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UMD Alumni Travel – Italian Inspirations

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UMD Alumni Travel – Italian Inspirations

Let the irresistible beauty of islands and classic Italian cities inspire you as you cruise the Mediterranean along the sublime shorts of Italy, Greece and Croatia. Depart from Rome’s port, Civitaveccia and sail south to Sorrento, a charming resort town perched on steep cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples. Take in its fabulous panoramas, stroll the captivating ruins of Pompeii, or succumb to the island allure of Capri. Explore Amalfi or Positano, where colorful Moorish-style houses blanket dramatic seaside slopes, and venture through the “Doorway to Sicily,” Messina, a lovely medieval city home to a 12th-century Normal-style cathedral. Find natural beauty at Corfu, the Greek Isle drenched in greenery and sprinkled with cypress trees and wildflowers, and visit Dubrovnik, Croatia’s walled masterpiece of gleaming marble streets framed with Baroque architecture. Conclude your journey in enchanting Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site laced with cobblestone streets, delicate marble bridges, and captivating canals parted with gondolas.

Sail the Mediterranean aboard the intimate and inviting 384-passenger Oceania Cruises Insignia, a graceful ship offering every indulgence imaginable. Whether dining on gourmet cuisine considered the finest at sea, absorbing an interesting guest lecture, listening to a classical string quartet, or relazing in your spacious, well-appointed stateroom or suite, each day aboard Insignia is an enriching travel experience.

With such an outstanding ship and itinerary, this cruise will fill up quickly. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to sign up now for your preferred stateroom and suite. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel with fellow alumni on this superb Mediterranean voyage.

Cruise Itinerary

MAY 14 – Depart for Italy

MAY 15 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Insignia in Civitaveccia, the port for legendary Rome, Italy’s treasure of history and architecture.

MAY 16 – Sorrento/Capri, Italy900_Italian_MAY14_14_R1.pdf
Overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Naples, near the legendary ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento charms with cobblestone streets, a seaside promenade and vibrant Southern Italian culture. According to Greek mythology, here was the home of the Sirens, the femmes fatales who lured sailors to rocky shores. Close by, Italy’s famed island Capri offers stunning panoramas, charming villages and ancient villas.

MAY 17 – Amalfi/Positano, Italy
Situated on the picturesque Amalfi coast is the enchanting town of Amalfi, filled with ancient wonders like the 12th-century Capuchin monastery and the beautiful 11th-century cathedral and cloister. Nearby, clinging to steep slopes above a sparkling bay, Positano charms all who visit with its Moorish-style houses and colorful fishing boats.

900_Italian_MAY14_14_R1.pdfMAY 18 – Messina (Sicily), Italy
Located on the northeastern tip of Sicily is the bustling harbor town of Messina, famed for enduring a devastating earthquake in 1908. As a result, the reconstructed city is architecturally modern, but manages to instill old-world beauty in its main square, Piazza del Duomo, which features the world’s largest astronomical clock and the lovely Messina Cathedral. Nearby is another popular Sicilian city, beautiful Taormina, featuring a prominent Greek amphitheater and wonderful views of Mt. Etna.

MAY 19 – Corfu, Greece
Chronicled in Homer’s Odyssey as a “beautiful and rich land,” and arguably the setting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Corfu offers a lush landscape of olive groves, wildflowers and white sand beaches beneath emerald hills and mountains. The greenest and best known of the Ionian Islands, it also celebrates the historic Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea.

Old Fortress, Corfu

MAY 20 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Famed playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Known as The Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is an ancient walled city on the Dalmatian Coast that retains its centuries-long allure. Its pedestrians-only Old Town holds an abundance of charming sites, from historic churches and ancient sculptures to chic shops, attractive gardens and quaint cafes.

MAY 21 – Venice, Italy
Free of cars and steeped in art and architecture, this city of canals is a masterpiece in itself. With travel in the city possible only by water or on foot through the winding, narrow alleyways, Venice is a captivating and singular wonder. Romantic and magical, with graceful gondolas, marvelously-aging plaster walls and flowering window boxes, Venice is a city to lose yourself in.

Venice, Italy

MAY 22 – Venice, Italy
Disembark and bid farewell to Insignia.


From Rome to Venice, discover inspiring Mediterranean masterpieces aboard the elegant Insignia. Relax, unwind and enjoy the inherent benefits of a masterfully designed ship. The generous ration of staff to guests allows for an astonishingly high level of personalized service and contributes to the uncompromising quality of the Oceania Cruises experience.

The Ambience

– Luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere
– Intimate ship with only 684 guests, providing access to more exotic ports
– Exceptional decor with museum-quality art
– Teak decks and verandas
– Resort casual attire — no formal nights
– Heated pool and three whirlpool spas

The Distinction

– Impressive staff-to-guest ratio 1 to 1.7
– Impeccable service
– Award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub and fitness center
– Enrichment programs including seminars led by naturalists, historians and local experts

The Flavor

– The finest cuisine at sea
– Four distinctive gourmet open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge
– Unlimited complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea and juice


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