Tsar Romanov’s Summer Palace

While sailing on the Crystal Symphony to the Black Sea, we stopped in Yalta, Ukraine, to visit the summer palace of the Romanov Family, Livadia. Thousands of tourists visit this Crimean Peninsula palace as this was the sight of the famous Yalta conference of the Big Three, which included President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin in 1945. My wife and I decided, as usual, to do our own independent tour and it really paid off!! We met a tour guide named Kosta, whom we are still in touch with, and he treated us to a special day. Not only was Kosta our personal tour guide, but he got us unprecedented access to areas in the place that nobody else on the entire ship was privy to. He gave two old Russian ladies a few rubles and up these stairs we went into the private study of Tsar Nicholas II. Pictures of his entire family were everywhere on the walls, and we were able to look out at this spectacular view of the Crimean Sea from the desk of the late Tsar. You could almost feel the Tsar’s presence in the room. He then took us to the Grand Reception Room and another waiting area.  We never expected to get this kind of access to this amazing historical palace.

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South America Cruising – Around the Tip

When cruising South America, you have two options in cruising the coast of Chile. The first option is to depart from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and dock at Valparaiso, Chile.  From Valparaiso the trip to Santiago is approximately forty-five (45) minutes to one and half (1-1/2) hours over the mountains. The second option is the reverse and you will see the Chilean Fjords, Argentina, and parts of Brazil. Using frequent flyer points will save you on either of these cruises.

Greek island of Santorini – Mask!

Once a volcano, the beautiful Greek island of Santorini has some spectacular views and great shopping! There are only three ways to get to the top of Santorini, one is by cable car, another by walking, and a really odd and politically incorrect way is by donkey. This area is where I picked up this amazing mask you see here.

Holland America

To appeal to a more diverse crowd, Carnival owned Holland America has made dramatic changes.  Larger foyers and other structural features targeted the line to an older clientele but now they have completely remodeled their ships to include more intimate, smaller foyers and individual areas.  Holland America cruises all around the world and they have loyal customers in many countries.