Date Date Location Location Arrival Arrival Departure Departure
Wed, Jun 15, 2022 ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY -- 7:00 pmThu, Jun 16, 2022 NAPLES/POMPEII, ITALY 8:00 am 6:00 pmFri, Jun 17, 2022 MESSINA (SICILY), ITALY 8:00 am 7:00 pmSat, Jun 18, 2022 VALLETTA, MALTA 8:00 am 11:00 pmSun, Jun 19, 2022 CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA -- --Mon, Jun 20, 2022 FLORENCE/PISA/TUSCANY (LIVORNO), ITALY 8:00 am 8:00 pmTue, Jun 21, 2022 MONTE CARLO, MONACO 8:00 am 11:00 pmWed, Jun 22, 2022 SAINT-TROPEZ, FRANCE 8:00 am 7:00 pmThu, Jun 23, 2022 PROVENCE (MARSEILLE), FRANCE 8:00 am 7:00 pmFri, Jun 24, 2022 PALAMOS, SPAIN 8:00 am 9:00 pmSat, Jun 25, 2022 BARCELONA, SPAIN 6:00 am --
Arrival | Departure Sat, Jun 25, 2022
6:00 AM | 7:00 PM
Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Frank Del Rio, Joe Watters and Bob Binder, Oceania Cruises is the world's largest upper premium cruise line. The Finest Cuisine at Sea, Destination Specialists and Intimate & Luxurious Ships are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises' five-star product, positioning the line as the cruise company of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience.
Featuring a fleet of warm and luxurious ships, Oceania Cruises offers an unrivaled vacation experience renowned for its gourmet culinary program inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin and its array of destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe. Seasoned world travelers are drawn to Oceania Cruises' diverse voyages, which call on more than 400 ports across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the Americas. Spacious and elegant accommodations aboard the 684-guest Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena and the 1,250-guest Marina and Riviera invite guests to explore the world in unparalleled comfort and style.
At Oceania Cruises, we do things the R.I.T.E. way - Respect, Integrity, Trust and Excellence are the foundation of all our actions, every day, in everything we do.
Oceania Cruises appeals to discerning, sophisticated travelers in search of world-class cuisine, unparalleled personal service, a luxurious onboard ambiance and enriching destination experiences.
Oceania Cruises will provide the highest quality cruise product for mature and discerning travelers by offering the finest culinary experience at sea, authentic destination experiences, and a warm and luxurious ambiance on every voyage. Combining a casually sophisticated onboard experience with the most alluring destinations around the world, we provide our guests with a truly extraordinary travel experience.
Stunning Riviera was designed to be distinctive and special in so many ways. Featuring the magnificent Lalique Grand Staircase, stunning Owner's Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, and designer touches throughout the entire ship, Riviera showcases rich residential design and furnishings. Riviera's refined ambiance truly embodies the unparalleled Oceania Cruises experience.
Ideally proportioned, Riviera still embraces the same warmth and charm of renowned Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena. While the impeccable level of personalized service and the country club casual ambiance remain the same, Riviera offers even more choices, as well as generous new amenities. Designed with the ultimate epicurean and travel connoisseur in mind, Riviera offers guests multiple dining venues, of which six are open-seating gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers enlightening seminars, tastings, and gourmet food pairings. Riviera also features The Culinary Center, the only hands-on cooking school at sea which features a range of cooking classes by master chefs. In the Artist Loft, talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction in everything from photography to painting to printmaking. Baristas, our signature coffee bar, serves up illy espresso and coffee and fresh pastries made daily. Intimate spaces throughout the ship provide relaxing escapes. Spacious accommodations in every category showcase luxurious designer touches and lavish bathrooms.
Notably, the onboard experience continues to exude that comfortable familiarity guests have come to cherish. We have retained everything guests appreciate about our ships and continue to aim even higher. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Oceania @ Sea Computer Center
Stay connected with family and friends or monitor business developments in our 24-hour Internet center, Oceania@Sea. For personalized service, Oceania@Sea is fully-staffed on both sea days (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and port days (8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.).
Internet and Phone
Oceania Cruises also offers wireless Internet access throughout the ship, allowing you to connect through your laptop or mobile device. Guests in Concierge Levels and above are provided with a laptop. And as an added convenience, guests in all Owner's, Vista and Oceania Suites will have the use of an iPad throughout the voyage. Beginning in Winter of 2015, guests in Concierge Verandas and Penthouse Suites will enjoy a FREE Internet Package, and guests in Oceania, Vista and Owner's Suites will enjoy FREE Unlimited Internet.
