When I was in grade school, I was always the kid who eagerly awaited the newest issue of National Geographic magazine. I remember devouring each story, especially when it involved one of my favorite destinations – Greece.
Reading about the Greek islands and historic sites such as the Christian catacombs, city of Ephesus and temple of Poseidon was thrilling. For a while, I had a bookmark with a photograph of the Parthenon in Athens.
Such treasures seemed so far away and unattainable to a young Midwestern girl. But here I am headed to Greece and Turkey to see those dreamed-about destinations in the best way possible – aboard the Louis Cristal cruise ship.
My weeklong cruise will visit Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Samos, Milos, Lavrion, Syros, Cesme, Bodrum, Kos, Ios and Santorini.
Some of the sites we’ll see include ancient Ephesus, the ruins of Melos and its Roman amphitheater, the place where the Venus de Milo was discovered, the Temple of Poseidon, nightclubs of Bodrum, Christian catacombs, ruins of Akrotiri (thought by some to be the lost city of Atlantis), the Parthenon and new Acropolis Museum in Athens, and much more.
We will visit a place where special Greek honey is made and learn about its culinary and medicinal uses. We’ll stop by the Samos Winery Museum and taste the wine that is said to be the Pope’s favorite. We’ll swim in the Aegean Sea, ride the Santorini cable car down a mountain, shop in winding port streets filled with stalls and boutiques, watch a Turkish carpet being made and enjoy many other activities.
Aboard the ship, we’ll get some cooking tips from the executive chef, watch evening performances in the theater and eat, eat, eat. The Louis Cristal is famous for its Greek cuisine.
I’ve already seen brochure photos of my cabin – a deluxe outside stateroom on the Apollo deck. It has a beautiful view of the sea, big flat screen TV(which I will probably never turn on), refrigerator, plenty of dresser drawers, shelves and a roomy closet, and private bath with a large walk-in-shower.
Founded in 1986, the Louis Cruise company has five cruise ships. The Cristal has 480 cabins and a total capacity of 1,200 passengers. The ship features two restaurants, two bars, a café, casino, kids’ club, library, conference rooms, disco, Internet café, duty-free shop, swimming pool, hair salon and wellness center.
Resembling a luxurious yacht, the Cristal has 10 decks named after the Greek gods. The ship looks big enough to be comfortable but small enough to easily dock at some of the Greek islands that the big ships seldom get to visit. This looks like a great cruise and I hope you’ll come along for the journey. Hard telling what treasures we will discover.
July 26, 2014