The city

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Royal Al­cazar Palace in Seville Al­caz­aba in Malaga

After an­other day at sea we ar­rived in Alme­ria, in south-east Spain on the Med. A city dom­i­nated by an im­pos­ing fortress, the Al­caz­aba – the Ci­tadel – but sadly closed for the day for film­ing of a new Won­der Woman movie.

On the movie theme, the nearby desert re­sem­bles the western area of Texas, and has been the lo­ca­tion for films in­clud­ing A Fist­ful of Dol­lars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A mini theme park puts on spaghetti western shows.

Our next stop was Malaga, a city over­looked by tourists fly­ing in and dash­ing for the Costa del Sol.

It is as trendy and noted for fine din­ing as Barcelona, and its Gothic cathe­dral is sur­rounded by nar­row pedes­trian streets full of tra­di­tional Sail across the Strait of Gi­bral­tar Oc­to­ber is #Choosecruise month – the na­tional an­nual cam­paign from in­dus­try body Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion which high­lights hol­i­days at sea and on rivers. The Ir­ish Sun­day Mir­ror will be show­cas­ing cruise hol­i­days, news and of­fers through­out the month... so get on board!

shops and mod­ern bars.

For art lovers, there is the Pi­casso Mu­seum in the city of his birth, with more than 200 works from pri­vate fam­ily col­lec­tions.

We also stopped at Gi­bral­tar, a peren­nial favourite.

The high­light of our cruise was the gath­er­ing in Cadiz of all four Fred Olsen ships: Bal­moral, Brae­mar, Boudicca and Black Watch. The Cap­tains in Cadiz event was marked by a quay­side fi­esta be­fore the fleet de­parted in for­ma­tion, sprayed by wa­ter can­nons from fire tugs.

As they dis­ap­peared over the hori­zon we be­gan our two-day cruise back to Southamp­ton, with plenty of time to en­joy ev­ery­thing the fan­tas­tic ship has to of­fer.

out for the naughty Bar­bary macaques in Gi­bral­tar – don’t hold out a phone, they will snatch it and when they find it’s ined­i­ble send­ing it smash­ing down the rocks!, vis­it­por­tu­


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