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Rome & the Greek Isles Cruise

9-night Med Cruise with add-on of 3-days in Rome

Mediterranean/Greece Cruise with 3 days in Rome

from $779 per person

Royal Caribbean Cruises - Rhapsody of the Seas

Roundtrip from Rome, Italy

10-Day Cruise + 3-Day Add-On in Rome!


What better way to experience the sights, sounds and wonders of Italy and the Greek Islands than with 3 glorious day in Rome, then the romance of the Greek Islands aboard the first class luxury of the Rhapsody of the Seas.

♥ Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy
♥ At Sea
♥ Crete, Greece
♥ Mykonos, Greece
♥ Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey
♥ Santorini, Greece
♥ Athens (Piraeus) Greece
♥ Katakolon, Greece
♥ At Sea
♥ Rome, Italy


Why We ♥ This Cruise


Reason 1. Rome and the Greek Isles

Reason 2. Rome and the Greek Isles!

Reason 3. Rome and the Greek Isles!!!


On a more serious note... Cruising is the BEST getaway VALUE goin' - bar none! Gourmet food, onboard activities, evening Show, bands - music - piano bar, exceptionally amazing BUCKET LIST ports, pools, red-carpet treatment... Now really - what else could you ask for!
(Well, you could ask for handsome Italian men, sunsets on gorgeous Greek beaches and the incomparable culture of Ephesus, but what the heck...)


Itinerary

Royal Caribbean Cruises - Rhapsody of the Seas

Roundtrip from Rome, Italy
10-Day Cruise


♥ Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy
♥ At Sea
♥ Crete, Greece
♥ Mykonos, Greece
♥ Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey
♥ Santorini, Greece
♥ Athens (Piraeus) Greece
♥ Katakolon, Greece
♥ At Sea
♥ Rome, Italy


EXPERIENCE ROME!!! Oct 18 - 21....................................... from $ 545 pp dble occ
When In Rome… 3-day add-on: Airport Transfer, 3-nights Hotel in Rome & one day-excursion, transfer from Hotel to Port. Choice of:

♦ Skip the Line: Exclusive Ancient and Old Rome Walking Tour- Trevi Fountain, the Colusseum, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona with a knowledgeable guide

♦ OR Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica Tour with a knowledgeable guide

Shore Excursions


Visit our complete Shore Excursions Showcase for exciting and memorable day trips while on your cruise!!
You'll find our Shore Excursions are priced less than the ships, and feature smaller groups - usually 8 to 20 participants. Our Tour Guides are experts in their regions, and will show you an unforgettable day! Book online in your jammies.

Click here: Shore Excursions

Royal Caribbean Cancellation Policy


There is a $100 non-refundable fee for cancellation, plus:


For complete cancellation policy, and terms and conditions, please see Royal Caribbean Cruises website
http://www.royalcaribbean.com/customersupport/faq/details.do?pagename=frequently_asked_questions&pnav=5&pnav=2&faqType=faq&faqSubjectId=323&faqSubjectName=After+You+Purchase&faqId=227


Royal Caribbean Cruises Cancellation Policy – from website

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CANCELLATION POLICY:
If cancelled past 30 days of initial sign-up and deposit, there is a $100 per person cancellation fee plus:
Cruise Length Days to Departure Charges Per Person 6 Nights or longer
75+ $100 pp
74-57 Deposit amount
56-29 50% of total price (taxes & fees excluded)*
28-15 75% of total (taxes & fees excluded)*
14 or less No refund except for taxes and fees

* Or deposit amount, whichever is greater.


Travel Insurance


Travel insurance offers travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, from a cancelled flight to a serious illness—or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism or the financial default of a travel supplier. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their travel plans, they face two potentially major financial losses—money invested in nonrefundable pre-payments and medical expenses that in many instances may not be covered by health insurance.


10 Reasons to Purchase Travel Insurance

There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling.
To demonstrate the importance of purchasing travel insurance, and emergency travel services, here are 10 common examples of what could go wrong.

♦ It's 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights to get everyone home?

♦ Your bag was lost with your insulin inside. You need help to locate your bag as soon as possible and have your emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?

♦ Your first visit to Europe, and your passport and wallet are stolen. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?

