Saturday, April 13, 2019

Day 1 – Sun, April 7, 2019 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Crystal Serenity – Monte Carlo to Venice

Charles de Gaulle airport has always been a problem for us. It’s very large and we’ve had to run through it multiple times to catch our next flight. And I mean running to not miss our next flight!!

This time was completely different. We went calmly from terminal M to terminal F via a train ride, a security checkpoint, and passport control. We arrived at our gate about an hour early, so we stopped by a very busy Air France lounge to wait. The Air France leg down to Nice, France was totally ordinary. The view outside the plane window was not ordinary, it was spectacular.

After our Uber ride from the Nice airport to Monte Carlo, we arrived at the Hotel Hermitage. The hotel was incredible and we felt was the nicest hotel that we’ve ever stayed in.

View from our room.

The detail in the crown molding was incredible.
Our son and daughter-in-law Alex and Brenda, who were joining us on the cruise, made it to the hotel about 2 hours before us. We connected (our rooms were right next to each other) and spent time catching up. We then went to dinner early at the Pacific Café just a short walk from the hotel. We walked past the world-famous Monte Carlo casino and a whole slew of very fancy automobiles-many Ferraris, Bentleys, and Rolls Royces, to name just a few.

The Casino.
We also viewed the Crystal Serenity, which had arrived earlier.
We hit the sack early (8pm) due to jet lag.


  1. Not many times in life do i face sticker shock. I sat down at a cafe outside the casino, was getting ready to order two Diet Cokes. $22 price tag forced me to swallow my pride and get up, A gentleman on the tour with me did not ask, ended up spending $44 on 2 American beers. Have a great time!

    1. Oh my, oh my. That might have been the Cafe De Paris if it is in the square across from the Hotel. Julie wanted to stop there, but we ended up going to the Starbucks... Might have been a very good call.

    2. It was difficult on Sunday night to find a restaurant that was affordable, thus the one we chose. And we didn't get the super high priced meals.