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

Day 7 – Mykonos

Day 7 – Mykonos

—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 … Continue reading

Day 6 – At Sea

Day 6 – At Sea

—3 May 2012— We enjoyed a restful day. No where to be early. Got up a bout 9:15. No land in sight. We went to breakfast about 10:30 and took our time, visiting with Lisa from Indiana at the next table. We finally hooked up with Cruise Critics about 11:45, 15 minutes into their meet … Continue reading

Day 4 – Civitavecchia (Rome)

Day 4 – Civitavecchia (Rome)

—1 May 2012— Up, dressed and already at breakfast when we docked at Civitavecchio. A beautiful, sunny morning, but we took our rain jackets anyway. 🙂 The process for allocating tours to busses went much smoother than on Monday, and we were on our bus in less than 30 minutes with our guide Giulia and … Continue reading

Day 3 – Livorno (Pisa & Florence)

Day 3 – Livorno (Pisa & Florence)

—30 April 2012— We actually set an alarm for 6:30 so we wouldn’t miss the 8:00 AM muster for our shore excursion to Pisa and Florence. As it happens, we were awake by 6:00. We were dressed and had a hearty buffet breakfast in good time. On this day – and days after – the … Continue reading

Day C-1 – Barcelona

Day C-1 – Barcelona

—27 April 2012— I woke up and checked the time and it was 10:38??? Couldn’t believe it. Of course, it was 1:38 AM in San Diego, so I guess we were ahead of the game on adjusting to the time change. We skipped the shower, dressed and headed for Gaudí’s famed Sagrada Familia church. After … Continue reading