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I'll admit it: I love Gibraltar. I love the way its familiar shape looms out of the mist, or the morning sun haze, as we sail into the welcoming cruise terminal. I love the familiar sight of British bobbies in the streets, and the signs demanding payment in pounds sterling or pointing the way to the pub. I especially love its proud history, and the way it is celebrated with pomp and parades on an almost daily basis (even if it does irritate the neighbours)
Azamara Quest looked very classy with her new blue hull, and our driver dropped us off at the bag drop area. Making our way into the embarkation hall, we were warmly greeted by smiling crew members and directed to the check in desk. There were no other guests here, so it was very quick and after we had our photos taken for our passes we were soon climbing the gangway. Once on board we were offered a glass of champagne and made our way to find our stateroom.
Sorrento is located 31 miles from Naples. Perched on 500-foot cliffs overlooking the bay of Naples and Salerno, Sorrento is truly spectacular, and was a favourite destination to wealthy Romans and residence to famous artists such as Byron, Shelley, Verdi and Wagner. It is also the gateway to the Island of Capri, a magical place where white cliffs rise to cradle the old town. Pompeii is close by too, as well as the picturesque fishing village of Positano.
We are still tied up at Castellammare, and our tour today is "A Taste of Sorrento". After boarding our bus and being introduced to our bubbly guide Matilda, we headed off. We were lucky with the weather as it was dry and the sun was trying to come out, quite mild too. We drove back to Sorrento, along the same route we took yesterday, however we stopped along the way for a "Kodak stop" as Matilda called it, high on the cliffs overlooking the bay of Sorrento.
Azamara Club Cruises is that they actually have English bacon and black pudding! I don't think I've been on any other ship that caters to their UK guests so well at breakfast, and to top it all, they even have Marmite!
After a lovely lie in we headed up to the buffet area for a quick breakfast before heading out to Barcelona. Today we walked to the Gothic Quarter, and headed to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral (not to be confused with La Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi built church).
The Azamara Quest was docked right near the port entrance, so we decided to head out on foot to the City of Arts and Sciences, produced by world renowned and local architect Santiago Calatrava. This area contains six futuristic-looking venues and a variety of restaurants, and is built on the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia. http://www.theluxurycruisecompany.com