14 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Oceana.
Lively and glamorous, Oceana is a cruise liner that's full of personality. Her impressive atrium, adorned with palm trees, creates that holiday feeling as soon as you step on board. With deck bars, pools and many balcony Staterooms, she is the perfect cruise ship for sunny climates.
First time cruisers will love the atmosphere of this ship. As will those looking for a spontaneous and sociable style of cruise holiday. Laugh. Relax. Enjoy. Oceana's wide range of entertainment and facilities appeal to all ages. You can play tennis in her sports court - housed in her funnel. Unwind in her whirlpool spas. Try your luck in the casino. And dance the night away in Le Club.
Dining on Oceana offers great variety and flexibility. From fine five course meals in the main restaurants, to freshly grilled dishes under the stars there is something for every occasion.
About the Cruise:
Unforgettable Rome is the highlight of this 14-night cruise with Oceana. One of the world's most historical cities, its instantly recognisable sights include the Colosseum, Spanish steps and Trevi Fountain.
First stop is Barcelona where you can wander along Las Ramblas, stopping at La Boqueria food market on your way. Next it's glamorous, cosmopolitan Cannes - keep your eyes peeled for the rich and famous on the Promenade de la Croisette. Other sights worth seeing here include the medieval church, castle and narrow streets of the old town.
After your full day in the Italian capital, Oceana takes you to Naples with its magnificent opera house and interesting old town; sophisticated Palma, capital of Majorca; the ancient Spanish port of Cartagena; and the excellent pubs and tax-free shopping in Gibraltar, where you can also take a cable car to the top of the Rock.
The Catalonian capital of Barcelona provides a vivid mix of ancient and modern but is probably best know for the bizarre Art Nouveau architecture of Antonio Gaudi, in particular the iconic Sagrada Familia, Europe's most extraordinary - and still unfinished - cathedral.
Boosted by hosting the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona's Old Port area has been transformed into a thriving area of cafes and restaurants. From there, it is an easy stroll up the famous Rambla to the old town. Las Ramblas is thronged with street entertainers, stalls and bars and is most lively at night and weekends. Not to be missed is the La Boqueria food market with its extraordinary displays of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.
Some of the best food in Spain can be found in the city - paella is a speciality - and the restaurant Cal Pep was recently named as one of the top 50 places to eat in the world.
About Rome (from Civitavecchia)
Standing in the Colosseum, visiting Vatican City and tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain are all unique experiences of a lifetime to be had in the Eternal City of Rome, reached from your Italian cruise port Civitavecchia.
Rome's breathtaking monuments, palaces, churches and classical features are quite unlike anything you will find in any other European city. They will always leave you wanting to come back for more - hence the coin-tossing, which is said to guarantee your return.
The city's other must-sees include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon (probably the most complete ancient Roman building in the city) and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo's masterpieces.
While steeped in history, Rome is also a modern, bustling city with modern designer shops and chic boutiques at every turn. Reasonably priced department stores selling all the latest fashions can be found in the many pedestrianised shopping streets, while restaurants and cafes spill out onto piazzas offering authentic Italian dishes and sensational ice cream.
Dominated by its iconic Gothic cathedral, the Majorcan capital and cruise port Palma has been transformed in recent years into one of the most sophisticated hotspots of the Mediterranean. Fine shops rub shoulders with authentic Balearic restaurants and tapas bars in this easy to navigate city.
From the harbour filled with expensive yachts, wander up to the magnificent cathedral and stand in awe when you realise it took 500 years to complete. Spreading out around this ancient structure with its impressive views is a collection of side streets and alleys which give a sense of the city's cultural past and Moorish influences.
Walking from the old town you reach the thoroughfare of Passeig d'es Born with its many cafes where you can sample freshly baked spiral pastries called ensaimadas, a local speciality. It is also well worth exploring the unusual circular Castell de Bellver, overlooking the bay to the west.
Port 1 Southampton, England
Port 2 Barcelona, Spain
Port 3 Cannes, France
Port 4 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Port 5 Naples, Italy
Port 6 Palma, Majorca. SP
Port 7 Cartagena, Spain
Port 8 Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Port 9 Southampton, England