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The Comeback Cruise - Wonder OTS, July 3rd 2022 - Mediterranean


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I'm Joe from Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and this is my comeback to cruising! I might be familiar to some of you since I was on here quite a lot around 2018/19. At that point, cruising was basically a hobby, even when not on a ship, I was very immersed in the industry. Around the end of 2019, I decided to cut back on my social media and forum use and then COVID hit so I've barely even been here for the past 2.5 years.

So what has happened to me? Well, I've moved out on my own for the first time and have gone through three years of college. My life has moved on a lot since I was last on a ship, it's kinda crazy to think about it. But it's great to finally come back again.

This cruise is a 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona 🇪🇸 on the brand new Wonder of the Seas. We'll be calling at Palma 🇪🇸, Marseilles 🇫🇷, La Spezia 🇮🇹, Civitavecchia 🇮🇹, Naples 🇮🇹 and a day at sea back to Barcelona.

We'll be flying out from Edinburgh Airport around 6am 😬 on Friday morning. Fingers crossed it all goes well, it is a bit early for me plus there have been rumours of airlines striking (we're going on Ryanair).

Going to give this live blogging thing a go. Can't guarantee pictures until I return home but I'm hoping to use it as a way to practice my writing above all else. Might also talk about the post-cruise segments in France and England, basically taking the train all the way back from Barcelona to Scotland.

One thing I can guarantee is no politics, no news, no current affairs. I'm passionate about all of those things as I study politics but I'm taking this as an official news-free week. I need it after everything that has gone on since my last proper vacation.

Let's get cruising! 🙂

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I'm from Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 too, although I've not lived there for too many years to mention!

So from one Glaswegian to another, have an amazing trip. 😊

I don't know if you have anything planned yet for La Spezia but I can't recommend Cinque Terre highly enough.


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Well, I went rather radio silent.

We very, very nearly got caught out by COVID a few days before we were meant to sail. After taking several tests, all of which were negative, we were good to go so we did end up sailing. I'll post a bit about the cruise over the next few days. Great ship.

Now taking the train all the way back to Glasgow. Stopping off in various French cities and London along the way so it'll be a week before I'm home.

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I have finally arrived home! A week of trains through Spain, France & the UK is complete. 1am in the morning here in Glasgow so I'm exhausted.

Had to arrive home a tiny bit earlier than expected - was taking a train at 1130 today however there is a heatwave in the UK which is going to cause significant train disruption so got the last train tonight from King's Cross to Edinburgh and Uber to Glasgow.

Will be starting the full trip report soon of Barcelona and the cruise on the Wonder. I'll happily add in bits of the France trip after if you like.

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