Italy, the Adriatic & Greek Islands Cruise

12 days Land & Cruise, Multi-country
Start your adventure exploring Venice before embarking on a cruise of the Mediterranean. While visiting many prominent ports of call, you’ll discover temples dedicated to the ancient gods, sky-spanning sunsets and the ruins of legendary civilizations.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with few hills.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights on the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas; 3 nights in a handpicked hotel

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine on land, 6 lunches and 7 dinners aboard cruise

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Venice

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

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

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Cruise 7 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Cruise embarkation

  Included meals: Dinner

Your cruise departs from Venice this afternoon. Board your ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, and settle into your stateroom.

Day 5: Kotor, Montenegro

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way along the Adriatic coast to Montenegro. After docking in historic Kotor, spend a free afternoon exploring the UNESCO-recognized city center.

Day 6: Corfu, Greece

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise through the Adriatic and Ionian Seas to Corfu, where you’ll disembark to experience the city’s elegant palace and grand squares.

Day 7: Athens, Greece

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dock in the legendary Greek capital, where you can visit the Acropolis, Syntagma Square, the lively Plaka district and more.

Day 8: Mykonos, Greece

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get to know the iconic windmills and charming villages of beachy Mykonos.

Day 9: Argostoli, Greece

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Cephalonia to visit the historic capital city of Argostoli and the island’s stunning beaches.

Day 10: Day at sea

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you make your return to Italy, sit back and take in the scenery.

Venice 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Return to Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to your hotel after disembarking in Venice. Then, enjoy a free day to explore the City of Bridges.

Later, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Rome.

Add Rome Starting from $479 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Rome via high-speed train. Then, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the Italian capital or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City. 

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub 

• Stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections and trials 

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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About the Vision of the Seas

As part of Royal Caribbean’s Vision class of ships, the Vision 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. Download a detailed summary of the ship’s amenities and available cabins [PDF]

Passport & 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.

Luggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & 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.

Cuisine

While most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. Venice and Northern Italy are known for their meats and pastries, while Rome and Southern Italy are known for their pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. 

Croatian food is very good and very hearty. Along the Adriatic coast, you’ll find excellent seafood. Croatia is also well known for its wine varietals.

Turkish food is invariably fresh and very carefully prepared. On the coast, fish is an excellent choice, especially tuna, turbot and sardines. Meat eaters should try lamb kebabs, available in a wide variety of types, each with a different sauce or dressing. Turkish coffee is extremely strong and thick.

Greece’s climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, served with olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Grilled fish and meat are also a staple. Barbecued lamb, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes.

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. Other complimentary dining options include the Windjammer Café and room service. You’ll also find cafes and several different restaurants serving everything from Italian fare to sushi  to steak on board the ship.

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.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Venice (or Rome on the post-tour extension). When you first arrive in Rome, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Florence is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk.

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.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s 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.

Purchasing excursions on tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 8/31/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: SC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Mediterranean Cruise

Last year I had been to many of the ports offered and especially wanted to return for my husband to have the same experience. Was extremely disappointed in the short time in Santorini. There were four ships that day and you couldn't move on Santorini. Crowds everywhere. Very uncomfortable. Not enough time to see what I wanted us to see.

 

Dear Eleanor, We regret that your tour did not meet your expectations. One of our Quality Control members reached out to you to learn more about your experience. If you would like to discuss your concerns, please call back at 1-800-597-0350. In terms of your concerns about Santorini, a visit to the island of Santorini is not included in this tour, nor is it mentioned at all in our itinerary. Please do give us a call if you have time and would like to discuss your hopes for this experience. Thank you.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First time tour!!

It was our first tour with GAT and we loved our experience. Everything was well planned and the cruise was excellent. We would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Incredible Tour Director"

Our trip to the Greek Isles; aboard the "Splendor Of The Sea" was absolutely amazing. The Only thing that eclipsed the beauty of Santorini, Greece or the snorkeling adventure in Dubrovnik, Croatia, or the wonderful accommodations while on the island of Lodi, Italy was our absolutely INCREDIBLE Tour Director - Oda. We are ALL convinced that we will NEVER have another tour guide with as much passion and genuine excitement as she has. Wow; what an outstanding trip, to some outstanding - Must See places..

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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!

