Our Mediterranean Cruise to Italy

Hey there and happy Friday! We are back from our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Spain, Croatia, France and Montenegro and I’m finally over the jet lag and ready to share some of our dream trip details with you. We did a lot in the 2 weeks we were away and I took over 1200 photos so this could take a while. 

Our Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas.

Just kidding….

The history, the beauty, the food! Yes, we did a lot of eating. Actually, we sought out delicious goodies at each port. You know…pizza and macarons in France, pizza, pasta and gelato in Italy, pizza in Montenegro. It’s the little things, right? 

Our Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean.

I won’t bore you with every detail and every meal we ate, but I would like to share a few photos and small snippet from each of our eight ports.


We sailed out of and back into this port. Barcelona is a beautiful city with so much to see and do. Unfortunately we only had one day here before we sailed so I would definitely like to return and spend a little more time.

Our Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain. Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain.

Nice, France

Our first port and it was spectacular. We took a private tour with 6 others that I met through the internet. It was a busy day visiting Nice, Eze and Saint Paul de Vence. I would love to go back to spend more time exploring (and shopping…and eating).

Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain and Nice, France.

Pisa/Florence, Italy

No organized tour at this port. We just did our own thing and took the train into Pisa and walked around. I wish we would have booked a tour to Florence but it still was a great day. Hey, we were in Italy…how could it not be a good day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our 2 week Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona, Spain, Nice, France and Pisa, Italy.

Rome, Italy

O.M.G…one of my favorite ports and I was lucky enough to visit on my birthday. I didn’t have a lot of expectations going into Rome because of everything that I read but I loved it. It was a full day visiting The Colosseum, The Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, The Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. A lot to squeeze in to a 10 hour day but it was awesome!

Visiting The Colosseum in Rome, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

We also had beautiful weather. Sunny and in the mid 70’s. Perfect.
Visiting The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Dubrovnik, Croatia

A beautiful city with the friendliest people. We decided to do the Game of Thrones tour at this stop because we are huge fans. We’d love to go back one day and explore the city some more.

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

Venice, Italy

We spent 2 glorious days and one night at this port and it was fabulous. No organized tour here, we just wandered the cobbled streets and ate a lot of great food. We did end up taking a gondola ride at the last minute and I’m so glad that we did. We loved spending time here and it was everything I had hoped it would be.

Visiting St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Visiting Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Visiting beautiful Venice, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Ravenna, Italy

Not my favorite stop but we had a good day. Ravenna is known for their mosaics so we took a self-guided tour of their beautiful churches with their colorful mosaics. Oh, and we did have an awesome lunch with some newfound friends from the ship. This region is known for their Bolognese sauce and it didn’t disappoint.

Visiting Ravenna, Italy on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.

Kotor, Montenegro

Our last stop and possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been…Kotor, Montenegro. Before we left I read that the sail in was spectacular and they were so right. I can’t even describe the beauty of this region. We took a private tour with another couple and it ended up being the perfect way to end our dream trip. 

Visiting the stunning Kotor, Montenegro on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.This was truly a dream trip for me and I’m so grateful that we were able to do it. 

Visiting Kotor, Montenegro on our 2 week Mediterranean cruise.Thanks for all of your nice comments and good wishes while we were away. I tried to post on Instagram as much as I could and I want to thank you for following along. I will be sharing a few travel tips I learned on this trip so if you have any specific questions you would like answered you can either send me an email ([email protected]) or leave a comment.

Enough of the fun and games, it’s time to get back to work. I have so many projects to catch up on and Christmas will be here before you know it. Lots of good things going on here for the next couple of months but the first thing on the agenda is to lose the LB’s that I gained eating all of that delicious food. It was so worth it though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy weekend!!!

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  1. Caz
    Friday,October 28, 2016 / 6:55 am

    What a dream trip ! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos . Italy is top of my places to visit one day ?

    • Soraya
      Friday,October 28, 2016 / 7:54 am

      Wow Kristi!!!! So happy for you guys!!! I think this is my favorite post in your blog! The way you describe shortly about what you did, and how much you enjoy the food (made water my mouth!) and how you enjoyed the trip, that is awesome!
      From the pictures looks that you guys had a perfect weather!
      Thank you very much to sharing!
      Those pictures are AWESOME!!!
      The last picture is so cute!!!
      Glad to know you came back safe! And with plans to come back to explore and eat more ๐Ÿ™‚ .
      Send you a BIG hug!

      • Kristi
        Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 12:44 am

        We did have a wonderful time. Thanks, my friend, for stopping in and commenting. Hope you have a great weekend!!!

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 28, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      It was on the top of my list too and it did not disappoint. Now I can’t wait to go back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Sally Smith
    Friday,October 28, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I have been dreaming since seeing your beautiful pictures! If you can share what cruise line you chose I would appreciate it. Thanks for sharing your fun trip.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 12:46 am

      We cruised with Royal Caribbean on Brilliance of the Seas. It wasn’t one of their huge mega ships but it was a great size for this trip. The service was outstanding. Thanks so much for following along. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sally Smith
        Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 9:07 am

        We sailed on that ship to the Baltic in 2014 and loved it. Thanks!

        • Kristi
          Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 8:33 pm

          It was a great ship, Sally. We loved it too.

  3. Friday,October 28, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Your pictures are all so lovely dear and I can feel the joy thru this post! We are doing a similar cruise next year with the kids and also flying in to Barcelona, so more tips for me would be great! LOL!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 12:48 am

      Thanks Vel. It truly was a dream trip. I’ll be sharing a few travel tips that I learned from our adventure. I hope that you and your family enjoy your cruise next year. Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit.

  4. Debbie H
    Friday,October 28, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us. I like the selfie you ended with, you both look very happy. Now back to reality.

    P. S. Hurricane Matthew lifted the roof up on the house I was purchasing and the seller wouldn’t replace it so I am sleeping in a spare room at a friends. ๐Ÿ™

    • Kristi
      Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 12:50 am

      Oh my goodness Debbie, I’m so sorry this has happened. I know you were so excited about this house. Hugs to you my friend.

  5. Saturday,October 29, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Wow, you guys covered a lot of ground! It all looks fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,November 1, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      We did cover a lot of ground. We may need a vacation from our vacation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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