Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

Imagine travelling to three countries while having one accommodation and one return flight? Experience they say is the best teacher. I have finally gone on my cruise! Yipppeeee! Seven (7) days on a ship was quite an experience, I’d say. Our destinations were Italy, Turkey and Greece!
The cruise was filled with loads of activities, wonderful adventures and unforgettable experiences. Each day,a Cruise Compass and Daily Planner was provided to jump start each day with loads of adventure.

Day one, my crew and I flew to Rome, Italy and hired a cab to the Civitavecchia seaport in Italy. Checked-in and got onboard the magnificent Navigator of the Seas, which was our “hotel” for the next seven days. The cruise is a cashless system; any payment was done through your personalized card/room key, which is called your Ship Sea Pass.

Onboard, there is so much to do that you may not even want to leave the ship! You could participate in game shows like Royal Bingo, where you could win cash prizes; or try the Casino; go for an art auctions, if you are a lover of arts…you would get a free art work for attending…I got two! For sport lovers, try rock climbing, golfing, basket-ball or table tennis; swim or use the hot tub or Jacuzzi. If you have never “walked on ice” try ice-skating and don’t miss the ice-skating show with professional ice-skaters. Use the fitness center to keep fit. Sing your lungs out in the Karaoke competition and become a "Karaoke Superstar". Treat yourself to a spa or even acupuncture, where you could release all your stress. Shop-a-holics can shop till they drop! Two reasons why you’d enjoy shopping onboard: all items are tax-free and they are given at the lowest authorized price. Also towards the last days of the cruise, some items are sold on sales. Watch theatre with Broadway style shows or just go watch the latest movies in the cinema. For the children and teenagers, Adventure Ocean programs are organized for them. They definitely would not get bored and parents could have time to themselves. You just can’t get bored onboard!

Dining on almost all cruise ships is included in the cruise price so you would eat till you can eat no more! That is breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, mid-night meals, name it! Try Windjammer, where you can eat till you pop! For exotic meals try Chop Grille, where you would find delicious steaks; Protofino, where the best steak are made, enjoy the most delicious ice-creams in Ben & Jerry and juicy burgers in Johnny Rockets. Eating onboard is a delight!

Cruising without shore excursions is not a fulfilled cruise at all! For the Eastern Mediterranean tour, visit Rome, Italy and experience the history of Rome as you wander around the famous Colosseum and Roman Forum. Check out the world's largest astronomical clock, Orologio Astronomico, in Messina, Italy. When the clock strikes noon, it comes to life! As Ave Maria begins playing from a loudspeaker, the bronze mechanical figures start to move, a lion roars, a bird flaps its wings, and two historical heroines take turns ringing the bell, all before it ends with a statue of Jesus appearing from a tomb. It is a wonderful “performance”…I tell you. When in Ephesus, Turkey, don't miss the chance to visit the once powerful trading and religious city and enjoy shopping in the souk. No visit to Athens, Greece would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, one of the world's most awe-inspiring tourist sites. Wander through the fascinating layers of ChaniĆ”'s history with a visit to the Old Town in Crete, Greece. Note, the ship would dock in these countries on different days. Each destination requires the passengers to return onboard before sailing to another.

For more information check out Royal Caribbean Cruise website

And if you are interested in cruising contact my tour opeartor, Tour Brokers International. (Click)

I truly enjoyed my cruise and my new motto is ‘Before you leave planet earth make sure you go cursing”!!!

Day 1 infront of the magnificent Navigator of the Sea, our hotel for seven days!

Orologio Astronomico, in Messina, Italy

Golfing onboard

Mountain climbing on the ship

Ephesus Library in Kusadasi, Turkey

My Elephant Towel (Some days, the room attendance would design our towels in form of an amimal. Once he did a cute bat hanging on the ceiling)

Acropolis in Athens, Greece

In Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece

The magnificient Navigator of the Sea

My cruise crew with Allen & Hanni, our wonderful waiters.

Ice-skating onboard

Last day onboard the ship