Cruise 2011 Day 7 – Istanbul

Photos from the seventh day of the cruise are now online. A sample of the set is listed below. You can see the photos either at Flickr or Facebook (assuming we’re friends on FB).

We spent the night in port, the first time we’ve ever had this opportunity on a cruise. We only had a half day in port, so we headed over to see Topkapi Palace. A half day wouldn’t be enough to do this museum justice, but it was even worse for us because it was closed the previous day. That meant everyone on our ship saved the palace for that morning as well as every school group in Istanbul. At least that’s how it felt. Very crowded and long lines (unless you wanted to hire a private guide).  We gave it our best shot, skipping the harem in the interest of time, but still felt rushed. Definitely will have to go back on a future visit.