Santorini Delights the Masses
The problem built in with cruising is that you hit port with literally thousands of people at the same time. Many of these people are into shopping and gambling as much as they are into travel. In fact, for many, travel is just a way to clean your consuming palate between more rounds of shopping and gambling. In two weeks of cruising across most of the Mediterranean, congestion wasn't as big a problem as I expected. But still, the sightseeing focus is on the clich?s; everyone seems to do and get excited about the same things at roughly the same time. The Greek island of Santorini is spectacular and seems to live off of the cruise industry. Its main town of Fira is high above the port. To avoid the long line for the gondola back down to the port, we just hiked half an hour of donkey-pie-strewn switchbacks.