Cruise Diary: Holland America Koningsdam to Malaga and Alicante, Spain

Main drag in Malaga, Spain. Dear Cruise Diary,

After 10 days crossing the Atlantic and a brief mid-crossing call at Ponta Delgada, we finally reached Europe.  Beneath a full-moon, at midnight we made the transit through the Straits of Gibraltar.  By dawn, we were docked in Malaga, Spain.

After 11 days from Ft. Lauderdale, a whole lot of folks seems anxious to go ashore.  Others were leaving the ship for good and embarking on week-long tours through Spain.  I did my usual walk ashore, look around and headed back to the ship.

I always say that some places I visit sort of call to me.  In Malaga, I heard nothing.  Except for the resonance of a spectacular Mediterranean sunset…which is nothing to sneeze at, dear Cruise Diary.

Holland America Koningsdam to Malaga and AlicanteBright and early the next day we docked in lovely Alicante, Spain.  Never one to rush off the ship with the morning stampede, just before noon I decided to take my leave.  Perfect timing.  Once again we docked in an industrial zone.  Unlike in Malaga where we had to buy a shuttle ticket, in Alicante it was was complimentary.

A pretty, laid-back kind of beach city is how I felt about Alicante.  Certainly I had no reason to return but it was nice to visit and I lingered when it was time to leave.  Once more sea day and finally, after 13 nights, we’d arrive in Rome.

Well, actually Civitavecchia, the closest seaport to Rome.

READ MORE – A quick run-down of the transatlantic crossing aboard Holland America Koningsdam.


By |April 21st, 2017|Travel Tips|

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