I figured I should do a quick post about the actual cruise since it was our temporary home for 10 days. To make a long story short, Nick and I decided we wanted to do the Greek Islands as our next big trip and after much research decided doing a cruise around the islands would be easier than doing the ferry system from island to island.
|our home for 10 days|
We had never been on a cruise before so I did a lot of research on different cruise lines, itineraries (we knew we wanted to do Santorini, Mykonos and Athens), and most importantly what worked with our schedule between weddings and other summer/fall commitments. We landed on a Royal Caribbean 10-day Mediterranean Cruise on the Splendour of the Seas ship, with the following itinerary:
Sept. 16 Depart Venice in the evening
Sept. 17 Split, Croatia
Sept. 18 Corfu, Greece
Sept. 19 At Sea Day
Sept. 20 Chania (Crete), Greece
Sept. 21 Athens, Greece
Sept. 22 Mikonos, Greece
Sept. 23 Santorini, Greece
Sept. 24 Ancient Olympia, Greece
Sept. 25 At Sea Day
Sept. 26 Return to Venice in the morning
|the outdoor pool area at night|
Nick and I had a fantastic time on the cruise. The staff was so gracious and helpful and the food was really great. We shared the ship with about 2,000 other passengers and about 750 crew members. Even on our two "at sea" days we stayed entertained and I spent most of that time relaxing with my books on the back deck of the boat which was more of the quiet area.
A big con of doing a cruise though is being on someone else's schedule. Part of the fun in travelling abroad (for me at least) is getting lost, and really submerging in a new culture as much as possible and I felt that hard to do on a cruise.
However, a huge pro was getting to go to so many locations and only unpack once and not have to deal with various ferries, trains, etc. And considering that all the locations we went to were great day trip locations (all the islands were pretty small) we didn't feel too rushed. However if we were to do a cruise again I would want to make sure it was somewhere that didn't need more than a day at.
|Captain Iv welcoming us to the ship|
We sat with the same people every night and we kept saying how much we lucked out - our table was amazing! Seriously, a fantastic group of people we felt honored to meet and dine with every night and hear about their home countries.
|our wonderful table representing Australia, Quebec, United States (us) and Germany -|
lots of laughs with this group, they were all fantastic people
|our daily Cruise Compass with relevant information for our next day - so helpful!|
|all the important things we had to know for the next day|
|list of everything going on the ship the next day|
|Rick's awesome book|
Thank you Splendour of the Seas for a memorable and most importantly safe 10-day trip! First stop - Croatia!