WELCOME TO SANTORINO, GREECE
The other day we posted photos from the Crew Easter egg Decoration Contest. These are the winners in order of ranking
1. Holy Bling - Ronnie Espina who is an attendant at the Computer University.
2. Mystery Garden - Nora Corpuz who is the florist.
3. Genuine Island Painted Floral Ostrich Egg - Liezl Tamondong who is the Librarian.
In addition to showing their artistic talents these are three absolutely wonderful people who we adore. Congratulations to them and everyone who participated in the contest. You are all winners.
Last evening was the one and only Black Tie Optional night on this cruise. In addition to the regular dining venues being open, the Supper Club was offered and available for 100+ guests who made a reservation to attend.
These are the dinner menus from Waterside.
We dined at the Umi Uma Japanese Specialty Restaurant with friends Jim & Judy. We first met Jim and Judy on the 2007 World Cruise and since that time have sailed with them on several World Cruises. They were on-board for the 2019 World Cruise and will be returning home following this voyage. We had a great time with them enjoying lots of conversation, terrific cuisine, wonderful service and the overall ambience of the dining venue.
We enjoyed sushi/sashimi and a some appetizers and an entree.
Last evening also included the Crystal Society Party at 7:45 PM. The original plans was to have two performance of Crystal Broadways: The Show at 8:30 and 10:30 PM. However, since the seas were very rough they postponed the show to the last night of the cruise and they went with a comedian instead.
There was live music at the Crystal Cove; Palm Court; and Avenue Saloon; Karaoke and a late night Dance Party at Pulse.
The movie was Puzzle and was shown at 8:00 and 10:00 PM at the Hollywood Theatre.
By the time we got back to the room the seas were calmer than earlier in the evening. We slept well as we normally do and began the day with a workout for Keith followed coffee and breakfast in our room.
We anchored off Santorini, Greece by 7:00 AM. Knowing that we will be there on the next cruise we planned to stay on the ship and booked a haircut for Anne Marie in the Salon for today. We ended up making the day a sea day and look forward to our visit to this port next week.
We wanted to provide some information on Santorini.
The total population is 16,000 residents.
It is part of the Cyclades Islands. It was once an active volcano which erupted around 1500 BCE. The force was so strong that the center of the island exploded.
Major attractions include:
Archaeological Museum which is home to artifacts from the 3rd Millennium BCE thru the Classical Period.
Megaro Gyzi Cultural Center & Museum which is housed in a 17th century mansion. It contains engravings from old historical manuscript and paintings of Santorini.
Lignos Folklore Museum which occupies a traditional cave house dating back to 1861.
Red Beach which has black and red volcanic pebbles and hot water.
Pyrgos which is a traditional village built on the slopes of a hill. It provides beautiful views.
While Anne Marie was at the Salon Keith worked out again and also did reading and writing.
We had lunch at Marketplace and in the afternoon Keith played Paddle Tennis while Anne Marie walked and we are spending the rest of the day enjoying the ship.
Following is the Reflections Daily Program.
Anne Marie & Keith