In the two weeks’ time we will be setting sail from Southampton in search of some Mediterranean sun. We will be cruising for 14 days in total and docking at 7 different places.
I have put together an itinerary of what we plan to do on our cruise holiday. Our cruising days will be pretty relaxed. We plan to explore the boat, take Rosalie to soft play and activity classes and play in the splash pool. Those day’s will be all about our little girl. Our port days will be jam packed, we want to see as much of each place as possible as well as keeping our toddler happy. It’s a tall order! Here’s what we plan to do in each place:
Gibraltar – Shopping! You all know how I love to shop and what could be better than tax free shopping. We have been to Gibraltar before and you can get some real savings, especially on designer items. I haven’t been to the high street before so I am looking forward to taking full advantage of it. Raybans and Nike Roshe Runs please…
Barcelona – This will be our one and only trip that is being run by royal carribbean. I really like the idea of riding around Barcelona on a push bike. What better way to see the city? The tour providers will supply bike seats and helmets for little ones too and I think Rosalie is going to love it!
Nice – Nick has been too Nice before but I haven’t. From what he remembers he said it is really lovely. We plan to have a mooch around the harbour and then explore the town by ourselves on this day. I am sure we will be stopping off for ice cream and a visit to the park.
Rome – Our big day and the one we are most excited about! I cannot wait to see the colosseum and the Trevi fountain. We had planned to do the Vatican as well but I think this is a little optimistic with a toddler in tow so we have decided against it. I just hope the weather isn’t too hot and Rosalie stays happy. We have a carrier for Rosalie which should make sightseeing with her a little easier. We will definitely be stopping off for pizza and gelato.
Valencia – The Oceanographic park in Valencia is one of the largest in the world. Rosalie loves all animals so I hope this is something she will really enjoy. If she sees a fish on the tv she gets very excited, runs up to the television shouting ‘FISH! FISH!’ I wonder what she’ll be like when she sees them for real!
Malaga – We have been to Malaga airport many, many times when travelling to the Costa Del Sol. We plan to spend our day in Malaga at the beach. Rosalie was a tiny baby when we last took her to the beach, she couldn’t even walk so it will be lovely to enjoy a day at the beach with her now she is able to do more.
Seville – This is our last day off of the boat and so we have decided to have a relaxed day exploring the city together. I hoping we can sample some delicious tapas too!
That’s how we plan to spend our on shore days whilst cruising the Mediterranean. Nothing too taxing we want this to be a relaxing holiday after all. Relaxing… Is that even possible with a 20 month old?Have you been to these cities? Are there any places that we must see? I’d love to know if you have any recommendations.