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Italy, Croatia & the Greek Islands Cruise

10 days Land & Cruise Tours
Take to the high seas on a cruise through the Adriatic and the Aegean. With port calls in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Croatia, you’ll discover temples to the ancient gods, sky-spanning sunsets and the ruins of a Roman emperor’s private retreat. When you disembark from your ship, you’ll step right into the timeless beauty of Venice on a local tour.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights aboard the Splendour of the Seas

  • 1 night in a handpicked hotel

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine; all shipboard meals

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Venice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Cruise7 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the harbor. If you’ve taken our pretour extension to Venice, join the rest of your tour today. Board your cruise ship, the Splendour of the Seas, and settle into your stateroom. Then begin to discover the spacious decks and the variety of luxurious amenities. The ship houses a casino, art gallery, spa, pools, jacuzzis, an outdoor movie screen and much more.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, cruise along the Adriatic Coast to the Republic of Croatia. After docking in historic Dubrovnik, spend a free afternoon exploring the 1,300-year-old city. Stroll through the pedestrian only plazas of the Lapad section or climb Petka Hill for a beautiful panoramic view of the city and its harbor.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise through the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas. Sailing by Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, you’ll take in expansive views of the charming seaside towns that have punctuated the coastline since the Middle Ages.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Turkey, where you’ll explore the well preserved ancient city of Ephesus at your leisure. One of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world in the first century, Ephesus now contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the region, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drop anchor today near Santorini, an island of stunning volcanic landscapes and black-sand beaches thought by some to be the lost city of Atlantis. Santorini’s volcanic soil is ideal for harvesting grapes, so as you admire the Mediterranean views, enjoy a glass of white wine for which the island is renowned. You’ll have a full day to explore at your leisure or join an on-shore excursion.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bring your competitive spirit to the port of Katakolon and nearby Olympia, where you’ll have a free day to explore on your own. You may choose to visit the site of the first official Olympic Games, which took place in 776 B.C. to honor the Greek god Zeus. Envision the grand stadium and arenas echoed by the remaining ruins, and the galleries once filled by thousands of cheering spectators. Or seek out the nearby beaches, coves and small coastal towns for an afternoon of seaside relaxation.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you make your way to Italy, sit back and take in the scenery. After yesterday’s action-packed day, you’ll want to indulge in some quality rest and relaxation onboard. Lounge by the ship’s indoor/outdoor pool, and maybe even catch a film on the nearby movie-screen. Treat yourself to a little pampering in the exclusive spa or, if you’re feeling up to it, take on the rock-climbing wall or challenge fellow travelers to a round of mini golf.

Venice1 night Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your cruise ends upon your arrival in Venice, where you’ll experience the romance of the City of Bridges during a guided sightseeing tour. You’ll view the Doge’s Palace, once the political heart of this powerful maritime empire. Your tour concludes by the Basilica of St. Mark, a rich mosaic of Byzantine, Romanesque and Islamic influences entombing the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist. This afternoon, opt for a Gondola Ride with music and enjoy breathtaking views of “La Serenissima,” the Most Serene Republic. Later, transfer to your hotel for this evening’s included Farewell Dinner.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*pp Details

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

Flight homefor a day

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights aboard the Splendour of the Seas

  • 1 night in a handpicked hotel

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine; all shipboard meals

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Venice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Cruise7 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the harbor. If you’ve taken our pretour extension to Venice, join the rest of your tour today. Board your cruise ship, the Splendour of the Seas, and settle into your stateroom. Then begin to discover the spacious decks and the variety of luxurious amenities. The ship houses a casino, art gallery, spa, pools, jacuzzis, an outdoor movie screen and much more.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, cruise along the Adriatic Coast to the Republic of Croatia. After docking in historic Dubrovnik, spend a free afternoon exploring the 1,300-year-old city. Stroll through the pedestrian only plazas of the Lapad section or climb Petka Hill for a beautiful panoramic view of the city and its harbor.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise through the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas. Sailing by Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Albania and Greece, you’ll take in expansive views of the charming seaside towns that have punctuated the coastline since the Middle Ages.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Turkey, where you’ll explore the well preserved ancient city of Ephesus at your leisure. One of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world in the first century, Ephesus now contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the region, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drop anchor today near Santorini, an island of stunning volcanic landscapes and black-sand beaches thought by some to be the lost city of Atlantis. Santorini’s volcanic soil is ideal for harvesting grapes, so as you admire the Mediterranean views, enjoy a glass of white wine for which the island is renowned. You’ll have a full day to explore at your leisure or join an on-shore excursion.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bring your competitive spirit to the port of Katakolon and nearby Olympia, where you’ll have a free day to explore on your own. You may choose to visit the site of the first official Olympic Games, which took place in 776 B.C. to honor the Greek god Zeus. Envision the grand stadium and arenas echoed by the remaining ruins, and the galleries once filled by thousands of cheering spectators. Or seek out the nearby beaches, coves and small coastal towns for an afternoon of seaside relaxation.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you make your way to Italy, sit back and take in the scenery. After yesterday’s action-packed day, you’ll want to indulge in some quality rest and relaxation onboard. Lounge by the ship’s indoor/outdoor pool, and maybe even catch a film on the nearby movie-screen. Treat yourself to a little pampering in the exclusive spa or, if you’re feeling up to it, take on the rock-climbing wall or challenge fellow travelers to a round of mini golf.

