July 26, 2012 Today we docked in Kusadasi, Turkey. Our first stop on the Asian continent on this cruise. Most guests left the ship early to see the excavations at Ephesus. So did we, last year on ms Noordam. This year we stayed in Kusadasi.
July 23, 2012 After eating a solid breakfast we took the tram to the city again. We first went to the Gülhane Parki to walk around the Topkapi Palace, which was closed on Tuesdays. Unfortunately, the Topkapi Palace could not really be seen from the park because of the old wall surrounding the palace. The… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
July 23, 2012. Joost and the kids slept through the “scenic cruising” of the Dardanelles. Jolanda was up early en went on our balcony filming. Fortunately for the sleeping most of us, the Dardanelles were not as spectacular as other scenic cruising moments like the Bay of Kotor. We were not due to arrive in… read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”
I’m in Alaska now, but I was in Turkey last summer. The delicious, local food was a real treat. I enjoyed watching them prepare the dishes. Yono Sudarto Controller ms Statendam
On our recent call together in Kusadasi both Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam fielded football (soccer) teams to compete in a friendly match. Team Noordam was feeling really good with our new uniforms, but sadly, we did not win. The final score was an admirable 4-3, with Nieuw Amsterdam pulling out a win in the last… read more of “Noordam and Nieuw…”
Thanks to tour operator Mert Kavafoglu from SeaSong Tours in Kusadasi for sharing these photos of Nieuw Amsterdam and Noordam at the port June 13.
Thanks to Yono Sudarto, Rotterdam’s controller, for sharing these photos from our recent call at Kusadasi, Turkey.
Istanbul is a beautiful city that presents a very unique skyline. The skyline has many impressive feats of architecture that stand tall and proud above the many other buildings in the area. No visit to Istanbul would be complete without a visit historic landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Jonathan Bailey Safety, Environmental… read more of “Explorer’s…”