Having been on several cruises now, we thought it was time to experience one in the height of the summer, when we know children will be off school. The cruise in question is P&O Cruises E518A, which is the Italy & Croatia itinerary for just 7 days. However, even though this is only a short one, we get to visit some wonderful destinations.
I don’t usually book so far in advance, but there was a credit on my account, which had to be used by a certain date, and so this cruise has been booked for over a year. You can often find deals at the last minute, but not with this one, as all cabins are now sold out.
Knowing the sale date was August 19th to the 26th, the weather is going to be fantastic, and so do not need to overdo it on the packing, which is so important on a fly-cruise, as there is a baggage limit to consider.
Seeing as though there are only four ports of call, I have booked two excursions with P&O Cruises, and have decided to do two at my own leisure. While in port at Livorno I will be doing the Florence and Traditional Boat Ride, along with my wife. This is a 9-hour excursion, as wanted to make a day of it. However, I was under the assumption that food was included, but it is not.
The next stop is Naples, and the booked excursion is Sorrento and Pompeii, and cannot wait to get the camera out to see these contrasting places. This will last for eight and a half hours, and glad to see that lunch is included.
As with Dubrovnik and Venice, I decided that saving some money would be a good idea, and the fact that these places are very easy to get to from the port. Being a Game of Thrones fan I cannot wait to walk along the wall, and inside the old city. Then there is Venice, and being there in the late afternoon and evening means we get to experience what this wonderful place is like in the day and at night.
Life onboard Oceana is going to be wonderful and relaxing, and cannot wait to book a couple of meals at a speciality restaurant. However, the two sea days we do have will be spent on the top deck reading a book in the Kindle, especially as we know there is a lot of walking to come. With this being the third P&O Cruises ship I would have been on, it will be interesting to see how she compares to the other two.