I am such a cruise fan; sailing the high seas on a luxury liner and waking up at a different port of call is the life for me. I was bitten by the cruise bug in early 2000 and after more than 20 cruises under my belt, I still get as excited for each cruise as a child waking up on Christmas morning in search of the holiday loot. There are so many adventures to be had, both at sea and at port. On this particular trip, I cruised with the Voyager of the Seas in the Mediterranean. This was my first time in the Mediterranean and my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. I was spellbound by the beauty of it my surroundings! Here were our ports of call:
Voyager of the Seas 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) Sicily, Italy
- Barcelona, Spain
My Favorite Thing at Each Port of Call:
- Barcelona: Loved taking the double decker hop on/hop off bus tour and seeing all the art galleries.
- Nice: Visiting Monte Carlo and seeing the amazing views and Princess Grace’s gravesite was special.
- Pisa: The Leaning Tower of Pisa was pretty spectacular!
- Rome: Our private tour of the Vatican Museum was a whirlwind but educational. Touring St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was nothing short of up there with the top ten best things I have ever done.
- Capri: We did the drive through the Amalfi Coast as well as exploring Pompeii. That was really a fantastic and most interesting tour but it was hotter than hades.
- Sicily: This was my favorite city in Italy and I thoroughly enjoyed touring the catacombs, though creepy and not for everyone.
My daughters and I were invited to join some regular cruising friends on their Mediterranean cruise shortly after school was out for the summer. We included my sister-in-law so a total of 8 of us cruised together. My husband traveled to Barcelona with us for a family vacation prior to embarking on our cruise. How is that for the best of both worlds? Family vacation AND group of girls making new memories.
Favorite Activities: Magic Show, Bingo, Gambling in the Casino Royale, Arcade (my kids loved it!)
Food Worth Mentioning: We dined at Voyager of the Seas Portofino restaurant, which was a $20 pay restaurant. The Tiger Shrimp was yummy. Children under 13 were not permitted. Our main dining room for the cruise was the La Boheme or you could eat at the Windjammer Cafe for any meal.
Special Offerings by Royal Caribbean: Rock climbing wall, ice skating rink
The Highs and Lows of my Voyager of the Seas Cruise
My daughters loved the fact that Voyager of the Sea’s had a Ben & Jerry’s onboard, which was very new for its time. We also visited Johnny Rocket’s twice, which serves burgers, fries, sodas, malts, and floats, for $3.95 per person surcharge. Their waitstaff dances periodically and encourages the guests to join them. The worst part of the cruise was the incredibly long lines to get off the boat at the ports. It was a nightmare! Overall, I thought Royal Caribbean did an excellent job on this cruise, much better than the cruises I have taken with them in the Caribbean. They kept us entertained and there was a better class of people on the ship. The food in the dining room was just so-so.
The Mediterranean is a very tiring cruise because there is so much to see and do so I recommend having one day where you just relax and not pound the pavement every waking moment. It certainly is the cheapest way to see so many amazing things in such a short time. After this trip, the only places I would want to go back and see via a land trip would be possibly Sicily and most definitely the Amalfi Coast.
Tips For Cruising the Mediterranean with RC’s Voyager of the Seas:
- The music & 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, just picked one right off the lot. He did not speak English, nor did we speak Italian, but he got us to the sights and we made do and we enjoyed our tour immensely. The fee was $40 for 4 of us and we were with him around 6 hours.
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Port of Call Italy:
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