Back from a 16-day cruise round the Mediterranean and the Adriatic aboard P&O’s big ship Arcadia, Ephems has posted on his website a diary of the cruise, with links to some of the better pictures that he took in the various ports visited — such as here (Malaga), here (Dubrovnik and, especially, Venice), here (Split), here (Corfu and Palma) and here (Malta). Ephems readers who scorn the vulgarities of the modern luxury cruise might care to glance through the diary, have a look at a few of the pix, and perhaps even think again.
There’s much to be said for visiting a selection of fascinating places, some familiar, some that you might not have been to before, and instead of constantly packing and unpacking, taking your luxury hotel with you. It’s more affordable than you might think, too. Naff aspects of the experience exist, certainly, but they’re all strictly optional.
Anyway, it doesn’t cost anything to have a look at the diary and see how we nearly got squashed to death in Dubrovnik, rode in a gondola in Venice, and ate not wisely but well, in excellent company, each evening aboard.
Fellow-cruisers are more than welcome to post comments about their own experiences of triumph and disaster afloat and ashore in the space provided below — anonymously if preferred!
Update (25 September): Footnote on Malta in WWII, courtesy of Tim Weakley, and more hyperlinks, now added to the cruise diary.