♦ You're involved in an accident in New Zealand and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?

♦ If your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you must cancel your trip, what happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?

♦ You arrive in Rome and your luggage doesn't. If it's lost, who will help you find it? If it's delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it's stolen, who will pay to replace it?

♦ Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?

♦ You're walking down a street in Rio and twist your ankle. Who can help you find an English-speaking physician?

♦ Three weeks before your scheduled arrival, a terrorist incident occurs in the city to which you are planning to visit. Who will pay if you want to cancel your trip?

♦ You are at a beach resort in Jamaica, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation investment?

It's a very small investment for HUGE peace of mind.

Rome, Italy

3-Day Add-On

"All roads lead to Rome"

Rome is a popular travel destination in Italy full of attractions. Today's Roma is a vibrant and lively city with reminders of its past everywhere. You'll encounter ancient Roman sites, medieval and Renaissance buildings and fountains, great museums, and beautiful squares. The city is a living museum of history from Roman times to present. It also boasts many fine restaurants, cafes, and good nightlife too.


Although Rome is a huge city, its historic center is small, making it easy to walk.


I recommend at least a stay of 3 full days in Rome before the cruise. There are SO many things to see and do in Rome, you won't possibly be able to experience it all - but here's our personal picks:

♥ Palatine Hill and Colosseum
♥ The Roman Forum
♥ Vatican & Sistine Chapel
♥ Piazza Navona
♥ Baths of Diocletian
♥ Trajan's Market
♥ Via Appia Antica and Catacombs
♥ Spanish Steps and Shopping
♥ Trevi Fountain and a Gelato Break
♥ Pantheon and Dinner
♥ Saint Peter’s Basilica
♥ Colosseum
♥ Testaccio District


Or check the Tour Excursions tab / Rome (at the top) for these (and more) special Tours that have smaller groups and better pricing than the cruise ship:

♦ Classic Rome Tour
♦ Vatican Museums
♦ Skip the Line: Exclusive Ancient and Old Rome Walking Tour
♦ Evening Cycle Tour
♦ Classic Rome + Imperial Rome & Colosseo Inside with Lunch
♦ Rome by Night Bus Tour with Dinner
♦ Skip the Line: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica Walking Tour
♦ Skip the Line: Ancient and Old Rome Walking Tour
♦ Carvaggio and Wine Tasting Walking Tour
♦ Archaeology of Ancient Rome Tour
♦ Skip the Line: Vatican by Night Walking Tour
♦ Rome All Day or Half Day Cycle Tour
♦ Exclusive Catacombs and Underground Rome Walking Tour



DAY 1 - Wed

Embarkation - Rome, Italy


Embarkation begins at Noon.
Sail from Civitavecchia (Rome) at 5 pm

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CHECKING-IN:

♠ Get to the Pier
Please arrive no earlier than 11AM. The building may not be open before this time.

♠ Check Your Luggage
Attach a Royal Caribbean Cruises Bag Tag to all pieces of checked luggage. Upon arrival, staff will meet you and give instructions regarding your baggage. Please show your cruise ticket to the security personnel. Your bags will be scanned and then loaded onboard and delivered to your stateroom.

♠ Check Your Documents
ONLINE CHECK-IN DOCUMENTATION
Guests who have completed the Online Check-In requirements are only required to present the following:
Proof of Citizenship
Signature Preferred Boarding Pass
The credit card you wish to use for onboard expenses.


A grand buffet-style lunch and beverages will be available in the afternoon to all passengers. All bars will also be open. (Casino will not be open until International waters). Meet on the top Lido deck for a Sail-Away "Party" as we pull away from Rome.



DAY 2 - Thursday

Fun Day At Sea!


Rhapsody of the Seas boasts o many amenities, you may be afraid to sleep for missing something!
Fill you day with everything - or simply nothing but relaxation.
♥ 2 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
♥ 6 whirlpools
♥ Poolside outdoor movie screen
♥ Jogging Track
♥ Rock Climbing Wall
♥ State-of-the-art Fitness Center
♥ Broadway Melodies Theater
♥ Casino
♥ 8 lounges



DAY 3 - Friday

Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece


Chaniá is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chaniá.
Chaniá is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Wander through the fascinating layers of Chaniá's history with a visit to the Old Town. The Venetian Harbor and narrow, picturesque roadways retain the distinctive atmosphere of the city's Venetian and Turkish periods. The large 16th century Venetian church, Aghios Frankiskos is an impressive site and home of the Archaeological Museum of Chaniá.

