The ship departed at 4 pm. We had to arrive at least an hour and a half before departure. Alarm for instruction started exactly at 4 pm. It is the attribute of all cruises. If the airline stewardess just shows you the emergency exits, here everyone has to put on life vests and get out on the deck.
All cabins are divided into zones, as well as the boat deck. Your task is to find your zone on the deck. Then instruction is held, children put on bracelets with the name of their zone and after that, all adjourned:
Ship's ladders crawl away from the ship and we set sail:
What is really good about the cruise, it's the fact that almost every day you find yourself in a new city, new country, new place, but sleep in the same comfortable bed. You don't have to unpack the suitcases every time. All the food on the ship is free. Usually, there are many places where you can have a snack or a meal. Food is available around the clock. Eat breakfast and lunch where you want but the dinner situation is more serious. When boarding the ship you will be assigned your restaurant, table and time of your dinner. Dinner is served in 2 parts (6 pm and 8 pm). If you do not like the table or your dinner time, you can go to the head waiter and try to change it the first night.
At dinner, you'll be brought the menu. Each day it will be different, but there will be a couple of regular classic dishes, in case you do not like the delights of a local chef. After the evening meal, theatrical performance at a local theater awaits. The animation is much better than in Turkish hotels. There are a couple of 'star' evenings. For example, mass hypnosis session, a show of acrobats or jugglers. There are evenings with dances by local animators.
If all the food on the ship is free, the drinks are not. You'll have to pay even for a cup of tea. It is very easy to do. Cash and credit cards are not accepted. At registration, you will be given a plastic card which will be the key to your cabin. There will be your first and last name, and a number of the table at dinner. A number of the cabin isn't written so that your 'enemies' can't rob your cabin in case of loss. Your credit card or cash deposit will be 'tied' to this card during the registration. You can only pay with that key on the ship. You can also pay for all additional services such as excursions, massage, makeup, or acupuncture with this card.
In order for you to not worry about the tips, you will be automatically withdrawn a certain amount per day (usually $10) which then will be distributed among all members of the team.
This card is your passport 'from' and 'to' the ship. The first time you visit the ship, you are photographed. After that, every time you leave the ship your card is read by the computer and your photo is checked. If it matches, then you are allowed to go 'home'. Thus, they know if everyone returned to the ship.
Usually, the ship is moored to the pier and you have the direct access to the shore:
If there is no suitable berth the passengers are transported by small boats:
You've got three options at the port:
1. Stay on the ship and enjoy the loneliness in the pool.
2. Book some organized tour.
3. Explore local attractions yourself.
The first option is the most budget-friendly, but it's also less interesting.
The second one is the most reliable, but the most expensive.
Many people study tours offered by the ship, choose their favorite and then take it on their own. No matter how poor the country is, you will always find a car or scooter rental services in the port:
Also, you'll be besieged by the taxi drivers offering to 'show' you the city, or just to drive. This type of relaxation is twice cheaper than the organized tours.
Sometimes the stretch between the ports is long enough and you can spend the whole day at sea. During those days animators are particularly active. Various competitions, games, and shows are held the whole day on all decks. If the weather allows, most passengers prefer to hang out on the top decks:
Those who don't like the sun spend their time in the ship's casino -