12 Night Black Sea & Egypt & Holy Lands (Athens Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 02, 2008 Ship: Rotterdam Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship is clean and classic. Decorated beautifully and very pleasant public spaces everywhere. Just the right size (1600, plus or minus passengers mostly Americans and Canadians with a sprinkling of Europeans of all nationalities). Staff is graceful, friendly but not obtrusive, and overall management seemed excellent.
A little depressing as there is not much sign that Constanta is seeing any benefit from joining the EU. I noticed a huge contrast between this city and the two above.
Don't Miss: Have a sandwich from a street or sidewalk vendor (kebob) if you dare. It makes one wonder why on earth anyone would patronize the ever-present McDonalds
My first and prehaps only visit to Israel so I did the "must" visits to Jerusalem and Bethleham. A long, hot, hard and tiring day....but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. If you don't visit it, be sure to look back at the lighted Bahai Palace and Gardens as your ship sails out of the Haifa port.
See Haifa. Pyramids, Sphinx, and more Pyramids. Camels and dirt. Traffic, traffic, traffic! The three hour plus bus ride (each way!) gives you no time to catch up on sleep as the sights and sounds going on outside the bus are definitely one of the "must see's".
Gorgeous to walk about, visit all the grand buildings listed in your tour booklet, take a break in a smaller cafe, if you like have lunch...there were a number of restaurants and cafes that had excellent menus....the food was very good.
Don't Miss: Notice the dress and style of the locals....Very cosmopolitan
The steps and the promanade at the top makes for a delightful introduction to Odessa. The architecture is outstanding throughout the main streets with important buildings, but also in the side streets and houses and apartment buildings. Don't forget to look up.
Do the important sights if visiting for the first time, otherwise just take a stroll through a neighborhood, explore the waterfront, shop a bit in both bazaars and shops and enjoy Turkish life.
Don't Miss: I especially enjoyed visiting the smaller Egyptian Bazaar (also called Spice Market)
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