Beer please, and keep ‘em coming!
July 04, 2008
We are back on the Aegean Pearl, this time as overnight passengers for the next three days as we explore more of Greece’s islands.
The Aegean Pearl is a small cruise ship with only 650 passengers – most of them during this run are either between the ages of 15 and 25, or 70 plus. We fall somewhere in the middle. The ship itself is a bit of disappointment. No more than a mildly upgraded ferry to my mind, it has a small plunge pool, the food is mediocre and dinner is a frantic, noisy, “get ’em in and out” affair. The tables in the dining room are very close together, and during the presentation of Baked Alaska where all the waiters parade through with trays of flaming ice cream, I was sure of certain disaster. The cabins are small, and the twin beds are bolted to the floor, so they can’t be moved together. (As a matter of fact, we spent every night in Greece on twin beds, which is ironic since we were celebrating 25 years of marriage.) We buy all-inclusive drink cards.
We met many wonderful and interesting people on our trip, who hailed from Chili, Australia, the States and Canada. We became fast friends with Trevor Birmingham and Jennifer Landry from London, Ontario, who we first met in Mykonos, and having this delightful couple to explore the Greek islands with was, in my opinion, a definite highlight. They had all-inclusive drink cards too! And so, we began our friendship burning through those cards as we traversed the Aegean Sea.
First stop tomorrow – Kusadasi, Turkey!