26 October 2016
On this wonderful cruise which begins in Venice and ends in Rome, you can indulge yourself on Royal Caribbean's state of the art liner Rhapsody of the Seas which has 11 decks of activity, great entertainment and dining and stylish accommodation. This is a light and airy ship enjoying more than two acres of glass canopies, skylights and floor to ceiling windows so you will have fantastic views as you cruise around the Adriatic and the Med stopping at Slovenia, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Malta, Majorca and Barcelona as well as enjoying three full days at sea.
You board the Rhapsody of the seas in Venice, but not before spending time exploring this incredible city. Art, gondolas, Italian food, museums, shopping – Venice has so much to offer. Walk around the atmospheric streets into St Mark's Square and visit the Doges Palace, stroll over the Rialto Bridge and across the Bridge of Sighs and see the great works of art in the palaces, museums and churches. Then set sail and start get to know all that the Rhapsody of the Seas has to offer.
Your first port of call on the cruise is Koper, the largest town on Slovenia's Adriatic coast. Koper was founded during the Middle Bronze Age on what was then a rocky island off the shore. Now a modern and attractive destination for visitors, Koper still wears its history on its sleeve, most notably the five centuries of Venetian rule, which has left a distinctive mark on the town. Strolling along the narrow streets and past the imposing palaces and monumental architecture of the old town, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Italy.
Today you dock at the beautiful Croatian port city of Dubrovnik. It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” The city is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik's colourful history and on a walking tour around the old walled city you will soon come to realise why it is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Today the Rhapsody of the Seas arrives at Kotor. This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. And medieval Kotor is one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you'll ever see. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation. Lots of tours available that can be booked on board.
The first of three full days at sea on the cruise and a good time to get to know the Rhapsody of the Seas and all that this magnificent liner has to offer. Enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view available in the Viking Lounge, burn off some energy on the rock climbing wall and the well equipped fitness centre or in one of the pools. There is so much to do on the ship the only trouble is fitting it all in and there are always all those sunny decks where you can relax with a good book.
Another day, but not just another port. This morning the Rhapsody of the Seas slips into the majestic harbour of Valletta on the island of Malta. This is no doubt Europe's grandest harbour and the views from the ship are magnificent as you sail in and out. You can take one of a number of trips around this very British island today on an organised tour or get off the ship in Valletta and sit in a waterfront cafe and people watch and go shopping for souvenirs, including the famous Medina glass.
Another full day at sea to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun as your luxury cruise ship heads for the holiday island of Majorca. New restaurants are featured on this ship including Chops Grille for perfect steaks, Izumi for delicious oriental cuisine and Chef's Table where you have your own private chef. All the staterooms have been refreshed and have flat screen TVs and digital wayfinders have been introduced to help you get where you want to be quicker. This evening enjoy a signature cocktail and surprise entertainment.
You may well fancy a day on the beach soaking up the sun today when the Rhapsody of the Seas docks at Palma, capital of the holiday island of Majorca. Palma itself is a fascinating city with lots of things to see either on our own or on an organised tour. Or you can travel further afield and see what makes this sunny Balearic island so popular. You have plenty of time to explore before your cruise ship leaves for mainland Spain and another highlight of the trip, the city of Barcelona.
A day is not nearly enough time to do this great city justice, but by booking an organised tour you can experience lots of the highlights. See Gaudi's famous masterpieces, visit the Olympic Stadium, go shopping in Las Ramblas, visit some of the museums and stroll through the lovely parks. The port where the Rhapsody of the Seas docks is withing walking distance of many of the famous places in Barcelona so you can also explore on your own.
Your final full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Send friends and family an e-postcard from the internet cafe, relax in one of the whirlpools or indulge in a special treatment in the beautiful spa, or relax in a deckchair and soak up the sun as you head to your final destination, Rome. Rhapsody of the Seas offers a wide selection of dining options from fine dining to casual, so for your last night aboard try somewhere different. Then enjoy a show in the theatre and possibly try to win back some of your holiday money in the casino.
The end of the cruise today when you arrive at Civitavecchia, the port city of Rome. Leave the ship and take a tour of the Eternal City visiting St. Peter's, the Vatican's breathtaking Sistine Chapel, newly restored to its former glory, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, where gladiators fought to the death, and the Pantheon, considered to be the most perfect architectural statement of the ages. Then possibly stay in the city for a few days before heading to the airport to catch your flight home.
Inside Stateroom fr £671pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated