Thanks so much for your reply!! We have started to do some research and have decided to go to Paris for a week before the cruise and then after the cruise to spend 4 days at the Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita. There is much more to do there than we realized, Portofino, Lucca and the Cinque Terre. After that we'll head to Florence. Your recommendation of the meal you had in Genoa, though may require we detour there for a day.

We have been to Santorini last year and would do it on our own. The one port we would like to do "right" is Alexandria (pyramids, Sphinx ) do you know of anyone who hired a driver/guide and did this port on their own? The trip to the pyramids sounds to long by bus.

Thank you again for your help, hope you don't mind if we have more questions.
Don and Diana