Friday, November 19, 2010

Princess Holy Land Cruise - Pacific Princess

We started with a few days in Athens, boarded our ship for a 12 night cruise that took us to Kusadasi, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Dubrovnik and, finally, Venice where we spent some additional nights.

We had 4 nights in Athens. Original plan was for 5 nights but Iberia, which we flew to Madrid,changed their schedule and did not fly out of Chicago on Sunday. So we ended up with 4 nights which really gave us only 3 days since we arrived late afternoon Tuesday and would be leaving Saturday morning to board our ship, the Pacific Princess.

In general, 3 days would be enough to get a feel for Athens. But I really wanted a day tour out of the city so that left us with just 2 days within the city. With recovering from jet lag and the traveling, we were tired and my original plan with an additional day would have worked better for us. That said, we definitely made the most of the time we had there.

Little by little our travel companions made their way into Athens. I had arranged a group transfer to the ship for Saturday morning (another post on this). We were able to board about an hour after we arrived at the pier and our cabins were ready for us.

Thanks to Ellen, we had an upgrade to a mini-suite (8001) and it was gorgeous and HUGE! Large balcony, bathtub in the bathroom, tons of closet space and plenty of room to move around. I was sorry we had only 3 days at sea because I would have loved to have made more use of the wonderful cabin.

Our cruise finished way too soon but then we had 5 nights in Venice. That worked out perfectly for us, giving us a chance to really appreciate the city, wandering the streets and getting lost in those dead ends.

Now home for not even 48 hours. I'll be doing some detailed posts on our trip over the next few days. Hope my readers find them interesting. (Click the Holy Land Trip label below or on the right sidebar to read more posts about our trip.)

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