One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
Things to do in Rome (Civitavecchia):
Found in the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in Europe at just 0.44km² with a population of 1,000 people. It acts as headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church and is home to The Apostolic Palace - the Pope’s residence –the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
St Peter's Basilica
Within Vatican City is one of the biggest churches in the world; St. Peter’s Basilica. Accommodating up to 20,000 people, this is where the Pope delivers services. Its 136 metre high dome was designed by Michelangelo, and was completed in 1614.
The colosseum was opened in 80 A.D. with 100 days of exciting games. It was mostly used for gladiatorial combat and fights with animals until around the 6th century when it began to fall into disrepair. It was then used to store building materials until the 18th century, when the papacy decided it should be preserved. As it stands now, however, more than two-thirds of the structure has been destroyed.
Known the world-over for its elaborate, 15th century artwork courtesy of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Luca, and Perugino, the Sistine Chapel is where new Popes are elected and ordained. It is located within Vatican City, inside The Apostolic Palace.
This Michelangelo sculpture is located inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It depicts the body of Jesus after he has been crucified, being held by the Virgin Mary. The statue was originally commissioned by Jean de Billheres – a French cardinal – as a memorial for his tomb.
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Rome. There are myths surrounding the building of the original Pantheon, but the structure we see today was built in 120 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian. It was created as a Pagan temple to “honour all Gods” – which is the translation of “Pantheon”. In the year 609 it was converted to a Christian church, although it is still widely known as the Pantheon.
This popular public square is located where the (now fallen) Stadium of Domitian once stood, in 86 A.D. Since then it has been developed into a social gathering spot, adorned by three magnificent fountains that were commissioned in the 16 and 17th centuries. These are Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno.
DAY 421 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 7:30 AM to 8 PM
The first historical testimonies of man in Olbia date back to the fourth millennium BC about. The city is located on the north-eastern side of Sardinia, on the gulf of the same name, and its port is the closest to the Peninsula. Olbia is an excellent starting point to reach the Costa Smeralda, Porto Rotondo and Golfo Aranci, as well as places of historical interest such as the Basilica of San Simplicio, the Castle of Pedres and the Tomb of the Giants of Su Mont’e S’Abe.
Things to do in Olbia, Sardinia:
Basilica of San Simplicio
The Basilica of San Simplicio is the most important place of worship in the north-east of Sardinia. Built between the end of the 11th and the second half of the 12th century, it is dedicated to San Simplicio, the first bishop of Olbia. The style is mainly Pisan Romanesque.
Castello di Pedres
The Castle of Pedres, built in the mid-thirteenth century, is an ancient medieval fort not far from the city center of Olbia. At the time, it defended the territory of Civita, the ancient name of the city, and the borders with the nearby Giudicato di Torres.
The Costa Smeralda is included in the municipality of Arzachena, in the province of Sassari. The renowned tourist region extends for about 50 km, boasts numerous inlets and small beaches and sees its centre in the hamlet of Porto Cervo.
Giants Grave of Su Monte'e s'Abe
The Tomb of the Giants of Su Mont’e s’Abe is one of the many structures that, in the Nuragic era, were widely distributed in Sardinia and used for collective burial. Dating back to the 2nd millennium BC, it is located not far from the Castle of Pedres.
DAY 522 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
As the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Ajaccio and its museums and monuments is a must visit for history enthusiasts. During the day you’ll find beachgoers enjoying the sun and sea and locals relaxing in one of the many café’s while, after dark, the city is alive with thriving nightlife. Whether you’re here to relax or play, Ajaccio’s historic, pastel-coloured lanes and buildings will provide the perfect setting to a cruise holiday.
Things to do in Ajaccio, Corsica:
Pointe de la Parata
Pointe de la Parata is where you’ll find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, as well as the Tower of Parata, a ruined Genoese tower built in the 1550’s. A walking route will take you to the best viewpoints as well as the clear, blue sea where you can take a dip.
Situated in the heart of Ajaccio, the Fesch Museum is dedicated to fine arts, particularly Early Italian and Renaissance pieces. With one of France’s largest collections of Italian works, the Fesch Museum is a must visit for art-enthusiasts.
The home in which the great and controversial leader, Napoléon, was born, Maison Bonaparte is must visit in Ajaccio. Now preserved as a museum dedicated to memorabilia of the family, this house provides great insight into one of the biggest names in history.
Found in Ajaccio’s town hall is an ornate gallery showcasing paintings, sculptures, medals and other memorabilia connected to Napoleon and donated by the Bonaparte family. Most notable is the full-length portrait of Napoleon himself.
Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Ajaccio, this Baroque-style church was where Napoleon was baptised in 1771. While the exterior is modest and subtle, visitors will find rich, grand décor within including a stunning organ.
DAY 724 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
Also known as Mao, Mahon is the capital of the Balearic Island of Menorca. A picturesque city, it’s a wonderful place to stroll around and discover all that it has to offer; from the bustling main square to the historic Mola Fortress, Far de Favaritx lighthouse and the Museo de Menorca. A popular stop off for cruise ships, the natural harbour of the city is a beautiful place to sail into.
