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October
2017

Year 9 Cruise: Part 1

The Year 9 ‘Cruisers’ have now reached the halfway stage of their Mediterranean adventure. After driving over the Alps to Genoa, we boarded the MSC Meraviglia in Genoa.

An overnight sail took us to Naples, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Crossing the busy city, the group visited the ancient town of Pompeii, which was buried by a volcanic eruption in 79AD. The ruins that have been unearthed are like a time capsule, a snapshot of life in Roman times. Pompeii ceased to exist in a matter of hours but the ruins are so well preserved that we can truly imagine what life was like in that distant era.

Leaving Naples, we headed down the Italian coast to the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea - Sicily. Here we discovered the city of Messina and another volcano of a very different type - Mount Etna. Driving through the towns and villages on the volcano’s slopes, we reached one of the mountain’s multiple craters, only to find negative temperatures and snow! This surprise gave us a taste of the winter to come back in Switzerland.

We then headed south to Malta, visiting the fascinating ancient city of Valletta with its narrow streets, fortresses and grand churches and ancient public buildings. Tonight we set sail for Barcelona, sailing all day tomorrow across the western Mediterranean.

The cruise is totally living up to expectations, providing fun for the students and at the same time offering them a unique educational and life experience.

 

 

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Year 9 Cruise: Part 1

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