Posted December 21st, 2006, 12:26 AM
I took my two teens (14 DS and 18 DD) on Galaxy in 8/05 on an 11 nighter out of Rome. They had a really great time. They enjoyed Rome and all of the other ports. The only "unhappy" time was a very hot tour of Delos. They enjoyed the history of Delos, but it was very very hot. I went from the shadow of one column to another to stay out of the blazing sun. They really liked Istanbul, Rhodes, Ephesus, Santorini, Athens and Naples/Pompei. The only thing we did not like about Galaxy was that the pools close too early, so no after dinner swim. The teens found enough night life on the ship to keep them happy and they made several friends. The two or three day pre-cruise stay over in/near your port city is good advice, especially if you are coming from the west coast. The time change is a killer.
My DS enjoyed this last trip so much, we are going back next August for a 12 nighter out of Rome again, but on Legend of the Seas. This trip offers a really nice mix of destinations, including Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus. We are planning five nights in Italy pre-cruise to get over the time change from Seattle, and to enjoy the Italian experience. Let's hope they keep the pool open after dinner on Legend.