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Read Part I here. I woke up after the second night aboard The Aria so grateful that I was on a four night itinerary -- there was no way I'd have been ready to leave the next day! The ship was already beginning to feel like home and I knew I'd soon miss waking up to…

Aria

There are many seasoned travelers who seem to take pride in declaring themselves "sooo not cruise people." I am not one of those travelers. My first cruise, a Silversea voyage from Athens to Istanbul, showed me all that is sunny about sailing the high seas. I loved the camaraderie onboard, the convenience of surveying a large…

Cruising

...my business. In my last post I wrote about having my "aha moment" with cruising. I think in large part my enjoyment of this trip came from our careful selection of a small cruise line. While I can't speak much to the contrasts of one fleet of small ship cruise line to another, we were mostly…

Ephesus

Our time in Greece was over, but that didn't mean our cruise was. We had one more stop before disembarking in Istanbul, at the port town of Kusadasi. Our ship docking next to a behemoth one Kusadasi itself didn't receive rave reviews- and by that I mean people refer to it as a total dump. The…

Mykonos

Mykonos, our last stop in the Greek islands, is not exactly known as a "day" destination. This is an island that roars to life when the sun goes down... which is exactly when our ship would be pulling away towards Turkey. Since Mykonos isn't exactly known as a cultural destination either, we decided to use this…

Sunset Cruise

I didn't think much could top our amazing day wandering the streets of Oia. But then we set sail again, this time on a Santorini sunset cruise. Not on our cruise ship though, but rather a traditional Greek shipping vessel, carrying us across the caldera to hike the volcano that made Santorini the unique geological setting…

Santorini

Sometimes traveling long-term can make you a bit jaded. You find yourself halfheartedly remarking what a nice mountain that is while your thoughts wonder to what you are having for lunch or sighing, yeah, that beach isn't bad while you fiddle with your phone. You become spoiled. And then you go to a place that stops…

Rhodes

After returning our car and quickly mourning that we didn't have more time to spend in beautiful Lindos, we set out on foot to explore the walled Old Town in the city of Rhodes. My Lonely Planet guidebook lists "getting lost in the Old Town Rhodes" as one of the top 10 Greek experiences. Since I…

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