Posted August 17th, 2018, 02:17 PM
Actually we have two sea days. We begin and end in Rome. Our ports are Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Alghero/Sardinia, Palma/Mallorca and Barcelona. We are just beginning to decide on our excursions. If you have any suggestions for these ports, that would be great. As far as the more formal dress, we love it. So that that won't be a problem.
We were in Barcelona, Ibiza, Cannes, Montecarlo, Portovenere, Livorno and Rome in the past week. In Livorno, we took an excursion with our ship to Lucca. It was “Lucca on your own”. This was a good idea, since Lucca has an interesting old town. No need for a guided tour. It was easy to do it on your own.
In Barcelona, I would recommend a walking tour. There are many of those. The one we did was a 2 hours walking tour from the Gothic Neighborhood. Next time we would book a tour about Gaudí, his life and works.
In Rome, besides the Vatican, do not miss the Santa Maria Maggiore Church. It is one of the most beautiful churches. We have started our visit with the place where Rome originated and the beautiful Forums. Wonderful city to walk around. There are so many things to do and see...After 7 visits to Rome, we are still glad to be able to go once more. What for us was always helpful in Rome was to have an objective, for example to follow Bernini’s work.
I have cruised with Cunard and Crystal, but I am not as experienced as the other posters. I agree with what has been said about those cruise lines.