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Maryhop On Cruise


On our final day of this wonderful cruise, we visited Heraklion and Santorini and I would not think about a greater approach for this excellent expertise to come back to an finish. Day 4 had a bit of little bit of every little thing; sightseeing on the Minoan Palace of Knossos, a tour round Heraklion’s medieval alleys and a wide ranging view, as we had the possibility to look at the ship reaching the port of Santorini together with Celestyal Olympia’s Captain.

Sightseeing on the Minoan Palace of Knossos and Strolling round Heraklion

Let’s start with my tour on the archaeological website of Knossos.

As bizarre because it might sound, it was my first time visiting. We left the ship early within the morning with the corporate of Marilina who, as the wonderful information she was, managed to journey us again in time, again on the age of king Minoas.

It was a tour stuffed with historical past and fantasy from the ages of the sensible king Minoas to the Myths of the Labyrinth Minotaur in addition to Daedalus and Icarus. Sir Arthur Evans’ marble bust on the entrance, reminds the customer that it was his excavation that exposed the magnificent palace, together with its distinctive frescoes, lovely mosaics, grand halls and essentially the most complicated sewer and irrigation system of its time.


Our tour included the North Lustral Basin, the Magazines, the Throne Room, the Royal Palace, the Grand Staircase and  the Central Courtroom. In fact we did not cease there and we continued with the Theatral Space, the Queen’s Megaron and admired from up shut the distinctive frescoes that beautify the Palace.

Probably the most attribute ones are the fragments of dolphins on the Queen’s Megaron, the bull fresco on the North Entrance, the masterpiece of the “Prince of Lillies” on the South Entrance, in addition to the “Bull-Leaping Fresco” or Taurokathapsia – a ritual carried out by the Minoans as an act of worship.


Knossos is crucial specimen of the Minoan Civilization. I used to be extraordinarily delighted and honoured to have visited the archaelogical website. Our tour continued with a brief go to on the centre of Heraklion – brief, since time was of the essence and I have been to Iraklio many instances earlier than. Finally, we returned to the ship for departure.



Wandering round Oia and Fira, in Santorini

I could have talked about it earlier than, however for instance it yet one more time; Santorini was one of the simplest ways to finish this cruise – they undoubtedly preserve the very best for final! And it wasn’t simply the sight of the island that made it particular. We got the possibility to take pleasure in our arrival from the bridge of the ship together with the Captain. I watched every little thing from up there, admired the mesmerizing view and thought to myself that you would be able to’t discover elsewhere that a lot magnificence, like on this nation, like in Greece (I am sorry World!).

No, that is not an overstatement; simply take a look at all of the photographs beneath and you may know what I imply. In fact, I’ve to thank the captain, mr. Romaios for the chance he gave us and his heat welcome and hospitality throughout our keep on board, along with the remainder of the Crew after all.


I have been to Santorini earlier than, I’ve walked in Oia and Fira many instances earlier than.

And I could have watched the sundown in Santorini a  few instances earlier than however every of them was like the primary. Besides from all of the site visitors jam in Oia throughout sundown, it was a tremendous stroll. We left Oia for Fira a short while later and returned to the ship, to look at the sundown from the ship’s deck.



You may by no means have sufficient of Santorini. I’ve by no means seen something prefer it all all over the world.

Our final night time on board, we tasted burgers, scorching canine and chocolate doughnuts on the ship’s restaurant – we would have liked a celebration of the senses for this ultimate night time. One final present on the Muses Lounges adopted and that wrapped it up for the night – we even turned down Ion’s latin celebration.

Early subsequent morning we arrived at Piraeus. All this was kinda like a dream.




I might prefer to thank Celestyal Cruises yet one more time for this distinctive alternative to take pleasure in their Iconic Cruise across the Aegean Sea; Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini – they have been all fairly wonderful. I need to ship my particular due to the crew – they performed crucial half in creating these nice recollections. As all the time, all ideas and opinions are mine as they all the time have been and all the time will likely be.

And a final -but amazing- picture along with my beloved Celestyal Olympia in Santorini!

I stay up for returning Aboard!



Learn additionally:

Maryhop On Cruise – Day 2 – Mykonos

Maryhop On Cruise – Day 2 – Kusadasi and Patmos

Maryhop On Cruise – Day 3 – Rhodes

Maria Kalymnou

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