After many years of hard work, poverty and near poverty, good and bad decisions made, and the rest of the highs and lows that life has to offer, things have been going pretty well for us the past few years. Therefore, after much discussion, we are going on a11 night/12-day cruise of the western Mediterranean on the Celebrity Equinox this summer, followed by 3 days in Rome. All told we’ll be gone 18-19 days.
This will be my first trans-Atlantic trip and Laura’s and Sophie’s first trip to non-English speaking cultures (they’ve been to London.) Laura has especially wanted to see Istanbul her entire life and we chose this particular cruise because it docks for two days there. We’ll probably do one day at the Hagia Sophia and surrounding area, the other at the Grand Bazaar.
We got a Concierge class room in the middle, higher part of the ship, with a veranda with lounge seating, so we can sit outside the room at night and watch the world go by. The ship itself looks quite fun, perhaps a little old for Sophia, but they do have children’s activities and places and times where you can dump them off and run back to the room for some motion in the ocean.
Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to doing some gambling, something I never care to do here in the States.
Oh! And Athens, Greece is on the itinerary as well.
I’m so looking forward to this that I could just giggle. We’re meeting with the agent later this week about hotels, but any suggestions would be appreciated – I’m looking for something within half-hours walking distance of the Vatican and Old Rome, 3-star and up (my wife loves to walk in cities, so a half-hour walk through one of the most historic places on the planet merely to get to our destination(s) is an added bonus.)
Any advice? (Yes, we have our passports and easily meet the requirements for international travel, so that has been taken care of.)
I’d also love to hear about favorite (or dreamed-of) cruises that you have been on. I will say it was quite the decision between the Med and doing the fjords in Norway, but we decided that the educational and cultural opportunities afforded by Rome, Athens, and Istanbul were just too great.
And Laura wants to straddle two continents while in Istanbul. Any idea how to do that would be greatly appreciated!