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Postcard from Santorini, Greece

Postcard from Santorini, Greece

This photo says it all. It was taken in Santorini the day we joined our Mediterranean cruise halfway through its journey due to the Iceland volcano canceling flights five days before. We had arrived the night before in Athens, after a long and arduous journey on three airlines from Calgary to Toronto to Rome to…   read more of “Postcard from…”

iPhone iBlog: At Navplion, Greece

iPhone iBlog: At Navplion, Greece

Special thanks to Jerrol Golden, Holland America Line’s public relations manager, for sharing these iPhone photos from her time in Navplion, Greece, during her Nieuw Amsterdam cruise. A fireball of a sun came up this morning as the Nieuw Amsterdam closed in on Navplion, Greece. The fishermen were out in their small boats already catching…   read more of “iPhone iBlog: At…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Santorini

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Santorini

They say about Santorini, Greece, that every picture is a postcard. There is nothing quite like walking around this quintessentially Mediterranean port. Anthony Garofalo Human Resources Manager ms Zaandam

Cruise Diary: Santorini, Greece

Cruise Diary: Santorini, Greece

Journalist Lou Freed and her husband Jim (who took the photos) sailed the Mediterranean on Noordam’s Roman Empire Cruise. Enjoy! The huge caldera where the ship moored is actually the crater of an enormous volcano that erupted in ancient times. Legend has it that the eruption caused the plagues of Egypt during Moses’ time and…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Santorini and Athens

Cruise Diary: Santorini and Athens

Santorini, Greece Where do I start? This is the most beautiful of the ports, in our opinion. A beautiful and dramatic island. The ship docks in front of a volcano. This is the only port where we were tendered in by local tenders. Our options for ascending the 1000 foot cliff to the main town,…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

Cruise Diary: Corfu, Greece

On June 13 we took the Paleokastritsa & Corfu tour. In Paleokastrista there is a monastery of the Virgin Mary with only six monks living there and an Ionian style basilica. This resort town has beautiful beaches and views of the surrounding mountains. All over the area is a profusion of trees and bushes with…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Katakolon, Greece

Cruise Diary: Katakolon, Greece

While in Katakolon, Greece, we went on the Ancient Olympia & Museum excursion. We had a very nice drive to the Olympic site where we got a good view of the countryside and passed through the old and quaint village. The ruins at the Olympic site were much more impressive than we thought they would…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”