take in the colourful architecture as you explore this charming, historic city.

              Ushuaia, Argentina
              No other place on the planet will make you feel like a modern-day explorer quite like Ushuaia will. After all, how often do you travel to the end of the earth? This southernmost city in the world is located on the border of the Beagle Canal and offers wild and diverse terrain made up of mountains, sea, glaciers and subantarctic forests. Ushuaia has been charted by the likes of Magellan, Cook and Darwin and still offers plenty of wide-open space in which to blaze your own trail.

              Santiago, Chile
              Chile's capital city and financial epicentre is a modern metropolis for certain but you won't have to go far to be reminded that Mother Nature is a major shareholder. In fact, all you have to do is glance east for an amazing view of the Andes. Santiago's central location makes it the ideal gateway to all that Chile has to offer but you'll want to make time to explore this stylish city too. It's stuffed with museums, monuments, art galleries, smart boutiques, walking trails, hip coffee houses and even a zoo.

              Arica, Chile
              Arica, the 'City of Eternal Spring', is one of northern Chile's up-and-coming resort destinations. Located at the edge of the Atacama Desert, its year-round sunshine and crisp, breezy, air are perfect for water sports of all kinds, and its lush city gardens, fed by the Rio Lluta, make a beautiful setting for shopping and nightlife. Start the day with a windsurfing lesson, sample fresh swordfish by the sparkling harbour, browse Indian handicrafts or try your luck in the casino nightlife. There's also adventure to be had on day trips into the desert.

              Lima (Callao), Peru
              Lima, Peru's capital, is the country's cultural hotspot. A bustling, rapidly growing city with a richly layered past, Lima is home to fascinating museums, an enticing array of restaurants and attractive shopping districts. Founded in 1535 as the 'City of the Kings', parts of this modern city still retain a colonial charm. Stop by a museum to immerse yourself in the country's fascinating past, stroll through the living history of colonial buildings that are still in use, have an elegant meal and then discover a unique cultural memento to take home.

              Cartagena, Colombia
              Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. But it's not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude.

              Aruba, Dutch Antilles
              Talcum-soft beaches, world class shopping, glitzy casinos, stunning sea views and tracts of desert landscape scattered with giant boulders and exotic cacti are all yours to enjoy when you visit popular Aruba, jewel of the ‘deep’ Caribbean.
              And you will find most of these attractions without straying far from the capital and cruise port, Oranjestad, a waterfront city endowed with a cosmopolitan population – of Portuguese, Spanish, Venezuelan, Indian, Pakistani and African as well as Dutch origin.

              Bridgetown, Barbados
              Though Barbados gained its independence from the British in 1966, the island maintains a distinctly English flavour. From British products such as chocolate and china to the national pastime, cricket, the British influence is evident throughout this gorgeous Caribbean destination.

              Castries, St. Lucia
              St Lucia has been a part of the British Commonwealth since 1803. But prior to that, it was often occupied by the French, which is evident in much of the island's culture. Castries offers a colourful local market and great shopping. And the surrounding areas offer lush rainforests, striking waterfalls, beautiful beaches and Sulphur Springs – the world's only drive-through volcano

              Leeward Islands, Antigua
              With over 365 beaches, there is a slice of white sand heaven for every day of the year - even a leap year - on the idyllic Caribbean holiday island Antigua, which played host to Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the late 1700’s. Nelson’s Dockyard now bustles with crew and passengers from yachts and cruise ships sailing these waters for pleasure rather than for King and Country.
              The main port, St John’s, is also the capital and a vibrant hub for shopping as well as being within easy range of some of the best beaches – at Fort James, Deep Bay, Galley Bay and Hawksbill. Almost perfect weather conditions and low humidity, due to the warm prevailing trade winds, allows Antigua to boast of being the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands with the lowest annual rainfall. It is also the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands although it is only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Still, with a population of less than 70,000, this means there are lots of wide open spaces – especially on those gorgeous beaches.

              Ponta Delgada, Azores
              The Azores are made up of nine islands that belong to Portugal and are located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 800 miles off its coast. The most important city is Ponta Delgada, located on the island of São Miguel. Make sure you try the pineapple, called the 'King of Fruits' and 'Fruit of Kings'. It's simply delicious.

              Southampton - Disembark

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                #8
                MSC is now my preferred cruise line having cruised on Poesia & Musica, I'm off on Splendida in March & the new Divina in October, great selection of new ports of call, including Haifa, Israel & Istanbul, Turkey.
                One place I never want to visit again, Barcelona, hotly followed by Malaga. I've visited Barcelona so many times I can almost give Tourists directions !! & as for Malaga, the walk from the ship to the Town takes a day ??? well not quite, but....

