S: Christmas Cruise 2011
1: December 16 - December 27 2011 Bon Voyage! | 12 Days of Christmas Cruise | MSC Splendida
2: Holiday Inn Hold Down by Ellison | Buela gives Elli presents and plays with her at the hotel
3: We picked up Mom and Dad at the airport Dec. 15th. Elli was sick the day before, for the first time in her life. She felt better the next day, but then Trisha got sick 30 minutes before leaving the hotel for the airport. She was sick the whole airplane trip, but felt better just after embarking on the ship. Mike got queasy while checking into the ship, but thankfully kept the bug at bay. Mom got sick a day or so later, and Dad seemed to get seasick a bit but missed the worst of the bug. Thankfully, we still enjoyed every excursion and didn't have to miss anything important. We flew from Brussels through Rome to Genoa to embark. We took a taxi to the ship's terminal and got checked in and ready to set sail for our 12-day cruise!
4: MSC Splendida - eleventh largest cruise ship in the world.
7: Room 10045
8: Genoa, Italy The first day was at sea, headed toward Katakolon and Olympia, Greece. We spent the day resting, recuperating and exploring the ship. | In port, Genoa, Italy December 16 | Active volcano en route to Katakolon, Greece.
9: From the front to the back of the ship on deck 14. Our room with a great view! | Looking toward the stern. | Looking toward the bow.. | Balcony with a view! | Our room, 10045
10: Our first breakfast and lunch on the ship. Lunches were buffet-style on Deck 14.
11: Our second dinner held some big, happy news!
12: December 17 2010
13: Katakolon and Olympia Greece December 18
16: The original Olympic Arenas and our tour guide, Dimitrius.
17: Running her first race in the Stadium
18: MMMM. Greek food!
19: OPA ! Elli really enjoyed dancing!
20: Piraeus and Athens, Greece December 19 | National Archaeological Museum
21: The Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon
23: Rhodes, Greece December 20
24: The Stadium in Rhodes
25: Inside the Palace of the Grand Master
26: Rhodes - the medieval city
28: Palace of the Grand Master, Old Town, Rhodes
32: Egypt | December 21
40: December 23 | Heraklion Greece
44: Elli makes sure we leave Knossos Palace better than we found it!
45: Church of St. Titus in downtown Heraklion
50: Barraka Gardens & Great Harbour
52: Nighttime in the "Silent Town" of medieval Mdina | St. Paul's Cathedral (Baroque)
54: Christmas Eve Dinner
55: Christmas in Palermo, Italy
56: Palermo Cathedral
59: Martorana Church
72: Genoa, Italy
73: December 27, 2010
74: San Lorenzo Cathedral