Other Fun Things to Do
Explore the site of the ancient city of Aptera, once an important Minoan city believed to be built around 700 BCE. The remains of the city walls can still be seen surrounding the 12th century monastery and impressive 19th century Turkish fort also built on the site.
A marvel in and of itself, the Firkas Fort, constructed in 1629 and current home to the Maritime Museum of Crete, boasts a panoramic view of the Venetian Harbor and the spectacular Venetian lighthouse. Be sure to bring your cameras.
Relax on Chrisi Akti beach, one of the most beautiful in Crete.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Be sure to stop by Bougatsa Iordanis the originators of the Chaniá bougatsa. Bougatsa, phyllo pastry filled with a creamy cheese filling, is a local favorite. Chaniá bougatsa is unique from other bougatsa in Greece, perhaps because of its use of fresh, sweet mizithra cheese.



DAY 4 - Saturday

7a - 5p

Mykonos, Greece


In the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean lies one of the most inviting places in all of Greece - Mykonos. Its countless bays and beaches and its quaint cobblestone streets are bound to welcome any visitor. According to Greek mythology, it was here that Hercules slew the Giants; the large rocks that are scattered about the island are said to be their petrified corpses. True or not, you'll have to judge for yourself. Either way, the Island of Mykonos should not be missed.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Mykonos is famous for its sand and sea. Get lost looking out at the endless waters of the Aegean Sea as you grab a little sun on one of its beautiful beaches.

Other Fun Things to Do
Take a tour boat over to Delos Island to visit the birthplace of Apollo on this historic island. Dating back to the third millennium B.C., Delos is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Marvel at the ancient ruins from famed architectural sights.
Visit the Archaeological Museum on Mykonos, featuring important finds from the ruins on neighboring Delos.
Spend an enchanting afternoon exploring the charming cobblestone streets and two-story, whitewashed shops and homes of these beautiful islands.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Greece is famous for honey, olives, olive oil, pistachios and cheeses, such as salty feta. All are generously used in this delicious, flavorful cuisine.



DAY 5 - Sunday

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey


Kusadasi is your gateway to Ephesus, a city created by the Ionians in the 11th century B.C. and later expanded by the Romans. Now considered one of the grandest reconstructed sites in the ancient world, the region also hosted the likes of Cleopatra, Mark Antony, the Virgin Mary and John the Apostle..


The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss When you're in the area, don't miss the chance to visit the once powerful trading and religious city of Ephesus. Travel through the Magnesia Gate, the main entrance to the ancient city, and continue along marble streets grooved by chariot wheels. Gaze upon beautiful temples, porticoes, fountains and frescoes. Discover the three-story Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Odeum, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater.

Other Fun Things to Do
Explore the 14th-century Turkish baths and the Isa Bey Mosque on your way to the Basilica of St. John.
Visit the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Shish kebab (skewer-grilled lamb) is a Turkish invention, and you'll find kebapçis everywhere. Lamb and fish (which can be expensive) dishes are the restaurant staples. Desserts are sweet (often honey-soaked) and tend to incorporate fruit, nuts and pastry in tempting combinations.



DAY 6 - Monday

Santorini, Greece


Black-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and whitewashed villages that cling to volcanic cliffs make the island of Santorini a wonder to behold.
Many visitors come to Santorini to uncover the mysteries of the lost kingdom of Atlantis, while others revel in its relaxed mountaintop atmosphere to enjoy the scenic waters of the Mediterranean.


The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
Santorini's spectacular caldera is a vestige of what was probably the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history, believed by some to have caused the disappearance of Atlantis. The island's violent volcanic history is visible everywhere you look - in black-sand beaches, earthquake-damaged dwellings and raw cliffs of lava plunging into the sea.

