Cruise Diary: The Mediterranean Shines with History, Culture and Cuisine
Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
The harbour at Alanya, Turkey, is pretty as a postcard.
Guests Carol and Terry Sjostedt from Australia took an extended Mediterranean cruise on Prinsendam and are sharing their impressions of the ship and several of their favorite ports. Prinsendam – First Impressions So, the ship…Prinsendam is beautiful! It is a gorgeous ship and our cabin is fantastic. The bathroom with a full sized bath is great and we have a walk-in warobe. We embarrassed ourselves not being able to work the lights and bath plug, but Franz & Raymon, our stewards, sorted us and looked upon it as jolly good fun. Dinner was outstanding, so we are suitably staggered to be surrounded by such luxury. Sailing out of Athens at sunset was magical. Alanya, Turkey We loved Alanya, Turkey. It is the prettiest place, with ancient walls climbing right down the hill. The views from the castle ruins on the hill were astonishing and the colour of the water is unbelievable. We found a Turkish restaurant I read about, Ravza, and it was so much fun. The same family have run it for 50 years and they welcomed us like family. We had a feast which included the most divine bread about a metre long. I laughed and said ‘too much’ and the waiter said that this is ‘just little bit’ to a Turk. Needless to say we ate it all plus grilled meats of every kind, dips, and a shepherds salad. All this with bottled water plus free wifi cost 17$ US! We were talking to our family on Skype and one of the waiters got on to say hi. It was a great travel experience. We then fell thankfully into a shop where the merchant wasn’t practically dragging us in by the hair, and had a nice time getting some Turkish bits and pieces for Terry’s workmates and the kids. He earnestly inquired about each one, then ran around making suggestions. The more we bought the cheaper it got! We all had an excellent time and departed with much handshaking and waving. Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey Coming into the port for Ephesus, Kusadasi, was unbelievable as the sun rose […]