Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
84Trip End Mar 26, 2013
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When we arrived at the port our correctly labelled bags were loaded onto the boat (the Orient Queen) while we got our documents sorted. We were given these cards which will be used when we sign on and off the ship, to open our rooms and to charge all things to our accounts
On board we headed to the Star Shows Lounge. This would be our meeting point every morning and whenever we were disembarking and is where the entertainment will be on each night. Here we were given leaflets on all the optional tours we could do throughout the tour. Courtney gave us more information on each tour and she told us which ones were her favourites. Most of us signed up for the same three tours, while the boys went all out and signed up for everything. It is probably best to introduce Harlen from Canada at this stage too. He was a cruise ship passenger that wasn't in a tour group and he decided he would tag along to our contiki. We found him a little odd initially and were a little annoyed that he asked why we would pay to be in a group and then proceeded to illegally join ours but he ended up being an insane individual who kept us amused for most of the trip so he needs mentioning! He did jokingly chat to Courtney about her marital status after our meeting as she joked about Santorini being the perfect proposal place and this was our first funny encounter with Harlen.
We arranged to meet for lunch in the restaurant and then we were able to check into our rooms and explore the boat
We met for lunch then which was a buffet with both Greek and western style foods and we had a slow lunch and chatted for ages as we weren't due in Mykonos until 4ish. Conversation topics included Harlen approaching Courtney after the meeting this morning until he came to lunch and joined our table. After this I went back to the room and had a nap, did some more washing and got freshened up. We then met in the Reflections Lounge before disembarking and it was funny to catch up with the brothers at this point as they had already sampled most of the drinks on the menu (taking full advantage of the drinks package). I decided it wouldn't hurt to have a cocktail and so we had a couple of drinks and a chat until we were called to disembark. We did have to listen to Harlen singing in a music quiz while we relaxed but the upside of this was he won and offered to share his bottle of champagne with us
Mykonos looked like the Greek island I expected even before we got into the centre of town as we could see the whitewashed buildings and the blue roofs. It is a Cycladic island and this group is actually the only one that actually has these classic Greek looking buildings. The white is used elsewhere as it helps to keep the buildings cool but the blue is a Cycladic thing. Mykonos town was not right at the port and so we got buses from the boat to the town (once we were swiped off the boat) and we had to remember back onboard time was 830 and so we had to catch the last bus at 815 if we wanted awhile here. We didn't have a tour here and so Courtney led us around and pointed out a few sights to us. The town basically had a waterfront restaurant section and one main Street so it was very small and cute. We walked along the water taking heaps of photos and we passed by a gorgeous little church dedicated to Saint Nicholas and so many cute little buildings as we walked past the small docks and beaches. We then curved around a corner and there was the impressive Church of Panagia Paraportiani. Tis is one of the most photographed things on Mykonos as it is actual 4-5 little churches that have been added together over the years so the architecture of it is all different styles. We also saw the area known as little venice, where the houses have balconies out over the water. Not far from here we came across the famous pelicans of the island
We went back to our rooms before dinner and were surprised to find that our bed lamps were on, our beds turned down and our towels were arranged as two swans kissing. We also had all our maps for tomorrow, details of what times we had to meet Courtney and a copy of the Cruise News which is the newsletter that tells you what time we arrive and depart from the various islands, meal times and what events are on when. We then went to dinner as a group and had a few more cocktails with our meals. We then went to watch one of the shows which was kind of funny really. The dancers were alright but the singing in English was obvious that the performers didn't actually speak English. From here we went upstairs to check out the bar area but it was pretty quiet and we had our toga party the next night so we decided to call it a day and head to bed.