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Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise Travel Journal

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A Day in Marseille, France
Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde

The Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde sits high on a hill overlooking Marseille, offering beautiful views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

Marseille (c) Linda Garrison
The next morning we awoke in Marseille, which is the largest city in the south of France. From the ship, we had a good view of Chateau d'If, the prison island made famous as one of the settings in the Count of Monte Cristo. Marseille is a good Mediterranean port of call because it is so close to many of the famous towns in the region of Provence. Shore excursions to picturesque French villages like Cassis, Le Castellet, Les Baux de Provence, or Bandol are popular choices as are tours to historical towns like Avignon, Arles, and Aix en Provence. Art lovers are always thrilled to see places that inspired artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne.

Since it was the first day in Europe for many jet-lagged guests on the Carnival Breeze, some decided to take the shuttle (12 euros per person round trip) into Marseille and just stretch their legs. The old town area along the port is interesting to explore, and the views of the city and the sea from the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, its iconic church high on a hill, are worth the price of a taxi.

I stayed on board and ate lunch at Cucina del Capitano, one of the new dining venues. This casual Italian eatery has a surcharge in the evening, but is complimentary at lunch. Patrons use a form to select their pasta, toppings, and sauce, and the waitstaff deliver the food right to your table.

After another good dinner at the Blush Dining Room, I went to the production show in the lounge. It had a Motown theme, and at the conclusion of the show, the dancers led the audience out into the large atrium where a DJ played music and everyone danced. Great idea, and it was fun watching the dancers from the deck above.

The Carnival Breeze continued its trek towards the east and Livorno, Italy, the port used for access to Florence, Pisa, the Tuscany region, and the Cinque Terre.

Carnival Breeze Mediterranean Cruise Itinerary

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