don't let alittle rain dampen your day: Regatta Cruise Review by carp8dm

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don't let alittle rain dampen your day

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
We have traveled by one other cruise when we book our recent trip with Oceania Cruise line for an October 16th to October 31st 2009 cruise to the Greek Isles, Italy and Turkey. Previously we had sailed with Cunard on the Queen Mary and Queen Victoria to the Western Mediterrian and Christmas Market in the Baltic Sea area. I was alittle concerned about booking with a smaller cruise line but was delighted with the ship size, ports of call, and on-shore excursions, and food.

We began our trip in Venice, Italy on October 16th having flown from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, to Rome, to Venice. The Rome airport is a zoo but Delta got us there and we had to deal with "pushy" people who bust lines. Our trip into Venice was uneventful except for the first of 13 days of rain ! Venice is everything it is cracked up to be. It is beautiful and crowded. Considering that it was an October trip the Doge was still crammed with people. Our guide kept us away from the crowds and was very More helpful in helping us purchase Venetian Masks from a shop on Ca' Del Sol.

We spent the next day just walking in Venice. If I were Marco Polo I would never have left Venice - silk road or not.

We left on our cruise that night and began to see the merits or Oceania and it's small ship concept. The room we had was small - 214 sq ft with a smaller bathroom but it was well kept and stocked with appropriate beverages. When you cruise with Oceania you have choices of eating areas. The main dinning room is large and noisy but well run with a staff of waiters and waitresses. The only drawback to the dinning room is being in the back of the ship it "rocks" and "rolls" when the sea is rough. The two other dining facilities - Polo and Toscana are good places to eat, but nothing exceptional. The outdoor area called Waves makes the best cheeseburgers and fries you could want. The Terrace Cafe is where we spent many nights. This service is where you can help yourselves to the same food as you would receive in the main dining room. The staff is very efficient. At night you sleep on the best mattresses ever designed. If I could have stuffed one into my luggage upon retuning home I would have.

Kotor. An absolutey amazing port. We were taken to a church built and dedicated to the sailors who had returned from a trip each bringing a rock to help build this island. You can't believe its beauty. The onlt reason we got to see Kotor is because of the ships - Regatta - size. Large ships cannot dock in this area, I assume. Don't miss seeing this city. Still raining ! Less

Published 11/03/09

Cabin review: 7045

Small room - 214 q ft. Very clean, very quiet, good balcony, Small bathroom. good closet space for two.

Port and Shore Excursions

Athens - We arrived after a days cruise in the rain. We wanted to see the Acropolis and did so in a blinding rain storm. Athens is the cleanest city I have seen in my travels. After seeing the Olympic venues we had lunch in the Platka served by very friendly waiters. The wine was good and they served Ouzo after lunch. Now I warn you - Watch the Ouzo - because the next stop was a jewelry store. Now I know why the Greeks eat so much lamb - because I became one when I purchased a necklace for my wife. Remember you think in dollars and the Greeks think in Euros. Lets say this is a fine gold necklace purchased with to much Ouzo. Watch out.

Still raining. Absolutely beautiful ! Great guide. I am sorry the war happened that the city was bombed.

Oh, my gosh , a day without rain. The ruins at Ephesus need to be seen. After lunch we were treated to a show of dancing at a five star hotel then on to a rug merchant showing. These guys teach you about rug making. We had never seen silk processed from the cocoon, double knotting for weaving, and rug making in general. Afterwords, they would like you to purchase a rug and make the process exciting throwing rugs every direction. As they say in Tennessee, "they ain't cheap." but after Turkish Ouzo, everything looks reasonable. Don't drink the Ouzo and begin bargaining. You've amongst the lions and you're the lamb. Anyhow, the rugs are beautiful and expensive.
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Rhodes - Still raining. Everybody needs to see Lin dos. The temple to Apollo stands up 200 steps so get your climbing shoes on and go see it. It is spectacular. The walk is well worth it. Our Guide, Maria, was the most welll informed guide we have ever had.
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