Letters and postcards with the appropriate postage can be mailed at the Reception Desk. Postage for mail may be purchased at the Reception Desk for a nominal fee. Mail will be collected one hour prior to sailing from each port of call.
Incoming mail or faxes received by the ship on your behalf will be delivered directly to your stateroom.Wireless Communications Service
Oceania Cruises offers Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices such as Blackberry when the ship is at sea.
You can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use other data services when the ship is at sea. You will be billed by your mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on your bill. While using the WMS service, international maritime roaming rates will apply. Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates and service zones.
Few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts.
Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.
This delightful coffee bar offers java lovers complimentary illy espressos, cappuccinos and lattes prepared by our master baristas, as well as the delicious pastries, finger sandwiches and homemade biscotti that draw so many to Baristas throughout the day.
Open daily until early evening. No reservations required.
Host a private party for up to 10 privileged guests in our most exclusive onboard dining venue, Privee. The exquisite setting is adorned with Baroque millwork and a custom-built table designed by the famed Dakota Jackson, illuminated by a golden Venini chandelier. The cuisine is equally superb, as each guest may select any number of courses from Polo Grill, Toscana or a combination of both.
Reservations required. A room reservation surcharge applies.
La Reserve by Wine Spectator
La Reserve by Wine Spectator offers not only wine seminars and vintage tastings but also gourmet dinners pairing fine wines with delectable courses such as Bay Scallop Teriyaki Seared on Riverstone, Cream of Porcini with Sauteed Duck Foie Gras, and 72-Hour Slow Braised Short Rib with Gnocchi au Jus. An all-new, elegant seven-course affair, La Cuisine Bourgeoise celebrates the rituals of the table and pairs time-honored flavors with wines that complement the history of the dishes, many of which Master Chef and Executive Culinary Director Jacques Pepin has enjoyed since his childhood. Even the most devout epicureans will enhance their appreciation of fine dining at its best with these perfect pairings.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required. Wine Experience surcharge applies.
After a day of enriching shore excursions ashore or various activities onboard, you may dine in the privacy of your suite or stateroom. An extensive Room Service menu is available around the clock. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on your private veranda, as you take in spectacular seascapes.
Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day.
For those enthusiasts seeking enlightenment beyond that found in a library or a lecture, Riviera and Marina offer the first custom-designed and truly hands-on cooking school at sea. At The Culinary Center, you will learn how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes at your own fully equipped workstation in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Master Chefs from around the world offer guidance and inspiration to fine-tune your techniques, but you will actually prepare the dishes yourself. It's the ultimate way to learn and truly absorb every step of each recipe, especially since at select ports you may accompany the instructor chefs while shopping for fresh ingredients ashore at local markets on our exclusive Culinary Discovery ToursTM.
1493: The Foodie's New World
When 15th-century explorers sailed back to Spain from the New World, they introduced ingredients that revolutionized Mediterranean cuisine such as peppers, potatoes, melons, corn and tomatoes - not to mention exotic spices. This class honors the ingredients that redefined the cuisines of the Americas and the Mediterranean, and introduces you to several exquisite recipes perfect for hosting a memorable post-cruise dinner party.
Argentine-Style Master Grilling
Perhaps the only country that rivals the United States in their mastery of grilling is Argentina. In this technique-driven class, learn chefs' insider secrets to consistently grill meats, fish, vegetables and breads to savory perfection. In the Argentine tradition, you'll also learn expert tips for creating sauces and marinating, as well as indoor and outdoor grilling essentials.
Island cuisine is not only fresh and vibrant - it's remarkably healthy. Healthy cuisine is the backbone of Canyon Ranch, and our inspiration for this class. The recipes featured in this class comfort both the body and soul, and are all inspired by culinary traditions from across the Caribbean islands. Delight and surprise yourself with the astounding depth of flavors you can enjoy while nourishing yourself and your family.
Catch Of The Day
Nothing says Caribbean cuisine more than enjoying the bounty of the sea. Gain confidence to cook several different types of fish and seafood as you learn master-level fish cookery techniques and flavorful island-style recipes at the same time. To help expand your seafaring repertoire and palate, discover more about lesser-known fish varieties that make great substitutes for your favorites.
