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Monte Carlo (Port of Monaco)

Port of Monaco 

Silver Spirit arrived at its final port, Monte Carlo (more accurately, Monaco) early on the morning of Saturday, May 5. Behind the harbor, dozens of high-rise office and apartment buildings climbed the hillside, creating the impression of a miniature Chicago or New York. 


Yachts in Monaco

The ship moored near the entrance to Monaco's Port Hercule, next to a pair of megayachts.


Lady Moura in Monaco Harbor

One of the yachts, Lady Moura, had a helicopter landing pad where other boats might have sported a Jacuzzi.


Fishing boat in Monaco harbor 

Yachts and Silver Spirit weren't the only vessels in Monaco's small harbor : As we ate breakfast in La Terrazza, a fishing boat ambled by on its way to the sea.


Ruby Princess in Monaco

Tender in Monaco harbor

Offshore, Ruby Princess--a ship too large for the Monaco's harbor--rode at anchor while a fleet of tenders shuttled passengers into the port. (With Ruby Princess having a capacity of 3,080 passengers, the tendering process couldn't have gone quickly.)


Tender from Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess double-deck tender 

This was the first time we'd seen double-deck tenders, which made us think of London buses or "hop on, hop off" sightseeing buses. 


Silver Spirit sailors

SILVER SPIRIT deck maintenance

Above us, near the stacks, sailors from Silver Spirit were hosing down the superstructure in preparation for the next cruise. Another pair of crew members were varnishing the woodwork on deck.


Bernie on Silver Spirit

Bernie, an always-cheerful bar waiter who'd served us several times at The Grill, was restocking a bar on the Pool Deck for the next voyage.


Female passenger on SILVER SPIRIT

A female passenger had changed to her shore shoes.


Monaco cruise terminal and luggage

Down on the pier, the first group of disembarking passengers were collecting their luggage and heading for taxis or buses. 


Sign by gangway on SILVER SPIRIT

All too soon, it was time for us to leave the ship, which was due to sail for Malta in eight hours.


Disembarkation from SILVER SPIRIT

As always, leaving the ship was the saddest moment of the cruise. 


Dog in Nice Airport

Fortunately, the sight of a dog in Nice Airport reminded us that our own loyal pet was waiting for us at home.


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Introduction
Embarkation in Lisbon
Departure from Lisbon
Cádiz
Málaga and Alhambra
At sea (ship tour)
Palma de Mallorca
Port Mahon, Menorca
Alghero, Sardinia
Ajaccio, Corsica
Arrival in Monte Carlo

Also see:
Silver Spirit cruise review - Silversea Cruises