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HELP! cRUISE JUST CANCELLED Istanbul to the Greek Islands

HELP! cRUISE JUST CANCELLED Istanbul to the Greek Islands

Jan 28th, 2005, 05:59 PM
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HELP! cRUISE JUST CANCELLED Istanbul to the Greek Islands

Please help! Can anyone tell us the fastest and best route from Istanbul to Rhodes, Mykonos, and Santorini. Can we take a plane? We are thinking 2 nights in each location? Should we go to other locations istead? Favorite hotels? Any advise would be wounderful.
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Jan 28th, 2005, 10:57 PM
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You can fly from Istanbul to Bodrum or Marmaris on Turkish Airlines and take a ferry the rest of the way to Rhodes, but unless you really want to see Rhodes it will be difficult and time-consuming to go from Rhodes to Santorini and Mykonos unless you fly. By ferry you'll have to go from Rhodes to Crete, take a bus to Heraklion and then catch another ferry to Santorini, all of which will take a couple of days.

You won't be able to fly direct from Rhodes. You'll have to change planes in Athens to continue on to either Santorini or Mykonos, but it only takes a few hours as opposed to a few days.

If Rhodes isn't a "must" for you, you can either fly or take a bus from Istanbul to Izmir and another bus to Kusadasi, then a ferry to Samos where you can get the ferry that will take you to Naxos or Paros where you can then catch another ferry to Mykonos or Santorini. It's time-consuming any way you try it by ferry. None of these routes can be done in one day by ferry. Flying is definitely the way to go. Both Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines fly from Rhodes to Santorini and Mykonos via Athens.

http://www.aegean-air.gr/aegeanen/home/

http://www.olympicairlines.com/

On Santorini stay in the most beautiful and traditonal village of Oia. There are some excellent boutique hotels there.
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Jan 29th, 2005, 06:48 AM
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Brotherleelove,
I can not thank you enough,great advise!
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Jan 29th, 2005, 09:15 AM
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Which cruise was cancelled? I am curious because we are booked on a cruise from Istanbul to Athens.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 07:20 AM
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Hi Caroll,
We were informed on Friday that the Radisson Diamond had been sold, and that our June 18 cruise has been cancelled! Hopefully you are on o different ship.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 09:09 AM
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What did Radissson offer you in the way of re booking or compensation?

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Jan 30th, 2005, 12:53 PM
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$700.00 per person discount to rebook for 2005. The problem is everything is already booked!
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Jan 30th, 2005, 03:02 PM
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Thanks Shelley:

We too were cancelled by Radisson for an October Diamond Cruise. They have offered us $700.00 also. You would love the Voyager if there are any European cruises available.
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Jan 30th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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We flew between Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini and saved time. Santorini (staying in Oia) was the most beautiful sight and my favorite spot in the world. It is a shame that few people from cruise ships seem to go there, only seeing the port Fiera (sp) that is just okay. The hotel we stayed in was called Perivolas and it was spectacular!
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Feb 2nd, 2005, 11:37 PM
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Hi ShelleyW

We too were booked on the Raddison for that cruise and we too were given the bad news. Got the letter saying we'd get the $700 credit on a future cruise. Seabourn has a similar schedule. We booked passage and if you book now you'll probably get 30-50% off. Not cheap but a relief to keep our itinerary
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Feb 4th, 2005, 06:23 AM
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Update on Radisson's compensation of $700.00 per person towards a rebooked cruise.

They are extending the rebook period to cruises in 2006!!!
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