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Rustynails, Wimborne View Post
                  MSC is now my preferred cruise line having cruised on Poesia & Musica, I'm off on Splendida in March & the new Divina in October, great selection of new ports of call, including Haifa, Israel & Istanbul, Turkey.
                  One place I never want to visit again, Barcelona, hotly followed by Malaga. I've visited Barcelona so many times I can almost give Tourists directions !! & as for Malaga, the walk from the ship to the Town takes a day ??? well not quite, but....
                  Glad to hear you enjoyed your MSC cruises Rustynail, as you probably know already it is our 1st time with MSC in October and 1st time sailing from Venice.
                  Booked my Adult cheers package last night so will be alright for my wine at meal times.
                  Trish

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                    #10
                    Hi Trish.
                    The sail away from Venice is fantastic, matched only by the sail in again. We arrived in Venice early on a beautiful morning on NCL Gem. All the bells were starting to ring... pure magic! Have a smashing cruise.

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                      #11
                      My next cruise is for a special birthday, and so was chosen because QE sails out of Southampton on my birthday. I chose it because it's only three nights and I wanted both my daughters to come with me to celebrate.

                      I travelled on QM2 last year, and wanted to try the other 2 Cunard ships, so this will tick one off of the list.

                      We're only visiting two ports: Zeebrugge and St Peter Port. We'll be doing our own thing on both days.

                      I'm sitting back waiting for a good deal to come up for later in the year. My next booking will be based on price first and then itinerary.
                      2018-
                      Queen Victoria - Mediterranean Explorer

                      2019 -
                      NCL Getaway - Norway and Iceland
                      Adventure of the Seas - Fall Foliage

                      2020 -
                      Jewel of the Seas - Abu Dhabi & Dubai
                      Magellan - Panama Canal

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                        #12
                        Yogini - if you don't have an aversion to MSC - they have excellent deals in the Med at the moment - £349 for insides and upwards from there. The Musica and Divina have great itineraries.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Pippa, Kernow View Post
                          Hi Trish.
                          The sail away from Venice is fantastic, matched only by the sail in again. We arrived in Venice early on a beautiful morning on NCL Gem. All the bells were starting to ring... pure magic! Have a smashing cruise.
                          Thanks Pippa, my daughter tells me Venice was her favourite place while back packing around Europe. Can't wait.

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                            #14
                            Arcadia for the anniversary sailaway. Very excited at returning to P&O.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Brian, Glasgow (5) View Post
                              My next cruise is on the Adonia round South America visiting

                              Southampton, England
                              One of the world's most famous ports, Southampton served as the launching point for the Mayflower and the Titanic. Today, it's one of the busiest passenger ports and home to a waterfront dotted with restaurants, shops and curios.

                              Funchal (Madeira), Portugal
                              The island of Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 370 miles off the coast of Morocco. For over 100 years tourists have enjoyed its rugged volcanic peaks, beautiful tropical coastline and a climate that's never too hot or cold. Madeira lace and Madeira wine are both still produced here in the Old World tradition. Many hidden valleys, peaks and botanical gardens are just waiting to be explored.

                              Bridgetown, Barbados
                              Though Barbados gained its independence from the British in 1966, the island maintains a distinctly English flavour. From British products such as chocolate and china to the national pastime, cricket, the British influence is evident throughout this gorgeous Caribbean destination.

                              Grenada
                              Sailors through the centuries have rated it one of the worlds prettiest harbours and it is hard to disagree. Horseshoe-shaped and set in a volcanic crater, Grenadas capital and cruise port St Georges is flanked by two forts, with colourful French colonial style buildings ranged along the front.
                              It is the perfect entrance to one of the Caribbeans most scenic islands. Only 12 miles by 21, it is awash with waterfalls, mountain valleys, rainforests, lakes and volcanic craters. The beaches are to die for, especially Grand Anse - a two-mile stretch of pure white sand just around the bay from St Georges.

                              Recife, Brazil
                              Recife (pronounced 'he-si-fee') is an enchanting port city named after the coral reefs that line its coasts. Recife is brimming with vibrant culture and gorgeous beaches and is a major draw for tourists from all over during Carnival, one of the biggest parties in the world. In Recife, the waters are crystal clear, excitement is everywhere and you will find yet another great stop on your holiday.

                              Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
                              North-eastern Brazil, where Salvador Da Bahia lies, developed as an important centre for sugarcane production. You can see the enormous wealth that came from the crop reflected in the grand mansions and gold-lined churches in Pelourinho. You can also see reflected in the population, the legacy of the slaves who worked in many of the plantations. Today nearly 80% are of African descent. This heritage has influenced the food, art, religion and music of the area. In the last 15 years, a new form of music called axé has evolved, blending complex African drumming rhythms with reggae melodies to create a uniquely Salvadoran sound.

                              Buzios, Brazil
                              Once home to pirates and slave traders, Buzios is a beach-lined peninsula jutting out into the sea. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s, today its beautiful beaches are frequented by the rich and famous. It's the perfect place to play all day in the sand and surf, then play all night in the clubs and bars.

                              Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
                              Rio is famous for its wild beaches and outrageous Carnival celebrations. But this energetic city offers so much more. It lies between the sea and several fertile green mountains, including Pão d'Açúcar (Sugarloaf) Mountain and Corcovado, home to the famous art-deco statue of Christ the Redeemer. Lined with 23 beaches along its coast, its most famous, Copacabana and Ipanema, are teeming with bikers, walkers, joggers, surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, all enjoying the scene as much as the sun.

