This is the second cruise of our back-to-back which started on Oct. 26. I submitted a short review of this cruise as momcat covered everything!
Again, high praise for the captain, senior officers, crew, food and service in the main dining room.
Ports of call were all new to us and we had booked all independent tours with other Cruise Critic members prior to sailing.
Chania, Crete -â€" tendor port. We had 15 on this 6 hr. tour with guide. We drove to Aptera for views of the harbor of Souda; switch back rouds up to Vamos, an old town with narrow streets; drove through small country roads with small villages, stopped at an olive oil factory and site of the grave of the Venezelos family overlooking Chania; continued to the old Venetian port including the central market area, leather street and shopping area before returning to the ship.
Katakolon, Greece -â€" We had 2 taxis of 4 each to visit Olympia for a 4 Â½ hr tour. One of our taxi drivers carried the torch in the Munich and Moscow games as he was born in Olympia. We visited the museum and then the ruins using an overlay book to show what the original structures looked like. On return to the ship we stopped at a new winery for a tour and wine tasting and then the new 5,000 people amphitheater.
Corfu, Greece -â€" 22 seater van with guide for 6 hrs. We drove to the Blessed Virgin Mary monestery overlooking the sea with rock formations similar to Capri; stopped at Paleokastritas Beach before driving up to the small town of Lakones overlooking the beach area; walked through a typical village; Achillion Palace and gardens; drive through Konani, the birthplace of Prince Phillip with return to the main square of Corfu for touring.
Brindisi, Italy -â€" 35 people on a 6 hr. tour. Visited Alberobello famous for the trulli houses and then to the "white village" of Ostuni, a medieval town with narrow streets.
Kotor, Montenegro -â€" Entering Kotor Bay was the lightlight of the cruise. Cruise Director Tony narrated this passage. Many small villages are on both sides with towering mountains behind them. The ship circled the famous Lady of the Rock and St. George islands before anchoring off the old walled town of Kotor. This is a tendor port. The Captain, Hotel Director, photograther and other crew members took a group of about 80 passengers on a hike up to the Fortress of St. John. It was quite a workout with 1300 steps but the views from the top of the fortress were outstanding and well worth the effort! Once we reached the top, we all gathered for a photograph which was then posted on Facebook!
Dubrovnik, Croatia -â€" Before starting a boat tour we walked this walled town. About twenty-five people boarded a private boat to tour Dubrovnik from the water and then continued on a tour of the Elaphite Islands off the coast of Croatia. We stopped at the islands Lopud and Sipan before returning to Dobrovnik.
Split, Croatia -â€" We had 18 people with guide for this 6 hr tour of the Salona ruins, Trogir and Split cities.
Revenna, Italy -â€" We had two days here. Out first tour was outside Revenna with 28 on a ten hour tour with guide to San Apollinare en Classe to view the beautiful mosaics, stopped at the Teodor Mausoleum and then went 1 Â½ hours to tour the Republic of San Marino. After San Marino we stopped at the city of Rimini. Second day we toured the city of Revenna with the same guide who rode a bicycle to view the beautiful mosaics in San Apollinare Nuevo, Neone Baptistry, San Vitale church and Galle Placide mausoleum. We also saw Dante's tomb.
Venice, Italy -â€" We did out own using the new people mover to get us to the vaporetto on the Grand Canal. We stayed on the vaporetto to the end and last stop at Lido and on the return we got off at St. Mark's Square to tour the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Cathedral.
We had only one rainy day out of 11 days but it didn't hinder our tour as it rained mostly when we were traveling on a bus.
Hope to do another Azamara cruise real soon in May!