In November 2019, while we were blissfully unaware that a pandemic was about to change our lives, my husband and I went on a 12-day cruise in the Mediterranean. It was an incredible trip!
So why haven’t I written about it here? Because not long after that, the pandemic started and it just didn’t seem like the right time to be promoting cruising.
But the situation has changed over the last two years. Now that we’ve lived with Covid-19 for a couple of years, we’re learning how to weigh the risks with the benefits of living our lives and traveling again. We’ve got vaccines available now. The cruise lines have stepped up and done everything they can to reduce the spread of germs. Railings and elevator buttons are constantly being disinfected. Some ship captains report the infection rate on a daily basis without worrying that passengers will panic.
So, I think it’s time. If you’re vaccinated, your medical providers are OK with you traveling, and you understand the risks, then I’d be happy to help you plan an unforgettable adventure.
You can see amazing places
Nearly everyone’s got a list of places they want to visit. Many of Europe’s must-see destinations are easily accessible from a Mediterranean port. I am not even going to attempt to write about all of them in one article. Instead, over the new few months, I’ll be writing a series of articles about the many fascinating places we visited. Here are just a few of the highlights: the French Riviera, Michelangelo’s statue of David, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Vatican, the ruins of Pompeii, Santorini, the Parthenon in Athens, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
You can see so many places
The efficiency of traveling by cruise ship is particularly evident in the Mediterranean. You spend the daytime sightseeing and then travel to the next destination while you are sleeping. I was amazed at the sheer number of amazing places we were able to visit in under two weeks’ time. You don’t waste any time packing and unpacking your suitcase either. This efficient mode of travel means that you get to see more. If you have limited vacation time, you can still make some serious progress on your bucket list with just one Mediterranean cruise.
There are so many itineraries to choose from
There are so many incredible places to see in the Mediterranean, that you can’t see them all in a week or two. The cruise lines offer so many different itineraries. If you tell me your must-sees, I can probably find an itinerary that will go there. Of course, you can’t customize a cruise ship’s itinerary, but there are so many different itineraries to choose from that it might just feel that way. And with so many itineraries to choose from, you can take multiple Mediterranean cruises and see different places each time.
I’ve observed that travelers tend to either love cruises or hate them. But I have to wonder if the people who hate them just haven’t tried the right cruise. If you’re a culture and history lover who thinks that cruising is all about partying next to a crowded swimming pool on a megaship, then the right Mediterranean Cruise might change your mind. It is important to find the right cruise line and itinerary, and that’s where a travel advisor can help.
A Mediterranean cruise is not inexpensive. I’m not going to try to convince you that you can have an amazing experience for some ridiculously low price. A trip like this is a travel investment. I aim to make sure we spend your investment wisely. With the right cruise line and itinerary, I think a Mediterranean cruise can offer tremendous value.
Are you interested in learning more about how my services work? Check out this page of my website. Most cruise vacations will fall into my Opal plan which starts at $250 per household. Contact me if you’d like to set up a consultation.