Do you dream of a warm Mediterranean coast, architectural masterpieces of European cities and a unique atmosphere of cruise travel? How about a cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest liner, set to sail for its first cruise in spring 2021?
The Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Quantum Ultra to cruise Europe all summer on exciting 7 and 12-day routes. Stopping times in some ports will be extended, so guests can enjoy the wonderful places of Europe for longer. Also, some cruises provide night stops (for example, in Athens and Naples), which will allow you to get to know the cities better and admire their beauty in the evening.
When cruising the Odyssey of the Seas in Europe, you’re sure to find something for yourself in these stunning countries:
Take advantage of an overnight stay in Naples and get to know its past and present. Naples is considered the third largest city in Italy, located in a picturesque area near the Mount Vesuvius. Naples is a very contrasting city, unlike either Milan or Rome, which has its own character (apparently, the proximity of the volcano played a role). We can say that Naples – this is open-air museum, there are a large number of architectural monuments, luxurious palaces and majestic churches. The historic center of the city is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, which is why it is so pleasant to walk and spend time here.
Of course, speaking of Italy, one cannot but mention the traditional cuisine. Did you know that Naples is the birthplace of pizza? Be sure to try the real neapolitan pizzaas well as classic neapolitan dessert Sfogliatella, which is a shortbread or flaky text cake with a sweet filling of ricotta, cinnamon and citrus peel. The city also boasts a record number of Michelin-starred restaurants in all of Italy, where you can taste the culinary delights of Italian cuisine.
It takes about an hour by ferry or bus to get from Naples to Sorrento – a small but very picturesque town that attracts the attention of tourists from all over the world.
Also waiting for you Athens – the capital of Greece and a real treasury of the ancient world. Here it is Parthenon – an antique temple located on the Athenian Acropolis, which is considered to be the oldest architectural monument of the city and one of the most recognizable landmarks. Every history buff will be delighted to drop by the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and it is also worth mentioning Athenian trilogywhich includes the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library.
Thanks to the overnight stop, travelers will have time to walk, feel the unique atmosphere of the ancient city, and also taste cheese and seafood at the central food market, which has been operating since 1886. Little tip: products marked “PDO” (Protected Designation of Origin) are exclusively manufactured here.