We took an extended trip to Europe, Mid-East, and Cruises in September, October, and November 2015.
We visited Paris and Versailles, France for 4 nights before taking the Eurostar train to London.
We stayed in London for 3 days before heading to Southampton to begin our cruises.
We boarded Explorer of the Seas in Southampton, England. Our port calls were:
The first leg of the cruise ended in Barcelona, Spain. We stayed on board the Explorer of the Seas in the same cabin and visited:
A scheduled stop in Israel and visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem was canceled due to violence in Israel.We left the Explorer and stayed in Dubai one night before flying back to Barcelona and boarding Allure of the Seas for our return to Ft. Lauderdale. There was just one port call, Malaga, Spain.
We were gone for 42 days. Way too long.
But, in spite of the long time away from home, and the cancellation of the port call in Israel, this was a fantastic trip.
|September 24 - 29||France|
|September 29 - October 2||England, United Kingdom|
|October 2 - 9||Explorer of the Seas|
|October 9 - 23||Explorer of the Seas|
|October 23 - 25||Dubai|
|October 25 - November 6||Allure of the Seas|
We were able to visit:
|Top of Eiffel Tower, Paris, France||906 feet to summit observation deck|
|Top of Arc du Triomphe, Paris, France||164 feet|
|Top of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, UK||279 feet to Golden Gallery (no elevator)|
|Top of Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, UK||1351 feet to Top of the Rock Souvenir Shop|
|148th Floor Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai, UAE||1,823 feet to 148th floor observation deck|
|Notre Dame, Paris, France|
|St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, UK|
|Sagrada Famalia, Barcelona, Spain|
|London, England, UK|