S: Mediterranean Cruise 2011
FC: Mediterranean Cruise October 2011 | Brian, Joan, Lee, Nickie
1: In October 2011, Joan and Brian returned to Europe for our second Mediterranean cruise. We were accompanied by Lee and Nickie on their first cruise. We arrived in Venice a day early to wander the city of canals before boarding the Star Princess. We set sail from Venice on a 12 day cruise to Croatia, Greece, Turkey and then back to Italy. We embarked in Rome where we spent an extra two nights.
2: Venice | The Hilton Stucky provided us a beautiful suite from which we ventured forth to explore the city of Marco Polo and Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
6: Dubrovnik | We walked the ancient city walls of this picturesque Croatian city
9: After visiting a monastery and eating a fine lunch, Lee and Brian tried the Greek version of Line Dancing.
10: Fun At Sea
11: Katakolon | A transportation workers strike kept us from visiting the ancient Olympic site, but we enjoyed our short visit to the village.
12: Athens | We beat the Athens riots by 24 hours and were able to visit the Acropolis and returned to the Tepina, where we enjoyed lunch on our first Med cruise.
14: Mykonos | We visited Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, before touring Mykonos with its whimsical windmills.
16: Kusadasi | This port was our entry to the Turkish city of Ephesus. With the opening of the Terrace Houses, it was even more spectacular than our first visit.
18: Rhodes | This ancient port was charming but the big disappointment was discovering that the Colossus was probably in the center of the city and not standing over the harbor entrance.
20: Santorini | This is undoubtedly the most beautiful of all the Greek Islands. We all walked down the donkey path to get back to the ship.
22: Star Princess At Sea
23: Naples | Too rough to tender ashore so we sailed the Amalfi Coast and missed visiting Pompeii.
24: Rome | We had a fantastic tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's. On day 2 we wandered the ancient ruins and ate pizza and gelato before throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain