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Old August 23rd, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Default Mediterranean Cruise includ. Sicily?

Hello again all! Just back from my first cruise ever! (it was fun, but I'd definitely pick different destinations next time-if you wondered). THis is just a pipe dream at this stage BUT, I'm looking to plan a cruise on the Med. The only thing is, it MUST include sicily. My boyfriend is Italian and Sicilian and he's always wanted to travel there. I thought this would be a good, affordable introduction to the area. Can anyone give me advice on a good cruise to take there? The only sicilian port I've seen is Messina with RC (i think). Remember, this is just a pipe dream, not likely to happen for at least another year or two. I'm just looking for tips and hints.
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We're younger (early twenties), but I enjoy museums and "old people" type activities.
I'm looking for at least 7 days, more than 10 would be better.
As I said, I definitely want to include Sicily, but other than that I'm not extremely picky on ports. I'd prefer eastern Med. ports (like Greece and such) to Western, as those are places I've never visited (I had the good fortune to visit France, Germany and several other countries when I was younger).

Thank you so much for anything you can offer me!
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 10:03 PM
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Well this would be quite a bit different from your first cruise. However, you would see a lot of sicily this way. It's a Riverboat cruise, now I know nothing about this company and it is quite expensive. I'm listing this as another way to go. http://www.tauck.com/tours/europe-to...idinclusion_6G

Also you could look at MSC Cruise lines. This is an Italian run cruise ship. This seven day cruise has two ports that I think are in Sicily. Messina
and Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Isn't Malta a part of Sicily. Anyway there are other MSC cruises you could check. I hope that helped give you other opinions you hadn't thought of.
http://www.msccruisesusa.com/crocier...67&page_id=361
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I found a little information about Tauck. I had never heard of the company, but it came up when I put in Cruises to Sicily. So I don't like suggesting something without knowing the company. Here is some Here are some links to information about Tauck, I have never cruise it or MSC before so I can't recommend either from expenice. MSC are bigger cruise ships more like your main steam lines here.

http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/...uiseLineID=105
http://www.cruisespecialists.com/blo...p/2009/07/133/
http://www.fodors.com/community/crui...ver-cruise.cfm
http://europeforvisitors.com/cruises...uide/tauck.htm
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and Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Isn't Malta a part of Sicily.
I hope you are joking

Or you failed geography

Malta is independant
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Since you are in the dreaming stage go to a TA & get some brochures
The most popular port in Sicily are Messina & Palermo
Several cruise line stop at them
Depends on your budget which will suit your needs/wants
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and Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Isn't Malta a part of Sicily.
I hope you are joking

Or you failed geography

Malta is independant
Failed Geography, plus I haven't had the pleasure to visit Sicily or Malta, but would love to. This is the website that confused me on Malta. http://www.bestofsicily.com/localities.htm Now that I click on it the description calls it the country next door. They say you learn more from your mistakes then your correct answers so I should be a genius by now.
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We did a Navigator of the Seas Western Med cruise ( actually 2 B2B) last summer . The itinerary included Palermo Sicily. WE had poor weather and we decided to just stroll around the town and shop, but we actually arrived at Siesta time so all the shops and businesses were closed. Bit of an anticlimax.... they offer lots of tours from the ship though, so you can take in the local scenery and some cultural/historical sites. Check RCCL website excursions to see if it appeals..
Next year the Adventure of the Seas will be doing this route,from Barcelona you might want to check that out and have a day or so in Barcelona before you cruise..
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Hi,
We've been to the port of Taormina.A beautiful place but you must be good walker.

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