Venice1 night Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your cruise ends upon your arrival in Venice, where you’ll experience the romance of the City of Bridges during a guided sightseeing tour. You’ll view the Doge’s Palace, once the political heart of this powerful maritime empire. Your tour concludes by the Basilica of St. Mark, a rich mosaic of Byzantine, Romanesque and Islamic influences entombing the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist. This afternoon, opt for a Gondola Ride with music and enjoy breathtaking views of “La Serenissima,” the Most Serene Republic. Later, transfer to your hotel for this evening’s included Farewell Dinner.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*pp Details

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

Flight homefor a day

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Add Venice City Stay, 3 nights $329 pp

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Venice is known the world over as the quintessential city of romance. Get a head start on your tour with an overnight flight to the Floating City.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Once you’ve cleared customs, a Go Ahead representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to explore the city on your own. Find a hidden trattoria and enjoy a delicious Venetian lunch. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge or follow alleyways lined with boutiques of hand blown glass treasures.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a second free day in Venice. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the islands of Burano and Torcello for a different view of Venetian life.

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65*pp Details

Visit the islands of the Venetian lagoon, a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike. First travel by water taxi to Torcello, where the story of Venice began. It was here that mainlanders sought a safe haven from invading barbarians. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose famous mosaics depict The Last Judgement. The next stop is the tiny fishing village of Burano, where brightly colored homes greet visitors. Wander as you please throughout Burano, and be sure to stop in at the island's bakeries.

Day 4

Join the main tour (on Day 2 of regular itinerary).

How's the weather?

  • Venice, Italy
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About the Splendour of the Seas

As part of Royal Caribbean’s Vision class of ships, the Splendour of the Seas is equipped with all the amenities to make your experience smooth sailing. Kick back in a private stateroom, sun under the glass-canopied Solarium, enjoy fine dining and a Broadway-style show or even take a swing at the mini golf course.

Passport and Visa Requirements

This itinerary includes the following countries: Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. You will not need a visa to visit Turkey during your visit to Ephesus.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies.Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered to accommodate temperature changes is recommended, along with a sun hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a warm sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. You might also wish to bring a pair of binoculars for viewing scenery. This cruise includes two formal nights. Most men opt for a dark suit instead of a tuxedo, and women choose cocktail dresses rather than lavish gowns. The remaining nights are casual, or smart casual with sport shirts and slacks recommended for men, and skirts, khakis or casual dress for women.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. During the summer, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (found in many headache medicines) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. It is advisable to check with your health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Dining arrangements

Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the ship’s dining room, and dinner is served at two seatings (6:30 and 8:30). If you do not get the dinner seating you would like, please speak to the dining room maitre d’ at the earliest opportunity. He will do his best to accommodate you. Dining preference is confirmed upon check-in at the terminal.

Shore Excursions

Be sure to ask cruise representatives about shore excursions, as some are quite walking intensive. Also, please be advised that passengers who do not choose to partake in shore excursions are typically the last to disembark in that day’s port.

Electricity

The ship has 110 volts (standard U.S. voltage) and 220 volts current. Staterooms have built-in hairdryers. Travel irons are not permitted.

Time Zones

Italy and Croatia are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Greece and Turkey are two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST. When it is noon in New York, it’s 6 p.m. in Venice and 7 p.m. in the Greek Islands.

Shipboard Money Matters

On board, you will be issued a card which will enable you to sign for most shipboard expenses, such as optional shore excursions, bar and wine bills, beauty treatments and photo orders. Your account can be settled with cash, traveler’s checks or a major credit card such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club or Discover Card. Personal checks are not cashed or accepted.