Things to do in Mahon, Menorca:
Built in 1875 by the orders of the Spanish monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, this impressive 19th century fortress overlooks the beautiful Mahon harbour. A popular spot to visit for tourists, not only can you spend your time there taking in the views of the surrounding city, but exploring the tunnels, an art gallery and the dozens of historic fortifications.
Far de Favàritx Lighthouse
A prominent concrete tower, the Far de Favaritx is within easy reach of the city, and is well worth a trip during your time in port due to the awe-inspiring views it offers. 47m above sea level and soaring 28m into the sky, this unique lighthouse is a significant maritime exhibition to visit.
Museo de Menorca
An important museum within the city, you can take a tour through it and discover the array of artefacts it has on offer. Located within a historic Franciscan convent dating back to the 17th century, anyone that loves history or simply discovering more about the city they are visiting will love to wander around this museum.
Palma De Mallorca
DAY 825 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 8 PM
On the coast of the largest Balearic island, this sun-soaked seaside city dates back to the 13th-century and is a must visit for any adventurer. A simple stroll will take you on a journey back in time, past breath-taking architecture, medieval history, bustling markets and to an endless array of authentic eateries. With so many hidden gems amongst iconic landmarks, places like Casa Antiguo are the best bet for a true taste of Palma culture.
Things to do in Palma De Mallorca:
Le Seu Cathedral
Found in the heart of Palma, La Seu is a stunning Catalan Gothic style cathedral, with renowned architect Antoni Gaudí contributing to its intricate design. Featuring 61 stained-glass windows, the building flooding with coloured light inside is simply a must.
Castell de Bellver
Built in the 14th century, Bellver Castle is surrounded by lush pine woods and houses an insightful museum of Palma’s municipal history. Visitors will love taking a walk around the moat before admiring the view out over the city and bay from the rooftop.
The quaint, winding cobbled streets of Casco Antiguo are the perfect place to lose yourself in the culture of Palma. Discover gothic bookshops, antique boutiques and must-see tourist sites such as La Seu and Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum.
Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
Showcasing a wide range of art throughout history, Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art is a must visit to discover the cultural heritage of Mallorca. With works by Picasso, Magritte and more, you’re bound to find your new favourite piece.
Barcelona - Overnight onboard
DAY 9-1026 Oct 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin-star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping, enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
Things to do in Barcelona - Overnight onboard:
Visiting Las Ramblas is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Visitors can experience the weird and the wonderful, from the Museu de l’Erotica to the Miró Mural, in between trying a range of authentic tapas bars and cafes before a much needed siesta.
Although the Sagrada Familia is not technically complete, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this spectacular Basilica hosts many masses, events and a place to simply marvel at in wonder.
Barcelona City History Museum
Home of the cultural heritage of Barcelona, the Barcelona City History Museum manages several sites of interest including archaeological sites and historic houses. Visitors will discover the Roman colony, prehistoric Spain, Barcelona’s Jewish community and more.
Comprising of vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí and officially opened in 1926. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding showcase of Gaudí’s genius design, Park Güell makes a wonderful place to go for a walk.
Another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batllo is a truly eye-catching building to explore. Visitors are able to explore this fantastic showcase of the designer’s work, and even enjoy live music and other events on the roof terrace.
This modernist building was the last residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the building with an audio guide, and even enjoy rooftop shows on a romantic evening.
One of Barcelona’s oldest beaches, Sant Sebastià Beach features everything you need for a fantastic day in the sun. With indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms and amenities for lounging, visitors can go for a dip, enjoy an ice cream and find dinner all in one area.
Camp Nou Stadium
With capacity for over 99,000 people, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and cathedral to the Catalans’ second religion- the beautiful game! Visitors can catch an exciting game of football here or take a guided or un-guided tour of the grounds.
Customer reviews for Azamara Onward
Based on 7 reviews
Value for money
A very good experience as far as the cruise was concerned. Minor criticisms are the size of the shower and toilet facilities - we were ok but others might struggle as they are quite petite, however the crew were outstanding and the ship was kept very clean and tidy.
Would we sail with Azamara again? yes!
10+ cruisesClub Veranda Stateroom
8 Jun 2023
Amazing cruise as always with Azamara Cruises on the Onward. Exceptional attentive crew. Fantastic food and drink and entertainment. Luxury cruise where they make you feel so special.
10+ cruisesClub Interior Stateroom
15 May 2023
Excellent service; lots of staff always there to serve you, food and drinks are of exceptional high standard and there was always plenty of choice .
Embarkation/disembarkation was smooth and well organised.
The ship was very friendly but quiet overall with no queues, sunbeds were always available.
The entertainment was every night but a little disappointing for me as I'm used to larger ships with a lot more variety in that area.
Overall I would still recommend especially if you like a quieter holiday. This is boutique cruising on an older smaller ship.
10+ cruisesClub Interior Stateroom
8 May 2023
A very enjoyable holiday, made possible by the efforts of the Iglu staff. In particular, Gemma and later Carli in Customer Relations. As ever, well done Iglu.
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