Other Fun Things to Do
Volcanic eruptions have created beaches here unlike any you'll see back home. The Red Sand Beach is one of the most beautiful sites to see. Bring your camera or simply experience and admire this stunning natural phenomenon.
Stop at a Santorini wine producer to enjoy a glass and explore the important role wine has served in the island's growth.
Stroll through the scenic village Oia, a haven for artists and artisans, and explore their shops, enjoy a drink or a traditional dinner while watching the sun sink into the caldera.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Popular main dishes include mousakas (eggplant baked with minced meat and béchamel sauce), stuffed tomatoes and freshly grilled seafood. The mainstay of the Greek diet is the ubiquitous horiatiki salata (country salad), consisting of cucumber, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese and olives.



DAY 7 - Tuesday

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Athens is renowned all over the world for its millenary history, for spreading art, culture, science and philosophy throughout, thus being the cradle of modern western civilization. Today, like 3000 years ago, Athens can claim its role of great cultural centre by hosting an increasing number of contemporary artists, researching new aesthetic trends, defending its past and at the same time ambitiously planning its future.
It is a dynamic city, rich in culture and technological innovations. Its eagerness for renovation however, still links it inevitably to its glorious past. The modern architecture is daring, yet it has a strong classical influence, the postindustrial areas are filling up with theatres, art galleries and nightlife.

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
No visit to Athens would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis. There you'll find the Parthenon, the largest building in the Acropolis and one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights. It was built as a temple to Athena and is still a remarkable structure today.

Other Fun Things to Do
Visit Plaka, the old neighborhood of Athens. Explore the narrow streets and alleys, single-story houses, neoclassical villas, taverns and many tourist shops.
Experience the traditional flea market of Monastiraki, the neighborhood next to Plaka.
Explore the National Archaeological Museum, home to a formidable collection of the world's antiquities.
Pay a visit to ancient Agora, ancient site of the religious and political heart of Athens.

Shopping for Bargains
Traditional handicrafts, though sometimes expensive, are the most authentically Greek souvenirs. In Athens, Monastiraki and Plaka are the best places to purchase handcrafted goods. You'll find ceramics, brightly colored embroidery and wall hangings, flokati rugs and tapestries.



DAY 8 - Wednesday

Katakolon, Greece

Whether you're into sports, history, art, or just lounging by the sea, the charming village of Katakolon, Greece, is a good place to start. From here it's just a quick trip to famed Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympics and one-time home to a Wonder of the Ancient World. Or, if you're looking to do like the locals do - grab a seat at one of the town's seaside cafés and order a cool drink and some local mezes (Greek snacks).

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
A short drive north of Katakolon you'll find the city of Olympia - where the Ancient Greeks honored the god Zeus with athletic contests called the Olympics. Today you'll find the remarkable ruins of many significant buildings, including the gymnasium, the guesthouse, a workshop and the stadium itself.

Other Fun Things To Do
While in Olympia, explore the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which once held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - a magnificent 40-foot gold and ivory statue of Zeus.
Back in Katakolon, be sure to visit the local galleries and shops on the main street for traditional Greek crafts and works by local artists.
Kick back and relax under the umbrellas or awnings of the local cafés. You'll find fresh seafood and local favorites on the menus - and everything tastes better with a beautiful view of the deep blue Ionian Sea.

Get A Taste Of Local Flavors
The best part about eating abroad is trying new things. And with so many fresh, sun-soaked ingredients available in Greece, it's hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. Just be sure to use your manners: pa-ra-ka-lo = please, ev-har-ee-sto = thank you.



DAY 9 - Thursday

Fun Day At Sea!

Hit the gym
Jog on the huge track
Find something to eat
Kick back
Take a nap
Watch a movie
Lounge by the pool
Hit the casino
Eat (again)
Read a book or play cards with friends
Meet friends for a Tea Time
Enjoy pool side antics
Check the ship itinerary for activities
Eat (again)

...whatever, you won't be bored! (unless you want to be)



DAY 10 - Friday

Disembarkation

Approximate Time of Disembarkation

In Rome, disembarkation typically starts at 7:30AM and ends at 10:30AM.

Government Clearance
All Guests are subject to Department of Homeland Security Screening. Please keep your citizenship documents with you at all times.



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