Thursday, 11 April 2013

Future Travel Planning: Looking At Mediterranean Cruises

People have mixed opinions on cruises. Some people think you can't see enough only visiting each city for a day, and some people absolutely hate the idea of being stuck on a ship with the same bunch of people out in the middle of the ocean for days on end. However, some people actually love the idea of a cruise as you get to see so much in such a short period of time in what is basically a floating hotel. I fall firmly into the latter category, as long as a cruise is done well. By this I mean beautifully big and well equipped ships with good chefs and stops in culturally relevant destinations, rather than smaller package holiday deals. For some reason it is always these ships that seem to hit the news for outbreaks of disease, and pirates. 
I went on a couple of cruises in my early teens, and thanks to them I consider myself lucky to have been able to see so many incredible sights, place and cities so young. I'm a classics geek and it was on a cruise I got to see the colosseum  the remains of the old Roman forum in Rome that I later went on to study doing my A Levels, and the ruins of Pompeii I had already read so much about, and on another cruise around the Scandinavian coast I got to see a view of all the tiny little islands with just one house on them and fishing villages that you can only see by boat along the beautiful Nordic coastline. 
Now I am starting my twenties cruising holds another appeal for me; food. I am still a total culture geek who relishes the idea of wandering a different historic town every day or treading the well worn path through some of the worlds most famous galleries (my trip to Russia's famous Hermitage museum was another cruise stop in St. Petersburg), but the idea of being able to sample the local food in a different city or town every day for a week or excites me no end. Not the coming  but next Summer is a bit of a landmark year for both me with my graduation and 21st birthday, but also for my family with another landmark birthday so we have been talking about the three of us heading off on another cruise like we used to when I was younger and on Summer escapes from boarding school. Happily for me, this has lead to my third favourite type of online research after shopping and food research holiday research! I think all three of us like the idea of going to the Mediterranean again, (as you have probably gathered I've been on cruises around the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and the one I have not mentioned was around Egypt and up the Nile) with the only destination all three of us want to be included on the itinerary being Venice, a city I've never been to and my parents went on honeymoon, though personally I would quite like to go back to Naples, still with food on the brain! I thought I'd take this research as an opportunity to delve into the treasure trove of inspiration that is Pinterest and share some images from around the Mediterranean in a bit of an inspiration post, both for me and for any of you who might be planning a holiday in the next year or so.
Castelo de Vide Portugal
VERNAZZA ITALY
st marks square venice italy
Positano Amalfi Coast Italy

Are there any dream destinations that you wish you could just drop everything and head off to? While looking at these photos, I think I'm going to have to do a bit more research into seeing if any cruises do both Venice and Greece. It is far too long since I have been on any of the Greek islands, and just think of the food!

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17 comments:

  1. Stunning pictures. It looks like you have been to some amazing places I wish I could go to! Holly xx

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  2. These places are beautiful, but I'm one of those people who prefers to stay in a place for at least a week - enough time to discover local culture & the best little places to visit & eat at. It does seem a great idea if you want to visit a lot of places thoughxx

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  3. I love planning travels, have fun planning yorus! I'm not really drawn to cruises since they all seem to be sunny/beachy ones, but I would love to do a Scandinavian one!

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  4. I have never really fancied a cruise but my mum and dad went on one last summer and they had a great time. I am now thinking it might be fun. I like the idea of being able to see so much i like two weeks or so. The went with Princess Cruises which started off in Venice and went to Turkey and included Greece - Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini. .

    Looking at these photos really makes me want to go on holiday now hehe. xx

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  5. Oh wow so many beautiful places in this world! I wish I could go to all of these places!

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  6. This is what we are doing for our honeymoon, it's a dream come true for me. We are going to so many beautiful places and get two days in Venice. So I am happy :) I'm like you I can't wait to find hidden streets and try real life gelato xx

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  7. Oh Gem, that sounds absolutely incredible! You are really going to love it!

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  8. I am tickled by the way you have worded a sentence at the start, which makes is sound like some ships experience outbreaks of pirates :P


    Also, mmmmmmm pretty holiday photos!

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  9. Rachel - absolutely stunning photos. Can you post what camera they were taken with -and whether you are still using it or have upgraded/whatever. Also, do you edit them and enhance the colours?
    I also have enjoyed cruising - Mediterranean/Central and South America and also the Caribbean. I have chosen the cruise line based on the quality of their on board food (of course what you get up to in each port is up to you!) Celebrity seem to be the best in the mid-price range...I recommend them.

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  10. Hayley, these are actually pictures I have sourced from Pinterest as I mentioned in my post; their credits are below each image, but speaking as a photographer I can tell all of these images have been digitally enhanced.


    Yes, the food on board is also a big one for me! And thanks for the recommendation I have not tried Celebrity. I've done P&O, and I think the only way I'd try them again would be on their all adult ship with no children on board, and Royal Caribbean who were fantastic.

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  11. I've heard so many scary things about crusies lately that I'm not sure I will go on one anytime soon. There's one that follow Odyssey's journey from Troy that is the only one I find truly interesting. If you're going on a cruise anytime soon, stay safe!

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  12. One that follows Odyssey's journey from Troy? I'm going to have to research that - you've just kicked my inner classicist into gear! And I will, and as I said, all that horrible stuff only seems to happen on the smaller, less equipped ships.

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  13. I've always wanted to go on a Mediterranean cruise! In the US cruising is so generic in my opinion, I'm torn on whether I want to attempt a Caribbean cruise or not. On the one hand, getting off at a new destination every day sounds exciting; on the other hand many cruises(at least the Caribbean ones) seem to lack cultural significance and are overly commercialized, not to mention all the horror stories that have been happening in the last few months. If I decide to do one I think I'll pick one with a different stop each day, not one that has many days at sea.

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  14. As a family, especially as some of us don't like flying we always try to stick to cruises that leave from England and drop us back from England, and that usually eliminates sea days, I don't think I've ever had two sea days next to each other, and when you are not on a beach cruise and you are doing cultural things, it is nice to just settle down with a book on deck with a drink in hand!

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  15. I live in Greece so it's such a wonderful thing to think that some of the most beautiful places and beaches on Earth are right at our doorstep. Not so nice to think that the cost to get there is as much as it would be for anyone travelling in from abroad! Oh well, it's nice to daydream. I would be hopping on over to the islands every weekend if I could afford it!

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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  16. How On my way! It costs so much to get around and onto the islands? But anyway, you live in Athens, right? I adore Athens, and not just the ancient bits that appeal to me as a classics geek!

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  17. Yeah, it's crazy expensive. It almost costs as much to fly to my home island (Chios) which is a 30min flight, as it does to fly to London. Absurd.



    But yeah, Athens is wonderful! Especially in the spring :)


    Maria xx

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