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.
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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