In recent years, our chefs have traveled throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Patagonia, to learn the recipes and ingredients of this revered and distinct cuisine. Based on a careful balance, Latin cuisine elevates basic ingredients, such as the potato and rib-eye steak, to extraordinary levels. Master our chef-selected recipes and cocktails - all abundant in flavor and personality - that have made the Latin American kitchen the new frontier of foodies worldwide.
Culinary Bootcamp At Sea
Offered only on select sailings, this two-day class invites you to completely immerse yourself in the culinary arts. Three-hour sessions, offered morning and afternoon, focus on knife skills; preparing protein, vegetables, sauces and dressings; and plating. The class ends with a mystery-ingredient challenge, where the teachings of the two-day bootcamp come to fruition. Oceania Cruises' senior executive chefs lightheartedly judge the final results and award keepsake certificates.
Help us celebrate the glorious career of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pepin. Regarded in the chef community as the Master of Technique, Jacques has demonstrated a lifelong passion for culinary technique that inspired this class. Brush up on your knife skills and master the emulsion - the secret of perfect salad dressings. Prepare a collection of delicious dishes while practicing the basic techniques that chefs have learned from Jacques over the past six decades.
Floribbean: Florida Meets Caribbean
The sultry Caribbean and South Florida food scenes are where vibrant and diverse cultures meet bold flavors. This class explores the trendy fusion of Caribbean and Floridian dishes - Floribbean cuisine - a fresh celebration of delicious dishes for entertaining at home. In addition to learning some new savory recipes, you'll master tropical cocktails and island-inspired desserts.
Break Out Of Your Shell: Celebrate The Egg
Ask our chefs to name their favorite ingredient, and most will passionately tell you: eggs. This class features The Culinary Center chefs' most-requested egg recipes, all inspired by the cuisines of the Americas. It's a celebration of the amazing versatility of eggs, complete with sparkling cocktail pairings. Join us for this classic cooking class to learn all about the art and science - and diversity - of cooking with the incredible egg.
Red Ginger Favorites
Oceania Cruises' famed restaurant Red Ginger is the inspiration for our class devoted to Asian cuisine. In this class, you will explore two diverse cuisines: Chinese and Thai. You'll master classic Asian ingredients and the fundamental cooking techniques of this class such as knife skills, mise en place and high-heat cooking. You'll also learn how to work with rice paper and pad Thai noodles.
Casinos At Sea Rewards Program
Welcome to our Casinos At Sea rewards program. Elevate your game and your card status will follow with exclusive perks and privileges. Casinos At Sea reward points can be earned for many benefits, from free play, to complimentary drinks and exciting promotional offers. The more you play, the more you are rewarded.
Earn Casino Points
Getting started is easy. Stop by the casino cage and pick up your Oceania Cruises casino player card and start earning points today, by inserting your player card while playing your favorite slot machines and table games. The more you play, the more you earn!
- REEL & VIDEO SLOTS - For every $5 coin-in, receive 1 point.
- VIDEO POKER - For every $10 coin-in, receive 1 point.
- TABLE GAMES - Points are based on average bet, session play or hands played and game type.
Redeem Casino Points
You've played. You've earned. Now you're ready to redeem. Downloading points for play is quick and easy. Redeem your casino points for play right at your machine by following the on-screen prompts or stop by the casino cage - the choice is yours.
Casino Cash & Credit
Front Money deposits are accepted for gaming in the form of cash, traveler's checks, cashier's checks and wire transfers delivered to us prior to embarkation. All cashier's checks require prior verification.
Charge gaming to your onboard account directly from your game of choice or at the casino cashier, using your stateroom key card. Convenience fees, daily limits and cruise limits apply. Euros may be exchanged at the casino cashier, exchange rates apply. All gaming is in US Dollars.
Casino Credit is available to all players with an existing reservation. The minimum application amount is $10,000.00 and a personal check is required onboard to activate the credit line. Applications are processed 1 month prior to sailing. The application process is easy and there is no fee to apply.
