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1 hour ago, SeaWatch12 said:

Hi Jim & Iain,

I'm enjoying your live posts from the EDGE.

The photos remind me of the 10 nights we were on her last December.

We have friends on board with you now that are also doing the B2B.

If you run into Larry and Daniel,  please say Hi to them for us

Mark & Ken

I will.    Haven't met them as of yet.

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Our next stop was a visit to a local winery where we were given 3 wine samples and tapas.   It was only 11:00 so we chose to pass on the tasting.  Beautiful location!
 

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Grapes are grown close to the ground to avoid the wind. 
 

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Our final stop of the day was Firsa.  We had 2 hour to explore on our own.  The views  are incredible. 
 

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6 minutes ago, Jim_Iain said:

Back to the ship at 2:00 pm.  
 

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Thanks so much for being the "nerd" and taking the time and energy to post as this is helpful for those of us taking the same trip next year!  Question---were there any waits for the tender with the magic carpet?  Your photos are incredible.  Also, don't know if you can answer this question but was the water temperature warm enough to swim or did you see anyone in the water?

 

 

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Beautiful pictures Jim. I feel like I’m right there

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5 minutes ago, aly7859 said:

Thanks so much for being the "nerd" and taking the time and energy to post as this is helpful for those of us taking the same trip next year!  Question---were there any waits for the tender with the magic carpet?  Your photos are incredible.  Also, don't know if you can answer this question but was the water temperature warm enough to swim or did you see anyone in the water?

 

 


The sea temperature in Santorini is 73 f today.   Really didn’t see anywhere to swim here.   The cliffs dropped off into the sea in most areas.   I did notice they had some tours to some hot springs with a chance to take a plunge.  
 

Tours had no waiting for Tenders.   Regular tenders did have waiting and prioritizing took place for suites, Zenith and Elite and above.  Not sure when open tenders began.   I’ll ask in the retreat this evening. 

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1 minute ago, Jim_Iain said:


The sea temperature in Santorini is 73 f today.   Really didn’t see anywhere to swim here.   The cliffs dropped off into the sea in most areas.   I did notice they had some tours to some hot springs with a chance to take a plunge.  
 

Tours had no waiting for Tenders.   Regular tenders did have waiting and prioritizing took place for suites, Zenith and Elite and above.  Not sure when open tenders began.   I’ll ask in the retreat this evening. 

You are the best thanks so much!  We are elite but our travel companions are not so just curious.  Hot springs does sound wonderful.

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24 minutes ago, Jim_Iain said:

Back to the ship at 2:00 pm.  
 

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Beautiful!! The excursion I chose a couple of years ago was out to the caldera and a hot springs swim and we were given cable car tickets to go to Fira and back. My one regret was not going to Oia - so that makes another Greece itinerary high on my "do it again" list!

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12 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:

 

Like you I am a non-smoker but Iain enjoys the smoking areas.    I've been down there with him and you are right I didn't feel like I was in a big smoke cloud.   

 

Hi, Jim, thanks for taking us along on your first cruise on Edge!  I've a question about this smoking area about which you've spoken as my daughter and her significant other are sailing Edge in December 2020.  Where is it located?  Is there any interior smoking are on board?  Thanks in advance.

 

Donna

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I checked a couple things in our CS this evening.  
 

Bed - is a true  American King Size  60x80 but rounded corners.

 

Safe - much smaller than other ships.  About 9” wide by 4 1/2 tall inside  

 

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1 hour ago, GeorgesGal said:

 

Hi, Jim, thanks for taking us along on your first cruise on Edge!  I've a question about this smoking area about which you've spoken as my daughter and her significant other are sailing Edge in December 2020.  Where is it located?  Is there any interior smoking are on board?  Thanks in advance.

 

Donna


There is no interior smoking on the ship.   The large smoking area is located on a balcony (fully covered and protected from wind). In between pool Deck and the deck where you enter the martini glass hot tub.   You enter on Starboard next to pool bar.  There is no elevator access to this one.   There is also a protected smoking area 5th floor port side near eden.  

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45 minutes ago, Jim_Iain said:

I checked a couple things in our CS this evening.  
 

Bed - is a true  American King Size  60x80 but rounded corners.

 

Safe - much smaller than other ships.  About 9” wide by 4 1/2 tall inside  

 

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 Oops.  The bed is 76 inches wide.  

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9 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:


Having a great day.  The guide started telling us how to get back to the ship via donkey or tram.  She was quickly corrected and she called her office to let them know.  She explained that they had given her the incorrect itinerary. 
 

We were given the option of returning by bus or on our own.  If you chose on your own you had to sign a waiver.  About 1/4 of our group opted fo the on their own. 
 

The guide said they canceled the crater visit so we would have more time.  No I be seemed to mind. 

We did the same excursion  when we were there..your photos are exceptional.

Saw some of the very same things but it never gets old!

 

Nice touch by X using the magic carpet portal for tenders...

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Thanks for the virtual cruise- we will be on the same trip next May. Good pic of the donkey trail / cable car at the port. Did your bus take you back to the tender port?  How was lunch in Fira?  Any good restaurant suggestions? Cheers.....

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Lovely pictures Jim of Santorini and Oia  I'm seeing what I will be missing on my Greek cruise next October I really thought I was going there but we're going to Rhodes instead , I'm so disappointed but living it through your pictures and the pictures of your ship in the distance looks fantastic.

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Our very first cruise in '92 took us from Southampton to Athens.  Then we flew to Santorini where we spent a week.  Your wonderful pictures brought it all back.  Those blue and white vistas are so beautiful.

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22 minutes ago, Purdey16 said:

Lovely pictures Jim of Santorini and Oia  I'm seeing what I will be missing on my Greek cruise next October I really thought I was going there but we're going to Rhodes instead , I'm so disappointed but living it through your pictures and the pictures of your ship in the distance looks fantastic.

Sorry you will miss Santorini  esp after seeing  Jim,'s photos and reading  the wonderful review...

 

but Rhodes is a great port  too.  The historic city was amazing. We had a walking tour and learned so much about the  crusades, knights, politics etc and enjoyed the synagogue. Food at a lovely  lunch cafe  was fabulous,  (strong coffee ),  as was the shopping....Bring cash for some nice silver jewelry.  They did have other exursions that looked tempting but glad we chose this one.

The sail in is not to be missed!

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51 minutes ago, hcat said:

Sorry you will miss Santorini  esp after seeing  Jim,'s photos and reading  the wonderful review...

 

but Rhodes is a great port  too.  The historic city was amazing. We had a walking tour and learned so much about the  crusades, knights, politics etc and enjoyed the synagogue. Food at a lovely  lunch cafe  was fabulous,  (strong coffee ),  as was the shopping....Bring cash for some nice silver jewelry.  They did have other exursions that looked tempting but glad we chose this one.

The sail in is not to be missed!

Agree! Rhodes was amazing! I wasn't particularly looking forward to it, but it was stunning and less touristy (at least when we were there). We hired a tour guide for 4 of us and had a wonderful day. The Valley of the Butterflies was unbelievable (a lovely walk through the woods with tens of thousands of butterflies camouflaged on the trees) and the Old City was amazing (we went early and enjoyed a quiet walk through).  Also went to a local winery/brewery/olive place - lots of tasting (and buying 😉). We were dropped on the waterfront at the end of the tour and walked into a local cafe near the ship with a gorgeous view of the ocean.  Had an authentic Greek lunch with the natives. 🙂

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This is fabulous. Thankyou.  We are doing this exact cruise July next year. 
A suggestion - maybe people could stop quoting the complete text and pictures to save data? Just need to see them once in the original post. 

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