The Mediterranean is a Helluva Holiday. Now I Need a Nap.
Air Transat had lost mom's luggage on the flight over, so we had to search for toiletries for all of us, since Mom was bringing them all. Our flight over was fine, although the website said to arrive 3 hours early and they wouldn't let us start checking in until 2 hours before the flight. We had dinner at the hotel upon our arrival. They didn't have a lot to offer for vegans so we had salad then headed to bed.
The next morning (July 5th), we called Air Transat to see what was going on with Mom's luggage and they said it would be on a flight the next day, and that they would get it to our next port (Naples) on the cruise. We checked out of the hotel and caught a cab to the cruise terminal.
|Driving to the terminal|
|Approaching the ship!|
We got to the terminal and checked in. We had to go to guest services to tell them about Mom's luggage so they could track it and pick it up on her behalf when it arrived at port. This was a great service to have on board as the guests don't have to track their own luggage and can enjoy their stay.
|Our bed for the next week.|
After we put our stuff in our rooms we headed to the top deck for some breakfast and to find the head waiter to tell them we were Vegan. When booking the cruise we put in a request for vegan meals and they had placed a letter in our room telling us to go to the main dining room to put in our dinner orders.
|View of Barcelona from the ship|
|Adults only zone, and pool|
|Starter: Butternut squash soup|
|Main: Veggies and Tofu stirfry|
|Main pool deck at night.|
|The secret pool we couldn't access. (We are peaking over the wall)|
|Dueling piano bar|
The next day we were at sea. The ocean was stunning. I love looking out to the water.
|Played in the Game Arcade.|
This was our favourite server. He took the time to learn our names and addressed us every time we saw him. He also gave us extra shots in drinks and free swag!
|Bucket of Beer!! You saved $5 by buying the bucket.|
|Dessert: Peach Cobbler|
It was a great tour of the old city. When we got back to the ship we looked to see if Mom received her luggage. She did not. We went back to guest services to find out where it was. We had to phone Air Transat again, and they said it was in Barcelona, then they said it was in Livorno, then it was in Rome and had been for two days... They couldn't seem to get their story straight and we had no idea when to expect it. They promised we would get it tomorrow in Rome. This was hard to believe.
We went back to the gift shop and mom bought a couple things. She was able to get some swim shorts so we got ready and headed to the pool for the rest of the day, since most people were off the boat. It was quite relaxing. We just relaxed and tried to not let the luggage fiasco bother us.
After "pooling" we got ready for dinner. I forgot to bring our camera to dinner. For starter we had Miso soup and the Main dish we had was a vegetable and tofu noodle bowl. It was amazing. We ordered it again later in the cruise and I did take a picture then. For dessert we had strawberry cobbler.
Then we wandered around the ship and found entertainment. We went to bed early as the next day we were exploring Rome!
Our second port was Citavitavecchia, we did the excursion Rome on Your Own.
Rome was such a long hot day. When we arrived back at the ship we showered and got ready for dinner.
|Starter: Pea Soup|
|Main: Roasted Vegetables with rice.|
|Dessert: Raspberry Cobbler|
July 9th, we arrived in Livorno, Italy. Our excursion was Pisa and Beach. We arrived back at the ship after the excursion. Mom got her luggage and was beyond thrilled, so we got ready and went to the pool for a couple hours. Then we got ready and headed to the theatre for the show called Legends in Concert. It was okay. They played it up as if we were going to see Madonna, Elvis and Michael Jackson impersonators. We saw Rod Stewart, Sting, and Gloria Estefan impersonators. After the show we ran to the dining room, as they were closing in half hour.
|Starter: Mushroom soup|
|Main: Tofu noodle dish.|
After dinner we were finally able to relax.
July 10th we arrived in Cannes, France. France was absolutely beautiful. The excursion we did was Monaco and Monte Carlo.
After the excursion we got some dinner. They sat us in the centre on the dining room which was kind of like being in a fish bowl.
|You can stand and look into the dining room from two levels.|
|Starter: Butternut Squash soup.|
|They brought out empty plates for us along with Mom's dinner.|
|Main: Vegetable Indian curry with rice|
|Dessert: Lemon Sorbet|
|The Epic Beatles.|
July 11th, Our port of call was Palma, Majorica, Spain. The ship wasn't to arrive until 2pm, so we didn't book an excursion.
We spent the morning walking around the ship exploring places we hadn't been yet. Also trying to attend stuff going on.
|Pool deck band.|
|A chef did an ice carving demo|
|It's a Dolphin|
|Lamp shade horse.|
After a day by the pool side, we headed down for dinner. We dressed up and went to the posh dining hall for our last dinner of the cruise.
|Starter: Mushroom soup|
|Main: Red Thai Curry|
|Dessert: Lemon Sorbet.|
The next morning we had to disembark. We grabbed some breakfast and packed our bags. We caught a cab to our hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
After a few days in Barcelona, we flew to London, England.
We made it home safely after our two week holiday with Mom.
Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more on cruising, check out our post on "Epic Cruise Through the Iberian Peninsula"