I am a huge cruise fan! Sailing the high seas on a luxury liner and waking up at a different port of call is the life for me. Even though I have been on more than 20 cruises, I still get as excited as a child on Christmas morning when it comes to booking my next cruise. Cruising offers adventures, both at sea and at the port.
I cruised the Mediterranean aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas with my daughters, sister-in-law, and some friends. Since we embarked from Barcelona, Spain, my husband joined us for a few days prior to our trip and we made a family vacation out of it. This was my first cruise with Royal Caribbean and my first time in the Mediterranean. I was spellbound by the beauty of my surroundings!
Cruise Itinerary & Ports of Call: Grand Mediterranean
- Embarked from Barcelona, Spain
- (Villefranche) for Nice, France
- (Livorno) for Florence/Pisa, Italy
- (Civitavecchia) for Rome, Italy
- (Capri) for Naples, Italy
- (Palermo) for Sicily, Italy
- Disembarked from Barcelona, Spain
My Favorite Thing at Each Port of Call
- Barcelona: I loved taking the double decker hop on/hop off bus tour and seeing all of the art galleries.
- Nice: The city’s amazing views, visiting Monte Carlo, and seeing Princess Grace’s gravesite.
- Pisa: Hands down, taking pictures in from to The Leaning Tower of Pisa!
- Rome: Our whirlwind, but educational, private tour of the Vatican Museum. Touring St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican is one of the top ten best things I have ever done.
- Capri: Driving the Amalfi Coast and exploring Pompeii (even though it was hotter than Hades).
- Sicily: This was my favorite city in Italy. I enjoyed touring the catacombs, though a bit creepy and definitely not for everyone.
Favorite Things Onboard
Activities: The Magic Show, Bingo, and Gambling in the Casino Royale. My kids loved the Arcade.
Food: We dined at Seas Portofino restaurant, a $20 pay restaurant. Children under 13 were not permitted.
Special Offerings by Royal Caribbean: A rock climbing wall and ice skating rink.
The Highs and Lows of my Voyager of the Seas Cruise
My daughters loved the onboard Ben & Jerry’s, which was very new for its time. We ate at Johnny Rocket’s twice, serving burgers, fries, sodas, malts, and floats, for $3.95 per person surcharge. The waitstaff dances periodically and encourages the guests to join them. The worst part of the cruise: incredibly long lines to get off of the boat at each port. It was a nightmare! Overall, I thought Royal Caribbean did an excellent job on this cruise. They kept us entertained but the dining room food was just so-so.
Would I Visit The Mediterranean Again?
Cruising in the Mediterranean is exhausting because there is so much to see and do. I recommend setting aside one day just to relax. This is certainly the cheapest way to see so many amazing things in a short amount of time. After this trip, the only places that I would visit again are Sicily and the Amalfi Coast.
The music and dancing choices onboard were Pig & Whistles Pub, The Vault Disco, Aquarium Bar, dance party at Cleopatra’s Needle, piano tunes at Schooner Bar, and Latin choice at High Notes.
Wear cool clothing as it is extremely hot in Italy. Stay hydrated and bring a hat and sunscreen.
In Sicily, we hired a cab driver to show us the sights right on the lot. He did not speak English, nor did we speak Italian, but he got us to the sights and we enjoyed our tour immensely. The fee was $40 for four of us and we were with him around six hours.
Port of Call Italy:
Ports of Call Spain:
Ports of Call France:
Check out our other posts about European cruise ports:
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