This past summer, 60 Marco Men’s Club (MMC) members and spouses enjoyed the club’s 42nd cruise. For 25 years the MMC has sailed the world on large cruise ships and river boats.
Bob Marks, a past president of the MMC and the Club’s Cruise Chairman, opened up a “world of possibilities” to the club when he provided an opportunity for members to see the world and experience long lasting friendships with other fellow MMC travelers. The club has sailed to far-reaching places: Australia, the Caribbean, China, France, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, South America, Vietnam, and more.
This summer, the MMC traveled the Danube River from Romania, through Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria. Members experienced the grandeur of major cities, including Bucharest, Budapest, and Vienna. No one will forget the wonderful food, libations, and entertainment that was experienced on the AmaWaterways ship, the AmaCerto.
This beautiful cruise along the Danube included sailing through the Iron Gates. Club members saw the narrowest part of the Iron Gates, a Roman plaque commemorating Emperor Trajan (117 AD), and a sculpture of Decebalus, a Romanian hero and enemy of Trajan.
Members enjoyed wine and champagne with the Royal Highnesses, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia at the Royal Palace, experienced a Strauss and Mozart concert in Vienna, and partook in a night cruise to see the lights of the beautiful city of Budapest. During the trip, members toured Dracula’s castle in Romania, known as the Bran Castle; Bada Vida, regarded as the best-preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria; and the magnificent rock fortress, Belogradchik Fortress. These were only a few of the highlights on this fascinating journey.
Where is the club’s next destination? The Marco Men’s Club will embark on a 16-day transatlantic cruise on Celebrity’s new state-of-the-art luxury ship, The Edge, which will be launched in the Caribbean this fall. On April 28, 2019, 145 MMC members and spouses will sail to Bermuda, France, Spain, and England from Fort Lauderdale on the ship’s first Atlantic crossing. Celebrity Cruises states, “Project Edge will deliver small-ship itineraries with large-ship amenities and will bring guests closer to the destination than ever before.”
The MMC meets monthly at 10 AM on the second Thursday, at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Travel is but one aspect of the club; there are coed events/theme parties, golf and sporting events, theater events, and more.
The Marco Men’s Club welcomes new members from Marco Island, Goodland, and the Isles of Capri. For information visit www.marcomensclub.com.