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23 D uring the summer of 2015, I participated in a well- planned but whirlwind media cruise/tour of Greece and Turkey hosted by Cyprus-based Celestyal Cruises, previ- ously known as Louis Cruises when the line featured a sometimes bewildering variety of rather tired older ves- sels nearing the ends of their careers. Today it's a different story, as the line now operates just a few still older but immaculately main- tained ships that suit their intended purposes admirably. Happily, providing the spirit, culture and physical beauty of Greece itself, as I'd discovered on a Louis sailing quite a few years ago, still seems to inhabit Celestyal's itineraries today. AN ISLAND AGENDA Not only did we cruise aboard both Celestyal Odyssey and Celesty- al Crystal and explore the Athens area, including the Parthenon, the spectacular New Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Poseidon, but our itinerary featured nine fascinating and memorable ports: Mykonos, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Patmos, Greece; Heraklion, Crete; Santo- rini, Greece; Cesme, Turkey; and three lesser-known but incredibly beautiful and uncrowded islands that I particularly enjoyed, Syros, Kos The Greek Isles feature numerous gorgeous coastal panoramas and churches. BY BOB HOELSCHER Odyssey AUTHENTICIT Y TRUMPS LU X URY ON A CELEST YAL CRUISE OF GREECE AND T URK EY AN AEGEAN

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