Today I am pretty darn giddy! Ok, I am so excited it is a bit ridiculous. We are flying to Barcelona today to board the Carnival Vista and cruise the Mediterranean. You may remember way back in January 2015 when I spent a few days in NYC for the Carnival Vista announcement with Carnival.
Ever since this event, I have been counting down the days until the Carnival Vista was finished and ready to cruise. Well, last week the Carnival Vista sailed her inaugural sailing out of Italy and heading for Barcelona.
We are flying into Barcelona a day early so we can explore the city. We have never been to Barcelona so please share with us any tips or things we need to see!
After spending a day or so in Barcelona we will board the Carnival Vista for her 2nd cruise in the Mediterranean. We are visiting a few ports we have been to and a few new ones which makes me really excited.
The Carnival Vista is filled with amazing new innovations and room styles. The Carnival Vista even has the first Imax at Sea!
Here is a look at our itinerary
We will be flying from Spokane -Seattle – Paris – Barcelona. I am already looking forward to watching movies and catching up on some sleep. I want to be refreshed and ready for 10 days of adventures in the Mediterranean.
Day 1- Board in Barcelona, Spain
Day 2 – Marseilles, France
This is our first time visiting Marseilles, France. We opted for a Carnival Shore Excursion to get out and explore the area.
DISCOVERING THE “CALANQUES” BY BOAT – Excursion cost $74.99/Adult
It is hard to imagine that in the proximity of a busy and alive city as Marseille you can find a small paradise, a kingdom of nature characterized by green Mediterranean Maquis, white limestone cliffs and clear skies. By boat, this fantastic tour will take you from the port of Marseille to discover the marvelous and unique scenery of the coastline reaching the worldwide famous “Calanques”, listed as Natural heritage by UNESCO. These rocky canyons look like fjords plunging steeply into the turquoise blue waters of the sea resulting in a dramatic and wild landscape we can admire while sailing. At the end of the boat tour, you will go back to the ship by bus.
Day 3 – Livorno, Italy
We decided to book an excursion to visit Cinque Terre. We have heard so many amazing things about this part of Italy.
Start your tour with a scenic drive to Portovenere, a famous picturesque village which is also A UNESCO World Heritage site. This part of the area of coastline and the surrounding hillsides are already the Cinque Terre National Park.
In Portovenere enjoy a guided tour of the village with the visit of the church of St. Peter where the temple of Venus once stood, giving rise to the name Porto Venere. After the guided visit of the village you will enjoy free time for shopping in this lovely place. Then, board a motorboat for a scenic ride along the Cinque Terre: While cruising and admiring the amazing landscape, enjoy a guided commentary. Your boat ride will end at the most famous of the five villages in Cinque Terre, Monterosso al mare.
After the guide’s introduction, you will have a complimentary pesto tasting at one of the local venues before your approximately 90 minutes of free time to explore the village typical shops, the characteristic historical centre or the inviting restaurants. At the end of your free time you’ll take a local train to Levanto (a close-by village) to re-join the coach for your return to the ship.
Day 4 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
We visited Rome on our honeymoon over seven years ago. We are so excited to be back in Rome and have time to explore. We opted for this Carnival excursion to see the highlights of Rome. We have never been inside the Colosseum and can’t wait to take pictures.
Rome at its Best & Colosseum (11 hours) -Excursion cost $175.99/Adult
Board your motor coach and relax during the 90-minute journey into Rome. Then stroll into St. Peter’s Square, which was designed by Bernini to accommodate over 300,000 people to receive the Pope’s blessing. Notice how the colonnades, obelisk and radiating lines in the paving add order to the vast space. Enter Christendom’s largest church, St. Peter’s Basilica. Renaissance and baroque in design, the church measures the length of about two football fields. To realize its enormity, look at the metal markers on the floor inside showing the comparative lengths of other churches and cathedrals. Be sure to observe the altar where the Pope celebrates Mass. Suspended over it is the gilded Papal canopy, called Baldacchino, created by Bernini in the 17th century. In the apse is the splendid gilt and bronze throne, also designed by Bernini. On the nave on your right in the first chapel is one of the best-known marble masterpieces in the world, the Pietà by Michelangelo. It is truly a sight you may never forget. Leaving St. Peter’s Square you’ll enjoy the scenic drive along the Tiber River, passing the medieval Tiberine Island and the Roman Bridges. Then at Aventine Hill, take in the imposing view of the remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. See the ruins of the Roman Forum, which was the center of Roman life during the Republic. (Please note: outside visit only) Next enter the Colosseum. While it is a mere shell today, it’s the greatest architectural remnant of ancient Rome. Vespasian ordered construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD and was inaugurated by Titus in 80 AD. As many as 50,000 people could view combat involving gladiators and wild beasts or even staged naval battles. When you drive by Venice Square, be sure to notice the flamboyant memorial to King Victor Emanuel the Second. It is built of pure white marble and features majestic stairways, Corinthian columns, an immense equestrian sculpture of Victor Emanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria. Then it’s time for lunch at a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy typical Italian fare. Finally, you’ll stop at the famous Trevi Fountain where you can toss a coin in the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City. You’ll marvel at the fountain’s lavish baroque design that depicts the figure of King Neptune’s standing on a shell chariot drawn by a winged horse while a pair of Tritons is in the lead. Afterward, you have some free time on your own before boarding your motorcoach for your return to your “Fun Ship.
Day 5 – Naples, Italy
Still in the planning stages! Something really cool may be happening!
Day 6 – Day at Sea
Time to explore the ship and eat a ton of amazing food!
Day 7 – Crete, Greece
We are still in the planning stages. We have visited Crete before so we are trying to decide what we want to see again.
Day 8 – Rhodes, Greece
We will be exploring the medieval city of Rhodes on our own from the ship. There are some amazing restaurants and shops to check out.
Day 9 – Day at Sea
Day 10 – Athens, Greece
Greek Night Zorba Style (3.5 hours) – Excursion Cost – $105.99/adult
There is virtually nothing more important to Greeks than a good nights “glenti”; an evening filled with good food, lots of wine and of course singing and dancing. Tonight we would like to give you the opportunity to “Go Greek” for the night and relax and enjoy a fun filled evening. An escorted transfer will bring you to a traditional Taverna in the Plaka area of Athens, which will host the “Greek Night”. A band will be playing its Greek airs and during the meal a troupe of expert dancers will entertain you with an ensemble of dances from all over Greece.
The troupe will change into the different traditional costumes of various areas in Greece and will dance for you dances from mainland Greece and the islands. After the show the dancers will come amongst you to lead you and show you how to dance the Greek way.
The meal which will be accompanied by local Greek wine. A selection of Greek dishes will be delivered to your table for you to sample and enjoy. At the end of the folkloric show the band will play on you can carry on and dance to your hearts content until our departure time. We will start tonight’s Greek adventure from the port, where from the comfort of your air-conditioned motorcoach, you will be driven through Piraeus to Athens past some of the famous sights of this Historic City.
On the way back a brief photo stop will be made at the Acropolis where you will be able to view the most famous and beautiful sight in the world fully lit up. One of the most famous cities of all time Athens has something for everyone with its own unique and original style and rhythm of life.
Day 11 – Depart the ship for the airport early in the morning to fly home.
We are taking an early morning flight out of Athens heading home to Spokane via Paris.
Follow along on our journey! We will be sharing updates on the following social channels
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I am hooked on SnapChat!!! Lots of photos and videos will be shared while we are on the ship and in ports. I love SnapChat geo-tags…total geek about them.
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We will be sailing as guests of Carnival. All opinions expressed are our own.