Where We Be
"Mediterranean Empires" Cruise
This was our second Mediterranean cruise and
one we'll always remember for introducing us to
such amazing ports of call as Athens, Istanbul,
and Ephesus. We spent 12 days aboard Holland
America's Nieuw Amsterdam, the newest ship in
Holland's fleet. The cruise began and ended in
Venice, and what a wonderful city to have as a
launching-off point. The trip was port-intensive,
with only two days at sea, but we made the most
of the fine dining and entertainment on board.

Our first port of call was Split (Croatia), followed
by a day at sea, then in quick succession we
visited Athens (Greece), Istanbul (Turkey),
Mykonos (Greece), Ephesus (Turkey), Santorini
(Greece), and Katakolon (Greece). We had one
more day at sea before returning to Venice.
Nieuw Amsterdam is the newest ship in Holland America's fleet
Delicious meals in good company are always a highlight of our cruise experience
Surf and turf -- lobster thermidore and filet mignon -- make for a fine entree on our first formal night
This is the colorful dining room aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam
We shared this wonderful trip with my Mom and Dad, and that made it all the more special
Robin relaxes on deck as we cruise through the Mediterranean Sea
You probably won't see us dressed in duds this fancy except on a cruise ship!
Amusing towel art in our cabin