The Grand Dining Room
The Grand Dining Room is a study in stateliness, a tribute to the spirit of Europe's marquee 5-star hotel restaurants that inspired its dignified yet convivial ambiance. Handsomely decorated in rich woods, designer tapestry fabrics and oversized armchairs, the expansive dining area exudes classic splendor. Tables are beautifully set with bone china, sparkling Riedel crystal, gleaming silver, and fine cotton linens. Remarkably, as sumptuous as The Grand Dining Room's decor is, guests always feel completely at ease within its grandeur. Much of that is a direct reflection of the formally attired and classically trained wait staff, graciously serving course after course of European-inspired cuisine or delectable alternatives such as light and healthy Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine and gourmet vegan options. And on board Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena signature specials from Jacques and Red Ginger are featured nightly in The Grand Dining Room. As variety is essential, menus change daily with a brilliant choice of at least ten appetizers, soups and salads and twelve entrees at dinner.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Inspired by the family recipes of our Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pepin, The Bistro invites you to enjoy quintessential French dishes as well as lunchtime favorites and regional specialties during lunch in The Grand Dining Room. The menu features some of Jacques' favorite bistro-style dishes like the crisp salade nicoise and a warm croque-monsieur as well as a rich range of global flavors with Taste of the World selections from Cuba, Mexico, Scandinavia, Italy, Thailand, Morocco and beyond. Daily specials offer even more choices and opportunities to savor a new and different dish or a time-honored classic you crave. Bon appetit!
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Polo Grill embodies all the elements of a classic steakhouse, expressing them with timeless reverence. Mindful of tradition, the decor features crisp, white linen tablecloths, dark wood furnishings and supple, high-back, burgundy leather chairs. Each course stands as the very definition of time-honored favorites, most notably the beef dishes, all of which are USDA Prime and dry-aged for 28 days to enhance tenderness and flavor. Succulent seafood dishes such as Grilled Swordfish and Whole Maine Lobster Gratinee are also classics in their own right. The Classic Caesar Salad, too, is prepared according to tradition, tableside and with gusto.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required. Toscana on Oceania Cruises.
In Italian, Toscana means Tuscan, and just as Tuscan cuisine evolved from rich family traditions, many of our recipes originated with the mothers and grandmothers of our own Italian culinary staff. Presented on elegant, custom-designed Versace china, masterfully prepared dishes exemplify the essence of Tuscany and celebrate Italy's culinary passion. Perhaps the evening begins with an appetizer of Octopus Carpaccio with Champagne Vinaigrette or the Artichoke and Parmesan Cheese Timbale with Black Truffle Sauce. Classic dishes from other regions of Northern Italy are featured as well, such as the Minestrone alla Genovese, Lasagne al Forno alla Bolognese and Osso Buco alla Milanese.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required.
Exquisitely decorated with heirloom antiques, pickled wood furnishings and art from Jacques Pepin's personal collection, Jacques was modeled after a Parisian bistro. Comfortable and eclectic, the ambiance is pure French, as is the cosmopolitan yet wonderfully embraceable cuisine. Luscious aromas waft from the gleaming show rotisserie, where chicken, duck, pork, beef and veal roasts slowly turn. Each dish is a classic, ingeniously reinterpreted by Master Chef Pepin. This is Coq au Vin beyond the imagination. Rotisserie-roasted chicken falls off the bone, bursting with flavor. His Steak Frites pairs the succulence of prime beef with the crisp sweetness of pommes de terre. Jacques is absolutely magnifique!
Open for dinner only. Reservations required.
Red Ginger's chefs have created contemporary interpretations of Asian classics. The interior simply glows with ebony woods, a soothing waterfall wall and striking, modern Asian artworks. To complement the stunning decor, Red Ginger's chefs have created contemporary interpretations of Asian classics. Begin with a Salad of Spicy Roast Duck and Watermelon with Cashews, Mint and Thai Basil. Savor a Malaysian Beef Penaeng with Coconut Rice and Paratha Roti. Or try Thai Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Aubergine, Mushrooms and Basil in Green Curry Sauce. In Red Ginger, the gustatory pleasures are as striking as the visual ones.
Open for dinner only. Reservations required.
Informal and carefree, the Terrace Cafe is wonderfully inviting any time of day--feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. First thing in the morning, enjoy sumptuous breakfast selections. Come lunch, the expansive menu of international-inspired dishes changes entirely, beautifully complemented by flavorful roasted and rotisserie meats and the magic of the pizzeria's oven. Feel free to dine inside or alfresco at one of the shaded teak tables on the terrace. Evenings, the impeccably clad wait staff shines, and the cuisine takes on a more sophisticated flair. Lobster tails and lamb chops are prepared to order, and freshly made hand-cut sushi and sashimi await your selection. Tomorrow, an entirely different series of menus awaits the opportunity to delight you.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations required.