                              Montevideo, Uruguay
                              Uruguay's capital city and one of the Americas' most important seaports, Montevideo attracts travellers from all over the world – many just hoping to bask in its multicultural European charm. Narrow streets and varied architectural styles ranging from colonial to Art Deco reveal this vibrant city's strong Spanish, Portuguese, French and British influences. And while most of its historic sites can be visited within a few hours, walking through the port area and exploring old neighbourhoods is the best way to discover the true allure of Montevideo.

                              Buenos Aires, Argentina
                              Famous as the home of Evita Peron, Buenos Aires is more European than South American in feel. Cobbled streets, charming cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants all give it a unique flair befitting the resilient people who live here. Through good times and hard, Buenos Aires has remained the political, economic and cultural heart of Argentina. Wander the streets and plazas and take in the colourful architecture as you explore this charming, historic city.

                              Ushuaia, Argentina
                              No other place on the planet will make you feel like a modern-day explorer quite like Ushuaia will. After all, how often do you travel to the end of the earth? This southernmost city in the world is located on the border of the Beagle Canal and offers wild and diverse terrain made up of mountains, sea, glaciers and subantarctic forests. Ushuaia has been charted by the likes of Magellan, Cook and Darwin and still offers plenty of wide-open space in which to blaze your own trail.

                              Santiago, Chile
                              Chile's capital city and financial epicentre is a modern metropolis for certain but you won't have to go far to be reminded that Mother Nature is a major shareholder. In fact, all you have to do is glance east for an amazing view of the Andes. Santiago's central location makes it the ideal gateway to all that Chile has to offer but you'll want to make time to explore this stylish city too. It's stuffed with museums, monuments, art galleries, smart boutiques, walking trails, hip coffee houses and even a zoo.

                              Arica, Chile
                              Arica, the 'City of Eternal Spring', is one of northern Chile's up-and-coming resort destinations. Located at the edge of the Atacama Desert, its year-round sunshine and crisp, breezy, air are perfect for water sports of all kinds, and its lush city gardens, fed by the Rio Lluta, make a beautiful setting for shopping and nightlife. Start the day with a windsurfing lesson, sample fresh swordfish by the sparkling harbour, browse Indian handicrafts or try your luck in the casino nightlife. There's also adventure to be had on day trips into the desert.

                              Lima (Callao), Peru
                              Lima, Peru's capital, is the country's cultural hotspot. A bustling, rapidly growing city with a richly layered past, Lima is home to fascinating museums, an enticing array of restaurants and attractive shopping districts. Founded in 1535 as the 'City of the Kings', parts of this modern city still retain a colonial charm. Stop by a museum to immerse yourself in the country's fascinating past, stroll through the living history of colonial buildings that are still in use, have an elegant meal and then discover a unique cultural memento to take home.

                              Cartagena, Colombia
                              Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. But it's not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude.

                              Aruba, Dutch Antilles
                              Talcum-soft beaches, world class shopping, glitzy casinos, stunning sea views and tracts of desert landscape scattered with giant boulders and exotic cacti are all yours to enjoy when you visit popular Aruba, jewel of the ‘deep’ Caribbean.
                              And you will find most of these attractions without straying far from the capital and cruise port, Oranjestad, a waterfront city endowed with a cosmopolitan population – of Portuguese, Spanish, Venezuelan, Indian, Pakistani and African as well as Dutch origin.

                              Bridgetown, Barbados
                              Though Barbados gained its independence from the British in 1966, the island maintains a distinctly English flavour. From British products such as chocolate and china to the national pastime, cricket, the British influence is evident throughout this gorgeous Caribbean destination.

                              Castries, St. Lucia
                              St Lucia has been a part of the British Commonwealth since 1803. But prior to that, it was often occupied by the French, which is evident in much of the island's culture. Castries offers a colourful local market and great shopping. And the surrounding areas offer lush rainforests, striking waterfalls, beautiful beaches and Sulphur Springs – the world's only drive-through volcano

                              Leeward Islands, Antigua
                              With over 365 beaches, there is a slice of white sand heaven for every day of the year - even a leap year - on the idyllic Caribbean holiday island Antigua, which played host to Admiral Horatio Nelson’s fleet in the late 1700’s. Nelson’s Dockyard now bustles with crew and passengers from yachts and cruise ships sailing these waters for pleasure rather than for King and Country.
                              The main port, St John’s, is also the capital and a vibrant hub for shopping as well as being within easy range of some of the best beaches – at Fort James, Deep Bay, Galley Bay and Hawksbill. Almost perfect weather conditions and low humidity, due to the warm prevailing trade winds, allows Antigua to boast of being the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands with the lowest annual rainfall. It is also the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands although it is only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. Still, with a population of less than 70,000, this means there are lots of wide open spaces – especially on those gorgeous beaches.

                              Ponta Delgada, Azores
                              The Azores are made up of nine islands that belong to Portugal and are located in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 800 miles off its coast. The most important city is Ponta Delgada, located on the island of São Miguel. Make sure you try the pineapple, called the 'King of Fruits' and 'Fruit of Kings'. It's simply delicious.

                              Southampton - Disembark
                              What a trip!!!

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