A few days ago, we got back from our first cruise holiday.
I’ve always dismissed – in fact, looked down my nose at – the idea of going on a cruise. It seemed the preserve of the distinctly middle-aged, the badly-dressed, pseudo-travellers, those who say they’ve ‘done’ a country without dirtying their hands or spending time immersing themselves in the culture.
But we were looking for a November holiday and this particular cruise ticked our budget box as well as calling at several destinations on my must-visit-in-the-world list all in one week: Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Kefalonia, Dubrovnik and Venice.
Coming up to 20 weeks’ pregnant, it suited me that there would be food on tap and it was OK that we only had a short time in each place. Normally, I like to spend hours trekking around and exploring but as I couldn’t do so much of that this time we treated the holiday more like a voyage of discovery: let’s see where we like the look of and where we’d like to go back and spend more time.
Some of my preconceptions about cruising and my shipmates turned out to be unpleasantly true. But it also turned out to be a brilliant experience. Of course, there were things we disliked but sailing away from an island while sunbathing on deck and waking up the next morning in a different country were quite magical.
I’m thinking of a whole post about ‘our first cruise’ – what was good, bad and what cracked us up – but for now I wanted to share some snaps of the stunning places we visited.
First, we had a day in Athens. We docked in Piraeus port from where it’s easy to take the Metro into the centre of Athens (about 15 minutes).
Our first stop was the Acropolis and Parthenon, where you can’t help but stand in awe at the age and magnitude of the structures, and the incredible view of Greece’s capital city from on high.
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