Howdy! I’m so excited to be writing this post. I’ve had a travel-free March but things were very busy in the home front. I had travel events and also speaking events, but mostly I was busy shuffling to and from Canberra – Sydney just fixing a whole lot of house related things.
Anyway, boring stuff aside. It’s that time of the year again 🙂
Early next week, I’m flying to Rome!
Who knew I would be back in Rome so soon? I was there in October last year, but I suppose one could never have enough Roman holidays right?
But it will be an entirely different adventure this time because…
I will be going on my first ever cruise with Celebrity Cruises!
It will be a 12-day Mediterranean Cruise on board the Celebrity Constellation.
The cruise will be departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) and what makes this cruise special is that we will be cruising at Anzac Cove on the early morning of 25th of April
The years 2014-2018 is the ANZAC (Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) Centenary and I feel grateful to have the opportunity to visit Anzac Cove and Gallipoli at this time.
There will be a lecture onboard the cruise ship about the history of ANZAC which I will be attending, and shortly after cruising past Anzac Cove, we will be stopping at
I’ve been watching heaps of Gallipoli documentaries the past week and I plan to go on a Gallipoli excursion while docked here.
And then we move to…
I’m so excited for Istanbul. It will be my first time in the city, and I will be going on a city tour that includes the famous sites like Hagia Sofia Museum, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. We have 2 full days in Istanbul so there’s ample free time as well.
My first time in Greece! We will have 1 day in Athens and I’ll be going on a city tour that will cover the basic attractions.
We will also just have a day in Santorini but a city excursion should cover the standard touristic sites of this photogenic city.
The last stop before we disembark will be back in Italy – Naples! I haven’t been here as well, so I’m looking forward to exploring the Napoli, will be visiting Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano.
And then it’s back to Rome! 🙂
So you see, I have a lot of ‘firsts’ in this trip, the biggest of which will be my first cruise. I know many of you have been on cruises, so let me know of any tips you have especially if you’ve been on a similar cruise.
I’m also flying on the A380 on Qantas for the first time, so I’m looking forward to this despite the long flight time
on return, I will be on the Qantas-Emirates codeshare (Qantas flight number, Emirates aircraft) and I’m looking forward to that. I had my first taste of the Emirates A380 economy from Wellington-Sydney a month ago and I was extremely impressed!
I will also be giving live updates (as live as possible) of the trip on social media:
Instagram – @jeanholysmithereens
And also, for less formal and more candid updates of the trip, aka Holy Smithereens un-plugged,
follow me on Snapchat!
Snapchat username – holysmithereens
Have you been on a cruise before? Any advice for a first time cruiser? Any tips for short visits to the above cities?
ciao for now!! 🙂