Day Six On A Cruise – Ajaccio

We decided to treat ourselves to a bit of a lay-in, especially after two busy jam-packed days! 


When we eventually got up and off the boat, we found ourselves in Ajaccio, a port city on the French island Corsica. A great history surrounded this land, as it birthed French Emporer Napoléon Bonaparte in 1769.

Napoleon’s ancestral home is now a museum, filled with family heirlooms. However, looking through Napoleons’ family members belongings wasn’t really what we wanted to do.

The dock was unsurprisingly at sea level and the town was much higher, we climbed the many stairs up and followed signposts pointing to the town. After about five minutes we found ourselves in the town centre. 

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption d’Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud, France

There wasn’t much to do in the town, so we found a bar, ate, drank and played card games.

When we reboarded the cruise, we spoke with some other passengers who had found a beach nearby.

Ajaccio is also home to Europe’s only tortoise protection centre, Cupulatta Park. From babies to grandfather tortoises, some of the other passengers raved about visiting here. 

Mini Train & Mountain

There was an exertion offered by the cruise that offered passengers the chance to get off the beaten track. The island scenery was breathtaking and this exertion helped passengers discover herby-green maquis, vineyards and sheer granite cliff faces.

The tour took passengers on a drive through the mountains and offered a mini wheel train around the backcountry.

Back on the Marella Dream

We had to be back on board by 16:30pm and there was lots of ‘entertainment’ packed in for the evening. There was five different live music events on, as well as a multimedia challenge and another game show. 

Six days into this cruise, I feel the format was completely exhausted and definitely needed some new forms of entertainment. We went back to the Casio out of complete boredom, ready to lose more money. 

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