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About Our Destination

Italy, France and Spain use the Euro (€).
Italy - Italian, France – French, Spain – Spanish
Being Gay in Italy, France and Spain
Rome was host to Europride in 2011 and many northern regions have passed resolutions in support of same-sex marriage. In addition, France and Spain have legalized gay marriage. Barcelona is home to one of the largest LGBT population in Europe.
The climate in all three countries will range between 85°F-93°F (29°C-34°C) during the day and 63°F-70°F (17°C-21°C) at night.
  • Sunday, July 20 – Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy – depart 6 pm
  • Monday, July 21 – Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, France – 8 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, July 22 – Livorno/Provence/Pisa – 7 am to 11 pm
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Porto Venere/Cinque Terre, Italy – 8 am to 11 pm
  • Thursday, July 24 – Santa Margherita/Portofino, Italy – 8 am to 10 pm
  • Friday, July 25 – At Sea
  • Saturday, July 26 – Roses, Spain – 8 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday, July 27 – Barcelona, Spain – arrive 6 am
See our Vacation Stretchers tab for information regarding our pre-cruise and post cruise vacation stretchers.

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Azamara ms Quest
  • Boutique red and white wines with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water, soda, specialty coffees and teas throughout the day
  • Complimentary self-service laundry
  • All meals on board (cover charge for specialty restaurants)
  • Gratuities to ship’s staff
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Boutique, casino and spa services
  • Airfare and airport transfers
  • Internet access, phone and other incidentals
  • Optional excursions in all ports of call
  • Beverages not listed as included
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a US citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a US citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation./dd>
Though none are required, please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is available from Travel Guard. For information visit or call Travel Guard at 1-866-420-0125.
Joining the trip group
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia Culinary Cruise in Italy, France & Spain 2014 Official group page on Facebook.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and out of Barcelona’s International Airport (BCN). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
We suggest that you arrive in Rome by 12 noon to ensure arriving to the port terminal in Civitavecchia in time for our 6 pm all aboard.
You will need to fly out of Barcelona International Airport (BCN). We suggest you book your flight after 12 noon on Sunday, July 27, 2014 to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
We are proud to partner with American Airlines. The AA discount code A1274AA is good for 7% off and applies to flights into Rome, Italy (FCO) and out of Barcelona, Spain (BCN). Dates of travel are July 10 – 30, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. "Open jaws" are allowed between Rome, Italy (FCO) and Barcelona, Spain (BCN). This reservation can only be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies).
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMGKC is good for 10% off and applies to flights into Rome, Italy (FCO) and out of Barcelona, Spain (BCN). Dates of travel are July 10 – 30, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with Panorama Travel, which provides excellent service and competitive airfares. For a small fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Getting to / from your ship
Airport transfers from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) airport to the ship and the ship to Barcelona (BCN) airport on arrival and departure day are not included. The distance from Rome (FCO) airport to the Civitavecchia port is approximately 50 miles and a 90 minute drive. You may purchase a transfer from the Rome airport to the Civitavecchia port through Azamara for $95. Information will be available approximately 30 days prior to the trip.
Rome/Civitavecchia Port Information
Molo Vespucci,
Civitavecchia, RM 00053, Italy
Barcelona Port Information
WTC - Terminal Nord-Sud-Est - Moll de Barcelona s/n
Moll Adossat - Terminal A-B-C-D
Barcelona 08039
Embarkation and check-in will be available at 1 pm and all aboard is at 6 pm.

During your trip

Azamara’s ms Quest Ship Amenities
The Azamara’s ms Quest is a mid-size 682-passenger ship with the following amenities:
  • Cabaret Lounge
  • Casino Luxe
  • Mosaic Café
  • Discoveries Lounge
  • Discoveries Restaurant
  • Aqualina
  • Prime C
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool Grill
  • Windows Café
  • Pool
  • Two hot tubs
  • Astral Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • La Boutique, Indulgences and The Quest Shop
  • Photo Shop
Suite and Room Amenities
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen with duvet
  • Terry bathrobes and slippers
  • Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
  • Direct-dial telephone and voicemail
  • Desk, in-room safe
  • Hand-held hairdryer
  • 24-hour room service
  • “Welcome” fruit basket on embarkation day
  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Complimentary use of umbrella and binoculars
  • Complimentary shoe shine service
  • Turndown treats
  • Daily news bulletin Dining
Suite Amenities
  • English Butler Service
  • Priority check-in and departure
  • Unpacking and packing of luggage
  • Priority luggage delivery
  • “Welcome” sparkling wine and fruit basket
  • Daily savories between 4 – 6 pm
  • In-suite afternoon tea service (upon request)
  • In-suite dining from restaurant menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner (upon request)
  • One bottle of vodka and one bottle of scotch whiskey
  • Opportunity to book in-suite spa services (additional charges)
  • Complimentary seating throughout the voyage in the specialty dining restaurants
Discoveries Restaurant
Discoveries Restaurant features classic dinner favorites with a European flair.
Windows Café
Windows Café is a buffet restaurant featuring a lavish display of culinary genius for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pool Grill/Bar
Pool Grill/Bar, the poolside café, features made-to-order fish-kabobs, burgers, fries and salads.
Aqualina is one of the on-board specialty restaurants featuring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
Prime C
Prime C is one of the on-board specialty restaurants that is sure to capture your taste buds’ attention if steak or seafood are on your mind.
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and European 220 volt outlet.
Excursions may be booked up to 30 days in advance. Your booking number and detailed instructions on how to book shore excursions will be emailed to you.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an Internet wireless plan on board.
Laundry, dry cleaning and launderette
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service is available on board. Check on board for pricing. There is also complimentary self-service laundry available.
Medical services
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is $USD. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
Smoking is not permitted in any of the staterooms or public spaces, including all restaurants and corridors. Smoking is permitted on the outside decks in designated smoking areas only.
Solo travelers
We will have a solos program on board, led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time.
Spa services
There is a spa on board. Massages and other services are available for an additional fee.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
For those going directly to the airport we recommend purchasing a transfer on board. The airport in Barcelona (BCN) is approximately 20 minutes away from the Port of Barcelona. Please allow enough time when booking your return flight.
Vacation Sretchers
Pre- and post-trip stretcher packages are available for purchase! To view vacation extenders, click here.

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