Exploring the Mediterranean with Sophia
During her time with Cunard, Sophia explored Old Town Ibiza and experienced a traditional Tuscan farm-to-table experience. Days at sea were spent exploring Queen Elizabeth's myriad delights.
Sophia's favourite moments on board
"The food and service was some of the best we have ever experienced anywhere on land, or at sea! There is definitely a sense of occasion in the evenings on board a Cunard cruise. There were so many specialist restaurants and bars that we could dress to impress in our Sunday best.
The interior design of the Queen Elizabeth is a stunning homage to her predecessor, the original Queen Elizabeth built in the 1930s. Geometric patterns, mirrors, wood panelling, creating a sense of grandeur and opulence. But despite the ship's size, it never feels crowded. There is always a seat at the bar, a sofa to lounge on, and a small cosy space to relax in."
Sophia's favourite moments ashore
"Our first destination was Barcelona: no visit is complete without checking in on the progress of Antoni Gaudi’s mind blowing masterpiece, which is still under construction after 150 years.
We stopped at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a very cute old fishing village in between Nice and Monte Carlo. We hopped on a train to Nice for sightseeing, shopping and Moules-frites.
In Italy, we visited Tuscany to tour a farm, eat its produce, and enjoy the scenic views. We sampled much pasta, drank Chianti, and learnt about the farm, which has been in the family for five generations.
We learnt how to farm aloe vera plants during the shore excursion in Ibiza, followed by a tour of the island to discover hidden picturesque viewpoints.
We also enjoyed Valencia's iconic and stunning architecture, which transported us to a vision of the future."
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