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I’ve had my photos back, and I’ve posted some of them on-line. In general I’m pleasd with them. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere in the blog I took the Leica on the cruise, and this is a camera with little automation (that’s part of its attraction). Although it does possess basic metering, the user has to […]

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Disembarkation

Well, we left Solstice at about 9 o’clock on Friday morning. We were one of the last to leave – I overheard one of the team managing the disembarkation saying a few minutes earlier “we’ve got about 85% of the passengers off at the moment”. So it really is a quick operation on turnround day. […]

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Naples

Today was Naples, and yet we had another great day. After a slightly cloudy start the afternoon turned out sunny and warm. We went to Capri on our own. We went there three years ago on the first Galaxy cruise, as part of an excursion, and liked it a lot, but on that occasion we […]

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Today was a sea day and we spent it very lazily around the pool almost all day – very relaxing. Tonight is the second and last formal night, and tomorrow is the last full day of the cruise. Given that we’re approaching the end I’ve begun to collect my thoughts about the cruise overall. The […]

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Athens

Today was Athens, and we had a private excursion arranged someone in our Cruisecritic contact group. The plan was to meet around 8 o’clock and get into Athens before the crowds. It was bit after 8 am by the time We all met up in the car park at Piraeus. Some confusion was caused by […]

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Muranos

Last night we had a meal in Muranos, and this blog entry is to describe it. We were sat together on a couch with a small round table in front of us. One of us could have sat at a chair the other side of the table but that would have made conversation difficult so […]

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Kusadasi

Today we’ve been at Kusadasi, arriving at 9 o’clock. It rained overnight and the forecast for the day was for temperatures in the mid-70s with a chance of rain, and first thing this morning it was indeed quite grey. But later the clouds rolled away, the sun shone, the temperatures got up to somewhat higher […]

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Istanbul, second day

Yesterday evening’s dinner was open seating, though I was suprised to find that it was still in two sittings: 6:15 and 8:45. However, the arrangement was that diners could arrive at any time after the start of the sitting for 45 minutes. All diners were seated at an appropriate table as they arrived – normal […]

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Istanbul, first day

We’ve just come to the end of 24 hours in Istanbul. I’ll remember this city for a long time. It’s very busy, full of life, not pretty – in fact quite the opposite in places – but distinctive and of course has a stunning number of truly great sights. We appreciated its layout first of […]

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Some thoughts about Solstice

Not much has happened since the last blog, so here are a few thoughts about Solstice itself, now that we’ve been on her for a few days. This takes the form of a comparison with Ventura, the only other ship of approximately the same size that we ‘ve been on, and which we’ve booked again. […]

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