Mykonos and Around the Ship

We stopped in Mykonos the day after Ephesus. The ship docked a good distance from the town, so we had to take a 20-minute shuttle bus ride to reach the main area of shops and cafes. It was a very hot day, so I don’t have much of interest to report on Mykonos itself. We walked around for a while, marveled at the amazing clear blues and greens of the water, caught up with email at a cafe, and then made our way back to the ship. It was not the most exciting port of call! Here’s a picture of the water.

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So I’ll supplement this post by writing a little about being on the Celebrity Reflection. It was an enormous ship, and had a fabulous collection of bars and areas to relax in. We visited the coffee bar multiple times every day, and the Molecular Bar was our go-to spot for a pre-dinner drink. The bartenders there, Miguel and Igor, got to know us and would make special drinks for us, including non-alcoholic ones for my mom, if the bar wasn’t crowded. Nikola, the sommelier assigned to our section in the dining room, was fabulous, and always had great wine suggestions for us.

Miguel instructing Domingos during the mixology class
Miguel instructing Domingos during the mixology class
One of the drinks Miguel made for me on our last night
One of the drinks Miguel made for me on our last night

The itinerary for this cruise was very port-heavy. Our schedule was:

Day 1 – Sail away from Civitavecchia
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – Santorini
Day 4 – At Sea
Day 5 – Istanbul
Day 6 – Istanbul in the morning
Day 7 – Kusadasi (Ephesus)
Day 8 – Mykonos
Day 9 – Piraeus (Athens)
Day 10 – At Sea
Day 11 – Naples
Day 12 – Disembark in Civitavecchia

We had a good blend of relaxation and touring of ruins and other sights, and lots of great time with family. We all six traveled together extremely well, and I hope we can do it again before too long. Here are some pictures from our time on the ship.

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Sunset view from the Sunset Bar
Sunset view from the Sunset Bar

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