Sometimes, the ultimate luxury is casual dining on all-American favorites, a style laid-back Waves Grill epitomizes. Located in a spacious, shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Grill offers an extensive and mouthwatering luncheon menu as well as raw, cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies and healthy energy bowls during breakfast at the new Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar. During lunch, the chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.
Open for lunch and afternoon dining only. No reservations required.
Experience the warm and convivial atmosphere unique to Oceania Cruises: elegance without pretense. Feel wonderfully at home as you mingle with shipmates, explore the ship and prepare for all of the exciting destinations you will soon discover. Meet another couple at a wine tasting at La Reserve and recount adventures enjoyed ashore. Join friends for a bridge game, or perhaps simply relax by yourself in the peaceful English-style library.
The stimulating variety of entertainment options on board our ships continually ensures your interests are piqued. Enjoy an engaging guest lecture by a historian, naturalist or former ambassador eager to share behind-the-scenes knowledge. Relax at a musical performance, perhaps featuring a live pianist, a classical string quartet, a dynamic vocalist or a spectacular headliner. Later, try your luck at the elegant Monte Carlo-style casino or join jazz night at Martinis.
Tea Takes Center Stage
A ritual that dates back to 19th century England, afternoon tea is still a cherished tradition the world over. But few tea times are as anticipated and inspired as ours, a celebratory daily event that irresistibly draws guests to Horizons at four o'clock sharp. As a classical string quartet plays softly in the background, our staff glides through the room presenting bountiful four-tiered pastry carts filled with freshly made finger sandwiches, colorful petits fours, richly textured scones with clotted cream, and wonderfully sinful desserts. Of course, a tempting selection of traditional and herbal teas is the essential centerpiece of this splendid afternoon pastime.
Daily at 4pm. No reservations required.
For budding artists, there is the Artist Loft enrichment center, where talented artists-in-residence offer step-by-step instruction. Under their watchful eye, you may paint with oils or watercolors, sketch or create collages. The courses change continually and are designed with every level in mind, so everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals will find the classes engaging and enriching. With the masters' guidance, your talents will quickly blossom.
*Available on board Insignia world cruises.
Our three stylish boutiques feature a bounty of items ranging from sundries to designer casual wear. Feel free to browse through our array of duty-free merchandise including fine jewelry, fragrances and Oceania Cruises logo wear.
Enrich your mind in the tranquility of our English-style Library with over 2,000 books and periodicals ranging from destination-specific guide books to best-selling mysteries to classic literature.
Pool & Sports DeckWith a large heated pool and three whirlpool spas, there is always room for a refreshing dip in the pool, poolside relaxation, or a soothing spa experience.
- Golf Putting Green
- Paddle Tennis
- Fitness Track
Martinis serves numerous incarnations of this famous cocktail in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a private gentleman's club, featuring live piano music.
Enjoy spirited conversation with new found friends amid the opulence of the convivial Grand Bar.
From headline acts to comedians and magicians to lively jazz ensembles, the Lounge is the center of nightly entertainment aboard Oceania Cruises.
An elegant observation lounge with dramatic floor to ceiling windows and a country club casual ambiance, Horizons features our beloved teatime by day and transforms into a sophisticated evening venue by night. Dance the night away to the sounds of a lively musical group and enjoy cocktails with friends at the convivial bar.
Try your hand at exciting table games such as blackjack, poker and roulette while enjoying a delightful cocktail from the Casino Bar. The air's always charged with anticipation as guests gather around the tables and the slot machines jingle with jackpots.
Located in shaded area steps from the swimming pool, Waves Bar offers a wide variety of libations to enhance your poolside experience. A perfect afternoon on the deck with your favorite cocktail or a glass of wine or beer can be further enhanced with a decadent dessert such as a creamy homemade gelato, a made-to-order hot fudge sundae or a thick, hand-dipped milkshake. Nearby, at Waves Grill, chefs grill gourmet burgers, tangy barbecue and succulent seafood to order in the open galley, accompanying them with the side dishes like garden-fresh salads and crispy, hand-cut truffle fries dusted with grated aged parmesan.
