798 Photos - Jun 11, 2012
Photo: Take train from Rome to Civitavechia to board cruise ship "Mariner of The Seas" for 12-day cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.Photo: Photo: Lunch buffet was available after check-inPhoto: few photos of our cabin on the 9th floorPhoto: Photo: Photo: first look at ship's Promenade on the 5th floorPhoto: elevators take us to all 14 floors of this large shipPhoto: Photo: 3 levels of formal dinning rooms. The lowest is reserved before boarding.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: View of Messina, Sicily from the cruise shipPhoto: Messina Duomo and the "animated" clock towerPhoto: large crowd gathered for noon time clock tower showPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: LED lights replacing candlesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Donate to lid an lectronic candlePhoto: Photo: Photo: at the mouth of Messina harborPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: 1st photo of our cruise ship Mariner of the Seas, ranked 9th in the world in terms of tonnage.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: variety of tasty hotdogs and sausage are available all afternoon free to everyonePhoto: Photo: classical musicians work hard on the shipPhoto: leaving Messina for one full day cruise to Crete, Greece.Photo: Photo: Photo: We had our first "formal" dinning on the 5th floor "My Time Schedule" (no fixed time to dine"Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Many "port talk", introducing the places to visit.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: coffee and snacks are available 24 hrs at the Cafe on Promenade.Photo: Ice Show in one of the smaller theaterPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: First evening show - "Beatles Night" by 4 performers who actually came from Liverpool EnglandPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the street of Chania, Crete, Greece.  Chania is the 2nd largest city on Crete.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Ancient warehouse-market building by VenicianPhoto: At lively Chania farmers marketPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: zucchini flowersPhoto: Photo: cherries are in the seasonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chania indoor market placePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: plenty of "fresh" chickens and rabbitsPhoto: 5 Euros for three choices for a good mealPhoto: Photo: Photo: popular bakeryPhoto: Photo: take the city bus back to our shipPhoto: Photo: relax on the pool deck on 12th floor. MC had coutless yogurt ice cream on this cruisePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Helicaptor port at the front of the shipPhoto: Photo: Solo violin show in the nightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Arrived Rhodes, Greece.
A good view of the city from the ship deckPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A fort for CrusadersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On Rhodes Knights StreetPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: view from top (14th) loungePhoto: Casio on the 3rd floorPhoto: Nice American turkey dish, almost like Thanksgiving meal.Photo: Ship arrived Istanbul, Turkey, in early morning and docked on the European shore, across the water from the old town (Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the background)Photo: We decided to tour Istanbul on our own. Take the city street tram to the old town.Photo: Photo: Photo: Sultan Ahmet Squar in Istanbul, TurkeyPhoto: Theodosius Obelisk is originally an Egyptian piece of art erected in 1547 BC and originally 60m tall.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Yilanli or Burmanli Obelisk was imported from the Apollo Temple in Delphi, to Istanbul during the fourth century and is one of the oldest monuments in the cityPhoto: Photo: Just outside of the Blue MosquePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Free admission to visit Istanbul Blue Masque. Vistor must take their shoe off and carry them into the Mosque.Photo: Photo: Photo: See, no shoe!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: No step to go up to the upper floorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: MC was interviewed by young adults on Istanbul visit.Photo: Photo: Turkish delights (soft candies)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On our 2nd day in Istanbul, we took the street tram to outside of city center to visit the famous wall in the war between Ottoman and Byzantine in the year of 1453.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: view from the street tram through newer district of IstanbulPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hagia Sophia viewed from our ship leaving IstanbulPhoto: Great view of Istanbul old town from the ship leaving the portPhoto: Many ship waiting to enter Istanbul, a very busy port.Photo: leaving Istanbul in mid-dayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Arrived Kusadasi, Turkey, and saw several large cruise ships docking in the harbor at the same time.Photo: private tour to Ephesus
(arranged via Internet)Photo: tour guide name CanPhoto: Photo: Photo: 1 Turkish Lira, or 50 cents Euro, or $0.75 to use this public toiletPhoto: inside EphesusPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: all marbles on the streetPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: ticket to Ephesus museumPhoto: Photo: Photo: