Greece, Turkey, Italy
03.10.2008 - 18.10.2008
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2008 is the first year that the Carnival Splendor sails the Mediterranean. My boyfriend and I booked our tour with his family's reunion. His mom works part-time as a travel agent, too. So, we were able to book the tour with discounts. We boarded the Splendor for the Mediterranean cruise at the port in Civitavecchia, Italy. It's far from the train station so we split a taxi cab ($5/pp) with friends. You can also take a local bus but you might have to do a lot of waiting and figuring out which way it goes. I shared a room with his sister and grandma. Cruise ships are fun because you'll never get bored. There are a lot of activities and new stuff to check out. Each time you leave a port, they have themed bazaar and serve ethnic/international food. At night, you can soak in the hot spa, watch outdoor movies, join karaoke fun, go dancing or drinking with your friends, try your luck at the casino, watch a show, or eat more food at the 24-hour buffet! During the day, you can relax at the spa or work out in the gym, swim, play kiddie golf, join the deck's game/contest, or just read up and rest for you next day's tour. I love the towels they fold up into animals each day you get back from a day trip. During our dinner one night, we were surprised when the servers started singing and dancing and put up a number. They're super friendly and very entertaining.
Sicily was probably where we felt rushed the most. We