Let’s be honest: We all dream about it. Heading out on the open sea for a full two weeks to explore the beautiful Mediterranean and all of the amazing cities along the way. Whether it’s Barcelona or Florence or Naples or Nice, there are so many great sites to explore when taking a Western Mediterranean cruise. Outside of what to do and where to go, there are also some things you should know before setting out. Below, we’ve shared a few tips, courtesy of Chris Gray Faust for CruiseCritic.com. Safe travels!
Faust says the Mediterranean is crowded during prime months, so tickets and tours sell out fast. If you absolutely want to see one particular area, Faust recommends making your reservations early.
The Mediterranean can be hot in the summer, says Faust, so be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. He also recommends taking frequent rest breaks.
Expect long days
Faust says that in marquee ports such as Rome and Florence, long bus and train rides are common, so bring comfortable shoes and rest up on sea days.
Keep an eye out
Faust says pickpockets are common in this region of Europe, so “leave your valuables on the ship, keep a firm hold on your purse or wallet, and consider bringing limited amounts of cash.”
Bring your appetite
Faust says “there are few pleasures more sublime that experiencing dishes you’ve come to know and love at their point of origin.” With that being said, pig out on carbonara in Rome, pizza in Naples, tapas in Barcelona, and drink plenty of wine.
For the rest of Faust’s tips, click here to read his article in its entirety.
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