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Jim & Linda Koski

Age: 54, 49

Occupation:Photography

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Legend of the Seas

Sailing Date: May 19th, 2001

Itinerary: 12 day Mediterranean

Livorno, Italy (docked): Florence and Pisa tour
Naples, Italy (docked): Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri tour
Venice, Italy (docked): 1st day - on our own
Venice: 2nd day - Venetian Gondola and Glass Factory tour (book this very early!)
Dubrovnik, Croatia (tendered in): on our own
Messina, Sicily (tendered in due to dock construction): Taormina tour
Civitavecchia, Italy (docked): Rome, the Eternal City
Marseilles, France (docked): Aix-en-Provence

58 digital photos of our trip are at: http://www.koskiphotography.com/mediterranean.html

Because of 9 hours of jet lag from northern California, we flew to Barcelona a day early. We were on our own and saw the Picasso Museum, La Rambla and the Gothic cathedral. We found the Metro (subway) a very easy way to get around.

Despite many on-board warnings, one woman had her purse sliced open in Rome. Gone were her passport and wallet full of credit cards. We carry minimal cash and one credit card. Our passports and a credit card with a different account number are left in our cabin safe.

We thought by traveling in May we would avoid the 'tourist season' but due to all the cruise ships, every place was mobbed! Weather for us was unseasonably warm, getting into the high 90s in southern France.

A few closing thoughts… The ship was in great shape, and according to staff, is drydocked every two years for overhaul and restoration. It's large, but not one of the mega-ships, and we never felt crowded. All the staff was helpful and friendly. We found the variety and quality of food very good, though there are always those few who might feel otherwise. On our 12 day cruise, we had two 'formal' nights, two 'smart casual' nights and eight 'casual' nights. This was a wonderful trip, a great way to get to many cities without constantly unpacking and driving (Italy would not be my favorite country to drive or try to park in).

E-mail us at jlkoski @attbi.com . Remove the space. This is not linked to avoid "spam" spiders that automatically scan websites for junk e-mail addresses.

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