Glorious! Adventures Cruising The Mediterranean

Going on a cruise is by far one of the best holiday experiences you will ever have.  I was lucky enough to take my first cruise with my husband in 2011 for our honeymoon.  My son was deposited with his Granny for a week in the summer holidays while we flew off to Mallorca to join our ship.  These were very exciting times.  A childless holiday, and it was a honeymoon.  Both of these things I was sure would never happen to me.

Glorious! Adventures Cruising The Mediterranean

I had spotted the holiday in a travel agent window, and couldn’t believe the price.  I got straight on the phone to my husband.  ‘Look’ I said, ‘if we don’t like it, it’s only a week out of our lives.  What have we got to lose?’.

6 weeks later we were doing it.  We were going on a cruise, and we were very excited indeed.  The ship seemed huge, and I had no idea how we would get our bearings in just a week, but of course, we did.  We explored our floating hotel, while the other passengers arrived during the course of the day.  We were both very excited about the Mediterranean medley that lay ahead.

We enjoyed the view over the stunning Palma Cathedral from the ships deck, as we waited to set sail.  We both knew we were in for a romantic adventure.

We were looked after every minute of every day.  We wanted for nothing while we were on board our ship.  Our room was cleaned the moment we stepped out of it.  There was always food, everywhere we looked.  We dined in the restaurant, savouring 6 courses at a time, enjoyed afternoon tea and caught a few midnight snacks to boot.  I wouldn’t call it a particularly slimming holiday.

Everyday, we woke up together in a new romantic country.  We would rush out onto the deck to see what view we were blessed with that day.  One day we would be in Spain, another it would be Corsica and what romantic holiday would be complete without a stop off in Italy.

Palma Mallorca

We enjoyed so many trips to beautiful places that holiday.   It has given us both precious memories of our special time together that are still with us today.  We have visited the famous Pompeii together, we have marvelled at the the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and we have explored the beautiful streets of Corsica.  All this, and more in the space of one week.

The Glorious! Sicilian Tomato & Balsamic soup reminds me of the gastronomic adventure we embarked on when we arrived in Trapani, Sicily.  We both enjoy food, and decided a tour of the local scenery followed by a visit to a farm for an authentic Sicilian lunch would be the perfect addition to our romantic honeymoon.  After visiting the local area, we arrived at the farm, surrounded by olive groves and and glorious Sicilian country side.

We were treated to a lesson in how to press olives, and discover how they made their famous olive oil ice cream.  We could not imagine what the ice cream would taste like, but looked forward to giving this local delicacy a try after our traditional Sicilian lunch.


We entered the renovated barn to be met with the most gorgeous array of local fayre.  There was everything you could imagine from the tastiest olives, sun dried tomatoes, the very best cheeses and beautifully cured meats.  All this perfectly teamed up with freshly baked bread and good Sicilian red wine.  This was one day where we welcomed a day away from the cruise ship.

After devouring one of the most divine lunches ever laid out before us with some of the finest ingredients we’ve ever tasted, came the piece de resistance.  The waitresses presented all of the guests with a sample of their very own olive oil ice cream.  My brain had no idea what to expect when it tasted this.  Ice cream and olive oil in one hit, what on earth would that be like.

After engaging the brain, I was ready for this new food sensation and I have to say I was not in the slightest bit disappointed.  My husband and I shared a gaze of pure delight as we silently agreed this was possibly one of the best things we have ever tasted.  It was a moment of pure food heaven, that we both have found memories of.

Sadly, we haven’t had olive oil ice cream since our Mediterranean cruise in 2011, but in a way I like it that way.  It was a treat we shared on our honeymoon together, and something we have fond memories of.  If it entered our day to day lives, that romantic memory would be lost in a sea of mediocre olive oil ice cream, and who wants that.  What happens in Sicily, should stay in Sicily.

If you are planning a cruise, check out my packing list packed full of tips & tricks.  

This blog post is an entry into the Foodies100/GLORIOUS! soup #GloriousAdventures blogger challenge

Zena's Suitcase
Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Tori Gabriel
    December 1, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Cruising is brilliant! I used to work on the cruise ships when I was younger. It’s more fun when you’re a guest. X

  2. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    December 1, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    I would really love to go on a cruise, but I think it would definitely have to be when Boo is older and can stay with her grandma. I would love to do Scandinavia and see the northern light and the fjords =)

  3. December 2, 2015 / 10:22 am

    It sound like a wonderful holiday/honeymoon! I’ve never heard of olive oil ice cream, it doesn’t sound very nice to be honest lol x
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  4. Emma
    December 2, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. Hubby has always said no though. x

  5. whatlauraloves
    December 3, 2015 / 1:29 am

    This sounds like such a wonderful trip, I love the idea of visiting different places xxx

  6. Jennifer Page
    December 3, 2015 / 3:13 am

    To be honest, My boyfriend has been bugging me to go on a cruise for months but I was really sceptical because I’ve been brought up exploring one place at the time, plus me and the ocean do not mix but this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!


  7. December 3, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Olive oil ice cream sounds unusual is it good? I get bad sea sickness so cruises make me very ill but I like how you tied food to a holiday it is true that we are influenced by our surroundings.
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  8. Lizelle Cruz
    December 3, 2015 / 10:26 am

    This is so wondeful!! Your photos are beautiful and I’m glad you had fun!

  9. December 3, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    We went on a cruise for our honeymoon too and it was amazing! A once in a lifetime experience for us now we have children. Olive oil ice cream sounds interesting too!
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  10. December 3, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Sounds like such a great holiday, I WANT TO GO ON A CRUISE!!

  11. dominika
    December 4, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    WOW! Great pics, this seems to be an amazing trip!


  12. melanie stirling
    December 14, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    We absolutely love cruises too,they are such good value for money and the service is second to none.

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