8/15/2013

The Cruise





It was sa-weeetttt!  Seriously, we had so many cool experience in two Mediterranean weeks.  It was an amazing 12 day Cruise from Istanbul to Rome, with a few extra days added on in Rome. As this was our Honeymoon, we wanted to splurge a little and upgraded to a semi-luxury liner.  Cruises can get expensive really fast when you go beyond the main lines.  Luckily, Mr. PnP found Oceania, a cruise line designed for people looking for great food and destinations without all the other flashy stuff.  It was the best combination for us to maximize our sightseeing, and enjoy the excellent food and laid-back cruising. As I post about each destination, I'll link back here.

Oceania Riviera - Treasures & Monuments (May/June 2013)

Istanbul, Turkey
Kusadasi, Turkey (Ephesus)
Rhodes, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Crete, Greece
Kefalonia, Greece
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Amalfi Coast, Italy (rough seas had us reroute to Trapani, Sicily, Italy)
Sardinia, Italy
Livorno, Italy (Florence)
Civitevecchia, Italy (Rome)



Weather

It was perfect; sunny and beautiful the entire time.  Even the detour didn't cause a bad day, just one rainy evening...by which time we were enjoying a four course steakhouse dinner and sailing through the boot and football of Italy.

Food

5 Stars...so much good food!!!  There were four specialty restaurants on board:  Jacques (Jacques Pepin's French Restaurant), Toscana (Italian), Polo Grill (American Steakhouse) and Red Ginger (Asian Fusion).  We were able to make one dinner reservation at each prior to sailing.  A few days into the Cruise, we found out that it was possible to make extra reservations the same day upon availability.  I started calling first thing in the morning and that got us three more reservations.

Room

Spacious and comfy.  We upgraded at the last minute to a balcony and it was worth every penny.  It was a nice way to relax at sail-away and get one last glimpse of the beautiful island or city we had just experienced.

Drinks

NA free!  Wine was free to bring on board too.  They had an awesome Captain's happy hour one of the first evenings where almost everything was free.  The rest of the evenings had 2-for-1 happy hours from 4-6 that we occasionally took part in.  Alcohol is definitely one way to quickly rack-up your account charges, but all-in-all we did a pretty good job of enjoying ourselves without breaking the bank.

Fellow Cruisers

We met some really nice folks.  The crowd was definitely on the older side (i.e. more than one couple asked our opinion of sailing with an "older crowd.")

Entertainment

Good.  The theater shows were pretty good (for Cruise standards) and the lounge had a nice piano player.  The pool band could have been a little more lively and the late night entertainment was as expected...low key for most evenings.  Though, the cruise director staff (the people who try to get people to let loose and have fun) were successful for one fun Deck Party night.  They even had the dance floor full for the electric slide and a few other line dances.




2 comments:

  1. First, did you know you're a no reply comment blogger? You gotta fix that, ma'am, so we can chat :)

    Second, wow. I want to look into that cruise line because Andrew's main reason for never going on one is that the food would suck to him. Though the older crowd has me a little worried. I'm looking forward to more recaps and it was great to see you last night!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I had to google that to figure out what that even meant. I think I fixed it though, but I'm not really sure how to confirm.

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