Joys of a small cruise ship, visiting the Med’s quiet harbors

One of the best reasons to choose to cruise on a small ship in the Mediterranean Sea is the opportunity to visit ports with delightful harbors where big cruise ships cannot go, to dock among the stunning pleasure yachts or tender to the heart of town. On a six-night voyage in May from Barcelona to Rome’s port of Civitavecchia, Windstar Cruise’s Star Pride spent a day at each of five ports, Sete and Sanary-sur-Mer, France; Monte Carlo, …

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Humming ‘1492’ as a Windstar Mediterranean cruise memory

Two weeks off the Star Pride in the Mediterranean between Barcelona and Rome’s port of Civitavecchia, and still I am humming the theme from “1492: Conquest of Paradise.” The stirring sounds by Greek composer Vangelis play at the end of each day at sail-away, on all Windstar ships. The music is upbeat, proud, and commanding, a moment to remember. Several passengers told me they get goose bumps when they hear “1492.” On the three sailing yachts, passengers …

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Cruising on Star Pride, casually elegant from a carry-on bag

Star Pride notes from the Mediterranean Sea Folks who sail, the ones who prefer to meander the seas and to challenge the capriciousness of the winds and waters, mostly are a hardy lot, energized by their battles with the forces of nature. At sea, they tend to be casual in dress, taking comfort in the same old sweatshirts, shorts, and salty caps. While travelers who choose larger, well-equipped sailing vessels for a cruising vacation are not nearly …

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