Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Cruise the Mediteranean
Assuming more than a week, which would be needed to do The Med justice, one can cruise for 10 to 14 days in a range of about $1500 to about $3400 for an oceanview stateroom. Oceanview obstructed is a bit less, balconies and suites are more. There are few if any inside rooms listed. It would be a crime to sail the Mediterranean without a view of one's own. On cruises to anywhere, for me, it is well worth the money to have a balcony. I like to sit out early and late and enjoy the ocean. So, I would investigate the balcony for a med trip.
Once the selection has been narrowed down, we travel agents, I'm a travel agent, can find savings from state of residence, age, date, specials, etc. We must double check the advertised specials as they are sometimes offset completely by a higher price or restrictions - same with everything... (Did you catch the My Cousin Vinny reference?)
Note that using a travel agent does not increase the travel or accomodation price. Travel agents are paid a commission by the seller at no increase in price. That is because otherwise the seller's employees would be doing that same research and management work.
Oh, back to the Mediterranean - itineraries mostly embark, debark, at Venice, Rome, or Barcelona. There are some roundtrip from the UK and of course there are trans-atlantic cruises. These are quite long and include as many as 10 days at sea. I love to cruise, really love it, but 10 days on the water would be too much for me. I'd like to hear your experiences and preferences!