Atlantis Alumni

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Day at Sea

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Yesterday we enjoyed a day at sea, as the Celebrity Equinox sailed from Athens to Israel. On board the ship, we enjoyed a lovely brunch and caught up with our friends Bill and Wes from San Francisco. We met Bill and Wes last year on the Atlantis cruise from Rome to Egypt. It’s always nice to meet up with people you know on these large cruise ships. We had cocktails and dinner together.

The new Acropolis museum is really spectacular. Sculptures from the various structures of the Acropolis are beautifully displayed. The featured video of the Parthenon is given both in Greek and English. We had a nice lunch in the cafeteria as well. The museum is built over ruins from centuries ago. Large areas of the floor are actually made of glass so that you can see the ruins below (photo).

The modern Athens metro runs all the way from the airport to the center of town. The stations are beautiful and the one at Acropolis even includes a reproduction of the Parthenon frieze! (photo).

Yesterday on board the Equinox was fun. We attended two glass blowing shows on the top deck where we watched three master glass blowers from the Corning glass museum at work. Jim was extremely fortunate to win a beautiful glass vase that was raffled off. At 5 PM it was party time and we attended the “Dog Tag Tea Dance” in uniform before having dinner (photo).

As I write this it is about 6 AM. We will dock in Ashdod, Israel shortly. Today we will take an excursion to Masada and take a swim in the Dead Sea!

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