Winter Warm-up Cruise

When we booked this cruise, we thought that we’d need a winter cruise to warm-up in January.  But it’s been in the 70’s all week.  Oh well, we’ll have to cruise anyway.

We’re cruising on the Oasis of the Seas out of Port Canaveral for 7 nights.  The port is a little over an hour from home so it’s easy to get to and we can pack for a week with our eyes closed.  We’ve been on the Oasis and to all the ports before – Labadee, Falmouth & Cozumel.  The ship is huge.  We’re planning on enjoying all the things to do on-board.  And we booked a really great cabin.

We drove to Port Canaveral on Sunday morning.  There was a huge line to drop off passengers and luggage so we just parked and walked our luggage from the garage. Check-in was quick and soon we were in the suite waiting area.

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We were on board quickly and in the suite lounge and Coastal Kitchen for lunch (pictures of that another day).  After lunch our cabin was ready.  What a cabin!  We’ll be spoiled by the end of the cruise.  Two story loft, 2 bathrooms, dining table, living room, bedroom upstairs.  We’re using the closet downstairs just for our shoes!  Yes, spoiled!!

The TV in the bedroom is in the ceiling.

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Gibraltar – November 26

This is our first view of the “rock”.  On other cruises we’ve always pasted by at night.

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There are very little taxes here.  Ships fuel up for the trip across the Atlantic or around Africa.  The small ship is fueling the larger one.

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We went on a tour with 6 other Cruise Critic members.  We visited caves, the siege tunnels, and of course the monkeys.  The monkeys were grouse.  One jumped on my back  — I screamed like a girl.  Oh …  I am a girl!

 

 

 

Valletta, Malta – November 21

Most days on a cruise, you arrive at the port early in the morning and open the drapes to a beautiful port.  Not so much this morning – scrap metal and smog.

 

Let’s get away from the port.  The HOHO bus in Malta takes you all around the island.  The first stop Mdina – a medieval town.  Then a drive thought the countryside.

 

There’s a large British community here.  We’re all welcome for Bingo!

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Athens – November 19

Our plan today was to take the hop on hop off bus from the port of Piraeus into Athens.  It drops you off right at the Acropolis.  And then if we had time, take the rest of the bus route to see some of the rest of Athens.  We were one of the first people off the ship and we walked over to the HOHO bus.  The bus left almost immediately.  We were the only ones on the bus and got to the Acropolis before the crowds arrived.

 

They’re doing a lot of reconstruction work on the Parthenon.

 

Lots of spare parts laying around.

 

Need to find the rest of this person’s body.  Usually the feet are missing.  Shouldn’t be too hard.

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Later in the day everyone was out and about.  Traffic was crazy!

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Katakolon, Greece – November 18

We are safe and sound but tired at home today.  Never did have wifi after Corfu.  But I’ll post some of the ports that I’ve already made blog post for.

Katakolon is the port for Olympia – where the first Olympic Games were held and where they still light the flame that burns at all current games.  We’d been here before and decided to just stay in Katakolon and enjoy the sunny day.  We did some laundry in the morning.  Port days are always the best times to do laundry as the machines are empty.  On other ships we always hear of fights in the laundry room, none so far on this trip.

We got some grilled octopus, soft drinks, and Wifi right off the pier.

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Corfu – November 17

We booked a Wine Tasting tour with 10 other Cruise Critic members.  The tour started at 8:30 – which we all thought was a littler early for wine – so we’re glad that we started with a tour of the island.  First to a beautiful beach area.  All the tourists are gone, so it was just us.

 

Then to an overlook area for coffee (for Benn) and a snack.  Beautiful painted tables.

 

Then the wine and olive oil.  Also great tomatoes and feta cheese.  The cheese was fresh and not salty at all.  They say the salt is added for preserving.  Got to remember to look for fresh feta at home.  The grapes were already processed but the olive oil production had just started.

 

 

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Then to the city.

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