Great destinations - Rome, Athens, Valletta, Kotor, Corfu, Corsia, Naples, Palermo, Santorini, Barcelona, Katalolon, Dubrovnik, Sete and Nimes.
This cruise had it pro's and cons. Very nice ship with excellent dining rooms. Theres a full walk around deck (deck 7) and sports facilities on deck 19. The Casino is well laid out, even though we don't use it and the Princess Theatre is a large and impressive venue for major performances. The Piazza was smaller than I expected, but served its purpose well. There's also a nice range of additional restaurants including the Crown Grill and Share.
The shops and boutiques are what we'd expect on such a ship. Not much for them - except some expensive watches and sports cameras. Perhaps these Princess could add items and apparel more for men.
Fantastic double sized suite - plenty of room, spacious beddng area huge bathroom with full sized shower and spa bath, office space and lounge room. Double sized balcony had is advantages.
They call Rome "the eternal city" for good reason. It's impossible to full appreciate Rome in one day but take in as many of the major sights as possible then plan a future 2 week stay,
The old city is behind a fortress, vibrant, tourist friendly and with a wonderful local produce market open most days until after midday. I braved 1200 metre walk up to St John's Fortress for a stunning view over the harbour. If you have good balance, strong legs a sense of adventure, give it a go otherwise you can stay safe on the ground for an enjoyable day in Kotor.,
We've been to Katakolon before. it's nice place to visit once. It's a tiny island, very natural surroundings with nice shops and restaurants at the port.
One of the highlights of our cruise. Corsica is a French island but was an Italian Island for much of its history. Corsica sill has much Italian influence and personality, so much so that even the oft times arrogant French cannot subdue. If you arrive early morning, you must visit the fresh produce market just a short 50 metres from the port where you can buy freshly made Italian and French influenced food and snacks.
No excursion needed - just a short shuttle ride from he ship. This is a must-do activity when visiting Dubrovnik - don't miss it or you'll forever regret it. Walk along the walls then walk back through the old city.
Just do it - words cannot describe this amazing structure. Look it up online so you're familiar with its history then go see it.
Livorno is right outside the port where a short shuttle ride takes you into the city. The town has much to offer for a day trip, including a very large market with fresh produce and apparrel. Many good restaurants including our favourite "La Bufala" located on Via Della Madonna, where friendly owner 'Oreste' makes you most welcome. Try the Seafood Mariana combined with Toscana red vino, a perfect combination.
Mdina is the former capital of Malta, a fortress city now mainly residential. There's much to see in Mdina including very good shopping and eateries. If you have time, take horse/buggy tour with one of the locals or do it easily on foot.
Take this tour - you won't be disappointed. aside from the excellent palace which was the birthplace of Prince Phillip, you'll get very nice tour around that part of scenic island and take great photo's.
Another tour we did on foot. Go into the old town and enjoy a day walking through the streets and shops. Plenty of good eateries so please - don't go to Maccas! Visit and walk the top of the old fortress (careful you don't slip) for a birds eye view of Corfu.
Naples is located right at the port. Take the hop on hop off bus and get off at stop #6 and walk through the old city. Be very careful for pick pockets, often young children working in pairs and even young girls dressed like tourists. They're pick-pocket professionals !
Naples is a very old city, nor very clean and often smelly! But who cares? Sofia Loren is from Naples and this old town is rich in history. Walk the streets and visit the fine cafe's and shops. everything's affordable. When you're done, take a horse and cart ride back to the port but don't pay 80 Euro's - they'll do it for 40 euro, then be nice and add an xtra 10 at the end of the journey.