Cruise With Me to
The Mediterranean

Explore Spain, France, and Italy on this once-in-a-lifetime journey… with an itinerary inspired by the book, Smart Girl Summer.

June 30 - July 7, 2024

Admire the art and architecture of BarcelonaBask in the sun on the beaches of MallorcaSample wine and cheese on a farmhouse in TuscanyWalk through fragrant fields of lavender in Provence.

And only unpack once.

The Itinerary

Your journey begins in Barcelona.

  • Get an up-close glimpse of La Sagrada Família, a cathedral masterwork designed by celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
  • Take a stroll along La Rambla’s pedestrian boulevard to experience the city’s pure essence.
  • Get lost in the whimsical gardens of Park Güell or savor a chef-led Catalan cooking class.
  • Browse art collections dedicated to Picasso and Miro— or ride a cable car to the top of Montjuïc Hill, relishing citywide views along the way.

In the evening, board the ship and set sail for your next port of call.

The Spanish island of Mallorca offers towering mountains and dramatic cliffs rising over clear, blue water — but its hidden gem is Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital and largest city, where you’ll find quaint historic streets, Gothic castles and gastronomic delights.

  • Visit some of the world’s best beaches — the clear, blue water of Cala Llombards or the warm, golden sands of Playa El Arenal.
  • See the circular courtyard and Arab-inspired arches of Castell de Bellver, and take in the fresh scent of the miles of pine forest that surround it.
  • Head to Porto Cristo on the east side of the island, where you’ll find the Cuevas del Drach — the dragon caves.
  • Go shopping at Jaume III and Sant Miquel streets for boutiques specializing in fine local goods: Mallorcan pearls, Menorquina sandals, colorful pottery, and traditional straw bags.

France’s oldest city, Marseille blends ancient charm with Provencal beauty.

  • Make your way on foot down Boulevard Longchamp, with its posh 19th-century houses, tree-lined promenade and stunning Palais Longchamp, where you’ll wander into a well-manicured park with a stately colonnade and fountain.
  • At Calanques National Park, you’ll find rough, white limestone cliffs that rise sharply above the sea. You can take a relaxing boat tour or even kayak in the area. 
  • Cruise to Provence and look for handmade savon de Marseille, the traditional green or white soap made with olive oil that has been exported from Marseille for centuries.
  • Climb the steps to 19th-century Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, rising 150 meters above the water.

The northern Italian port city of La Spezia, on the border of Liguria and Tuscany, offers an ideal gateway to two of the country’s most famous cities: Pisa and Florence.

  • Climb the 251 steps up the spectacular Leaning Tower or Campanile (bell tower) on the Field of Miracles in Pisa.
  • In Florence, you can’t miss the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, more commonly called the Duomo in honor of its red-tiled cupola, or dome.
  • The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of Italy’s most famous and star-studded art museums, including works by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Try Tuscan cuisine, like fresh pecorino (sheep’s milk cheese), fazzoletti (pasta filled with ricotta and spinach), or papardelle (broad noodles).

Rome holds the edge when it comes to unrivaled adventures. The city that sparked the world’s largest empire is very much alive today with a jumble of ancient ruins, world-renowned art and vivacious street culture. Here you can live la dolce vita, recalling the glory days of Ancient Rome and twirling forks full of pasta in a trattoria. 

  • Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome, taking in sites such as the Colosseum, The Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.
  • Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. 
  • Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighborhood. 
  • Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna.

With a skyline defined by towering Mount Vesuvis, Naples is a bustling Italian city brimming with beauty.

  • Take a short bus ride to the base of Mount Vesuvius and tour the ruins of Pompeii afterward.
  • Hop aboard a ferry to the island of Capri, where you can wander through the central square, take a chairlift to Mount Solaro, or visit the Blue Grotto.
  • Delight in the oceanfront scenery as you wind along the Amalfi Coast, walk through charming village streets, and savor a tasty Italian meal.
  • Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore

After all that sightseeing, it’s time to relax on the ship as we sail across the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Relax by the pool or get your adrenaline pumping on one of the water slides.
  • Bliss out at the spa with a massage and a facial.
  • Sip a drink at the bar while partaking in music trivia or napkin folding classes.
  • Go ice skating, rock climbing, or take a ride on the zip line.

Your journey ends back where you started, in Barcelona. Feel free to stick around the city – or explore some more of Spain! – before heading home.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

The Ship

We’ll be sailing on Oasis of the Seas with one of my favorite cruise lines, Royal Caribbean.

This ship has something for everyone, from families with kids to singles looking to mingle.

  • Dining. Over 20 different dining options, from upscale restaurants to casual cafes to quick poolside bites.
  • Entertainment. The best performances at sea, including ice shows at the skating rink, water acrobatics in the AquaTheater, and full-scale Broadway productions.
  • Activities. Four pools, three waterslides, a zip line, a rock climbing wall, mini golf, a full-service spa, a kids club, and so much more.
  • Nightlife. More than a dozen bars and lounges where you can drink, dance, listen to a jazz band, or sing karaoke.

What's Included:

What's Excluded:

But don’t worry. I can help you arrange all of this!


$1,775 per person, double-occupancy, in an ocean-view balcony stateroom
$1,663 per person, double-occupancy, in an interior stateroom

That's over $850 less than the current prevailing rate.

(If you're traveling solo or with more than one companion, pricing will vary. Let's chat about it!)

Availability is limited.
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