We invite you to join the Adventure Bears on our first Mediterranean sailing. We have chosen to sail with Princess Cruises on the Royal Princess which is only 3 years old and quite different from the rest of the fleet. This ship has many new innovations and new restaurants.
Our seven night sailing begins in Athens and ends in Barcelona. Along the way we will stop in several exciting ports of call. We will visit four exciting and varied ports of call. Our first stop is the dramatic Greek island of Santorini. We then visit Kotor in the country of Montenegro. Kotor is simply amazing. Unknown by many Americans but is a favorite destination for Europeans. In Messina, Sicily we can see further Roman ruins as well as great beaches. Our final stop is Naples, Italy which we use a starting point to visit the exquisite Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii or the island of Capri. What an itinerary!!
The Royal Princess captures the very essence of premium cruising. Even more so after her recent dry dock where she was enhanced with new amenities, not available on most other ships in the fleet. Now you can enjoy craft beers and comfort food in the new Salty Dog Gastropub. Or fresh, frozen cocktails poolside. Shimmering in sophistication from bow to stern, she’ll exceed your expectations as soon as you step aboard. Delight in your choice of many exceptional dining venues. Relax in chic and spacious accommodations. With every imaginable comfort, along with Princess’s unrivaled guest services, you are bound for an unsurpassed experience no matter your destination
Sat Jul 15
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Sun Jul 16
Mon Jul 17
Tue Jul 18
Wed Jul 19
Sicily (Messina), Italy
Thu Jul 20
Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii)
Fri Jul 21
Sat Jul 22
The past maintains a vibrant presence in the cradle of Western civilization. Atop the Acropolis, the serene Parthenon sails above the commotion of the modern city. The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. On Pnyx Hill, citizens of a fledgling democracy gathered to cast their votes on Athens’ destiny. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the modern city, a metropolis of 4.5 million that spreads out from the foot of Mt. Lycabettus and across the plain. Packed with busy shops and lively tavernas, modern Athens is a colorful counterpoint to classical Greece.
Did the catastrophic volcanic eruption that ravaged Santorini circa 1600 B.C. destroy Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization – and give birth to the myth of Atlantis? In 1967, archaeologists on Santorini unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age city that may have been home to as many as 30,000 people. Whether the Lost Continent of Atlantis is rooted in myth or reality, an undisputed fact remains. The eruption created a caldera – and one of the most dramatic land and seascapes in the entire Mediterranean. On Santorini, whitewashed buildings cling to vertiginous cliffs that plunge to a turquoise sea. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago, the three-island group of Santorini, Thirasia and uninhabited Aspronisi present the traveler with unforgettable vistas.
Note: Santorini is an anchorage port: passengers transfer to shore via shore tender.
Kotor lies at the head of Boka Bay. Bordered by towering limestone cliffs, the winding bay is actually Southern Europe’s longest and most dramatic fjord. The port itself is a medieval gem: its narrow, asymmetrical streets are lined with ancient stone houses, old palaces, and churches dating from the 12th century. Kotor is also your gateway to the cultural and scenic wonders of Montenegro, from the old royal capital at Cetinje to the marshes and wildlife of Lake Skadar National Park.
Kotor is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Sicily (Messina), Italy
Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna.
Between the fall of Rome and the 1861 unification of Italy, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the Spanish and the French ruled Sicily.
Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza – and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.
The 1992 Summer Olympics revealed to the world what Europeans and seasoned travelers already knew – Barcelona is one of the world’s greatest treasures. Vibrant and earthy, commercial and cultural, this city of two million residents is the capital of Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia. Stroll along the wide, tree-lined promenades of Las Ramblas and marvel at the spires of Gaudi’s Basilica La Sagrada Familia. Or visit the former Olympic Ring on the hill of Montjuic – also home to world-class parks, fountains and museums. Barcelona, which nurtured such artistic giants as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Casals, is definitely a traveler’s paradise.
Princess will require a 20% deposit or $250 per person, whichever is higher.
Current Promotion: The current promotion which ends on April 5, will give you a up to a $300 per person airfare discount plus prepaid gratuities. A deposit of only $100 per person.
In order to participate in our events you must make reservations directly with us. Unfortunately people booked through a different source cannot be included as part of our group.
All rates quoted are per person based upon two sharing a cabin. Single occupancy rate is double the above rates. Please add $100 per person port tax. This ship has no window cabins.
Full suites and Premium Balcony or Premium Mini Suites are available upon request. Please call for triple or quad occupancy rates. Roommate share is not guaranteed on this sailing.
Need a roommate? We offer to match you up in the least expensive inside, window and balcony cabin type. Shares can be arranged for all cabin categories except mini suites. If you select our roommate share program, you will meet your roommate once on the ship.
What’s not included? Gratuities to shipboard personnel – Travel insurance – Passport costs Items of a personal nature.
Once on the ship, $80.50 per person per week gratuity charge will be added to your room bill.