Roundtrip Rome: Islands of Italy Cruise

Day 1

    Rome, Italy

    2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the glory of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Or as you wander sidestreets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum…the Forum…St. Peter’s Cathedral…the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps. Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world.

    Day 2

      Ischia, Italy

      Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. Some sights worth seeing are the Church of Soccorso (a tiny white-washed church located in the square on the Punta del Soccorso in Forio, that looks out onto the crystal clear sea), and Castello Aragonese (a castle located on a small island near Ischia Ponte). There are many wonderful beaches located here as well, namely Lido di Ischia and Cartaromana beach.

      Day 3

        Sorrento, Italy

        This Mediterranean land has been depicted, described and immortalized in song by artists, poets and travelers from every period of history. Along the coast, rugged and inaccessible cliffs soar upwards between beautiful beaches, hidden caves, enchanting bays and sheltered coves. Whereas inland, the high plains, rolling hills and lofty mountains are seared by deep valleys to create a truly unique landscape in which man has also left a clear sign of his remarkable work: the more impervious areas have been modeled into the now-famous terraces, those huge steps descending into the sea on which man has planted vineyards and groves of orange, lemon and olive trees. There are the gardens of delight which exude an inebriating perfume of blossom in spring. The mild climate and predominantly fine weather all year round make the Sorrentine Penisula an ideal destination in any season. The first town in the Peninsula is Vico Equense with its Giusso Castle on the coast and the austere Mont Faito (1400 metres high) which allows you to pass from the sea to the mountain in just a few minutes. Next we find Meta di Sorrento , a town hidden in a maze of alleyways whose small hamlets and sun-drenched beaches are a must for visitors. Piano di Sorrento is a bustling town which harmoniously blends its sea-faring vocation with its rural identity and its role as a major shopping centre. The hill rising up behind the town is traversed by narrow roads flanked by high walls that enclose centuries-old orange and lemon groves.

        Day 4

          Lipari, Italy / Stromboli Scenic Cruise

          Celebrated by the poet Homer, who described it as “a floating island, a wall of bronze and splendid smooth sheer cliffs," Lipari is the largest of the 17 Aeolian Islands, and also the name of its only real town. Rising from the cobalt seas on the northeast of the Sicilian coast, Lipari’s location makes it a popular base for exploring the archipelago. However, this fascinating place more than holds its own as a worthy destination. Located on a plateau of red volcanic rock on the southeastern shore, Lipari boasts two beaches on either side. Its mountains, volcanoes and stunningly beautiful waters attract adventure-seekers from throughout the world. Settled in the 4th millennium B.C., the island offers such historic sites (and sights) as the impressive cliff top citadel. Built in the 1500s, the citadel’s high defensive wall still stands, enclosing the Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew, an archaeological museum and two baroque churches.

          The Aeolian island of Stromboli doesn’t just have a volcano – it actually is an active volcano, its smoldering cone attracting credentialed and amateur enthusiasts throughout the year. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily, one side of the island is scarred and blackened from eruptions, while the eastern side is lush, green and populated by whitewashed homes. The best show this island has to offer is a one-of-a-kind spectacular natural display of fire and brimstone. At night, the lava glows as it makes its way down the Sciara del Fuoco (Slope of Fire) to meet the sea with a loud hiss. During the 1946 on-location filming of the movie Stromboli, the relationship between star Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini also heated up and caught fire. Those who seek adventure yet want an assurance of safety can take a guided tour of the volcano’s cone.

          Day 5

            At Sea

            This is your invitation to a day of indulgence. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. Stretch out by the pool with your favorite beverage. Grab a great book or your favorite movie from the library. Stretch your muscles with our state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Dine in sumptuous casual style, or wrap yourself in that comfy waffle-weave robe and enjoy your meal in the privacy of your beautiful stateroom. Your delight is our single priority for your day at sea.

            Day 6

              Porto Vecchio, France

              The hot and mild Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and majestic mountains nearby make Porto-Vecchio an appealing destination. The deep harbor with its modern marina welcomes yachters, fishing boats, ferries and pleasure craft. The small, cobbled streets of its Old Town are full of charming old buildings housing bars, boutiques and restaurants. See Place de République, the main square where the 19th century granite, Saint Jean-Baptiste church stands on the south side. There is also a large, tropical, twisted tree from 1901, known as “Bel Ombra.” The Porte Genoise is a gate through which a remarkable panoramic view of the surrounding area is seen and where a row of restaurants are set in the ancient city wall alongside the gate. See also the Bastion de France which was restored in 1989 and is in use today for large gatherings like conferences, and the also-restored Saint Croix Chapel.

              Day 7

                Portoferraio, Italy

                Gliding into the town of Portoferraio, you can see why Napoleon chose Elba for his exile; an island of pink granite, pine forests, and pristine beaches. The contrasts of the Elba countryside – from its typical fishing villages and high mountain passes to its stylish summer resorts on the coast – are enchanting. Elba’s restaurants feature excellent seafood, and small private vineyards produce local Moscato and Aleatico wines.

                Day 8

                  Rome, Italy

                  2,500 years of history are woven into the fabric of modern Rome. You can feel it in the glory of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Or as you wander sidestreets that open onto piazzas, fountains, Bernini sculpture, and elegant courtyards. Famous treasures are legion in Rome: the Colosseum…the Forum…St. Peter’s Cathedral…the Trevi Fountain…the Spanish Steps. Take time out between sights to do as the Romans do: enjoy a three-hour lunch, shop, people-watch, or savor the best gelati in the world.
                  - Taxes, government and security fees range from $35 to $325
                  - Many shore excursions are offered and are an additional cost, please call for more details.
                  - Complimentary water sports are available when ships are at anchor and where conditions and local government authorities permit. Mediterranean voyages offer limited water sports activities. In the event of turbulent seas and adverse weather conditions, water sports may be cancelled for safety reasons.

                  Please note:
                  Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.