Gallery

Some of the hundreds of cities and places that Martinês has visited.

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Kissing the Sphinx

Kissing the Sphinx

I had to set up this shot on my second visit to Egypt. To get an idea of scale, there are some tiny people under my chin. Did you know that, like the Pyramids at Giza, the Sphinx is thought to have been built around 4,500 years ago!

Villefranche

Villefranche

A small seaside town in France where we disembarked the cruise ship by small life boats because the water was too shallow for ship to dock.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

I don't know why I thought it would be a good idea to perform a handstand in front of the Leaning Tower ... neither did the woman in blue!

Monaco

Monaco

A short drive from Villefranche is the home of the famous Formula 1 race - Monaco.

My first dry dock

My first dry dock

A rare sight ... a cruise ship out of the ocean! This is in Hamburg, Germany.

When in dry dock ...

When in dry dock ...

Partying with crew members while in dry dock in Hamburg. Eduardo and me, with blonde-haired Joelme up on stage behind us.

Cycling around Barcelona #1

Cycling around Barcelona #1

A grinning Angelo in the front, with me showing off in the background. (Barcelona is a great city to explore by bicycle ... the weather is mild and the city is flat!)

Cycling around Barcelona #2

Cycling around Barcelona #2

A famous fish sculpture in Barcelona, Spain (Peix in Catalan).

First time in Southampton

First time in Southampton

Southampton is the closest port to London in England and the home of the Titanic. Pictured here with Luis, my first cabin mate.

Replica of the Titanic

Replica of the Titanic

This memorial for the Titanic is in Cherbourg, France, the penultimate port where Titanic picked up passengers before the tragedy where 1500 people died. This replica is more than just a curiosity for someone who works on ocean liners.

On deck

On deck

No passengers on board. Preparing the ship for dry dock.

Cork, Ireland

Cork, Ireland

An hour's train ride from the port of Cobh. Taking in the sights of Cork, including sampling the famous Guinness beer. Left to right: Angelo, me, Joelma & Marcelo.

Azores, Portugal

Azores, Portugal

An island off the coast of Portugal. A long way from my native Brazil, but where they speak the same language. Photographed here with a woman in traditional dress.

My workstation!

My workstation!

Serving drinks at my work station ... in my uniform.

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Vienna is packed with imperial history and this is one of its beautiful palaces we visited while the ship was in dry dock in Bremen, Germany.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

More amazing architecture in Vienna.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, also visited while in dry dock, is a historic city of heritage architecture and culture that dates back to the Roman Empire. This is a example from the banks of the Vltava River which runs through the city.

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

I only became interested in architecture once I started seeing more of the world!

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

The Panama is a 48 mile (77 kms) ship canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It is used by approximately 15,000 ships every year, by international trade and by tourists on board cruise ships!

Winter @ Brandenburg Gate

Winter @ Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century arch in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany. It was erected in the 18th century as a symbol of peace.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is a historic city with lot of old-world charm ... like this tourist bus. This was the last city we visited while in dry dock in Bremen, Germany.

Bahamas

Bahamas

The Bahamas is actually a group of 700 islands, famous for their beaches. A magnet for tourists from all over the world.

New York

New York

A city that I have now visited 13 times. I don't need to tell you what that monument is in the background.

Fernando and New York

Fernando and New York

Exploring New York with my good friend and crew member, Fernando.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell at the Palace of Westminster in London

The London Eye

The London Eye

The London Eye is the nick name for the Millennium Wheel, a giant Ferris wheel on the banks of the River Thames. It's hard to miss when you visit London!

Firenze Italy

Firenze Italy

Firenze is known as Florence to many people and is the biggest city in the Tuscany region of Italy. This is one of the many ancient bridges over the River Arno which runs through the city.

Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund, Norway

The city of Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau architecture, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps. Stunning!

Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger, Norway

You cannot help but feel that you are on top of the world - a magical place in the Norwegian fiords. By the way, did I mention that Norway is my second favourite place in the world!

Norway - the land of fjords

Norway - the land of fjords

Can you see why I love Norway so much? Fjords are deep, narrow and elongated bodies of water, with steep land on three sides. Spectacular!

Football in Ensenada, Mexico

Football in Ensenada, Mexico

Around the world, more people speak the language of football (soccer to some) than speak English. I played football in Denmark, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Malta, Ukraine, Grenada, Greece, Aruba, and Portugal. Here it's Mexico.

Meteora, Greece

Meteora, Greece

As a tour guide for passengers I was able to visit many wonderful and scenic places. This is Meteora, a large complex of monasteries dating from as far back as the 11th century built on sandstone peaks. There is one above my left shoulder.

The Roman Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum

The Colosseum is the biggest and most imposing amphitheatre in the Roman world, and also the most famous monument in Rome.

The strait of Gibraltar

The strait of Gibraltar

The Strait of Gibraltar is the entry point into the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. This passage separates Europe and Africa.

Jorge and me in Vigo, Spain

Jorge and me in Vigo, Spain

Vigo is a popular cruise port in Spain and a popular tourist destination because of its natural beauty and amazing buildings.

First experience of snow

First experience of snow

The first time I saw snow was here in Northern Ireland, while visiting Alice's parents. So I had to build a snowman!

Temple ruin, Athens

Temple ruin, Athens

Greece is special to me because it is the cradle of western civilization. The ruins of Greek temples with their huge columns are awe inspiring.

Horseshoe  Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

What can I say? A paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that I have visited three times. A few days of surf and beach sand ... I'm rejuvenated for the next stretch aboard the ship.

First time in Egypt

First time in Egypt

The ancient history and the marvels of the pyramids affect me deeply. This is why Egypt is my No 1 country in the world to visit.