Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Amalfi Coastal Cruise

The Amalfi Coast, a 43-mile stretch just around the bend from Naples, is on many traveler "to-do" lists.  Princess Cruises was offering several shore excursions that included either a drive or cruise along the Amalfi Coast.    We opted for an all day tour that included the coastal cruise.

Best Seen from the Water

After a 45 minute motorcoach ride to Salerno, we boarded a motorlaunch for our  60-minute scenic cruise along the gorgeous Amalfi coastline. As we boarded the boat, we could choose seating inside or outside forward.  We selected the benches along the port (left) side of the boat so that we'd not have to turn around to see the scenery.

It was a beautiful sunny day as we sailed away from Salerno in our small motorlaunch.   A gentle breeze was blowing, keeping the temperature very comfortable.   At times, a light jacket helped to take away the occasional chill of the Mediterranean Sea breeze. 
Every Seat had a View
In reality, it didn't matter where you sat since there was something to see all around you.   It was possible to stand up and move around as long as you braced yourself for any unexpected movement of the boat.   The sea was quite calm, so we didn't have to worry about waves washing over the side.   Those in the very forward did get some sea spray from time to time, so take that into consideration when picking your seat.

Words Can't Describe the Beauty 

It's an ideal photo opportunity for shots of the rocky outcroppings and verdant grottos dotting the cliffs.  We've included a sampling of images in the collage above, but we have many more pictures which you can view on our Facebook Fan Page.  (Be sure to Like us to be notified of additional posts).

Amalfi Coastal Cruise   (Click the link to visit our Photo album)

This is just a portion of our 9 hour excursion which departed from Naples, Italy.  Be sure to check out the other posts about our 12-Night Greek Isles & Mediterranean Cruise on Star Princess.

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