We are trying to choose between a cruise that starts in Rome (Sorrento, Sardinia, Corsica, Livorno, Portofino, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo or choice #2 Nice, Portovenere, Livorno, Valencia, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and Barcelona. We have not visited any of these locations, and are wondering which might be the better choice for a first time Europe visitor? (We won the cruise) Thanks. Eldito
Answered by The Penny Pincher
Congratulations on winning what should be a fabulous cruise. Both sailings offer excellent destinations. So your decision will depend on what you’re looking for and what type of experience you desire. The following information might help you determine which cruise will best suit your needs. The first choice offers a good opportunity to experience one of Western Civilization’s great cultural hubs (Rome). For a first-time visitor to Europe, Rome has a number of must-see sites, the Coliseum, the pantheon, the ancient ruins of Rome, the Vatican, and more. In addition, Rome offers great restaurants and shopping. The downside to Rome is that it can be fairly expensive. The other cities included in the Rome itinerary are beautiful and romantic locations. For example, Monte Carlo is no-doubt one of the world’s most exquisite cities. However, its beauty does not come cheap.
On the other hand your second choice includes some fine locations, which are more festive. The Spanish locations are very nice, especially Mallorca and Barcelona.
In my opinion, if your want a culturally rich experience and do not mind spending a little extra money, the first option would make for a great trip. However, if cost is a concern and you’re seeking a faster paced experience you most likely will be happy with option two.
Whichever, you choose I am confident you will have a wonderful time.
Enjoy your trip.