Day 3, Katakolon, Greece



Another short stop on our cruise. Presumably because we have so many miles to go to get to Istanbul. The main reason for this stop is to visit the place where the first Olympic games were held but having viewed some photos and the fact it is 38 km away we have opted to have a gentle stroll around the town. We have just bought some postcards which will undoubtedly arrive home after us.
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Venice Cruise Terminal – Typical Costa…..


Typical Italian organisation. 2400 passengers to get on the ship and only 4 check in desks. We have been allocated number 19 and the next group to be called along with the other 100 people with the same number.
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Volcanic Ash Cloud

The Volcanic Ash cloud which has grounded all flights in and out of the UK for several days is now threatening to affect our cruise. We are due to be flying via Düsseldorf to Venice in six days time and that date is getting ever nearer with no sign of the flying ban being lifted. Excuse the pun, but hopefully this will all blow over and we will be able to join the ship as planned next weekend.
At some point we may need to seek alternative travel arrangements. One of them being using the train. Eurostar to Paris then Paris to Venice. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

Announcing Costa Serena 25 April – 2 May 2010

The Costa Serena was launched in May 2007, and has a gross tonnage of 114,500t and is 292m long and 36m wide. There are 17 decks (13 decks for passenger use), all named after Greek mythological characters or star signs. The ship has a cruising speed of 21.5kt and a maximum speed of 23kt. She can carry 3,780 passengers and offers 1,500 cabins: 914 outside cabins (500 with balconies) and 586 inside cabins.

This 7 night cruise starts Venice, taking in Bari, KataKolon, Istanbul, Izmir & Dubrovnik before returning to Venice.


This cruise was booked so that my mum could experience a cruise for the first time and there were several factors which finally contributed to us booking this one.
First hurdle was that we were not sure that mum would take to the water so thought that a 7 day one would be a good start, just in case! Secondly, she would be travelling with us but on her own so we needed to find a company which gave the best solo supplement deal, as Costa do 30% single supplement, we therefore decided to see what they had to offer. After much trawling through the web and several phone calls to various travel agents, we managed to get a pair of balcony cabins, rear of mid ship right next to each other (another of her conditions) and so with the deposit paid, the adventure began!