Entry 5 of the GGA (Great Greek Advenutre)
Off the plane and met by Cunard represent tatives for the transfer to the ship. A 45 minute drive by highway and through some of the city sights in Athens on route to the ship pier in Pireas.
Ships in the harbor NCL Jade, Ruby Princess and MSC Armonia as well as some local and regional ferries that no doubt connect the fabulous ports in Greece. The alphabet in Greek is unique and always had the comfort of English spelling for us tourists!
Penny was waiting when I arrived at the pier where cunard’s beautiful and newest ship was docked waiting for our arrival and embarkation. The process was not too onerous and within minutes we were boarding Penny’s first cruise. Although I have cruised many times, I am thrilled to be anticipating this great adventure aboard Cunard for my first time. Luxurious and very classy describe the decor.
The man who checks us in at the desk enquiries, “are you sisters?”. We laugh as this is the first time we had that question posed to us since we met sOme 43 years ago!
In our spacious balcony stateroom(we were upgraded a few times from our initial investment for an inside stateroom), was a lovely bottle of French champagne on ice. We learned to use our room keys to turn lights on. Our room steward Edwin is super helpful and seems keenly interested in making our stay extraordinary. Cruising is really about service. Cunard offers remarkable and understated, ever present service.