Greek Islands Journals

Cradle of History Cruise on Oceania's Insignia

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An April 2010 trip to Greek Islands by pabrams52

Hotel Grande Bretagne Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: It all started with a brochure that came in the mail. And the next thing I knew, I was on the phone making reservations. The itinerary was that inviting. It would be our first cruise with Oceania, but I can assure you now, it won't be our last.

The Great Pyramids

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Attraction | "2nd Port Stop on our Cruise"

Pyramid at Giza Photo, Egypt, Africa
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The second port of call on our tour stopped in Port Said, Egypt where we disembarked for a 10-hour tour to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. We’ve seen them many, many times – in pictures, in television documentaries and in the movies, but nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to seeing them up close and personal! I am referring to the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. These massive, and frankly overwhelming, structures can only be appreciated by standing in their midst. They are daunting and I am certain I am not the only observer to ponder the natural ques...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2010

Tour of Alexandria

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Attraction | "First Port Stop on our Cruise"

Pulling into the port of Alexandria, Egypt Photo, Alexandria, Egypt
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At the first city of our cruise, my husband and I elected to take a tour of the city in a private car with our own guide. Occasionally, we like to peel off from the crowd and be able to concentrate and focus clearly on the tour without distraction of assembling and reassembling, getting on/off buses, etc. This strategy paid off for us as we got an informative guide, a lovely young Egyptian woman named May Etab. She greeted us warmly as we exited the ferry terminal, and directed us to our comfortable air-conditioned car. I must admit, being my first time ever in Egypt, I was a little nervous … strange language, sounds, smells, dress, culture, and religion all made it somewhat overwhelming. I watch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Oceania Cruise

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Attraction | "Our First Oceania Cruise"

Oceania Cruise Photo, Miami, Florida
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I recently experienced my first cruise with Oceania Cruise Line and was thoroughly impressed. It all began with a promotional brochure my husband received from his university’s travel bureau. I can’t say that I knew much about Oceania, so I did some research online and immediately liked the size of their ships. The one on which we’d be sailing was M/S Insignia. With a passenger capacity of 684, it appealed to us more than the hulking 2,000+ mammoths. My husband and I had been on a much larger ship on our last cruise, and although it offered a vast array of services and entertainment, it could be daunting and impersonal. The other attr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Oceania Cruise
8300 Nw 33rd Street, Suite 308
Miami, Florida
(305) 514-2300

Hotel Grande Bretagne

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Hotel | "I Could Get Used to This"

Hotel Grande Bretagne Photo, Athens, Greece
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Every once in a while, staying at a luxury hotel is (as Martha Stewart would say) "a good thing". Do I need to coax myself to kick it up a notch? Naaaaahh! So, when one of the hotel choices provided to us by our cruise line was the Grande Bretagne Athens, I welcomed the opportunity to indulge myself. I’ll justify it to my husband later … after he falls in love with the services. This was our first visit to Athens, Greece and due to some of the unrest we had heard about in the news, I wanted to be at a secure and capable location. That many other amenities came with it was more than icing on the cake. I also learned that the Grande Bretagne i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Hotel Grande Bretagne
Constitution Square
Athens, Greece 10563
+30-210-3330000

Sheraton Skyline Hotel

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Hotel | "Further Detail Regarding Our Stay"

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I’ll get right to the point. As a fairly frequent traveler, I have come to expect a certain level of professionalism and efficiency from the hotels that I give my business. I put a good deal of effort into my trip preparations, but nevertheless, there is a certain amount of "flip-of-the-coin" aspect to the final outcome. Perhaps I am becoming too critical in my advancing years, but I tend to think that is not the case and that I am a fair and equitable judge. Be that as it may, my husband and I ran into some, how shall we say, Alice in Wonderland moments that left us scratching our heads and unquestionably disappointed. That was certainly the case at our most recent stop, while connect...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2010

Sheraton Skyline Hotel
Heathrow Airport
London, England UB3 5BP
+44 (208) 7592535

Sheraton Skyline Hotel

Hotel | "Staying with "Family""

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A Good Airport HotelAnyone who has seen the movie "Up in the Air" with George Clooney, knows about loyalty programs. Most travelers today are not prepared to spend one travel dollar without getting some sort of compensation towards a future hotel room or plane seat. If they are smart, they will register with those companies to whom they feel they can most comfortably dedicate their business on the road. Because one of those companies for me is the Starwood chain of hotels, I chose an airport hotel for our stopover at London’s Heathrow from their family of brands. My husband and I wanted to break up our long journey from Los Angeles to Athens and agreed that an overnight in Lon...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2010

Sheraton Skyline Hotel
Heathrow Airport
London, England UB3 5BP
+44 (208) 7592535