Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Join me on a cruise of the Mediterranean on the Viking Sea… With exotic destinations to see and explore, it’s cracking up to be quite the adventure !


As you may know (if you saw this post), my husband and I flew to Venice this past week, embarking on a two-week “Mediterranean Odyssey” aboard the Viking Sea, courtesy of Norwegian cruise line, Viking Cruises. Here’s a quick overview of the place we’re visiting:

After another great night’s sleep in our super plush-and-comfy bed, I’m now writing to you halfway through the cruise (ie. a week in), flipping through the Viking Daily. Each evening we’re given a new Viking Daily: a booklet explaining everything that’s going on the following day, the time we disembark, some history about the town we’ll be visiting, that day’s available activities, suggestions for in-town shopping and food, and other essentials like the weather, ship location, shuttle times, etc. It’s basically the day’s guidebook.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Needless to say, I’m super excited to visit all these towns, most of which I’ve never been to before.

As you can imagine, I was really excited when I learned about Viking Cruises and realized that a big part of the reason people go on cruises is not only to (comfortably) visit a lot of destinations in a short timeframe, but to also learn about their history while there. So while I could’ve just done my own thing and aimlessly wandered around the towns we’ll be visiting, I made sure to sign up for the included tours at each destination.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Waiting to board the shuttle into Venice

Last year, I went on a trip to Brussels and got a few guided tours while there. At first, I was worried that I’d hate going on a guided tour… After all, I’ve never been a big fan of history or forced itineraries. They remind me of high school, when all I wanted to do was show up, leave, and do what I wanted, when I wanted. And to this day, I still need help remembering the time and place of all my appointments. But I swallowed my doubts and met up with the tour guide at the appointed time. To my surprise, I really (like, really really) enjoyed learning the history and secrets of the places we visited. In fact, the tours ended up being the most memorable part of the trip, and provided me with loads of cocktail-conversation fodder.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

One of the aspects that worried me was the whether Viking could accommodate our vegan diet. But, shortly after we arrived, the executive chef, Martin Kitzing, came to our suite to discuss our custom vegan menu options. We were also appointed our own “head waiter” who will help make sure everything goes to plan, and whom we have been consulting daily to customize our menu.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Breakfast (complete with almond milk) on our balcony

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

A delicious vegan dessert on board the Viking Sea

Viking puts a lot of effort into making sure that the food we enjoy on board is hyper fresh. About half of the ingredients are picked up that day in port, making our vegan meals farm-to-table fresh. And we can taste the difference.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

The bar in the Explorer’s Lounge

The restaurants (there are five on this Viking Sea ship), the food and the service have all been outstanding. Much better than I ever expected to find on a cruise ship. The lounges and restaurants are super comfortable, and remind me of a 5-star hotel experience — but with the most incredible view.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Al fresco dining next to the hot tub and infinity pool

As someone who loves interior decor, I’m absolutely obsessed with the furniture on this ship. It’s Nordic-modern style and they used lots of soft fabrics with the emphasis not only on clean and simple design, but on comfort. The colors are blues and natural tones like creams and browns, and the result is a very relaxing atmosphere.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

There are lots of both indoor and outdoor lounges to have a drink, listen to live music or read a book in, all while looking out at the water or scenery. This is shaping up to be the most relaxing, stress-free, and comfortable trip I’ve been on — ever.

Welcome to My Mediterranean Odyssey!

Want more? Check out My Viking Cruise: Hanging in the Mediterranean

Have you ever gone on a cruise? Would you?

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 59 Comments

  1. Avatar of Abby Sire

    Abby Sire

    My parents said Mediterranean cruises and Caribbean cruises are their favorites. I think they are right, cos whenever they come home from a cruise they fill the house with love and we as their children are utterly disgusted and at the same time really happy for them.

  2. Avatar of Elin Hanks

    Elin Hanks

    I love your post! I am planning to take a cruise one day… It’s still very far in the future, but your post really helps to get a feeling about it. And these pictures… perfect! Thank you for that

  3. Avatar of Carolyn Robertson

    Carolyn Robertson

    Beautiful pictures! This may be the first and only time I’ve considered doing a cruise. Seems like it’s own, unique travel experience!

  4. Avatar of Emma Blackwood

    Emma Blackwood

    I’m not sure how I feel about the cruising industry. I work with ships so maybe because of that it has never be so tempting, and sometimes I felt like it was something for old people. Altough it is a great solution to visit a lot of countries in only one trip!

  5. Avatar of Anouska Leigh

    Anouska Leigh

    I’ve never been on a cruise, and i’ve always wanted to know what its like. Watching movies and reading stories sometimes paint a too perfect picture. Thank you for your honest opinion! It was a very enjoyable read 🙂 I hope i get to go on a cruise trip one day! Time to start saving up!

  6. Avatar of Deborah Henry

    Deborah Henry

    My Fiancé and I are doing a Med cruise for our Honeymoon in November. I have never been on a cruise, but he has been on two. I can not wait for the experience. We asked for some friends to buy us “all you can drinks” as a wedding gift 😉

  7. Avatar of Daisy Clarke

    Daisy Clarke

    I would love to go on a cruise! Hopefully I can fit in a cruise somewhere in my around the world-cycling trip, at least if I can bring my bicycle onboard with me 🙂 (also you’re so pretty, oh my gosh.) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. Avatar of Angelika J. Huntington

    We just went on a cruise too – and LOVED it! It was my first time too, so I did a ton of research – but nothing can really prepare you for how awesome it is :). I will say we loved our outside room. It had a window – but wasn’t as expensive of an upgrade as a balcony. We felt that going back to our room was still a way of us enjoying the boat – and that we weren’t missing anything because we could see out. But, it does cost a tiny bit more.

    So glad you had a great time!

  9. Avatar of Christina Norelli

    Christina Norelli

    This brings back memories! We ❤️’d our first cruise experience too! Hubby won it at work as a reward for best store one year…I was thrilled – him, not so much! But….he ended up loving it as did I! We lucked out to have an outside balcony room – and for the couple of days at sea – it was to die for! I wish we could do it again.

  10. Avatar of Camila Hilhorst

    Camila Hilhorst

    Oh gosh… I’ve never been on a cruise but this post makes me want to go on one!

    • Avatar of Sasha Smith

      Sasha Smith

      Me too, I’ve never been on a cruise. The closest I’ve been to a cruise was taking a high-speed ferry from England to Holland. I thought it was pretty cool, but it was only a few hours. I confess, though, if the opportunity presented itself, I’d take a Mediterranean Odyssey cruise.

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