Cruise BW867 on the Black Watch from Southampton to the Adriatic November 2008

(Please scroll down to see my photographs and report)

Date: Port: Flag: Tour Escort: Comment:
01/11/2008 Dover, England
03/11/2008 El Ferrol, Spain Santiago Compostella
06/11/2008 Palma, Mallorca Castle & Cathedral
09/11/2008 Corfu, Greece Palace & Town
10/11/2008 Bari,Italy Alberobello
11/11/2008 Venice, Italy St. Marks
12/11/2008 Venice, Italy Burano & Murano
13/11/2008 Ravenna, Italy Mosaics
14/11/2008 Dubrovnik, Croatia Town & Resort
15/11/2008 Kotor, Montenegro Castle
17/11/2008 Tunis, Tunisia City Sidi & Carthage
19/11/2008 Almeria, Spain Granada
23/11/2008 Dover, UK


John, Martin, Ronald & Marvin



Alhambra palace, Granada, Spain

Alhambra palace, Granada, Spain



Truli houses in Alberobello, Italy

Truli houses in Alberobello, Italy



Achilleion palace, Corfu

Achilleion palace, Corfu



Dubrovnik, formerly known as Ragusa

Dubrovnik, formerly known as Ragusa



Kotor

Kotor



Castle above Palma de Mallorca

Castle above Palma de Mallorca



Mosaics in Ravenna

Mosaics in Ravenna



Stromboli

Stromboli



Bardo museum in Tunis

Bardo museum in Tunis



Burano near Venice

Burano near Venice



Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I'm back from my first cruise on the Black Watch (BW) to the Adriatic.

The captain arranged several super star gazing sessions with the aid of his laser pointer.

I visited:

In Ravenna I headed first to see the truly magnificent mosaics of Justinian & Theodora. After the Cathedral & Baptistery I visited the basilica of San Apollinare Nuovo. Here I marvelled at the huge mosaics of the procession of martyrs headed by St. Martin and the procession of the 22 virgins! I now want to go back and see the mosaics in the Archbishop's chapel and in the basilica of San Apollinare at Classe which I missed.

The ballroom/latin dance instructors were the lovely Julie & Michael Bilton from Northampton.

I shared a cabin with the amusing Ron Broome from Portsmouth. The other two hosts, John Molloy & Marvin Ford, hardly spoke to one another!

I ran several line dance classes and led the audience participation spot on the Western night. I finally managed to get my trading name (Doc. Martin) into the daily programmes!

Black Watch (originally the Royal Viking Star) is better than her sister ship Boudicca (originally the Royal Viking Sky) for several reasons:

However I still prefer the Balmoral & the Braemar!