Day 2. Monte Carlo

Emerald Princess in Monte CarloAfter departing Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) on Saturday, Emerald Princess docked in Monte Carlo Sunday morning. The fact that we docked was a surprise, because the ship was scheduled to tender passengers ashore. Among the more popular shore excursions:

  • A Visit To Nice, France, less than 1 hour from Monte Carlo. This half-day tour was designed to give guests time in the cosmopolitan city. Price, per adult, $72. A full-day Nice and Cannes combination was priced at $143 per person.
  • Medieval Village of Eze: The half-day tour visits a charming hilltop village overlooking the Cote d’Azure. Highlights include walks along winding, narrow, cobbled streets and visits to shops and perfumeries.
  • Monte Carlo ColorOld Monaco and The Royal Palace: This guided half-day tour (cost $57 per person) visits the top attractions in Monaco, a sovereign (postage-stamp-sized) state that is less than one square mile in area.

Hotel de ParisThough hilly, Monaco is small and easy to get around. Sustained by gelato (the wonderful Italian ice cream), I spent a couple of hours wandering along the sea cliffs, up to the Royal Palace and around to the world-famous casino and such famous hotels as Hotel de Paris (pictured).

Tonight, we have a special dinner planned and will be among the first to experience a new program for Princess called, The Chef’s Table. I can already feel my belt bulging!

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