This was our "trip of a lifetime", celebrating a graduation, a retirement, and our 25th anniversary. It did not disappoint. We were very pleased 10 days before departure to be offered an upgrade from our reserved mini-suite to a Vista Suite. The extra space and amenities were wonderful. I already miss the chocolate-covered strawberries in the daily delivery of canapes!
We flew into Rome on June 26th. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Euro Parco Dei Medici. Enjoyed touring the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Yummy lunch at a sidewalk cafe just outside St. Peter's. Visited the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain. The next morning, we headed off to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Went back to the Trevi Fountain area for lunch and shopping. Rome was very busy and congested, but made for a very nice pre-cruise visit. Reserved our tours through Viator and used Zelit Limousine for on-time transport each morning to our tour meeting places.
We went back to the airport to meet the cruise line. Upon arrival at about 8:30 am, we were informed that the ship was not ready for boarding. Princess boarded the 100 or so of us on buses and we went on a city tour of Rome. Drove all around the famous Seven Hills of Rome before heading off to Civatavecchia. It's about an hour drive with pretty countryside views. We were the first bus to arrive at the cruise terminal, so embarkation was extremely quick and easy. Arrived at our room to be greeted be our wonderful room steward Cerry and the traditional champagne welcome aboard toast.
Corfu was lovely. We did not book an excursion. Left our daughters aboard the Ruby Princess and headed off for some exploration. Corfu is a very pretty city. Took a hike to the top of the New Fortress, great views of the city and surrounding area. Walked along the main shopping district. Lots and lots of things to see. Had a great lunch as musicians passed by. Headed back along the harbor, sampled the local Koum Kuat beverage, and enjoyed a quite afternoon at the pool back on the ship.