I mistakenly called this a frugal cruise. True, the price I paid for the cruise was quite cheap. But the lesson I learned is that Europe is not a cheap place. Was it worth it? Absolutely. One of the biggest surprises was the Value Added Tax (VAT) within the European Union. It's like the sales tax we have in the U.S., except it's already included in the price of things. The VAT was over 20% (as high as 26%) in each of the places we visited. A small bottle of Coke, for example, cost as much as 3 Euros.
One of our favorite places was the island of Corfu, Greece. For some reason, prices there were very reasonable. We toured the island, visited some historical buildings, and shopped local markets. I bought Olive Oil soap bars for 80 cents and a bottle of Kumquat liquor for 7 Euros. We were also impressed with Dubrovnik, Croatia. It, too, was reasonably priced. I took an Uber there from the port to Old Town for the equivalent of $6. It would have been double that in the U.S.
Our bodies are still adjusting to the 6 hour time difference. It's a little after 2 AM and I am wide awake. I went to bed around 7 PM though.