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Well, I'm thinking next June on a cruise to Mediterranean Europe. Any advice for a couple that enjoys land tours and good food but not so picky about on board activities or the size of the room?
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All of X's ships are equally nice. We generally make our choice based upon itinerary. We look to see which ship goes where we want to go and make our decidion based upon that. The only caveat is that the "M" class ships have been having recurring problems with their "Pod Propulsion Systems", so we may shy away from those if we are worried about the cruise being trashed by an unscheduled drydock.
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I would go with Seven Seas Navigator or Seven Seas Voyager. Port intensive cruises with some great shore options along with wonderful food and service and all inlcusive drinks and gratuitities. We sailed the Med in 2003 on the Voyager and had a wonderful time.
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mellowrose,

Well, I'm thinking next June on a cruise to Mediterranean Europe. Any advice for a couple that enjoys land tours and good food but not so picky about on board activities or the size of the room?

A standard cabin on any of Celebrity's cruises in the Mediterranean should meet those criteria. My only recommendation, if you are investing the cash and the time to fly to Europe, is to take a cruise that's long enough to make the investment worthwhile. I would regard twelve nights aboard ship as a minimum and two weeks as preferable if you can swing it. Of course, you might consider pre-cruise and/or pst-cruise hotel packages that will allow you to see the cities where you embark and disembark while you are there as part of this time. Celebrity sets up a hospitality desk in the hotels where th line offers pre-cruise and post-cruise packages, and the representatives there also arrange optional tours of hte local city.

Celebrity's specialy restaurants are a gourmet's paradise, but they are also the msot expnesive specialty restaurnats on the seas ($30 per person surcharge). If you want to dine in such an environment during your cruise, GTS Millennium is your ship. If such an experience is not important, MV Galaxy also is a viable option.

Have a fantastic cruise!

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The Med is really popular so whatever cruise line or ship you are thinking about don't wait too long!

There may be last minute deals to be had (sometimes) but then you have the air to contend with and purchasing air closer to cruise date for Europe can get pricey.

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Well, I'm thinking next June on a cruise to Mediterranean Europe. Any advice for a couple that enjoys land tours and good food but not so picky about on board activities or the size of the room?
I - once with my brother - took the Med. Cruise on Celebrity's Millennium two summers in a row and loved it. It is a wonderful cruise - 14 days. There are, however, four 12-hour days in a row, which makes it a long time for a while there, but there is no way anyone - I don't think - would want to miss Athens, Rome, Florence - the other 12-hour day is Villefranche (French Riviera) - nice, but not as 'urgent' to see as the other three.

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we are booked on Century the reviews are great! it looks very elegant.
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We did the Med on the Galaxy last summer - it was great. Highly recommend the ship and the itinerary. Excellent value for your cruising dollar too.....

One of the best cruises we have taken!

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We've been on Star Princess July/August 2004, from Barcelona to Venice, 12 nights. The ittinerary was great for someone's first trip to Europe. The only "if" is that this ship (I realy don't know about the others) sails away from ports of call very early, leaving us too little time in the cities (Rome, for example, the ship docks at Civitavechia, which is a 1-hour trip to Rome by train or bus - so you lose 2 hours...). Same thing in Firenze. We didn't do the Greek Islands this time, but there are some ittineraries that include them that are also wonderful... and I wouldn't miss Villefrance... we took the train to Nice and Cannes, all along the coast, very very beatiful!!
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We've been on Star Princess July/August 2004, from Barcelona to Venice, 12 nights. The ittinerary was great for someone's first trip to Europe.
That's an excellent itinerary, but GTS Millennium offers a similar itinerary for most of the season.

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The only "if" is that this ship (I realy don't know about the others) sails away from ports of call very early, leaving us too little time
The times of arrival and departure for some of the ports of call might be constrained by tidal conditions, in whcih case a different sailing would arrive and depart leave at different times.

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in the cities (Rome, for example, the ship docks at Civitavechia, which is a 1-hour trip to Rome by train or bus - so you lose 2 hours...). Same thing in Firenze.
This will be true of inland destination cities across all cruise lines because the ships obviously have to dock in a port that has suitable facilities. Most cruise ships are much too big to even contemplate sailing up the Tiber to dock in downtown Roma, as wonderful as that would be. The best way to maximize your time in a destinatoin city, though, is to take a shore excursion from the ship. That way, you don't lose time taking a taxi between the train station of bus depot and the pier in the port and chainging modes of transportation and you don't have to allow time to recover from delays due to traffic or other cicrumstances on the return trip since the ship will wait for the organized excursion to return or make other arrangements, at no cost to the affected passenges, to get passengres whose tour returns late back aboard the ship. The ship's tours also have reserved times at the major attractions, so they bypass the queues for general admission (which often are more than two hours long). Thus, you spend your time seeing what you are there to see rather than standing in queues awaiting your turn.

Where the city is pretty far inland, most ships also offer an excursoin called "<City> on Your Own" (or something similar) that consists of round trip transportation directly between the pier and the city's downtown. The guide may provide some narration en route and, in any case, gives a very short orientation with directions as to where and when to meet to return to the pier upon arrival. You are then completely on your own, free to shop or to visit attractions or watch passers-by as you sample the local fare at a sidewalk cafe, or whatever else you wish to do, until the designated time of return. These "tours" usually are the best option for people who have already seen the major attractions of the destination city.

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