SinglesCruise.com Offers Top Tips on Mediterranean Cruising
Dedicated to providing cruise vacations for solo travelers, SinglesCruise.com offers a 10-night Mediterranean cruise departing on July 9, 2016.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 20, 2016) - SinglesCruise.com, the United States' largest organizer of hosted singles cruises, is pleased to announce details on its upcoming Mediterranean cruise and offer 10 top tips for European travel. This year, single travelers can take advantage of a 10-night SinglesCruise.com Mediterranean cruise onboard Carnival's brand-new Carnival Vista. Departing on July 9, 2016, from Barcelona, guests will enjoy meeting like-minded solo travelers while also: exploring the lush countryside around Arles and Avignon, France; visiting Livorno – the coastal gateway to beautiful Tuscany; marveling at the Leaning Tower of Pisa or exploring the art and architecture of Florence; tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain; basking in the sunshine while touring the Greek islands of Crete and Rhodes; and much more.
"On this 10-night adventure, SinglesCruise.com guests have the opportunity to experience classic architecture, modern cities, beautiful seaside locations and historic landmarks," said Sharon Concepcion, Vice President of Leisure Operations. "Compared to one of our Caribbean cruises, we notice that the atmosphere on our Mediterranean cruises has own distinct and relaxed feel. For those who enjoy meeting like-minded solo travelers, and are seeking a relaxing, historical and educational trip to Europe, this is the cruise you'll want to take this summer."
SinglesCruise.com's lead Cruise Director, Shelby Bergeron – who has been on more than 80 cruises – offers her Top 10 sightseeing and travel tips specifically for Mediterranean cruises:
Passport: Carry at least one color photocopy of your passport ID page with you. Tuck it into a secret pocket of a separate bag, away from your real passport. Should your passport become lost or stolen, this copy will help.
Cash: Bring along cash for easy money exchange at the airport or exchange some before you leave for your trip. Some of the best exchange rates come from using an ATM (although the on-screen instructions may only be available in the local language).
Mobile Phone: Download an app on your smart phone of common phrases and questions in the native language before you travel. This will help you get around on your excursions and shows respect for the local people and culture. Bergeron also added, if you plan on using your phone during the trip, ask your cellphone provider to put you on an international plan for the duration of your trip.
Shoes: Buy and break in good closed-toed sandals or sneakers. European cities are walking cities. It is hot in the summer; you will be on uneven terrain and often distracted by the gorgeous architecture. Flip flops offer little support and can be dangerous and may even be prohibited for entry into many places on shore.
Explore: Have fun exploring each new destination through a private singles-only shore excursion with a tour guide you can understand and hear. So much is missed if you simply try to go through it on your own and are with hundreds of other people.
Bergeron also offered these insider tips while exploring various ports of call on this sailing:
Barcelona: Arrive early and, before the cruise departs, tour the city by bicycle. "Güell Palace and the Picasso museum are incredible. If you like local fare, I recommend enjoying drinks and tapas in the Gothic district. It's where the locals go."
Livorno: "One of the best wine tour/tastings I've ever been to in Tuscany was at the Castle of Verrazzano. It is absolutely, hands down, one of the most amazing places," said Bergeron. "It's been producing wine for over 1,000 years and it's said that the neighboring castle once housed Leonardo De Vinci."
Rome: "There is so much to see and do in Rome, and I always recommend hiring an incredible tour guide in order to truly understand what you are seeing," stated Bergeron. "If you have time, I recommend finding the 'Keyhole' in Rome. It's wild to see it for yourself."
Naples: While many people will visit Pompeii and Almalfi coast, Bergeron also recommends visiting Herculaneum. Like Pompeii, Herculaneum was destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, but it's better preserved, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rhodes: Nicknamed "the sun island," Rhodes is best seen by renting a moped to "cruise" around the city and make sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
In addition to the spectacular ports of call on this sailing, all SinglesCruise.com clients can take part in a significant number of exclusive "members only" events during each cruise vacation. These exclusives include: an experienced cruise host to lead special events and ensure that all SinglesCruise.com guests feel welcome; cocktail parties and theme nights; specially-chosen shore excursions that interest the single traveler; complimentary roommate matching, and private online message boards and social media groups for singles to connect before their cruise and to keep friendships blooming after they return home.
The ports of call on the sailing include: Marseilles (Provence) France; Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples (Capri/Pompeii), Italy; Crete (Heraklion), Greece; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir (Ephesus), Turkey; and Athens, Greece. For more details on SinglesCruise.com's 10-night Mediterranean cruise or to make a reservation, please visit www.SinglesCruise.com or call 800-393-5000.