Posts Tagged "World Cruise"

Heraklion Greece

February 6, 2017, found us on the island of Crete at the port of Heraklion, dominated by the Venetian constructions, such as the Koules Fortress (Rocca al Mare), the ramparts and the arsenal. Our ship was docked just outside of the town and there was a shuttle to the port gate and the cruise terminal. Here we boarded a Hop on Hop off bus to get a general over view of the city. We rode the bus around the city seeing the various sights and got off at a stop in the upper center of the city and walked to Liontaria Square with its Lion Fountain. From the square we walked down the main shopping...

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Nafplion Greece

Nafplion, a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece, was our port of call on April 5, 2017. To get into town a ships tender was needed. On the tender we passed Bourtzi Fortress built in the 1400’s and when  we got on shore we had a view of the Fortress  of Palamidi, built in the 1700’s, which was overlooking the town. Walking around the town there are many stairs that climb up the hills that are lined with houses, shops and, churches. After meandering the streets we returned to the Amsterdam after another fine Greek lunch. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our...

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Corinth Canal

On April 3, 2017, we docked in Piraeus, Greece, the port for tours to Athens. Instead of going to Athens, we decided to go to the Corinth Canal, a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island The drive to the canal took about an hour. Once we were there we stopped at a bridge that crossed the canal to get the view from above. We than traveled to the bottom of the cut and boarded a boat and traveled the length of the...

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Rhodes Greece

After leaving the Suez Canal we sailed across the Mediterranean Sea to Rhodes in Greece arriving on April 2, 2017. Our ship was docked just outside of the Medieval Old Town, a walled city which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We walked into the town via St. Catherine’s Gate and started by walking though two town squares, past the Marine Gate and up the hill via Ippoton Street to the Palace of the Grand Master. We returned down the hill using Sokratous Street, the main pedestrian shopping street. After a pleasant lunch and some more sightseeing we returned to the ship. The thumbnail...

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Suez Canal

At 600 AM on March 31, 2017, we entered the Suez Canal at the port of Suez City for a 9 hour transit to the Mediterranean Sea. The canal separates the Nile basin and the Sinai Peninsula the later being all desert.  In the canal many local fishermen in their small boats fish around the shore and bouys avoiding the large ships passing through. In February of 2016, a new section of the canal was opened allowing for ships to pass one another. There is lots of activity, such as continuous dredging in the canal, several ferry crossings and even a new city being built in the desert. The thumbnail...

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