We’ve been busy planning ahead for our next few trips coming up in 2012, 2013 and beyond. As I’ve posted about before, in October 2012 we’ll be sailing to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau aboard the Carnival Dream and enjoying an Ocean Suite. We’re looking forward to a week of peace and quiet to enjoy the sun. The life list items I’m planning to cross off on that trip include:
- Adding another cruise to the tally – this will be cruise #8. My life list item is “Go on 10 cruises” but I know that once I hit 10, I’ll be adding another item (15, 20, 25, etc.). 🙂
- Try snuba (already booked in St. Thomas).
- Read in a hammock (there are hammocks on the beach at the Blue Lagoon in Nassau).
- Stay in a suite on a cruise ship.
- Play minigolf on a cruise ship
The next trip on the horizon is in April 2013. My husband’s family (his dad is Greek) is planning to spend Greek Easter in Kalymnos, Greece and we’re going as well. Since we don’t make it over to Europe very often, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tack on a Mediterranean cruise before or after Easter. After scoping out all the options, the one with the best itinerary that matches the dates we need is the one below from NCL:
12-Day Grand Mediterranean
|Day 1||Barcelona, Spain||7:00 PM|
|Day 2||Provence (Toulon), France||9:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|Day 3||Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|Day 4||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|Day 5||Naples, Italy||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|Day 6||At Sea|
|Day 7||Mykonos, Greece||7:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|Day 8||Istanbul, Turkey||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Day 9||Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey||1:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Day 10||Athens (Piraeus), Greece||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Day 11||At Sea|
|Day 12||Venice, Italy||2:00 PM||Overnight|
|Day 13||Venice, Italy||9:00 AM|
The great thing about spending a day in each port is that it gives us enough time to explore different places and we can then determine if we want to return for a longer stay on a separate vacation.
For 2014, we’re considering this tour to finally get our butts over to Machu Picchu. 🙂 We’ve talked about it for years and we’re not getting any younger so it’s time to start planning and make it happen!! This 7 day tour sounds fantastic. It includes time in Lima, Cusco, then over to Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham deluxe Orient Express train.
Good times coming. 🙂 Stay tuned!