The Mediterranean is one of the best places in the world to take a luxury cruise, with beautiful stretches of ocean linking some amazingly beautiful countries which you can make stop-offs at along the way. It is always important to remember that planning needs to be taken if you are to get the most out of your trip away, however, so we have come up with some great tips to ensure that you have the getaway that you and your loved ones will be able to treasure and remember for all the right reasons.
Firstly, it is important to bear in mind that anywhere you go on a Mediterranean cruise is likely to be much warmer and sunnier than you may be used to in the UK! Therefore, making sure you stay properly hydrated throughout your cruise can’t be taken lightly. Obviously, this won’t be a problem when you are able to take advantage of the copious dining facilities that will no doubt be available on your ship whilst you are travelling the seas, but these won’t be there during your shore excursions. So, either keep some water with you at all times whilst you are making your stop-off, however short a period you are anticipating to be away from the liner, or designate a time in advance at which you will seek out a cafe or restaurant and get the refreshment that you will need. This, of course, will also act as a great chance to sample the local culinary delights of wherever it is you are visiting!
One of the best things about taking a cruise is the opportunity you will get to learn more about new cultures that you previously may not have been all that aware of. The only part of these fascinating experiences that you may find difficult is adjusting to unfamiliar practices; with a little prior research, however, this is very easy to do and you will soon get used to the minor differences that you will encounter as you go around on your travels and are sure to find that they are worth the slight inconvenience of changing your daily habits.
If you are visiting a mosque or other religious temple, for example, both men and women may be expected to cover their shoulders, midriff, and knees. If this dress code is not adhered to, you may be denied admission and miss out on your chance to discover some of the most fascinating buildings in the world. This can easily be addressed, however, with a simple shawl, trousers or long shorts usually being enough to ensure you are given permission to explore.
If you intend to see the Mediterranean within the deck of a luxury cruise liner, but at duration you are on some budget, most young people might believe that a luxury ocean cruise is often a little out of their budget this is why the under 30’s crowd will not likely take a cruise vacation with friends since it is viewed as cost ineffective when comparing along with a standard holiday package for a hotel complex. However with a small amount of research and some main tips, there are loads of ways to bring a Mediterranean cruise within reach of anyone.
If you fancy something of a more ‘traditonal’ mediterranean experience then there’s Santorini, one of the many Greek Islands, with its sunny but unusually black sanded beaches and beautiful blue waters. This volcanic landscape also featured many traditional greek buildings with there crisp white walls.
If you fancy something of a more roman feel then they city of Rome is only a short trip inland from the Italian coast. There are many fantastic monuments and buildings in the city, with highlights being places like the Trevi Fountain or the amazing Colosseum. The city also has the fantastic sight of the Vatican City to enjoy and many places to stop to taste some of the delicious Italian cusiene.
Continuing with the Italian theme the next place on the lst of “great destinations is Venice”. This city is a breath taking visual feast. With its impressive renaissance architecture and its clutured atmosphere its a great place to stop off and enjoy a day sight seeing. Take a trip out on one of the famous gondolas and enjoy the fine dining and abundant shops, there’s something for everyone in Venice.
Another fantastic renaissance can be had by visit the city of Dubrovnik. This Croatian city, also know as the Pearl of the Adriatic, has a great many sights to see. With its brilliant selection of museums, churches and monasteries along with the beautiful open plazas and the impressive Placa, a large pave area surrounded with shops and cafes.
Finally if you’re looking for somewhere with a little more ‘glitz and glamour’ then you can’t go far wrong with a trip to Monte Carlo. This gem of a city is located on the famous French Riviera and is a city packed to the brim with the rich and famous. This makes for an incredible experience, whether it’s walking around the harbour looking at the luxury yachts or enjoying a fantastic cup of coffee in the Caf du Paris.