Hi, Just got back from the same med cruise you will be taking in September and you are going to have a fabulous time. The ship is beautiful. The staff is really great. Food was exceptional. As for the ports, do take some of the excursions offered by the ship. We really loved Turkey and Crete and Sicily(Taorimina) was just delightful. Crete you can take a shuttle from the port and and it takes you to the area without the expense of the tour. September it should be hot so shorts or cargos are good. The ship has at least 2 formal nights so remember your suit jackets and slacks. The rest of the dinners are casual dinner attire ( no shorts )Anyway another point, If you are flying into Rome and plan on staying in Rome until the day of the sail, you can take the train from Termini station to the port city Citevecchia. It's really inexpensive and a fun way to travel. Beware of the helpers that will seem like they are helping you find your train only to demand euros. Make sure and validate your ticket before entering the train. There is a 5-10 minute walk from the train station to the ship. Tips are settled on the last day of the cruise. It is a set amount and can be added to your credit card. Soda is unlimited and can be pre-paid as can a water package. The cabin attendent will leave an itinery of the next days events in your cabin daily and you will see there are alot of activities. The shows are really good and the clubs are jumping. If you like to party or not you will find what you what onboard. I hope this helps you. Enjoy your cruise. Bon Voyage!
Last edited by Kris v; 06-03-2012 at 05:05 PM.