Real Honeymoon: Mediterranean Cruise

Remember when I wrote my confession that I like cruises?  Well Sara and Morgan went on a pretty amazing one for their honeymoon in Europe.  Read all about their voyage around the Mediterranean below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Morgan and I went on a 10 day Mediterranean cruise at the end of September and into early October.

Mediterranean cruise

How long was your trip?

2 weeks…the 10 day cruise and a day in Rome on either side…plus travel.

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

Morgan had never been to Europe and we wanted to experience as many places as possible with as little travel as possible.  The cruise was perfect combination…we had so many great stops (Rome/Florence and Pisa/Monte Carlo/Barcelona/Mallorca/Sardinia/Naples/Sicily) without having to worry about how to get there or where to put our stuff!

Trevi fountain

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Touring the best parts of Europe during the day and gorging ourselves on multi-course dinners at night. I loved that we were able to be active and adventurous during the day and relax and enjoy ourselves at night.  Not having to worry about getting from place to place (both us and our stuff) was a great bonus!

Med Cruise

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Don’t pack so much!  I mean, did we really need 2 pieces of luggage each?? While it wasn’t a big deal while we were on the ship, schlepping all that baggage around Rome and the airports in 80+ degree heat was a mistake!

How much planning did you do in advance?

Almost all of it.  On top of booking the flights, the cruise, and the hotel nights in Rome, we also pre-booked most of our tours.  The only downside to that was that several of our tours got cancelled due to lack of attendees (it didn’t help that our cruise was 90%+ retirees and our chosen excursions were always pretty active) and we had to book tours we didn’t like quite as much.  The only thing we really left unplanned was the sightseeing we did in Rome before and after the cruise.

Pisa

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Economy Plus flights…and it made a big difference!  We not only got extra legroom and extra recline on our direct LA –> Rome flight (and return), we got better meals, better entertainment, extra frequent flyer miles, and a travel goody bag!!  We also only had 2 seats across, so no need to socialize with any plane weirdos!

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

I think we are going to go to Cabo…not too huge, but a nice beach and some fruity drinks sounds like our perfect next vacation!

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