Here’s the first post! I think cruises would be cooler if scholars gave talks during the cruise, as an in-depth lesson in local history. My mother took a cruise (Celestyal Cruises around the Greek Islands, I believe?) and here is what she had to say about it:
I would love to stay overnight the next time I visit this island, but that is the limitation of cruise vacations. I had beautiful weather, which isn’t surprising, as I was told it rarely rains there and not until November. Delightful! The first port we arrived on October 15 was Kusadasi, western Turkey (“The gateway to Ephesus”). I wanted to avoid the pricy shore excursion organized by the cruise, and since it was a nice day, I walked around the pier and the local market a bit. The ship docks at every port from 8 am to 5 pm, which isn’t enough time to do too much, but I learned a few things on this trip from other passengers about how cruises work (some of them having cruised over 30 times!)
After that, we hopped on to some Greek islands — Rhodes, Katakolon and Santorini (Σαντορίνη). Because the last stop was the most beautiful one, it was unfortunate we couldn’t stay for the sunset which is supposed to be absolutely worthwhile. A reason to visit there next time! Overall, the weather in Turkey and Greece was beautifully sunny and warm (80 deg F / 27 deg C) for the four days we lingered there, before moving on to Italia.