Day 22: Another Day, Another Cruise
On November 5th, 2017, we boarded our third and final cruise in two months. This one would be on the Norwegian Star, and would take us all the way across the Atlantic Ocean from Italy to Miami. There were only three stops on the way, but we had no plans for any of them besides to walk around. Overall, we were planning on it being a restful and fun cruise.
Day 24: Marseilles, France
To be honest, when we arrived in Marseilles, we were still pretty exhausted from over a month of traveling so far, so when we found that the bus to town from the ship was 20 euros, we decided to just wander around. So this is the only picture I have of Marseilles, but I’m sure it’s lovely!
Day 25: Barcelona, Spain
At this point, Connor had caught the flu (a rarity for him, a commonality for me), so we didn’t go too crazy in Barcelona. But we definitely made it a point to go to the Sagrada Familia, a fascinating piece of elaborate architecture.
Barcelona was a wonderful place to just wander the streets, with cool sights around every corner. Unfortunately, Connor was not feeling up to it, so we headed back to the ship. We still got a few cool views though, and made plans to come back one day!
Day 27: Madeira, Funchal (Portugal)
Funchal is a beautiful island off the coast of Portugal, and was our final stop in Europe of the trip. When we first arrived, there was actually a motocross show set up, surrounded by food trucks, and we couldn’t help but wonder if it was just for the cruise ship crowd. We watched for bit, then walked up to a vantage spot we could see, talked about life, and reflected on our trip.
And just like that, we were off! Nine days of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, here we come!
Day 27-36: Crossing the Atlantic
Unfortunately for us, I have a much weaker immune system than Connor, so when he gets sick for a few days, I get sick for about two weeks. Fortunately for us, my flu didn’t hit until we had started our journey across the ocean, so I wasn’t missing out on too much. The ship’s crew did a wonderful job filling those sea days with constant entertainment, which I dragged myself out of bed for and was happy I did, but we mostly slept, watched TV, played games, and ate food.
Crossing an entire ocean in 9 days is quite a feat – fun fact we learned on the ship, whenever a sailor has an anchor tattoo, it actually represents that very voyage. We saw where the water becomes eerily calm, where waves no longer break. We saw a double rainbow all the way across the sky. We met a number of longtime cruisers, including a couple who claimed they had “stopped counting at 100” cruises. A transatlantic cruise was a very cool, one-of-a-kind experience, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Day 37: Miami
Having arrived for the first day in Dubrovnik 37 days earlier, we finally stepped back onto American soil on November 20th, 2017. Our journey had come to an end – well, mostly. We still spent about a week on the east coast, visiting family for Thanksgiving and seeing a show in New York. But we had gained over a month of exploration, new knowledge, walking endurance, and countless memories, which it was a pleasure to revisit in this series of posts.
And that’s The End – of that adventure! Onto the next.