I have just returned from a wonderful five weeks in Europe which included a couple of days in Rome, four days in Malta, a great two weeks on Sapphire Princess on the Land of the Midnight Sun cruise to Norway and followed by ten days in the UK.    We are a couple in our fifties who love to travel and usually travel a month or so combining a cruise and independent travel. We don't particularly like large bus shore excursions and try to organise independent tours or DIY where possible.