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Two MSC cruiseliners and a tropical island beach

Passengers on a speedboat departing from an MSC cruiseliner

A view of the MSC Sinfonia's new spray park

Waterpark on the deck of the MSC Sinfonia

Bartender on the MSC Sinfonia and mojito cocktail

Passenger posing on the top deck of the MSC Musica

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Cruise to Villefranche-sur-Mer

After cruising from Toulon, we arrived at Villefranche-sur-Mer early in the morning - I managed to hop out of bed just in time to catch the sunrise - I love the quiet of the early mornings on board - no rushing to catch the latest show, and free from the crowds at mealtime - just plain appreciation of the simple things, like this sunrise (which is a misnomer by the way, as it's actually caused by the earth rotating on its axis).

sunrise at Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer is situated between Nice and Monaco, and is the most visited cruise ship port of call in France.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

We disembarked onto a smaller boat which ferried us to Villefranche's old town harbour, passing the Citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the way. This is a bastion fortress that was built from 1554 on behalf of Duke Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy.

Citadel of Villefranche sur-Mer

The peach coloured building on the right is the Welcome Hotel, where French artist Jean Cocteau lived: "When I look at Villefranche,I can see my youth. May Man never allow it to change."

Welcome Hotel in Villefranche

Germaine Halap set up her restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer in 1938, the La Mere Germaine.

La Mere Germaine restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer

The train station in Villefranche-sur-Mer is just behind the Carpaccio Restaurant. It's only 10m by train from Villefranche to Monte Carlo. We were advised to beware of pick-pockets at the station.

Carpaccio Restaurant in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Here's a photo from my trip back to our Royal Caribbean International ship, of the Ibero Cruises Grand Holidays ship.

Ibero Cruises Grand Holidays in Villefranche

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MSC Sinfonia's pool on the deck

A view of Maputo's skyline

Venice's harbour

A pink fruit cocktail with a green straw

Fruit cocktail with a yellow straw

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