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Mediterranean Sea Cruise

Olympic Cruise Lines

 August 2001

 This is my second trip to the Mediterranean in two years.  The Olympic Cruise Line acknowledged that their earlier cruise on an old ship was not good so they sent me a certificate for a half price cruise.  Not being one to pass up a bargain, I sailed on their new ship the Olympic Voyager.  It was a fast ship and I had a terrific cruise.  There were new ports of call to visit and less time sailing between ports.

 

The Parathion at the Acropolis.  No change in two years other than more tourists than my first visit.  This is amazing due to the number of earth quake shocks the region receives.

This was a very hot summer day.  There was a nice breeze at the Acropolis.

An amazing spot to see the panorama of the city of Athens.  About 9 million people live in Athens.

After a brief stay in Athens it was off to sail on the Mediterranean Sea.

Hydrian’s theatre at the base of the Acropolis in Athens.  After a couple of days in Athens it was time to set sail.

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines new ship the Olympic Voyager.  The fastest cruise the Mediterranean Sea.  She fairly flew through the water.

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I had my picture taken with the Voyager's Captain.  He ran a good ship.

There were other opportunities for photos with the ship’s crew.  This one was one I did not miss!

Here I am arriving in Egypt.  We sailed to Alexandra for our second port of call.  I am pictured with Paula and Rick who were new friends from Boston.  They are both pharmacists.

After arriving at Alexandra we bussed to Cairo for a tour that included the Egyptian National Museum and then to the pyramids.  This just outside the city limits of Cairo.  The day was terribly hot and windy.

There were dozens of camels all around.

A police officer on his trusty camel.  They appeared to be for show only.

Another view of these huge pyramids.  It was mind boggling to see their size and try to understand how they were constructed.

Here I am with Paula and Rick.

In front of the Sphinx at the edge of Cairo.  The Sphinx was nearby to the Pyramids.  You can see the damage done by Turkish soldiers many years ago.

 

After Cairo and Alexandra, we sailed to Istanbul for a day.  Having been there two years before I opted to tour the grand bazaar.  What a neat place.  Furs, leather and gold were being sold everywhere.  You could find anything you wanted to buy.  It is a huge market.

A later port of call was Kusadasi, Turkey.  We bussed to the ancient city of Ephesus.  This picture is taken in front of the library.

This is the outdoor theatre of Ephesus.  It seats 50,000 and has perfect acoustics.  It is still used for concerts today.  Many famous performers have appeared here.  The three tenors have performed in this theatre in the past.

There were other interesting stops on this cruise.  Kykonos Island is really a desert with water having to be imported.  Rhodes was hot and dusty.  Our tour of Rhodes was bad because it was in two languages.  This slowed everything up all afternoon.

 The trip was great and the people I met were very interesting.