Hi, Mike-- it sounds like we have various interests in common, so I thought you might want to check out my new post regarding a 12-nt round-trip from Venice in May of 2011 on Nieuw Amsterdam. Come to think of it, I think I may still be able to just paste it right in here below-- yep, it worked! Read on:
I've had my eye on this exceptional itinerary for a while-- I even tried to talk my brother and his girlfriend into going in Sept or Oct of 2010-- but other realities intervened on their part. As things stand, I'm resolved to make the booking immediately, and go by myself if nobody else steps in. It would be far from the first time it's worked out that way-- but a roomie could cut the cost by about a thousand bucks, particularly if we also split a couple of hotel nights in Venice before boarding.
Here's the itinerarary:
Day 1 (April 30, 2011): Board mid-day; ship remains in Venice overnight, serving as our hotel for an additional night in the city.
Day 2: Sail from Venice at 5pm
Day 3: Split, Croatia (by tender), 9am-4pm
Day 4: at sea
Day 5: Piraeus/Athens, 8am-5pm
Day 6: arrive Istanbul 4pm-- overnight stay
Day 7: depart Istanbul 5pm
Day 8: Mykonos, (by tender) 1pm-11pm
Day 9: Kusadasi, Turkey (port for excursions to Roman ruins at Ephesus), 7am-7pm
Day 10: Santorini, (by tender) 8am-5pm
Day 11: Katakolon, (port for excursions to site of ancient Olympics) 9am-5pm
Day 12: at sea
Day 13: arrive back in Venice, 7am
The best per-person prices I've seen thus far for a cat. G cabin (partial view, upper promenade deck) are a bit over $1900. This is Holland America's newest vessel, (the maiden voyage is this July) with a few new specialty restaurant options and other bells and whistles.
I'm Jeff, and I live in western Mass. About to turn 51, an experienced cruiser, although this will be my first cruise in European waters. I'm very much interested in architecture, cultural landmarks and photography, and I figure this trip has to be a shutterbug's dream. I'm very active when I cruise, covering a lot of ground on foot. It could be enjoyable to spend a lot of time together and share expenses ashore, but if your interests and pace are altogether different, ("A few hours of shopping, and then hit the nearest beach!") then I won't take offense if we usually wind up going our separate ways. I like wine with dinner, but I'm anything but a "party-hearty" type, and I'm hoping to find someone quiet, reasonably neat, responsible, and considerate. Although I assume most of those responding to this posting will be male, women are welcome as well-- I would have absolutely no expectations of romance. I think I'd be most likely to get along with someone within a decade or so either way in age. I can't stand cigarette smoke, so I don't want to room with anyone who'd be lighting up in the cabin. Also, NOT SNORING is KEY!
I think that covers the territory pretty well-- so how about you?
Here's to smooth sailing-- "jeph"