Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6
On Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6, the Disney Magic anchored offshore from Villefranche, France on the French Riviera. I was particularly excited about this stop. I had studied French in high school and college, and this would be my first time in France. Technically, our visit to Martinique on Disney Southern Caribbean Cruise could count, but I digress. The harbor at Villefranche is too shallow for a large cruise ship like the Disney Magic. Disney hired ferry boats to tender passengers to land.
Cote d’Azure Bus Tour
We had booked a morning bus tour of the Cote d’Azur, as the French call it, that would begin in Villefranche, take us through Monaco, then up the mountains to Eze Village, and finally back down along the edge of Nice back to Villefranche. We were to meet in Fathoms, a dance club, a 8:30 a.m. for our 3.5 hour tour. For some reason, our tour was delayed almost an hour.
The view from the ship onto the Villefranche was stunning. I believe it is the loveliest place that I have ever seen. Boarding our bus and heading off through Villefranche reinforced this thought. It is an exceedingly wealthy city where the likes of Elton John and Bono own homes.
Next, we headed through the streets of the Kingdom of Monaco including the route of Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Honestly, Monaco was not as scenic as the rest of the tour, but was still no less interesting. Monaco boasts the famous casino, the Grand Prix, the clay court tennis venue, and the most expensive apartment in Europe (300 million euros!).
Our bus climbed high along the cliffs above Monaco and Villefranche to Eze Village. We were taken to a bistro where we given water or wine and panisse (salty, chickpea pancakes that were quite tasty). We then had time to wander the small village. Eze Village is quaint and beautiful with amazing views over the cliffs to the coast.
Reboarding the bus, we headed west and wound back down the mountain along the edge of Nice with a stop at a scenic overlook. This was the best port excursion of this cruise.
We made it back on the Disney Magic in time to have our table service lunch in the luxurious Lumiere’s. As I have stated before, having four coarse meals twice per day will quickly spoil you.
Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6 was Pirate Day with pirate themed activities all day long. We participated in the Disney Cruise Staff’s Cruisin’ for Trivia and Pirate Trivia, scoring 2 more wins! Cruisin’ for Trivia had a definite US slant, giving us an advantage, and we just got lucky on Pirate Trivia. We had hoped to go back to shore to explore Villefranche, but with the tour running late, time got away from us. Next time!
Dinner on Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6 was at Lumiere’s. With it being pirate night, the menu and servers attire were pirate/Caribbean themed. Many diners were decked out in pirate attire. Our table mates had taken a train to Nice, walked on the Promenade Inglais, and spent time on one of the beaches.
They described the beaches as being covered with pea gravel, no sand. They too had enjoyed the day and, they too, thought that this was the most scenic port.
The headline entertainment for Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6 was JUNNK, a musical, comedy, vocal act from England that uses junk to make music. We had seen on a previous cruise and were excited about the show. These guys are talented, entertaining, and put on a great show. Disney Cruise Line certainly presents quality entertainment.
Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 6 ended with the “Pirates in the Caribbean” Dance Party on Deck 9 followed by fireworks. All Disney cruises have a pirate night with a finale of fireworks at sea.
Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 7 was another Sea Day, heading back to Barcelona. Join us as we recount our last day of this wonderful family vacation. Upcoming posts will feature many beautiful photos of our family escapades in Europe. Keep checking back!