Cruisin' around the Mediterranean

While the end of my semester abroad was approaching, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  My aunt Nancy was in desperate need for a vacation and found a great deal on a Mediterranean cruise.  Because I was already in Europe, she asked if I would like to go with her.  And lets be real… who would turn that down!?

The 7 day cruise on the Norwegian Epic departed from Barcelona and made stops to Naples, the Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, Cannes and Marseille.  While it was very exciting to be in a new place each day, I personally felt rushed in each city.  For anybody interested in something like this, I would definitely recommend a 15 day cruise where you can have more time to relax and enjoy each city. 

Because we went on the excursions through NCL, a lot of things were planned out for us.  This was definitely a change after planning/booking all of my travels during the months before. It was nice to go somewhere and not have to worry about finding a restaurant or holding up a giant map trying to find our way around.  It was also great to be chauffeured around in an air conditioned bus!  The tour guides took us to amazing restaurants and gave us free time to walk around in different areas.

Of all the cities I had been to, I have to say the Cinque Terre was the most breathtaking place.  I had never even heard about it and almost convinced my aunt to go somewhere else that day. (Each stop had several excursion options)  There are several ways to experience the Cinque Terre, which by the way stands for the Five Lands.  We decided to see it by land and boat.  This was a place I was very sad to leave, but 100% sure I would go back to and spend at least a week there.

- Amanda