We had never been to the Mediterranean and had heard many wonderful things about this 12-day cruise. From the moment of departure from Rome, then Salerno Italy, Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Kusadasi (Turkey) Santorini (Greece), Messina (Italy), and off at Barcelona we were enthralled. We got off at all the Ports. Because we are late-risers we took our time getting off the ship, and easily found taxis, private drivers, or trains to take us around. In Salerno (Italy) we were fascinated by the ruins of Pompeii; the Acropolis/Parthenon in Athens; and Ephesus (Turkey) where the Blessed Virgin Mary had lived her final years. Many of the other ports had shuttle buses to take us into 'town'. In Santorini we were tendered to Port and then took the cable cars up the mountain to 'town'. Some passengers elected to take donkeys up the hill, or even to walk. At many ports passengers (early risers LOL) opted for the Guided Tours and were very happy with that. For shoppers you must make time for the amazing grand bazaar in Kusadasi where you can find knock-off purses and wallets, or as they say "Genuine fakes". It is a shoppers paradise, with markets and boutiques, where you are spoilt for choice. Sure, the shopkeepers are intense, and will pounce on you for a sale, but just smile and say No if you are not interested.
We had 3 days at SEA and we enjoyed that very much taking in the Entertainment and Activities at our leisure. We were particularly drawn to the live entertainment backed by an amazing group of musicians. I think we went to every show, and sometimes twice. There was such a good variety of talent brought in for specific nights, as well as the Ship Dancers & Orchestra who provided amazing performances. Of course, there were tons of other activities on board for everyone's taste.
Definitely would recommend this cruise.