This summer, we sailed on the 12-Night Mediterranean Cruise on Disney Magic - Itinerary C. We (myself, husband, and 11 yr old daughter) took a Disney-sponsored port adventure at each of the 8 ports.
My favorite port adventure was “Mount Etna Summit” (Catania, Sicily). Our guide had a doctorate and was extremely knowledgeable in all things volcanic. The cable car ride was breathtaking, and the Unimog was unique! Hiking around near the summit, digging in the ground to feel the heat coming up was amazing!! Dress warmly and in layers!! Despite several notifications that temperatures would be chilly at the top, many guests still showed up in tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. (Don’t think they enjoyed the hike as much as I did. Haha). The flip-flop contingency were required to rent closed-toe shoes at the top for a few euros.
Another favorite was “Murano Glass, San Giorgio Island, and Gondola Ride” (Venice). (This was a half day excursion that started around 2pm. So in the morning, we debarked on our own and walked to St Mark’s, then returned to the ship for lunch and to start our port adventure.) We toured a glass factory and watched a 30-minute demonstration of the masters making a vase from start to finish. There was also a second glass-master who made a horse and a fish for the children to watch. For me, the glass factory was the highlight of this port adventure—the tour of the church on San Giorgio Island and the gondola ride were fine, but not something I feel like I would want to do again.
My least favorite port adventure was “Jumping Back into Eternal Rome.” We chose this adventure because it started with a private train ride from the port (Civitavecchia) to Rome as opposed to a much longer bus ride into Rome. However, this adventure was near-disaster from the beginning. Our train was late getting into Rome, therefore we missed our bus that would take us from the train station to the Colosseum. And we were behind schedule and rushed for the res t of the day. Not to mention, it was a Wednesday and the Pope had held Audience, so there were a bajillion people in Rome that day. …And it was pouring down rain a good part of the day. We did indeed tour all the sights promised (Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St Peter’s Basilica), but the amount of free-time that we were supposed to have was cut drastically short to stay on schedule enough to make it back to the ship at a decent time. I do not hold anyone responsible for delays—it was just one of those very busy times in Rome. And, even though Rome was not built in a day, we surely tried to tour it all in a day!! Our tour guides were wonderful and very gracious under much pressure and time-crunch. We were told later that, because of traffic, many other port adventures had returned late from Rome, and the ship was delayed in leaving port that evening.