Europe and Cruises 2015

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 - 29France
September 29 - October 2England, United Kingdom
October 2 - 9Explorer of the Seas
October 4 Vigo, Spain
October 5 Lisbon, Portugal
October 6 Cadiz and Jerez, Spain
October 7 Gibraltar, UK
October 9 Barcelona, Spain
October 9 - 23Explorer of the Seas
October 9 Barcelona, Spain
October 12 Souda, Crete, Greece (Knossos palace of King Minos)
October 15 Ashdod, Israel (port call cancelled)
October 16 Suez Canal, Eqypt (transit)
October 17 Aqaba, Jordan (Petra)
October 23 Dubai, UAE
October 23 - 25Dubai
October 25 - November 6Allure of the Seas
October 25 Barcelona, Spain
October 27 Malaga, Spain

We were able to visit:

The High Places

Top of Eiffel Tower, Paris, France906 feet to summit observation deck 
Top of Arc du Triomphe, Paris, France164 feet 
Top of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, UK279 feet to Golden Gallery (no elevator) 
Top of Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, UK1351 feet to Top of the Rock Souvenir Shop 
148th Floor Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai, UAE1,823 feet to 148th floor observation deck 


Notre Dame, Paris, France 
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, UK 
Sagrada Famalia, Barcelona, Spain 

Hard Rock Cafes

Paris, France 
London, England, UK 
Lisbon, Portugal 
Barcelona, Spain 
Dubai, UAE 
Marbella, Spain 

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