Our Explorers of the week are Debbie & Jim. They recently came home from an Oceania Cruise to Greece, Italy, & Malta that they booked with Bretta and this is what they had to share with us:
“Our trip was fantastic and couldn’t have been better! Both Jim and I were so pleased with everything. The Oceania ship was incredible and far exceeded out expectations. Everyone we met who cruised all the time said we has started at the top! It was very relaxing on board, the food was amazing, the service couldn’t have been better, and the tours were top notch! I would recommend Oceania to anyone who wants an incredible experience. I can’t imagine a ship that would be any better. Thanks again for everything. It was our “Trip of a lifetime”.”
Here are some insights from their day to day itinerary
Day 2: Athens
It was very hot the day we were in Athens, so the guide took us to the Acropolis first. We saw the Parthenon, Athena’s temple, the temple of Zeus, Mars Hill (where Paul preached to the Athenians), and the oldest theater in the world. It is amazing to think these places were erected before Christ. The workmanship, artistry, and design are incredible!!! The Parthenon is under renovation, to repair damaged parts, so there are portions of the building all over the ground – some from the explosion of the building in the 1500’s and some from the engineers taking pieces down one at a time to repair and replace. In some of the pictures you can see the restored areas – they are the white places where new marble is used.. As the tour guide put it, “Athens is an ugly girl”. There is hardly any green space, there are condominiums everywhere, graffiti is easily seen, and decay in some areas is evident.
Day 3: Mykonos
This morning we ate breakfast at the Terrace Café. There are tons of choices and everything is very good. I had an omelet, potatoes, fruit, bacon, orange juice, and a sticky bun!!! Then we got ready for our excursion to Mykonos. We had to meet in the lounge, get our bus number, go to place where you board the tenders, and take the boat to the island. It was fun, and very windy.
Mykonos is a rocky island with all white houses. It is a requirement that all houses be painted white, and nothing can be taller than two stories. It also has a lot of churches – many of which are abandoned now. I especially liked the houses or hotels that had the white building and stone walls or fronts. They were beautiful. They all look like wedding cakes made of fondant!!! We took a walking tour of old Mykonos, with its narrow streets (done intentionally to deter pirates), saw a pirate house, little Venice (houses right on the water that look like Venice), churches, shops, windmills, and a 15th century wood burning bakery still in operation. We got a free cookie there!! Then we boarded a bus to go to the other side of the island. We saw two beaches, a monastery, and visited the town of Ana Mera where we were given a snack (bread with cheese spread, cucumber, tomato, meat pie, and 2 olives). I didn’t eat the olives!!
Back on the ship, we ate a light lunch. We had reservations for the Polo Grill – a steak place. It was very good. After dinner we saw a show called “Lights Camera Music” that was a celebration of musicals – like Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Liza Minelli.
Come back next Monday to see the rest of Debbie and Jim’s travels with Oceania!