Been There Done That: Charming Korcula, and a good experience with the ship’s laundry

  DAY 6 | KORCULA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY– Another morning on my deck with coffee and croissants, this time with a view of truly charming Korcula harbor. The blue water is so clear that the harbor bottom is visible and the cream houses with orange tiled roofs are under a cloudless blue sky. The croissants and other pastries have been quite good on board, but I have found the coffee poor. I have come to …

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Been There Done That: A visit to the Palace of Diocletian in Split, Croatia

DAY 5 — SPLIT, CROATIA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY —Another morning on the balcony with room service coffee and croissants, this time overlooking the Croatian city of Split with its lovely cream-colored buildings with orange-tiled rooftops. I doubt that I will ever go down to the restaurant for breakfast again. This is just too good. Morning room service consists of a continental breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, fresh fruit and an assortment of pastries and breads. The …

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Been There Done That: Our first port visit is to Zadar, Croatia

DAY 4 | ZADAR, CROATIA ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — I awoke well rested mid-Adriatic following a good night’s sleep. Although one can feel the engines throb as we cruise, it is not noticeable enough to disturb me. As well, the ship does not rock but rather cruises smoothly. All but the most sensitive may leave the Dramamine at home. I had a breakfast of coffee and croissants on my balcony overlooking a light blue sea, …

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Been There Done That: My cabin on the Aegean Odyssey and our day in Venice

DAY 3 | VENICE ABOARD THE MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY — I awake after 11 hours of sleep in a very comfortable double bed with two large duck feather and two duck down pillows. The bed linens are white-on-white stripe microfiber sateen with a matching comforter. Cotton sheets, I was told, are available upon request. I focus and assess my surroundings. My cabin is smaller than as depicted in the ship’s photography and is approximately 200 square feet …

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Been There Done That: I arrive in Venice for the start of the cruise

DAY 1 AWAY I departed at 9:30 p.m. on Delta Air Lines for the 12-hour journey that connects in Amsterdam and then goes on to Venice. The Voyages to Antiquity staff makes passengers’ air reservations for them and at a deeply discounted rate. Even my preferred seat selections were made for me (aisle, please) and all was as it should be upon my arrival at the airport. Seat selection within Europe (I connected in Amsterdam) are unavailable …

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Been There, Done That: A journey on the MV Aegean Odyssey

So, you’re on your 14th cruise to Alaska, or are less than pleased with a ship the size of an aircraft carrier. The Caribbean is always nice, but how many beaches can a person be expected to visit? Isn’t there something different? Something interesting? We’ve been there and done that! Of course there is, it’s the Voyages to Antiquity’s MV Aegean Odyssey. And, I’m booked on their cruise from Venice, down the Adriatic Coast of Croatia to …

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Been There Done That: Amsterdam

Amsterdam. In exploring alternative accommodations in Amsterdam after our cruise, I settled on the Het Lam apartment on the Prinsengracht in the Spiegel Quarter, within walking distance to the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh Museum. The apartment is in short walking distance of two grocery stores, shops, and many restaurants (which we did not find particularly interesting). Should you care to partake in Amsterdam’s marijuana culture, two Marijuana cafes are located close by. The area appeared to be …

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AmaWaterways- Seven Days on the Mosel and Rhine Rivers

Day 1. We met our guide at 10 AM at the Paris Est train station to board a high-speed TGV train bound for Metz, founded 3,000 years ago by the Gallic tribe of Mediomatrici from which it derives its name. The Old Town is grouped around arcaded Place St-Louis with its characteristic stone-buttressed houses from the 14th to 16th century. It’s a quite charming city and is famous for its yellow limestone architecture, due to the extensive …

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Been-here-Done-That-Traveler: The MS AmaDante- An Overview

Following my stay in Paris,  I spent the next seven days cruising the waters of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers aboard one of Europe’s most luxurious riverboats, the MS AmaDante, on an AMA Waterways exclusive Wine Cruise highlighting some of Europe’s most acclaimed wine regions. After a successful trial run last year, AMA Waterways offered several fall wine cruises this year in an effort to bolster shoulder season business. These cruises take advantage of fewer tourists in port cities, the …

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Been-There-Done-That-Traveler: Paris

Paris. There are over 1600 hotels in Paris, with the average hotel rate for first class properties at about $468 per night.  Deluxe properties charge closer to $560.  And while comfortable, these rooms are smaller than most US hotel rooms, yet are where most visitors stay. Haven’t most visitors to Paris already Been-There-Done-That? So, en route to taking an AMA Waterways Wine Cruise departing from Paris, I decided to explore some alternatives. And did I say Paris …

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