In November we escaped the greyness of the English winter for 12 days in the Mediterranean sun, cruising from Istanbul to Rome. Our favourite ship is “Nautica” of Oceania cruises – a small luxury ship mainly used by Americans. It has a crew of over 400 and takes just over 600 passengers, and the food is EXCELLENT! We had a Penthouse Suite and our own Butler! The weather was warm and sunny and we had some fantastic dawns and sunsets, including a spectacular storm which almost ruined our visit to Herculaneum.