Currency

You’ll use several different currencies on tour. We recommend using ATM/bank cards and credit cards or small amounts of changeable cash. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. The currency in Greece and Italy is the euro, Turkish lira in Turkey and is the Croatian kuna in Croatia. Please note: Visa cards are sometimes not accepted in Croatia.

Tipping

Gratuities aboard your cruise ship are not included in the price of your tour but will be automatically charged to your onboard account. In general, this gratuity amounts to around $20 per person per day, which covers all service charges for ship personnel. A separate 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all bar tabs and spa services. At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Venice, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

About the Splendour of the Seas

As part of Royal Caribbean’s Vision class of ships, the Splendour of the Seas is equipped with all the amenities to make your experience smooth sailing. Kick back in a private stateroom, sun under the glass-canopied Solarium, enjoy fine dining and a Broadway-style show or even take a swing at the mini golf course.

Passport and Visa Requirements

This itinerary includes the following countries: Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. You will not need a visa to visit Turkey during your visit to Ephesus.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies.Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered to accommodate temperature changes is recommended, along with a sun hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a warm sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. You might also wish to bring a pair of binoculars for viewing scenery. This cruise includes two formal nights. Most men opt for a dark suit instead of a tuxedo, and women choose cocktail dresses rather than lavish gowns. The remaining nights are casual, or smart casual with sport shirts and slacks recommended for men, and skirts, khakis or casual dress for women.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. During the summer, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (found in many headache medicines) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. It is advisable to check with your health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Dining arrangements

Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the ship’s dining room, and dinner is served at two seatings (6:30 and 8:30). If you do not get the dinner seating you would like, please speak to the dining room maitre d’ at the earliest opportunity. He will do his best to accommodate you. Dining preference is confirmed upon check-in at the terminal.

Shore Excursions

Be sure to ask cruise representatives about shore excursions, as some are quite walking intensive. Also, please be advised that passengers who do not choose to partake in shore excursions are typically the last to disembark in that day’s port.

Electricity

The ship has 110 volts (standard U.S. voltage) and 220 volts current. Staterooms have built-in hairdryers. Travel irons are not permitted.

Time Zones

Italy and Croatia are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Greece and Turkey are two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST. When it is noon in New York, it’s 6 p.m. in Venice and 7 p.m. in the Greek Islands.

Shipboard Money Matters

On board, you will be issued a card which will enable you to sign for most shipboard expenses, such as optional shore excursions, bar and wine bills, beauty treatments and photo orders. Your account can be settled with cash, traveler’s checks or a major credit card such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club or Discover Card. Personal checks are not cashed or accepted.

Currency

You’ll use several different currencies on tour. We recommend using ATM/bank cards and credit cards or small amounts of changeable cash. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. The currency in Greece and Italy is the euro, Turkish lira in Turkey and is the Croatian kuna in Croatia. Please note: Visa cards are sometimes not accepted in Croatia.

Tipping

Gratuities aboard your cruise ship are not included in the price of your tour but will be automatically charged to your onboard account. In general, this gratuity amounts to around $20 per person per day, which covers all service charges for ship personnel. A separate 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all bar tabs and spa services. At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Over all great!

Loved the ship, not too large as cruise ships go. Also out tour director, Tini was the best. The accommodations were lovely, and the shore excursions well done.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 30

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best tour director without a tour

This tour is not really a tour. We had one of the best tour directors, whose talents were wasted since we did all on our own during the cruise. It was nice she was there, but her talents were wasted. The cruise ship was not up to the standards of most hotel stayed at during the other GA tours. This was not a tour I would recommend to others. It does not stand out as a usual GA tour, nor is it up to your usual quality.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Director

Sylvana was the best tour director ever! I just wish the tour had been offered earlier before the heat and all the other tourists were out and about. I did not like the fact that our group was split during the flight both coming and going. The ship was lovely and I liked the excursions that were offered.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

bad travel arrangements

The trip was wonderful and Sylvana was a great tour director. The only problem we had was with the horrible travel arrangements that had our group of 17 people divided into two groups on two separate plane flights that were 4 hours apart.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2012

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip!