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/29/2012

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: CT

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

what a great itinerary

oh, the places we saw! Venice, Bari, Santorini, Rhodes, Olympia, and Dubrovinik ....I am not a veteran cruiser, but the Costa line was very impressive: clean, good staterooms, great shows and fine food...the staff, kids from all over the world, really pampered us and we grew fond of them...I really liked the international ambiance: I speak French and my sister speaks German, and there were many people willing to chat....our guide was energetic and always ready to assist us...this was a five star for me

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An Incredible Journey

I have wanted to visit Venice, Italy, for years. This trip gave us three days in the beautiful city. The waterways are just what you've seen in pictures, but being able to travel the Grand Canal, and taking a gondola ride were amazing experiences. I found Dubrovnik, Croatia, to be situated in a beautiful location. The blueness of th Aegean and Adriatic seas was incredible. It seemed such a peaceful place to visit. I even brought a snow globe depicting the setting, but had it confiscated in the Boston airport.! I had never been to Santorini, Cotokolon (sp?), or Rhodes. I enjoyed these, although I must confess Santorini and Rhodes were my favorites. The geographical beauty of the Greek Isles is a real attraction. I would take this cruise again in a heartbeat. The only thing I would change is the food that was served for dinners. Not one meal stands out as being outstanding.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Italy, Croatia & the Greek Islands Cruise

The ports we visited were beautiful with lots to do. They were mostly tourist destinations, so a lot of shopping and most people spoke at least some English. This was our first cruise, and it isn't really my type of vacation because of the rigorous schedule (off the ship at this time, on the ship at this time, eat dinner at this time, etc.). In some ports we only had a couple of hours to explore and then had to get back to the ship. The Costa line is very European from the food to the passengers. We liked that part ourselves, but other Americans were not as enchanted with it. The staff couldn't have been nicer, and I can't see how they could have made embarkation and debarkation any easier (it was very orderly, but took a while). Our Go Ahead tour director was wonderful, but unlike other tours I have taken, there wasn’t much value to the director other than initially getting us on the ship, seating us together for dinner, and getting us to the airport in Venice at the end. We were on our own for the most part and even the optional excursions were booked through the cruise line. All in all a great trip with lots of memories.

1 / 5

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

trip

Good trip, ship was too big though, 2800 people made it hectic

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2011

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

I lost 3 pounds on the Costa Fortuna.

The service was great but the food was the worst I ever had. It was obvious the cruse line was trying to maximize their profit by buying the cheapest food they could get. Everything was bad from the watered down orange juice, watered down egg mix for the omelet stations to the extremely fatty and gristly meat. My meal on the plane ride home was much better than any meal on the ship. This was the first cruise I was ever on that did not offer lobster ever. We also had inquired about smoking on the ship and were told that smoking was restricted. The main smoking lounge was in the main atrium on the ship and smoke was everywhere. If you hate cigarette smoke and like good food avoid this ship.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2011

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Third Time Around

My friend and I have taken two other Go Ahead tours(both land tours). We were attracted to this cruising tour as it included Venice(which is my favorite world city)and an itinerary of ports that we had not visited before. Unfortunately, my travel companion has limited mobility and could not participate comfortably in any of the shore excursions. This tour is "Easy" only if one stays on board the ship. It would be useful if you mentioned this in the tour description. Of course, l could and did go off on my own, but traveling is so much nicer when shared with a companion. That was a bit of a disappointment, but from my own perspective each stop had its own unique charms which I enjoyed immensely. Venice is always magical, Bari was unexpectedly charming, and Olympia allowed me to tread where the ancients competed. Wow! Santorini, Rhodes, and Dubrovnic were equally enchanting.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/18/2011

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Some Constructive Criticism

This tour is rated a 1 in the catalog. Actually, it's only a 1 if you don't get off the ship. Nearly all of the excursions to the ports are rated a 2 or higher, so if you have any mobility problems, you would have difficulty negotiating the amount of walking, climbing, etc. involved Go Ahead Tours should add a disclaimer to their rating so potential travelers would be aware of this. Many of the .people on the tour expressed disappointment in the ship, Costa Fortuna, myself included. The ship was lovely, but the food and the shows were below those you would find on an American cruise line. If you're not a smoker, you will be unhappy with the many areas of the ship where smoking is allowed. Some of the decks did not go through from bow to stern, so navigating the ship was somewhat confusing and inconvenient. I would not cruise again on this ship, and I would encourage Go Ahead to select another cruise line, an opinion many of my fellow travelers expressed. The itinerary of ports was excellent. All were beautiful and worth visiting.

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