Seattle (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Roma (Italia), Civitavecchia (Italia), Messina (Sicily), Piraeus (Athens-Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey), Mykonos (Greece), Rhodes (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Napoli (Italia), Civitavecchia (Italia), Leonardo DaVinci Airport (Roma), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Seattle (USA)
After 11 years and 20 cruises, we finally got to do one of our fondest dreams, cruise the Mediterranean. But, before we boarded our ship, we simply had to spend a few nights in Rome and visit the Vatican.
We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott - Central Park, which is just a few km from the Vatican and is very close to the Catholic University and train station. Quite comfortable and quiet. Breakfast was included.
A truly beautiful ship. Two years old, but looking fresh from the shipyard even after that much service.
Norm was in so much pain with neck and shoulders that we did not go into either Messina, Sicily or Athens, Greece. Took pictures from the ship only. A good reason to go back soon.
Kusadasi, Turkey, was one of the primary reasons we selected this ship and itinerary. To see the 5,000 year old archaeological site of Ephesus, the church of St. John the Evangelist, and the house that the Virgin Mary lived in du…
Mykonos, Greece, was our first shore excursion. A delightful little town. A driver in Rome had recommended Niko's for lunch. GREAT recommendation.
Rhodes, Greece, is impressive. A fortress city it's surrounded by a huge wall. Lots of shopping and great sights to see.
Santorini, Greece, is a crescent shaped island that used to be round. Until the volcano blew most of the island into the sea. What is left is absolutely stunning scenery. OIA (pronounced EE-AH) is where almost all of your Greec…
Napoli. Traffic here is much slower than Rome, thank goodness. Attended mass at St. Francisco Basilica.