What line for a mediterranean cruise

Jul 19th, 2003, 05:58 PM
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What line for a mediterranean cruise

My husband and I have been on Carribbean cruises many times. For a change of pace we want to look into going on a Mediterranean cruise in 2004. What has been some of the cruise line that people have liked? Our ages are 47 and 61. We have been on Carnival, mostly because at that time in our lives they were the cheapest and we couldn't afford to look at anyone else. Although we did enjoy it, we can now afford a more upscale line and we definitely want to try a different line. I also want to do a cruise that ends in Italy as I have family there and would travel by train to see them from our final port. We were in Italy in Sept 01 and did not have any difficuties traveling on our own. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Jul 19th, 2003, 09:07 PM
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We did the Windsurf from Rome to Nice- but it also does the reverse schedule...

It is a small 4 masted sailing yacht--with 2 restaurants, open seating dining and upscale CASUAL elegance..No need to for tux nor jacket for hubs....

It is small enough to go into much more interesting smaller ports-- St.Tropez,Monte Carlo,Portofino,Portovenere etc...
We LOVED it....

ALso you can look at Sea Dream Yacht Club-also a terrific small ship,yet elegant and country club casual upscale..

And lastly, Oceania Cruise line- the OLD Renaissance Line--also small with great ports....
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Jul 22nd, 2003, 05:48 PM
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We looked at several ships for our Mediterranean cruise in September. Our priority was that our itinerary included Greece. We are going on the Seabourn Spirit which begins its voyage in Istanbul and ends in Venice. We had also considered the Celebrity Millenium and the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas. I loved the idea of the Sea Yacht Club but wanted a little more in terms of entertainment, etc. Maybe next time! Email me if you want more info.
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Jul 22nd, 2003, 09:52 PM
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We are going on a western medierranean cruise in October. Rome to Lisbon (12 days) on Holland America. I will be happy to post upon my return I you have not made up your mind by then
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Jul 25th, 2003, 11:42 AM
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Took Orient Cruise Line's Marco Polo for Mediterrean cruise a few years ago. The trip was quite enjoyable, the ship a little old but smaller than most cruise ships so it can often dock at shore rather than tender you into ports. Overall it is a good alternative to other lines.
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Jul 26th, 2003, 04:16 PM
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I agree with picky. Took the Marco Polo Mediterranean cruise last year and it was one of the best cruises we've been on. We prefer the smaller ships and this one goes to many interesting ports. We'll cruise on her again.
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Jul 26th, 2003, 05:26 PM
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We were on the Princess Golden in 2002 and loved it. The itinerary was great. We stopped in Barcelona, Monaco,Florence, Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Venice (unforgettable), Athens, Ephesus, and Istanbul. Other Princess cruises do end in Italy, but you would have to check their schedules.
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Jul 30th, 2003, 10:24 AM
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Summer 02 took the Splendour of the Seas for 7 days out of Barcelona. We visited Villafranche (Nice, Cannes) and Livorno (Florence), Civitivecchia (Rome), Naples, and the island of Malta. It was delightful! I'd do it again in a heartbeat, altho June was a hot month for that trip last year. I might opt for May or Sept instead next time.
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 06:42 AM
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Hi, any suggestions for what to do while in port at Villafranche? We are taking a cruise on Oceania in Sept and this is one port. Hope you can give us some ideas (we would like to avoid the ship's excursions as we generally like to do these thing on our own) Thanks so much.
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 07:29 AM
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I would suggest either Celebrity or Royal Caribbean. We did the Millennium cruise of the Med a couple of years ago and had a great time. Food & service were outstanding. Cruise ship excursions were too expensive -- we did it on our own.

In Villafrance, we hopped the train and spent the day in Monaco/Monte Carlo. Had a nice 2 1/2 lunch, watch the changing of the guard, strolled the port. You could also head for the big city of Nice.
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Aug 2nd, 2003, 11:19 AM
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We did the Crystal Symphony - and it was unbelievable.... Started in Rome, stopped in Sicily, Venice, Bari, Epheseus, Santorini, Mykonos and Athens. The ship was gorgeous, the food - outstanding, the service was even better, tours were great - and the casino was nice. Would strongly recommend it.
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