Santorini - Greece (2022)

Index Cruise
Santorini, (Thera in classical Greek), is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 120 mi southeast from the Greek mainland
The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history (the Minoan eruption), which occurred about 3,600 years ago
The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep.
Using the map at right as reference
Today we are visiting #5
#6 our next port is Bodrum, Turkey
#8 in a few days is Mykanos, Greece

As we approached Santorini, the weather was very foggy

Other cruise ships are headed to the same place

Many small boats are also visiting Santorini

Straight ahead at the shoreline is the cable car station to transport people to the top

The Regal Princess got there ahead of us
Its tenders are already on the way to shore

Looking out to sea from inside the Santorini horseshoe shaped crater
While waiting for permission to disembark passengers, we took pictures of various views of the island

There are 5 cruise ships in port today. Three of them have thousands of passengers onboard
All tourists are aiming for the same destination
Looks like our 300 cruisemates are joining them
When we visited Santorini in 1996, our ship of a few hundred was the only one in port
It took no time at all to get to the top of the island

Some people, like our friends rode the donkeys

Joe & I chose to walk up the same path

A travel writer from the Washington Post
was our walking companion

We read his article once back home

We rode the cable car back down

Eventually passengers began returning to the ship with tales of 1 1/2 hour wait to get on the cable car
Similar stories for those opting for the donkeys
Just as well we decided not to go ashore.
In addition to a beautiful sunset, Santorini had another experience in store for us
The "fire on the mountain" is in memory to the volcanic eruption that formed the island
and subsequent eruptions over the centuries
When darkness allowed, there was a massive fireworks display
Click the picture below for a video
Leaving Santorini Behind