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This trip was special, because my younger brother and his wife, Sue, joined my wife and I on this journey. The ship, the Marco Polo (Orient Lines), used to be owned by a Russian company when its name was the Alexandr Pushkin. It's a double-hulled ship that I later cruised on to Antarctica in January of 2005. The Marco Polo was retired from service …
So after the whirlwind missions of getting everything done in time I finally made it to Istanbul; the place seemed pretty cool but I only had enough time to get to the shopping mall before crashing out. The following day I depart for the ship.
AVOID THE IBIS HOTEL @ AIRPORT!!! We have to sleep there 'cause our flight but avoid if it's possible. Thanks to ATLASJET that change our flight (from nite flight to previuos) for only €2,5 each!
Getting off the plane in Instanbul, Sarah wondered why everyone did a mad dash through the airport- she thought that maybe it was because they did this everywhere in Europe and didn't think too much about it. That is until we got to the end of a hideously long line at Customs!!! Now, when we say long, this is much worse than Heathrow airport - and much worse than being stuck in the line for the D barrier at the Big Day Out!!! This however gave ...
... a floating barge than an island. During the day it is a pool club and in the evening a hot night spot. Lots of great people watching and dining under a full moon. It definitely had a high end party atmosphere and was a see and be seen kind of place.....we dressed the part as best we could! Kelly and Lara, her classmate, share birthdays in the same week so they were indulged with ice cream and sparklers at the end of an amazing ...
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