After a relaxing day at sea, we arrived at 8:00 in the morning in Kusadasi. Together with us there were two more ships in the harbor.
Royal Caribbean offered the following German excursion: Ephesus, Turkey: Highlights of Ephesus (4 h, adults $ 76, children $ 46.)The bus drove us to the house of the Virgin Mary and to Ephesus. There we visited the Archaeological Museum, the ancient Ephesus. But since you had to walk 2.5 miles, this tour was out of question for me on my crutches. As the weather was nice, the bazaar of Kusadasi just a few meters from the ship and the walkways looked rather straight, we opted for a stroll through Kusadasi. First, you had to leave the port area through a small shopping arcade. Here several taxis were offering trips to Ephesus. Our fellow travellers took the opportunity and explored Ephesus on their own by taxi. We therefore explored Kusadasi on crutches. The bazaar was quite good for walking, but it was slightly uphill, which was exhausting on crutches. Most traders spoke German, even though the whole place was geared to American tourists today. An industrious carpet dealer offered me a carpet to suit my crutches (funny guy). We ended up buying a couple of Turkish sweets and pomegranate tea and then returned to port. There was a nice wide promenade with benches and a view of our ship. We sat on one of the stone benches and enjoyed the view and atmosphere. From here one could see the Fortress of Kusadasi. But for the fortress you had to be able to walk. We decided we will be back!
Tonight was my personal highlight: the “Ice Dancin ‘ Spectacular”. That was a great figure ice-skating show! It took place on the giant ice rink in the lower deck of the Navigator of the Seas. We were already impressed when we saw the large ice rink. Again, extra-places were blocked for people with “restrictions” and we had a great view of the show. It is unbelievable what is offered by the artists at sea. They basically flew over the ice. You should not miss this show!