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the itinerary 5th - 12th July 2020 

 

The 10th anniversary on board 
Royal Caribbean’s and the elegant
‘Explorer of the Seas’.

Sailing out of Rome, The Cruise takes you on
a legendary journey to incredible
Croatia and alluring Albania.

Day Destination Arrival Departure
Sunday Rome   17:00
Monday at sea    
Tuesday Dubrovnik 08:00 23:59
Wednesday Kotor 08:00 21:00
Thursday Split 08:00 18:00
Friday Sarandë 11:00 23:59
Saturday at sea    
Sunday Rome 05:00  

Sunday July 5th   Departure  17:00

Civitavecchia, the port of the eternal city, serves as the start and final port on this epic cruise. Rome, which was found at 753 BC, is located in the central western part of Italy, along the shores of the Tiber.

With it’s 4.3 million habitants, it is the fourth most populous city in the European Union. Offering a mix of ancient ruins, jaw-dropping art, delicious cuisine and vibrant street life, Italy’s capital is an amazing city to be discovered. 

The Pantheon, Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Trevi fountain and Vatican remind us that Rome was once the capital of the world and still is the seat of the Catholic Church. The Vatican, the smallest country in the world, is an independent country inside the city boundaries, which is why Rome has often been defined as the capital of two states. With the historic centre being listed on the UNESCO world heritage site, Rome is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.

 must do

  • Discover Rome underground and visit the Crypts and Catacombs and admire the Capuchin Crypt made entirely out of human bones.
  • When in Rome, do as Romans do. Experience the Dolce Vita lifestyle, while sipping an aperitivo on a quaint piazza
  • Stroll the cobble-stones streets of Travestere and get  lost in Cetro Storico. You'll be amazed about  the discoveries you will stumble upon.

 tips 

  • For a Roman meal head to a ‘Trattoria’ where locals indulge in this pizzas and pastas and don’t leave Rome without having tried their gelato.
  • Tired of all the walking? Discover the historic city by bike, Segway or Vespa!
  • Avoid queues by bookings tickets for the Colosseum and Vatican online.

Monday July 6th

 

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!

 must do

  • An early morning yoga session in open air.
  • Offer yourself a spa treatment.
  • Try the climbing wall.
  • Participate to one of the pool activities.

Tuesday July 7th   Arrival 08:00   Departure  23:59

 

Dubrovnik, formerly also named Ragusa is the glittering pearl of the Adriatic. It is hard not to be impressed by the baroque buildings, the limestone streets and it’s rich history. 

The city issituated on the southern coast of Croatia. Its location on the Adriatic Sea and its Old City are both alluring for travelers. The Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded in the 7th century and the prosperity of the city was based on maritime trade. 

However it got severely damaged in 1990, after the break-up of Yugoslavia when the Serbs and Montenegrins bombed the region. Dubrovnik has worked hard to restore the damaged areas back to their original magnificence, and tourists have now returned to a peaceful and tranquil region. Take a trip back in time and be marvelled.

 must do

  • Walk along the ancient city walks that protected the city for centuries and admire the view from different spots
  • Explore the “game of thrones” film sites on a walking tour and discover the red roofed skyline, known as Kings Landing

 tips 

  • After exhausting yourself walking up and down the narrow lanes, plunge in the azure sea of Banje beach.
  • Hungry from all the action? Drop by at Stradun, a pedestrianized street, surrounded by the city walls, boasting restaurants offering great local meals at reasonable prices.
  • Go all out and avoid tanning lines on of the many naturist beaches in the area.

Wednesday July 8th   Arrival 08:00   Departure 21:00

 

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 the moment of the creation of our planet, the most beautiful merging of land and sea occurred at the Montenegrin seaside and today we discover why.

 

 must do

  • Sit back and relax on deck with a drink as we sail into the bay of Kotor and discover why this is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Ascend the 1350 steps of Kotor’s fortified walls and get rewarded by superb panoramic bay views.
  • Explore the surroundings by speedboat and have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the blue grotto.

 tips

  • After a hike in the city, take a panoramic ride to the beaches of Budva for a dip in the crystal clear waters.
  • Discover the bay in a unique way – by kayak!
  • Hungry? Grab a seat in one of the typical restaurants in the old town and try the local prsut (ham) and sir (smoked cheese).

Thursday July 9th   Arrival 08:00   Departure  18:00

 

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia, situated on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Famous for its idyllic beaches, white sands and turquoise waters as well as its cultural heritage. 

Split is perhaps best known for being home to Diocletian’s palace, built by the Roman emperor in 305 CE, and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. A walk through Split is a treat for the eye and as we submerge in the old city, we understand why Split is a popular film location. 

It is an amazing mix of old and new in a unique setting. Croatia’s coast is a natural wonder, especially around Split, where islands serve as a barrier to keep the clean waters calm and clean. Various of these islands and caves can be visited on a daytrip.

 must do

  • Hop over the the island of Hvar and take a trip back in time
  • Take a daytrip to Krka National Park and admire the travertine waterfalls
  • Discover the lakes of Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site

 tips

  • Enough culture for a day? Head out to the popular Bacvice Beach for a refreshing dip.
  • Treat yourself to local cuisine and a drink in Marmont Street, where locals hang out in the many cafes and bars
  • Climb the steps of Kliss Fortress and be treated to incredible views
 
 

Friday July 10th   Arrival 11:00   Departure  23:59

 

Saranda is the undiscovered gem in the sometimes overcrowded Mediterranen. It is a coastal town in Albania, by the Ionian Sea, counting roughly 50.000 inhabitants.

Saranda getsits name from the Byzantine monastery of the Agioi Saranda, meaning the "Forty Saints", in honor of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. It is considered the unofficia capital of the Albanian Riviera where one is awed by the countless bays, beaches, the rocky coastline, hills with olives and citrus and dramatic mountains that surround the landscape. 

With various dreamlike beaches and over 300 sunny days a year, this is a summer hot-spot waiting to be discovered. Near Saranda the ancient ruins of Butrint, a UNESCO, World Heritage await to be discovered. 

must do

  • Visit the ancient city of Gjirokastra, the city of stone that due to its architecture, landed on the Unesco World Heritage list.
  • Visit Syri Kalter, a natural spring and discover why it is also called the Blue Eye
  • Climb the ruins of Lakuresi Castle, for panoramic views over the city

 tips

  • Have a cocktail at the famous Jericho Beach Bar
  • Enjoy an Albanian sea food lunch at the palm tree fringed sea side promenade.
  • Relax and swim at the crystal clear beaches of Ksamil, Mirror beach being considered the best

 

Saturday July 11th

 

 

Slow down, relax, and lounge in the sun.
Dangle your feet in the pool. Maybe visit the gym. Enjoy all the ship is offering... and get ready for the T-dance!

 

 must do

  • An early morning yoga session in open air.
  • Offer yourself a spa treatment.
  • Try the climbing wall.
  • Participate to one of the pool activities.
  • Now is the time to exchange contact details with newly made friends.