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My first photo book

My first photo book

Just finished the order for a Shutterfly book of our cruise photos, using a gift in the form of a free photo book offer from Norwegian Cruise Lines. You can see it for yourself by clicking below. Click here to view this photo book Click here to create your own Shutterfly photo book. Advertisements

Day C+3 – Venice to San Diego

Day C+3 – Venice to San Diego

—13 May 2012— We agreed that we would not have made our flight if we hadn’t changed hotels to be close to the airport. Can’t imagine the journey from the Hotel Ala to the airport at 3:30 in the morning! We were up at the appointed hour and before I knew it, the desk clerk … Continue reading

Day C+2 – Venice to Tessera

Day C+2 – Venice to Tessera

—12 May 2012— Our last day in Italy.  We hadn’t made it to the Campanile yet and were on the fence about whether to do it.  We had to check out by 12:00.  Jerry’s knee was giving him quite a bit of pain. I spent more time than I intended using the hotel’s only computer with a printer to … Continue reading

Day C+1 – Venice

Day C+1 – Venice

This was our “power Venice” day. We had a lovely breakfast at the hotel (included). We changed the order of our plan at the last moment when the desk clerk said that they were offering a complimentary trip to Murano. Of course, I should have learned by now that nothing is “complementary.” I suspect that … Continue reading

Day 13 – Ship to shore

Day 13 – Ship to shore

—10 May 2012— We got up at a little before 7:00 and prepared for a leisurely buffet breakfast. Everything had a very different atmosphere as passengers prepared to move on and ship’s company prepared to receive new passengers. Mouths dropped as we ate when a huge ship entered port which proved to be the Cunard … Continue reading

Day 12 – Arrive Venice

Day 12 – Arrive Venice

—9 May 2012— We didn’t pull into Venice until 2:00, so the morning was lazy. We prepared for the day with no land in sight on the port side. We visited the breakfast buffet and took our plates out on the pool deck on the starboard side, where land was emerging. We had received a … Continue reading

Day 11 – At Sea

Day 11 – At Sea

—8 May 2012— A very different day at sea. Sunny and a beautiful blue sea, but windy (50 knots), which made it cool and a bit challenging for sitting by the pool. There were white caps on the water all day. We had a leisurely breakfast in the main dining room (omelets for both of … Continue reading

Day 10 – Athens

Day 10 – Athens

—7 May 2012— We joined a private tour arranged by Cece Frana, a Cruise Critic from Minnesota. We were queued to leave the ship at arrival time of 8:00, but had to wait 30 minutes for the ship to be cleared by Greek customs. Still, we were the first in our group of 11 to … Continue reading

Day 9 – Izmir

Day 9 – Izmir

—6 May 2012— I woke up with the first symptoms of a cold. Rats! Ephesus was our last NCL tour. Sam (Semih) was our guide on bus 29. There were 600+ on our tour! We drove about an hour with one quick stop at a rest area for potties. There were, of course, lots of … Continue reading

Day 8 – Istanbul

Day 8 – Istanbul

—5 May 2012— We had a slightly later meeting time of 9:15 in the theater. Usual routine, with several buses required for the number of passengers who selected this most comprehensive tour. We were first for a new bus, so got seats right behind our guide, Hilda. The buses were the nicest and most comfortable … Continue reading