Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mediterranean cruise

Well… where to begin?! We were expecting something special because of the reviews and the price we paid (!) but special it certainly was! It was the first voyage of the new ship Viking Star. It arrived in Istanbul after its “shake down” cruise from Vienna.
Our cabin was lovely, the food was varied and irresistible (with consequences!) and I am not used to being treated like royalty every day! The staff always said a cheery “Hello” even if they were in the midst of sorting out a crisis such as insufficient sushi left on a tray in the buffet.
We mostly selected the included tours and they were all very informative and interesting. Every port we called in to was an enjoyable stop and the weather was incredibly mild! We did have one wet day in Kotor when it bucketed down in the morning. Unfortunately we had a walking tour scheduled in the rain. But with the help of the Viking-issued red umbrellas all was well.
We enjoyed it so much we have booked a Scandinavian cruise that we plan to take in 2018. Our cruise was "Empires of the Mediterranean" from Istanbul to Venice.
1-3: Ephesus & Istanbul, Turkey
4: Athens, Greece
5: Santorini, Greece (6: at sea)
7: Kotor, Montenegro
8,9: Pula & Dubrovnik, Croatia
10: Venice, Italy
(If there are no pics below, view my flickr gallery)

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