This was a very worthy final port of call and we were undecided whether to stay in Cadiz – which looked lovely from our balcony as we docked at 7am – or travel the eighty miles or so to Seville. Eventually, late in the day and tempted by a Sevilla on Your Own coach transfer, we decided on the latter.
We were not disappointed although never, simply never, have we seen a town so overwhelmed by Tour Groups (to which of course Cunard made a contribution along with passengers from Holland America, Thompson, Seabourn and other cruise ships also in Cadiz today).
I’d done a bit of research and we were determined to see The Alcazar Palace, the Cathedral and have lunch on the Las Barrios area (between the cathedral and the city walls). We managed the last of these, albeit it was a cheap and cheerful meal (of tourist paella for me). But the queues outside The Alcazar, even for those with pre-purchased tickets were enormous as were those for the Cathedral. We had only five hours and didn’t much fancy spending at least an hour in a queue as the temperature hit the 80s.
Instead we had an explore of the pretty streets which radiated out from the Cathedral, we had coffee and later beer and wine at pleasant and shady pavement cafes and we discovered a beautiful house – The Palacio De La Condesa De Lebrija – owned and restored in the first half of the twentieth century. For nine euros each we had a guided tour in Spanish and English. It was beautiful, with stunning tiled floors, mostly reclaimed from Roman Villas.
Later, it seemed sad to board the QM2 for the last time. It looked stunning in it’s final World Cruise Port:
This amazing experience is almost over. I shall make one final post in the next day or two and offer some final reflections. In the meantime, I’m very grateful to the nearly 6,000 individuals who have viewed this blog more than 28,000 times. Rather to my surprise, completing it has been a very enjoyable part of the cruise.