Monaco via Nice and then a Sea Day
I am a little behind on my blog due to having a sea day. The internet on sea days can be a bit spotty and slow so it was easier to just enjoy the day relaxing.
First I will backtrack to the day before though. That was the day we were supposed to be docking in Monaco but due to storm damage we docked in Nice just around 30 minutes away from Monaco. Azamara provided us with shuttle buses into Monaco which was a nice touch. The ride over actually made it well worth docking in Nice instead since the views were breathtaking! We hadn't made any previous plans for this day so we were going to just explore on own so this was like getting a bonus mini-tour. Monaco was lovely. We caught the changing of the guard, walked through town and up to Monte Carlo. The casino didn't open until 2 pm and we were way under-dressed to go in anyway so we just walked around outside. They really want to keep the formal atmosphere there so you really need to be dressed up to get in and also pay to get in I think they said it was 17 euro per person. There was lots of outrageous sports cars parked around the Monte Carlo along with driving around town so it was fun to watch those. After that we made our way back up what the residents call the rock so that we could visit the cathedral before getting our bus back to the ship. The cathedral is where Princess Grace is buried. There is also a beautiful Royal Garden across from the cathedral that we walked through and took in the amazing coastal views. You can see why this area is call the Côte d'Azur (coast of Azure) as the water is a bright blue/green color.
Back on the ship it was one of Azamara's special events - White Night Party. They set up a wonderful buffet and the band was playing out on the pool deck. It was a little chilly though so they also put out blankets for guests to use while dining al fresco. I can see how this would be really fun in warmer temperatures but it was still nice. I laughed when I realized some guests chose to wear the robes from the room up to the party but since the robes are white and warm it made sense.
As I said when I started the next was our sea day. It was a pretty rough day at sea so I don't think a lot of people did much. I felt like Azamara had read my mind though because the night before I was thinking how much I love sleeping in on Sea Days but I hate to miss breakfast. I looked at the times for breakfast and saw the special sea day brunch in the dining room. I thought this was so perfect for me and I wish all ships did that. Breakfast is some of my favorite stuff so being able to still get some at 11 am. Brunch was set up as a buffet in the dining room and even had live music from the band so it was lovely. After brunch I did what I love doing on sea days - reading.
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