Italy, Malta & Greek Islands Cruise
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Take an overnight flight to Rome, Italy.
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. It is a day at leisure to experience authentic pizza, hearty bowls of fresh pasta, excellent cheeses, wines, seafood, and delightful desserts like tiramisu and gelato at family-run trattorias that have been preparing these traditional dishes for centuries. Maybe visit the ancient halls of the 50,000-seat Colosseum at night.
Rome - "The Eternal City"
Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. There’s an enormous wealth of culture and history to discover on a cruise to Rome. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.
Start your day with an early morning and gaze upon the ceilings of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Check out of your hotel, and transfer to the port in Civitavecchia to embark on your ship.
Get up close to historic sites like the ancient Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens, and the beautiful views in Santorini. Take stellar photos at the Piazza San Marco in Venice or the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. See Michelangelo’s remarkable Renaissance artwork on the Sistine Chapel ceiling as you tour Vatican City.
Some of the most beautiful natural sights you’ll ever see may be the view of the whitewashed buildings and turquoise waters in Santorini or the pastel-colored fishing villages in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A Mediterranean cruise will most definitely move you.
Framed by Mount Vesuvius along a dramatic skyline, the 2,800 year-old port city of Naples is chock full of historical sites, churches, and museums that make it a fascinating place for you to explore. For all of Rome’s notoriety and reputation, Naples, with its historic city center deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has just as many important archeological sites and landmarks. Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale for a world-class collection of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts. And, if you’d like to venture a little deeper on your Naples cruise, then exploring Naples from below the ground is a must.
Sicily (Messina), Italy
Located in northeastern Sicily on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains, Messina is an ancient place with a fascinating history. Walk by the ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church, built in 1220 A.D. You'll also want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of artifacts in its treasury.
The walled city of Valletta was founded in 1565 by the Knights of St. John and it remains a masterfully preserved medieval treasure. From the glittering baroque interior of the Co-Cathedral of St. John to the charm found wandering the old cobbled avenues, it’s no wonder this tiny city has earned World Heritage status. Experience two Maltese treasures: The Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk village. Or, set off on a Maltese sightseeing adventure beginning at Valleta’s Upper Barrakka Gardens. It’s a wonderfully small capital that’s bursting with stories.
At Sea, Cruising
Today is a day to relax on the ship - perhaps check out the amenities on board, catch a show, or lay on deck pool side.
Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. In many ways, Santorini could be considered an explosive place, being that its terraced collection of homes and windmills lie on a caldera-- a huge basin formed by an erupting volcano. The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for excellent wines that are well worth investigating while on your Santorini cruise. Some of the best on the island can be found in Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Oia.
Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archeologist’s dream. The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world's other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On your Europe cruise, check out the the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D.— made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom.
Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It's also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world's most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world's foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddess Athena. The Parthenon sits atop the Athenian Acropolis and watches over the city where it can be seen from just about anywhere in Athens. Make it a point to visit the incredible Acropolis Museum on your cruise to Athens. In addition to an abundance of historical riches, modern Athens has plenty on offer—from scenic beaches to restaurants with superb Mediterranean cuisine and bustling central markets.
At Sea, Cruising
While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination.
Lined with palm trees, this Adriatic seaside town is also a cultural mecca. Culture, beauty, natural wonder – your Split cruise has it all. The mixture of old and new is very pronounced here. The Old City is so otherworldly that it’s been dedicated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and you’ll encounter the most imposing Roman ruins left on Earth, including the Diocletian’s Palace which was built facing the harbor in 4 A.D. for the Roman Emperor. And for a breathtaking, all-encompassing view of Split you won’t soon forget, head to Marajan Hill which is just 10 minutes outside the city.
The third-largest city in Croatia, Rijeka is a bustling port (the largest in Croatia) that offers equal parts charm, culture, and history. From a visit to one of the most famous villages in Croatia (and one of the most dramatic—portions of the town are at the top of a stunning cliff that drops off into the Adriatic) on our Vrbnik Village in Krk Island tour to a walking tour of the old part of Rijeka where you’ll discover cathedrals, the Croatian National Theater, and quaint cafes and bars that are as inviting as the people of Rijeka.
Disembark the ship and you prepare for your flight home. Perhaps you decide to stay overnight, and enjoy Venice by boat or, if you prefer, a romantic gondola ride. The epicenter of the city is St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll find the 900-year-old St. Mark’s Basilica. Make your way to the countless galleries and landmarks this city has to offer, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be thrilled to be in a city that takes its food very seriously. Squid-ink spaghetti, risotto with prawns and zucchini, and marinated sardines are a specialty, while the world-favorite tiramisu, originally invented in nearby Treviso, has found a happy second home in Venice.
Tuscan Grille: An Italian ristorante and enoteca with a contemporary twist.
Sushi on Five: Our modern luxury take on traditional Japanese fare.
Le Petit Chef™: A one-of-a-kind dining concept. Experience the fusion of entertainment and cuisine.
Luminae: Globally inspired and cutting-edge dining, exclusively reserved for guests of The Retreat.
Blu: Vibrant, crisp and bold flavors, exclusively for AquaClass guests.
Main Restaurant: A remarkably satisfying place for dining.
Oceanview Café: An international café with a menu that takes diners on a voyage around the world.
Mast Grill: Let your cravings go wild. Grab a great burger in a relaxed, poolside environment.
The Spa Café: Celebrity was one of the first cruise lines to offer a spa restaurant. We saw an opportunity to create an extension of our industry's leading spa experience by introducing the Spa Café.
The Retreat - an unparalleled vacation experience that includes every stunning suite, a private restaurant, and an exclusive lounge, that rivals any high-end resort.
Exclusive lounges and ammenities for The Retreat Suites
XClub - Lounge for Teenager
Autism Friendly Cruising
Other available cruise dates are available. These itineraries may include port stops in Barcelona, Israel, and other Greek Islands.