Posted on Jul 15, 2015 in Alumni News and News
Many times in my travels I have been asked “When are you going to make it to the Mediterranean?” I thought eventually we’d take a cruise in the Mediterranean and see what all the fuss is about. In June we were given the opportunity to host the Flying Jayhawks ‘Pearls of the Mediterranean’ cruise. Upon arriving in Rome, we boarded our transfer for the hour-long ride to our ship, The Riviera, part of the Oceania family. Talk about cruising in style; I don’t know too many ships that also serve as an art gallery. They have two Picassos—that’s right, two!
Of the 1,100 passengers on board the ship, 600 were traveling with different alumni organizations from around the United States and Canada, and twenty were Jayhawks. As we cruised along we stopped in Positano/Amalfi, Sardinia, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Marseille/Provence, Antibes/Nice & Monte Carlo. We spent our days on one of the many excursions offered at each port, and the evenings were spent with our fellow Jayhawks and even a few Red Raiders. Over the seven-day trip, the friendships made amongst the group will lead to many more KU memories for our travelers.
After experiencing the beauty of the Mediterranean and the grandeur of The Riviera we found ourselves asking “what took us so long to experience this part of the world?”
—Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, hosted the Flying Jayhawks “Pearls of the Mediterranean” cruise from June 15-23, 2015. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks program, including the 2016 schedule, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.