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October 2014 - 7 Night Greek Isles Interlude (Athens To Rome) Cruise on Ocean Princess

What a great time we had aboard the Ocean Princess in Greece

This was my 4th cruise but my first 'small ship' and it was small but very friendly.  Our cabin steward was very attentive and helpful and our balcony cabin was terrific.  We were even upgraded before we arrived at the ship!   We used Room Service several times for breakfast before our excursions and they were always prompt.  Our wait staff for dinner were a joy to talk to and they remembered our preferences and had drinks readied at the table before we got there;  they were very efficient and entertaining.  And you cannot imagine the food on the buffet;  almost anything you could wish for.  We went to every evening show and the entertainment was up-beat and very professional (I could have done without the Magician, but that's just my preference).  We booked an excursion at every port except one and all but one of them were totally awesome.  That one was a very nice leisurely ride into the hills away from the ship for a few hours.  The port we did not book an excursion was at Santorini as we had heard of the gondola and donkeys and the shopping, so we decided to hoof it for the day.  Had a great day!!  This cruise was in the middle of a vacation so we had to use the laundry facilities and had to get change from the Passenger Desk.  They were very friendly and knew just how many quarters to give us and even sold us stamps for our postcards!!  All in all we definitely would cruise with Princess again. 

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Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - We booked a de-bark tour of Rome partly because we werre staying only overnight and we were able to see all of the major historic sites in a comfortable motor coach and guide. We entered the Coluseum and walked around. Awesome. And we went into the Vatican City and St Peters Basicilia - do not miss this. The Sistine Chapel tour was hurried and the Chapel itself was anti-climatic, except for what it stood for. If you have time to spend, gain entrance into the Vatican Museum. The displays there are awesome.
Aghios Nikolaos, Crete - We booked an excursion and had a leisurely drive up into the hills on a very comfortable modern bus (wear a sea-sick patch) and saw some beautiful scenery. We made a couple of stops to browse and shop.
Santorini, Greece - What fun! We did not book an excursion but rode the gondola up the hill instead of riding the donkeys up the stairs and walked around the wonderful quaint shops; bought way more than we should have; ate some greek yogurt; and walked down the stairs to the dock with the donkeys and other walkers. What fun.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Where do I start? Our ship docked right in town and we boarded a very comfortable large tour bus. The last residence of Mother Mary was interesting history wise. Our tour guide gave us ear-buds and she used a quiet microphone which was great as she was very knowledgeable. Wear sea-sick patch as the road is very twisty. EPHESUS - this site is mostly ruins, but what you do see is MAGNIFICIENT. I could have spent a lot more time here. You actually wander amongst the ruins.
Itea (Delphi), Greece - This excursion was of a lot of breathtaking scenery (wear your sea sick patch) in a very comfortable motor coach up into the hills to Delphi. We visited the wonderful Museum at Delphi that we really needed a lot more time to browse and visit the gift shop. Our tour bus dropped us a few blocks from the pier so we had time to wander and shop in the quaint shops.
Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece - We booked an excursion that took us for a ride in a nice motor coach up into the hills. Just a leisurly half day.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - We spent 2 days in Athens before getting onboard being tourists. Did all the touristy things and rode Segues around the city for 4 hours. What fun. You can taxi anywhere fairly reasonable too.

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