17 days of vacation is pretty amazing, especially when 12 of them are aboard Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas visiting eight ports along the Mediterranean Sea. This ship itself is due to be revitalized in just a few weeks, but all of the staff was great, the food (new menus are coming out soon too) was scrumptious (including my add-on Surf & Turf - think very thick Filet Mignon and 2 pound Maine Lobster). As Diamond members in the Crown and Anchor Society (pretty much means we cruise a lot), we were treated to a nightly cocktail/wine hour, a behind the scenes tour with the entertainment staff, which was surprisingly informative and fun, plus a few extra events. We also took the opportunity to play lots of miniature golf, climb the rock wall, watch sunrises and sunsets and just relax by the pool between workouts at the gym and stops in fabulous ports.
Each port has a separate post ... Getting Ready to Cruise, Barcelona and Montserrat (Spain), Cannes and the Villages of Provence (France), Cinque Terre and Florence (Italy), Civitavecchia (Italy), Kusadasi and Ephesus (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Mykonos (Greece), Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast (Italy), and Back in the USA.