Post # 1
I just need to brag to someone since fb is off limits (MIL told us to not post anything “rich” b/c of Brother-In-Law – it’s complicated). My mom and I are going on a Western Mediterranean cruise this March on the Norwegian Jade. This will be our first time in Europe so we’re both super excited. I know no matter what we’ll stick out like tourists but I am beyond caring, I just want to absorb the atmosphere and culture and history and everything.
If anyone’s been on this cruise or this part of the world and want to offer tips, that would be much appreciated. Here’s the itinerary:
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (EMBARK)
Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Provence (Toulon), France
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy (DISEMBARK)
Post # 3
Exciting! I visted a few European countries with FH over the summer. It was so great. Italy and France were amazing! I have never been on that kind of cruise, but I know you will have fun. 🙂
Post # 4
@lilek22: WOW! Your trip sounds insanely amazing 🙂 I’m so excited for you!! I’ve been to a few places in Europe but from your list I’ve only been to Rome. Rome is like walking around in a museum. Italy will STICK with you for the rest of your life, like no other place will. The people are friendly, the food is excellent, and it’s just an enchanting place all around. We walked a lot in the city, and I don’t have tooo much advice to give you besides make sure you enjoy it and don’t just live behind your camera lens. Also, if you’re going to visit the Vatican – which I really advise you to do – make sure you go at around 7am. I’m not joking. The crowds there get crazy, especially with this new popular pope, lol. My siblings and their families and I went on a trip to Italy last summer, and a few of us ended up in Rome at the end of it all. I met my brother at 7am at St. Peter’s Square, and there was almost no one there – it was pretty spectacular. The sun had just come up, and the air was still cool and fresh. We saw all the nuns and priests heading off to mass, and we walked around the Basilica. There were no crowds at all.
That is my advice 🙂 HAVE FUN!!
ETA: Also, be sure to watch Roman Holiday before you go. I think you’ll get a lot more out of the city after having seen that film, which is a love letter to the city 😀
Post # 5
@lilek22: I’m always happy for people who get to travel, especially on their first trips! I hope you both have a wonderful time.
My research keeps me solidly on the upper half of the peninsula, so I am so jealous that you get to go to Palermo, as I desperate to lay eyes on that city’s cathedral. Stupid little thing (and skip if this doesn’t apply to you), but somtimes people who are not speakers of a Romance language can get really tripped up by the name of the city of Cagliari. Don’t emphasize the ‘g’ too much: “Cal-YA-rhi”
When you go into port at Livorno I would plan a day in Florence, not in Pisa. Don’t be afraid to do Florence on your own–you need virtually no Italian to get by at the major tourist attractions in the centro storico, and I think that there’s a lot of value in being able to keep your own pace and to maybe toss in one attraction that doesn’t make all the major lists. I can never sing the praises of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo–which is 1,000x more interesting than the actual interior of the Duomo–enough. I think that the interior of the Baptistery gets overlooked as well.
Post # 6
@lilek22: Yay exciting! So great that you can share this with your mom!
My parents live in Monte Carlo for part of the year, so let me know if you have any questions! I’ve also been all over the south of France, as well as to Rome, Naples, and Barcelona off your list. You’re going to have wonderful time, and feel free to PM me for anything! I haven’t been on a cruise but I imagine it will a relaxing way to travel.
Post # 7
** I’m doing the happy dance right along side you **
This sounds soooo fantastic !! I am very very jealous, lol
Mr TTR & I are yet to travel to Europe, it is on our MUST DO list after we retire.
As is a Mediterranean Cruise… the one you are going on sounds FANTASTIC
You deserve to be excited. Enjoy.
Post # 8
Sounds amazing! Congrats!
Post # 9
Awesome! You should be VERY excited!
Post # 11
Yaaaay, I am way jealous! I have not been to Europe yet 🙂 Enjoy!
Post # 12
Yey for your trip to Europe – I am sure you will love it. I have been to most of the places on that list (UK bee so travel a lot in Europe) I hope you find these useful.
Learn some basic phrases in Italian, French and Spanish. The simple hello, good bye, please thank you etc. In france in particular they are very helpful with speaking English but more so if you can at leasst start in French.
Naples is a hole! It is a dump! Pickpockets are rife so make sure you have a money belt for that part of the trip and take care of your belongings. You need to watch this in Barcelona as well. To be honest be sensible everywhere but they are the two places you really need to watch out.
Don’t drink the tap water! It is OK for me to – most of Europe adds the same stuff to our drinking water and it is all very clean, and I am used to it. but if you are not used to what is added e.g flouride etc it could make you feel a bit poorly.
Shame you wont make it to the UK (best part of Europe) but have a great time.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I agree about Roman Holiday. i’d add loads of other movies, too. How fun!!!!!
Post # 14
Definitely go and see La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – It was my favourite stop on a Med cruise years ago, it’s so impressive!
And the food in Naples was awesome.
You’re very lucky, have a fabulous time!
Post # 15
@lilek22: That sounds AMAZING, you are going to have such a great time! I think cruising is a great way to travel in Europe; not for everyone but it does save a lot of hassle from connecting to different countries yourselves! Hope you & your mom have an amazing time!
Post # 16
@lilek22: I’m heading to Italy in June! I’ve never been to Europe either, so I’m extremely excited! Your cruise sounds amazing – you’re going to have a great time!