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Trip Report How a Greek DIY expert ended up on a Greek Island Cruise

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My tale of woe. A brief Trip Report

Preamble Rome pre cruise
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We have been to Greece 14 times over the past couple of decades and have traveled extensively. We book everything by ourselves and are very independent.

A year or so ago we began to think about places we have visited previously and where we wanted to return. We sat down and compiled a list of places which included; Rome, Israel, Ephesus in Turkey and Delos Greece. While several of these places are not Greek we combined them as part of a Greek trip as they are easily reached on the way to Greece.

It occurred to us that perhaps it was time to consider a cruise which included as many of these stop as possible. While we normally spend a minimum of 4 day to a week at each place we visit even a day stop on a cruise would give us an opportunity to revisit highlight places on our list.

After extensive research we found a Celebrity cruise that started in Rome and visited Naples ( a new stop for us) three nights total in 2 ports in Israel, ( it turned out that everyone we spoke to on the ship booked for those three nights) , Kushadasi Turkey for Ephesus, Mykonos for Delos, one day in Athens and a day in Malta (also a new place for us) This itinerary seemed like a home run.
We booked 10 months in advance and a second couple booked with us.

We arrived 5 nights early and spent a delightful 5 days in Rome. On our first trip we had done the major sites: Coliseum, Palatine hill and Forum, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Trevi fountain, Campo de Fiori Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel. This time we went to the easily accessible sites with our friends but while they took in the Sistine Chapel and Coliseum, we took the opportunity to visit sites we had missed previously. These included,the Piazzo Farnese, Travestare, Villa Borghese, the excellent archaeological site at Ostia, the Jewish Ghetto. And Castel Sant’ Angelo. We stayed at Apartment Governo Vecchio which had two bedrooms and two baths, a large living room and kitchen. It was close to Campio Di Fiori and just steps away from Piazza Navona. It was a perfect location.

On our last day before the cruise was to begin we received an e mail from Celebrity. Because of the security issues in Israel the cruise had been diverted. It turned out that our Israel cruise was now a Greek Island Cruise.
Jeepers we specifically booked this cruise because it had so few Greek Island ports of call.

End of Part one.

Images of Rome
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr54/albums/72157661593187885

Next: the cruise to the Greek Islands

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