1 cruise (first)
My friend likes to cruise, I don't. So we compromised on a small ship cruise and couldn't have been more delighted. The Wind Surf was lovely, our room comfortable, and the crew were fantastic. The food was very good and there was always good variety. And of course we met some very lovely people and had a great time. The excursions were good, however, we hit a few glitches. Taormina; maybe I picked the wrong excursion, but the tour with the winery lunch didn't leave enough time to stroll and shop in the town, which the description said we would have. The winery was at such a distance that at the end of the day it felt as if we had spent most of the day on the bus. The winery lunch seemed as if they wanted to just get us in and out ASAP. The day scheduled for tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum was the first Sunday of the month. All sites and museums are free to Italians on the first Sunday. We stood on line for 2 hours at Herculaneum and later heard that of two busses only one got into Pompeii because the site closed due to the crowds. Additional tours were scheduled for the next day but we were so tired we cancelled our tour of Pompeii and stayed on the ship all day. Not really a bad thing, we had a very relaxing day. All in all, we had a great time and before we disembarked we were already talking about another cruise.