29 March 2017
You can take in the best of the Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles on this amazing cruise on the Norwegian Spirit. Before setting sail, be sure to see the wonders of the Eternal City, then after a full day at sea you visit Athens and the picturesque Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini and Crete. Next stop is the very British island of Malta before spending a day on Sicily. And on the way back to Rome call in at Naples . . . this is a cruise that packs in so many wonderful highlights.
Endless adventures await in Rome before you set sail on the Norwegian Spirit. With two and a half thousand years of history, art and culture, it is no wonder that the Eternal City is one of the most visited on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel roof, visit the Coliseum where the gladiators once fought and walk around St Peter's Cathedral. Or you can just people-watch while sipping an espresso in a quaint cafe.
A full day at sea today and a great time to get to know all that this great modern cruise ship has to offer. Whatever you choose to do, you are travelling in style on this ship and the entertainment and dining options are endless. Relax around the Tivoli Pool, soak in one of our four outdoor hot tubs, or take the kids to Buccaneer's Wet and Wild. And with 14 delicious dining options, 12 bars and lounges, the Maharaja's Casino, and the Roman Spa and Fitness centre at your fingertips, there is never a dull moment.
Your first port of call on the cruise is colourful Mykonos, which is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and iconic windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Today you can relax on one of the many beaches or take a tour around the island including exploring in a 4 x 4 to see the old lighthouse and some of the island's hidden corners. You also have the chance to take a ferry to the tiny nearby island of Delos.
Today the Norwegian Spirit docks at Piraeus, the port city for Athens. The capital of Greece is the cradle of civilization and the oldest city in Europe. Not only is it home to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world. It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping and there are a number of tours you can take including a visit to the Olympic Stadium.
This morning you arrive on the Greek island of Rhodes, which is just off the coast of Turkey and exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master's Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savour the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views
Another day, another Greek island, when the Norwegian Spirit docks at stunning Santorini. Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made this volcanic island of one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis. Today you can take a tour, relax on one of the lovely beaches and have our camera ready for a sensational sunset.
One of the most beautiful cities on the island of Crete, charming Chania, where the Norwegian Spirit drops anchor today, has also been the site of many great battles. Greeks, Christians, Moors, Venetians and Ottomans all fought for control here. See how these cultures interweave when you explore the Old Town, with its Venetian Harbour, 16th-century Turkish prison, 17th-century mosque, Greek Orthodox Chania Cathedral and more. And there are lots of historic sites to visit if you want to travel further afield.
Make sure you are on deck this morning when the Norwegian Spirit sails into the spectacular grand harbour of Valetta. Although somewhat scarred by World War II, Valletta prides itself on its magnificent Baroque palaces, piazzas, gardens and churches. The Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, now houses the Maltese Parliament and offices of the President of Malta.Trips today include Golden Bay Beach, a 4x4 island adventure and a voyage on a traditional Maltese boat.
Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily, and is a place that welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbour, extraordinary architecture - much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908 - and wonderful food. Today you can stroll through Messina's Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk cafe. And there may be time to take a trip up the famous active volcano Mount Etna.
Today you cruise into Naples, on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history and the one that gave the world the pizza. A tour around Naples' grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old centre will take you back centuries. The buried city of Pompeii is nearby - an amazing place which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets and you can take a trip up Mount Vesuvius by cable car. Today you can also visit the island of Capri, with its famous Blue Grotto.
Today the Norwegian Spirit arrives back at Civitavecchia, the port city of Rome, where your wonderful cruise around the Eastern Mediterranean comes to an end. Time to say farewell to new found friends and before heading to the airport to catch your flight home there may be time for a final tour around the Italian capital seeing more of the sights and throwing a coin or two in the Trevi Fountain . . . which will guarantee you return to the Eternal City one day
Inside Stateroom fr £870pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated