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An expanse of mellow blue waters as far as the eye can see, breathtaking sunsets, quaint little cities and villages tucked along the coast – these are only some of the magnificent sights designer Sara Shahid encountered during her 7-day Mediterranean cruise on board the Costa Mediterranea. The family trip, organized to celebrate her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, blended history, culture and entertainment with stops along gorgeous destinations in Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. “Waking up in a new city every day, exploring places that were off the beaten track or just enjoying time with the family aboard the luxurious ship, it was simply the experience of a lifetime,” sums up Sara.  screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-8-47-14-am

Venice, Italy

The starting point for the cruise was one of the busiest port cities in the Mediterranean, Venice. From its glorious architecture to the romance of its Grand Canal to the delectable food, it’s a city that packs in something for everyone.



This Balkan country located along the Adriatic coast is fast emerging as one of the most popular European destinations of late and it’s easy to see why – with its rugged mountains, ancient villages and picturesque coastline, it’s the perfect summer getaway.


Olympia, Greece

A place steeped in history, Olympia provides an unforgettable travel experience, allowing one to walk the site of the original Olympic Games, which began as a small festival here in the 11th century dedicated to the God Zeus.


Dubrovnik, Croatia

It’s extremely hard not to fall in love with Dubrovnik. It’s stunning architecture, visible in the form of baroque churches and a medieval, pedestrian-only Old Town, will appeal to history buffs while those looking for a more laid-back holiday can while away their days on its pristine beaches.