When I turned 40, I said to my husband that I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise. At that point in my life, I had been to northern and central France, England and Scotland and really had the Europe bug (I still do!)! I wanted to see more and the best way to do that, is on a cruise!!! Think about it – you only have to unpack once, your hotel goes with you, your meals are already set and you can see multiple countries in a short period of time. It was SPECTACULAR!!!!
We chose Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas – this was in 2015 and she was brand new!!! This was her first REAL voyage (not the quick, work-out-the-kinks 3 or 4 night turn around) and we were beside yourselves with joy. This was my kids’ first cruise and it was a 16 night out of Southampton, England. We departed in early May and hit Gibraltar, Barcelona, Malaga, Cadiz, Villa-France-sur-Mer (Nice/Monaco), Marseilles, La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Civitavecchia (Rome) and Lisbon.
Words cannot describe how awesome this cruise was, so I picked SOME of my favorite pictures to share so you get the idea. The Mediterranean in spring is something wonderful to behold and I hope you get a chance to see it someday, too!!! Wanna go next spring?
Barcelona cathedral rooftop. Spain
Sagrada Familia – needs no introduction!
Kelton posing in Barcelona.
We rented scooters in La Spezia, Italy and toured Cinque Terre. It was absolutely incredible!!!
Malaga, Spain is one of the most gorgeous cities we have ever seen!
Malaga – breathtaking!
View of the Med from Alcazaba fortress, Malaga
Gardens in Malaga
Char and Sable on a Segway tour of the city – in Europe, kids can do many things they aren’t “allowed” to do in the US.
View of the Anthem of the Seas from Alcazaba
Moor doorway at Alcazaba – the architecture was stunning!
Marseilles Cathedral! Marseilles, France
Plaza in Marseilles
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseilles
Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal
Atop the battlements of Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George Castle)
Outside of Jeronimos Monastery
We made so many memories on this trip and talk about it today! These times with my kids were and are priceless! I wouldn’t trade them for the world!