Cruising the Mediterranean Part 2 – Excursions

After deciding to book Disney’s 11 night Med cruise, the next big decision, for me at least, was deciding on excursions. There are so many to choose from and of course, none offer everything you want to do… so you have some serious choices to make.

The other complicating factor is that Disney Cruise Line opened excursion reservations on line at 3 AM! Yes, you read that right… So I had to set the alarm and get up in the middle of the night to try and book the excursions I wanted. I also hoped for Palo dining reservations, but that became secondary. I wasn’t a happy camper..but what can you do?

In deciding on our excursions, we laid out the itinerary so we could see where we’d be the day before and the day after each port. Didn’t want to book back to back 8-9 hour excursions.. whew….

The very first excursion I attempted to book was for Villefranche — Convertible Car Tour of the Cote d’Azur. Yes you and your companion get to drive around the French Riveria in your own convertible! It was VERY disappointing to see this was completely booked when I got online. I guess all the concierge guests (who get to reserve prior to the Castaway Club members) gobbled them all up. Since that time, I have heard from some on later cruises that this excursion seems to be unavailable even when things “open up”. Hmm..

From there I just went to the first port and booked from there.

Palermo: Sights of Palermo

La Specia: Florence and Michelangelo

Civitavecchia – Jumping Back into Eternal Rome

Marseille – Castellet and Wine Tasting

Naples – Amalfi Coast Drive and the Ruins of Pompeii

Olbia – we decided to sleep in and enjoy a late morning stroll and lunch with friends.

Villefrance — well, we haven’t decided what to do there yet. I keep checking the DCL website in hopes someone would have cancelled and the Convertible would become available.

All that coupled with 2 sea days in 11 nights, I’d say we are going to be busy busy busy.

Read Part I of my Mediterranean Cruise Articles
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Deb Wills, founder of AllEars.Net, is an internationally recognized expert on Disney vacations ranging from Walt Disney World to the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland and Adventures by Disney. For many years she participated in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, which she herself survived in 1986. She now raises funds for FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, to increase awareness of hereditary cancers.

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