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Mediterranean on board ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Mediterranean on board ms Nieuw Amsterdam

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In April this year my Mother, a friend and myself cruised the Mediterranean on board Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. We began in Barcelona, Spain, called into Monte Carlo, Monaco, and then continued to Italy. In Italy, we visited the ports of Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Civitavecchia (Rome), and Messina. Then we cruised across to Nafplion, Katakolon, and Kerkira (Corfu) in Greece before visiting Dubrovnik in Croatia on our way to Venice in Italy. From here we went to Split in Croatia, Piraeus (Athens) in Greece, Istanbul in Turkey, Mykonos in Greece, Kusadasi (Ephesus) in Turkey, Thira (Santorini) and Katakolon in Greece before returning to Venice.

The ms Nieuw Amsterdam was less than twelve months old and decorated with many pieces of modern art. The facilities on the ship were similar to other ships that we have cruised in this company with first class entertainment. Our stateroom stewards were first class and if we needed anything, they were very helpful.

The highlights of the trip were our visit to Siena and San Gimignano from the port of Livorno in Italy, cruising into Venice, Italy, during daylight and Istanbul in Turkey. Siena and San Gimignano are medieval towns with steep cobble stoned streets. Siena is noted for having a horse race in the town square, Piazza del Campo, which has a sloped cobble stoned surface. By cruising into Venice on the ship, we had a bird’s eye view of the city from the Lido deck. It gave a marvellous overall outlook of this great city with its winding canals. Walking through Venice along alleyways and over the canals was also a great experience. Istanbul was an eye opener experience for us all as we had not been to this historic city before. Gardens in the public areas were full of colourful tulips, as Turkey is where these bulbs originated. The Roman Cistern, the Topkapi Palace (official residence of the Ottoman Sultans), the Blue Mosque, and St Sophia’s Church were all magnificent in history, architecture, and colour. Shopping in the Spice Markets and the Grand Bazaar (not enough time) was a myriad of shops and things to tantalise our senses with many polite salesmen attempting to entice us into their shops. I highly recommend a visit to this city.

This cruise was very enjoyable in the scenery and the places that we visited. Although there was not much time for relaxing and using the ship’s facilities if you wanted to see the areas near the ports visited.

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