La Goulette, Sidi Bou Said and Ancient Carthage

Silversea's sleek Silver Wind, seen in La Goulette, Tunisia on November 23, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s sleek Silver Wind, seen in La Goulette, Tunisia on November 23, 2013. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Wind arrived in La Goulette, Tunisia this morning for a day of exploration in the northernmost country on the African continent.

Having officially traded the European Union for another continent, guests aboard the Silver Wind had to undergo customs formalities this morning. But once again, Silversea made what could have been a lengthy and frustrating process into something that was effortless. Passports could be picked up beginning at 7:30 a.m. from Reception on Deck 6, and the required pink landing cards had already been filled out for us.

Enjoying breakfast with a view this morning, out on the terrace at La Terrazza. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Enjoying breakfast with a view this morning, out on the terrace at La Terrazza. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Once ashore, it was just a matter of quickly stopping by a Tunisian customs official, who wordlessly stamped my landing card before handing it and my passport back.

La Goulette is the main port of call for Tunisian-bound cruise ships, and much like Morocco, French is an official second language. This works out quite well for me, as my French is substantially better than my grasp of the Arabic language.

Heading to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said. All signs are in Arabic and French in Tunisia. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Heading to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said. All signs are in Arabic and French in Tunisia. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report through the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind continues tomorrow as we spend a day at sea and take an in-depth look at Silver Wind’s new and refurbished public spaces! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

 

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