My husband and I and two of our friends recently cruised with Nieuw Amsterdam on the Mediterranean Tapestry cruise in May 2015. We are still talking about what a wonderful experience it was with their friendly, helpful crew and fantastic itinerary. Not only did we enjoy seeing all the exciting ports everyday, the staff made us feel special and pampered 24/7. This was our second cruise with HAL but it won't be the last. We are already looking at itineraries for next year and the year after. Thank you again to entire staff and for anyone looking for a marvelous cruise itinerary, this one from Barcelona to Venice would be hard to beat! Our favorite ports were: Barcelona, Taormina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Venice. The excursion to St. Paul De Vence (out of Monaco) and to Sorrento (out of Naples) provided wonderful photo ops.
The verandah cabin provided plenty of room for storing our clothes and the cabin was always well kept by our steward. Comfortable bed and we enjoyed our verandah views and breakfasts in the room when we had an early itinerary planned.
Barcelona is where we started our voyage so we spent 3 days on our own there. It's a gorgeous, clean city with friendly people and lots of wonderful sights to see.
Frankly we were disappointed at this port. It consists of lots of cheap souvenirs shops lining the port. We wished we'd taken an excursion or a taxi elsewhere.
We skipped Rome as we've been to all the sights there many times. Enjoyed a relaxing spa treatment on board ship. Did go into Civicivichia (sp) but not much there to see.
Probably our favorite port although we were surprised it was listed as a port stop and we had to pay 50 E for taxi roundtrip from Naxos to get us up to Taormina. Lovely place with great photo ops and nice shops/restaurants.
Beautiful walled old city. We walked the wall as soon as we got into town. Magnificent views. Later walked the city, enjoyed lunch and took many photos. Very clean, people were super nice.
Lovely town in a gorgeous setting. Almost looks like a fjord town. It's small so we explored it on our own and went back to the ship after a few hours.
We extended our stay in Venice after our ship docked. Gorgeous city but somewhat difficult to explore in 3 days. We were very happy we booked a hotel right off St. Mark's and we spent most of our time in that area. We a combo tour from the Tourist Info Bureau of St. Mark's basilica and the Doges Palace. Also we toured Guggenheim and Academia museums. Wanted to get out to Burano/Murano but ran out of time for the 1 hr. boat rides. It's an expensive city but the shopping and sights were amazing. Of course, you must do a gondola ride. Water taxi to airport was 110 E for half hr. ride - yikes! But we didn't want to drag our luggage to the Aliguna boat.