After far too many long haul flights in the past few years, we decided that we were sick of seeing the inside of airplanes and airports. We had also decided that we wanted a holiday that would be a little more relaxing than some previous trips. As a result, we booked 2 weeks on board Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, leaving from Harwich (a 2 hour drive from home) and calling at various European ports, most of which we had already visited before. We reckoned that this would enable us to unwind sufficiently, and yet also provide enough mental stimulation to stop us going stir crazy after a few days! In addition, as we didn't have flights to purchase this time, we decided to splash out a little and booked a Junior Suite.
The links below lead to pages containing information about the various ports, what we did there, some of our pictures and giving our impressions of them. At the end is a page with our impressions of Royal Caribbean and the cruise in general.
Oslo - statues and old buildings.
Copenhagen - crown jewels and Tivoli.
Hamburg and Berlin - a long train journey and a fascinating city.
Amsterdam - window shopping.
Bruges - more old buildings and beer.
Le Havre - impressionist art and stained glass.
Dublin - a soft day and more beer.
Cork - leaving Ireland.
Final Thoughts - the climbing wall, food and RCL.