The trip is a "Rail and Sail" next September. We fly from New York City to Madrid (for a couple of days). Take the high speed train to Barcelona where we get on a ship to visit Monaco, Livorno, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Messina, Mallorca, Marseilles, and back to Barcelona, then fly back to New York. We still have to make our way to and from New York.
Mom and I are hoping we don't end up with any major earthquakes, hurricane winds, or lost luggage like on our trip to South America. We are also very hopeful that Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna are quiet while we're there.