—4 May 2012—
We set the alarm for 6:oo AM and were already approaching port when we opened the curtains. We were docked as scheduled at 7:00. We were early to breakfast and watched as others debarked and headed for shuttle buses into town. Our tour met in the theater at 8:15 and we were probably on our bus by 8:30 where we met our guide, George, who proved to be excellent. He was very proud of the island and the Cyclades as a group (300 islands, 30 of them inhabited), and very informative.
We toured the island by bus, stopping for photo opportunities. About 10:00, we stopped to tour the Orthodox Church in Ano Mera, followed by Greek appetizers (barley bread, goat cheese and tomato, octopus with sweet peppers, fava beans in a wonderful sauce, taziki, and eggplant “caviar” with tomatoes) and ouzo (I don’t do anise, so Jerry got both of ours).
We continued with one more stop and a view of Delos, and then opted to leave the tour in the town, where we sought out an ATM and then picked up the shuttle back to the ship, standing in a long line with most who went ashore, as on board time was approaching.
Back aboard, we donned our suits again and headed for the pool deck. Jerry had a burger and I had a sausage in the biergarten before taking up station on lounges. The business of the afternoon was deciding on a tour for the next day in Istanbul. We settled on one called “Capital of Two Empires,” which visits the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, and the Cistern. Looking forward to it, though with some reservation, as it is listed as a Level 3 (out of 3) and will have lots of walking.
We left the pool about 5:00. We did a light dinner (hah!) in the Raffles buffet. I had a plate of assorted pastas followed by a plate of green salad followed by 2 peanut butter cookies. 🙂 We made it to the CruiseCritics meet up just after it started at 7:00. I was able to put a face to Camille’s name. She seemed to be one of the motivators for setting up the roll call for our cruise. We got a printed copy of the meeting instructions for Athens from Cece. We left at 7:20 to make it to the 7:30 rock and roll show in the Stardust Theater. On the way back to our stateroom, we checked on memory cards for the Nikon ($25 for 4MB) which was out of memory. Back in our room, we checked to make sure that it was a fit and decided that it was wise to go ahead and get one rather than run out of space in the middle of day 8 (like we did on day 7!).
We dock at 9:00 tomorrow, so the start of the day will be slower. Off to bed soon anyway at 8:51 PM!