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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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Cruising Questions & Answers

Q: Is Cruising Affordable and a Good Vacation Value?
A: Cruising is the best vacation value! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget. Your cruise fare includes all meals, your stateroom, onboard activities and entertainment, plus transportation from port to port. You’ll know what your vacation will end up costing you before you go. (Typically, your only extra expenses will be drinks, optional shore excursions, and personal services such as massage or hairstyling.)

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Greek island of Santorini – Mask!   Recently updated !

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.
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Your Dream Cruise Is Just A Click Away

When you are planning a cruise there are so many choices and different experiences that can be selected that it can be overwhelming.  The best way to sort through the choices is to have help from an expert who can give you the inside scoop on different areas of the world and the activities that are specific to these areas.   Your dream cruise and the cruising travel expert who can assist you is just a click away:  Go to Contact Us in the navigation bar and let me know how I can help you.
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