Santorini, Greece = Romance
Santorini, Greece = Romance
For most of us we started our day on the “Jewel of the Seas” with “Tuesday Brunch” in the Tides Dining Room. The chefs put out quite the spread. When we walked in the dining room the wait staff surprised us with a glass of champagne. There was a number of shrimp choices so I was very happy – garlic, chilled, even shrimp with scrambled eggs. With so many entree choices it was impossible to sample a portion of what they prepared – there were also many desserts and a chocolate fountain…. Everything was delicious – we were all so impressed!
At 12:30pm my passengers gathered in the Baltic Conference Room where 2 wonderful reps from the cruise staff met us. They made things so easy for us. We were escorted through the crews quarters (always interesting to see) and directly on a tender boat to the shore of the island of Santorini. This was a huge bonus for my passengers. There was a long line of passengers waiting to pick up tender tickets first thing in the morning but we didn’t need to be concerned about that. The biggest complaint I heard from “other” passengers was they had a LONG wait to get off the ship – not us – we were the first ones off – for sure this was a major “Travel With Bradley” perk.
There were a number of cruise ships in port today – Costa, MSC, Celebrity Constellation plus our ship so we were lucky that we only had a 15 minute wait before getting on the cable car (6 Euro each way – terrific money maker) that took us to a famous Santorini village situated on the side of the cliff. There are 2 other options to reach the top – 597 stairs or a donkey – the ships staff discouraged both but I still saw many people doing both. Once we arrived in the beautiful, unique white washed building town my passengers scattered. Some found a taverna and admired the scenery while others including me “shopped”! The majority of the store owners told me that although cruise traffic is on the increase, overall the cruise passengers aren’t spending so they aren’t having a great year but a few of the shop owners were happy to see me and some of my passengers!
Since the town is built on a cliff, if you are staying in one of the many hotels you’ll need to be careful which one you choose or you could be transiting up and down a number of steep steps. For those of us visiting for the day the shopping and restaurant district has next to no stairs – its simple to navigate. A cruise is the perfect and most economical way to visit Santorini.
The view from the island of Santorini looking over the sea is indescribable – just spectacular – very romantic! I’ve visited Santorini a number of times and the view continues to amaze me every time.
Tonight, I decided to try one of the Speciality Restaurants on board called Izumi. It specializes in Japanese Food. I was the first customer of the evening so I was showered with great service. The food they prepare is delicious. I enjoyed grilling seafood on a 575F hot plate. This restaurant menu is al la carte. Its a nice alternative to other restaurants on board but I feel the cost is just too expensive for me to recommend to my passengers.
Hope you enjoy my Santorini pictures!