My first cruise, enjoyed it much!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy, Croatia and Greek Islands Cruise

What fun this tour was.!! We were in a very small group which made it easy to get to know everyone. Our Tour Director, Oda Lerda Oleberg went above and beyond my expectations!!! 10 stars to her for sure. She is so outgoing and we all got along so very well. I feel my life has been enriched and I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know her and learn from her wealth of knowledge

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

venice, greece croatia

The itinerary was great but the cruise ship was only OK. Meals on the ship were just average but the facilities on ship were top. Our cruise director, Kostas,went out of his way to help everyone and was top notch. Would have preferred for the hotel for the optional Venice excursion to be located in Venice.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2012

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Italy,Croatia and the greek islands cruise

We just came back from this trip last week and we were both thrilled with the experience! we did the three day extension in Venice before embarking on the cruise. The hotel go ahead provided was so lovely and comfortable we didn't want to leave it, we were located in Lido a short water taxie ride across from Venice and the area was very safe and loaded with great restaurants and shops. Our tour director Kostas was one of the very best he got us quickly on the cruise ship and comfortable. He was always around to help with everything including getting us off the ship right away in ports that we had to tender into.We had an English ambassador that was always around as well.There are many Europeans that travel on Costa cruise line and we met many new and friendly people. Costa Facination is a brand new and beautiful ship. The buffets on deck were Great and the dining room was comfortable and fun since our group were seated together. The ports we visited were awesome as well. Kostas booked all our excursions for us and met with us every night at dinner to discuss the next days ports, he also left mail in our ship mailbox every night to leave us information about the ports, shopping, maps and even recipes. disembarkation was also a snap when traveling with a tour director. We spent our last full day in Venice and went back to our Hotel close to the airport.The Marriot in Venice was a very comfortable hotel, with great food and service. Our farewell dinner was great but very sad, we all hated to leave our group and Kostas. To us this was one of the best trips we have taken and will be remembered for years to come.

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1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 6/17/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WV

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Not the vacation we were hoping for

This was the first cruise we'd taken, and it will be the last. Our boat, the Costa Fascinosa, was enormous (3500 passengers and upwards of 1000 crew). The schools had just let out and Costa apparently lets kids 17 and under ride free, so there were hundreds of children on the boat. That's fine, of course, but if we'd known about that policy (or even the timing of the school year) we would never have booked this cruise. I'd always imagined a cruise would be relaxing, but the constant crush of people jostling each other to get into the elevators, on and off the boat, and through the breakfast line was exhausting. Oh, and forget the pools. They were tiny, and people packed into them like olives in a jar. The deck chairs were so close to each other that you could rub the sunscreen off one neighbor's arm even as you smoked another neighbor's cigarette. The food in the restaurant was fine, but not great. The self service buffet was an absolute zoo. Half the time we could find nowhere to sit. Of course, once we did find a place, we could always amuse ourselves by watching people try to steal each other's tables. Rhodes and Dubrovnik were great ports of call, and Katakolon was unexpectedly fun. The village was apparently created especially for tourists, which should make it cheesy. But the shop owners and people are very friendly and curious, and we had some of our most interesting conversations there. Bari was a bust, and the only reason I think we stopped there was to pick up another thousand people. Santorini would have been nice to visit some other way, I think, but having 3500 of us swamp the place at once (the total population is around 14,000, I think) was kind of ridiculous. Ok, this is very negative I know, so on the plus side, our stateroom was very nice, and very comfortable, and our room steward was fabulous. The ship was very clean, which was another plus. The Go Ahead extension in Venice was nice. Although they canceled the trip to Burano, we ended up with an extra day in Venice proper, which was very interesting, and our hotel in Lido was good. The people on the trip were interesting as well, and we enjoyed spending time with them. Our guide was very good, but most of the tour was on the boat, and there were limits to what she could do there. Still, she was very helpful, and very friendly, and she was able to navigate some quite tricky situations with great grace, so kudos to Go Ahead for hiring such talented people. Despite the great assets of the Go Ahead staff and guide, the Costa experience cast a cloud over the entire trip for us. Although the ship's staff were fine, the Costa company itself set up an experience that left us feeling frayed, anonymous, and processed. And, to be honest, chewed up and spit out. The overall trip came to many thousands of dollars for each of us--more than we'd ever spent on a vacation before--and much of the time we were just praying for it to end. Even the experienced cruisers we met said that this one fell short. In a nutshell, we wouldn't recommend it.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 4/29/2012

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NC

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Italy, Croatia, and Greek Islands Cruise

It was nice to see another part of the world, but truthfully, this trip did not measure up to the Go Ahead tours I have been on in the past. Our tour director was a lovely person, but she was very unorganized and didn't do a lot for us, but we did just fine on our own. The cruise ship was beautiful and the meals very good, comparable to other cruise ships I have been on. That said, I'm looking forward to my next Go Ahead tour, wherever that may be!!

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