The new experience aboard
Royal Caribbean’s majestic
‘Rhapsody of the Seas’.
Sailing out of Venice,
The Cruise takes you on a unique voyage
to stunning Montenegro and
the breathtaking Greek islands.
The most romantic city on earth serves as the ideal starting point of our voyage. The Venetians had the bravery to build a city of marble palaces on a lagoon. The result is breathtaking. The city was built on an archipelago of 118 islands, split by 177 canals and connected by 400 bridges.
Venice is unique in Europe as a completely car free city. The maze of canals threaded through the city provides the means of transport of goods and people within the city. A few days are needed to discover this UNESCO world heritage site, so we recommend to stay a few days before or after The Cruise.
Kotor, wedged in a spectacular 28 km bay between the black peaked Orjen and Lovcen mountains, is a place where history and the present coexist.
The sail into the bay is considered one of the most scenic in the world and is definitely the highlight of our trip. This city of traders and famous sailors has a lot of stories to tell.
Kotor, built between the 12th and 14th century is a medieval maze of backstreets, churches, palaces and squares, where one can get lost for hours. Medieval buildings and rich cultural heritage make that Kotor is now on the UNESCO world heritage list. Further nestled in the bay you find Perast, and the Lady of the Rocks, renowned to be the most sensational spots in Kotor. At nightfall when the lit-up walls glow, we realize why this place is the real pearl of the Adriatic.
Corfu is the most northern Greek island in the Ionic Sea. It was the idyllic refuge where Odysseus was soothed and then sent on his way home. Today, not much has changed and it continues to welcome travellers with its dramatic scenery, crystal clear seas and pristine beaches.
Corfu never fell under the Ottoman oppression and was dominated by the Venetians, the French and British during centuries. This makes that the island has become part of the Western world. The Renaissance, baroque and classical buildings made Corfu town land on the UNESCO world heritage list. As we walk through a complex of cobblestoned streets, vaulted passages and palaces, we get the Italian touch.
Mykonos, part of the Cyclades islands, was according to the mythology formed by the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. He may be long gone now, but he left us with a cosmopolitan island with glitz and glamour and a ‘party hard’ Ibiza style reputation. Walk around the old town of Hora, a maze of narrow marbled streets, white-faced houses with colourful doors, hidden churches and squares.
Alefkandra or ‘little Venice” is one of the most scenic corners of the island, overlooking the southwest end of the harbour. A little walk from there we see the Kato Myli, the authentic 16thcentury windmills. Climb to the top, to be rewarded with panoramic views over the island and the ship. After a spectacular sunset, get ready for the night.
This Greek island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history, which occurred some 3600 years ago, and caused a gigantic tsunami, which destroyed the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.
Santorini is essentially what remains after this enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km, and is surrounded by 300 m high, steep cliffs on three sides, offering spectacular views from the ship.
On the island there are many things to visit:
the archeological site of Akrotiri, the charming villages of Oia and Thira, or the volcano crater and hot springs.
Shielded from the open sea, on a small peninsula lays the quaint village of Argostoli. Nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, the town has been beautifully restored. When we step ashore we are awed by the deep blue sea, historic monasteries, authentic lighthouses, quiet fishing villages and wineries.
At the end of the bay, beneath the St George Castle, lays the Koutavos lagoon, the feeding ground of Loggerhead turtles. This nature reserve can be reached by walking over the Drapano bridge.
The bridge offers a magical sight in a jaw dropping setting worth the walk. Discover all the wonders and amazement of the island of Kefalonia, the world is at your feet!
Slow down, relax, and lounge in the sun.
Dangle your feet in the pool. Maybe visit the gym. Enjoy the 'Mister The Cruise Election'... and get ready for the T-dance!