Wine Bar at La Reserve by Wine Spectator
La Reserve by Wine Spectator is now the perfect spot to sip and savor before dinner. Enjoy a curated selection of ever-changing, regional wines from the destinations we visit paired with locally inspired tapas.
Mind, Body & Soul
On a voyage with Oceania Cruises, you not only chart a new course to alluring ports of call but also discover new paths to wellness. Travel stimulates the mind, uplifts the soul and invigorates the body, and the journey is as inspiring as the destination. You naturally enhance your well-being while on board our ships and during explorations ashore because the entire experience nurtures that most cherished gift – your health and vitality.
Beyond The Spa
This holistic approach to well-being is at the very heart of our new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center, which offers a wide array of programs, services and experiences designed to help you live your best life. Of course, rejuvenating spa treatments and healing therapies are an essential part of this philosophy, but Aquamar is far more than a spa. From complimentary fitness classes and plant-based menus on board to excursions in worldwide destinations that reveal timeless wellness practices, Aquamar encourages a lifestyle of health and longevity.
- Year Built: 2012
- Year Refurbished: 2015
- Gross Tonnage: 66,084
- Length: 784.95 feet
- Beam: 105.646 feet
- Maximum Draught: 24 feet
- Stabilizers: Yes
- Cruising Speed: 20 knots
- Guest Decks: 11
- Total Decks: 16
- Electric Power or Voltage: 110, 220 AC
- Guest Capacity: 1,250 (Double Occupancy)
- Staff Size: 800
- Guest to Staff Ratio: 1.567 to 1
- Nationality of Officers: European
- Nationality of Staff: International
- Country of Registry: Marshall Islands
Please note: Stateroom images and features are samples only. Actual furniture, fixtures, colors, configurations and window/porthole views may vary.
Your days ashore are invitations to adventure, education and the pure pleasure of seeing things you've only read about before. Visit castles, museums and galleries. Explore ancient cities through winding canals. From glorious gardens and gilded theaters to famous boulevards and fabled landmarks, you're in for a picture-perfect experience.
The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to The Eternal City, where all roads lead. Mad traffic careens past monuments of the great civilizations of the past. You will want to see it all: the soaring inspiration of St. Peter's, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; the flow of life along the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, the Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain. Be sure to leave time for la dolce vita in one of the piazzas.
One of the most spectacular bays in the world lies in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Visit the San Carlo Opera House and the cathedral of San Janarious, or tour the ancient ruins in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The setting for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Messina has much to offer in the way of history. Its dramatic, boulder-filled harbor has challenged navigators since the days of Ulysses. Try to visit the city's Bell Tower at the stroke of noon--the hour when one of the world's largest and most fanciful mechanical clocks springs into action. Messina's museum is also noteworthy for its Renaissance masterworks.
The Knights of St. John made this their base in the Mediterranean Sea. The castles, cathedrals and fortresses they built still are their remaining legacy. But Phoenicians, Romans, Carthaginians and Arabs preceded them and left their marks as well. Take a drive to M''dina, the former capital, and wonder at Europe''s third-largest dome in Mostra.
The achievements of the Renaissance have been preserved and lovingly cared for by the city...artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo were encouraged to produce masterpieces like the Birth of Venus and David. Advancements in architecture, the likes of which hadn't been seen before in Europe... But before you think that Florence is a city trapped in the past, know that it is a highly modernized Italian town...Florence has also emerged as one of the leading shopping and dining destinations in Italy
No introduction is needed for what is perhaps the world's best known and most fashionable resort on the Riviera. Immerse yourself in the splendid scenery of the Cote d'Azur with an excursion to the hilltop villages of Gassin and Il Ramatuelle, and the new town of Port Grimaud, built to resemble an old Mediterranean fishing village.
Marseille is France's second largest city, but it often goes unnoticed and unvisited by travelers... They are missing out on one of France's most diverse cities, both in terms of people and activities... Today, Marseille faces the same problems as any growing city. Crime is an issue, as is racial tension between the native French population and the arriving North African immigrants. Twenty-five percent of the population in Marseille is of North African descent, and that number is growing. But the city has come to embrace its newfound diversity, and is eager to put its best foot forward to attract a piece of the ever-growing tourism industry.
Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain, yet its first language is Catalan, the native tongue of the proudly independent Catalonia region. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between street musicians and elegant bistros. Then perhaps visit the venerable Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum or enjoy the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudi's Church of the Holy Family.