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Santorini Greece - Pictures of Our Mediterranean Cruise

Santorini Greece - Pictures of Santorini during our Greek island Mediterranean cruise ship vacation

pSantorini Greece - Our cruise ship review of the Crown Odyssey.

Here are some interesting facts and information about Santorini, one of our favorite stops on our Odyssey Cruise; scroll down for our Santorini pictures.

Santorini Greece is almost dry. There are very few springs and they don't supply much water. For their daily needs, the inhabitants use rainwater carefully collected in cisterns. Almost every house has its own cistern. Many houses are built on cisterns preventing  the steeling of their water.

Santorini has a fertile volcanic soil. Cultivated carefully over the years, this soil has made Santorini well known for its products. Most of all, it's wines. Santorini has some of the best wines worldwide. After all, the biggest part of the cultivation is vines. "Fava" is also famous, a legume smaller than a pea, exported all over the world.

The eruption of Santorini in Greece in 1,650 B.C. was one of the largest in the last 10,000 years. About 7 cubic miles of magma was erupted. The plinian column during the initial phase of the eruption was about 23 miles (36 km) high. The removal of such a large volume of magma caused the volcano to collapse, producing a c aldera. Ash fell over a large area in the eastern Mediterranean and Turkey. The eruption probably caused the end of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete. 

Most cruises of the Greek Islands include a stop in Santorini. They dock in the port below Thira and you can go up the side of the volcano by cable-car, donkey or on foot if you are in good physical shape.

On the western side where the volcano is located, the sheer cliffs, 300 metres high, are multi-coloured strata of black, red, grey, and brown. Perched high atop are the scenes most often adorning a poster for Greece, startling white sugar cube houses and churches with brilliant blue domes set against the deeper blues of the sky and the Aegean Sea.

.The island is 96 sq. km. with a coastline 69 kilometres long and a population of almost 12,000. The island is 130 nautical miles from Piraeus and 70 nautical miles from Crete. Santorini is 18 km long and varies from 2 to 6 km wide.

While there, be sure to try the local specialties which include wine, and 'fava' – a dish made from chick-peas.  

Click on the image to enlarge!

Santorini - pictures of Santorini from the cruise ship
View of Santorini
from aboard the 
Crown Odyssey.
approaching the dock in the ships tender
Taken from the 
tender coming from
the cruise ship.

picture of Santorini taken from the Odysseys tender
Another shot from
the tender.
pictures of the arrival at the top of Santorini from in the Cable Car
Arriving at the top
in the cable car.


pictures of Donkeys going down the side of the mountian
Donkeys headed down.
view of the Odyssey from the cable car
View of the ship
from the cable car.
pictures of restaraunts in Santorini Greece
A shot of another
restaurant below the
one where we had


pictures of Santorini beer
Our waiter told us
this was "Santorini Beer".
Some kind of liqueur in 
the shot glasses he 
dropped in our beers.
picture of an amazing view of the Island of Santorini from near the top of the volcanic island
Another amazing

There appears to
be a swimming pool
in the upper left corner.


spectacular view of Santorini Greece we took on our Orient Lines Crown Odyssey cruise ship vacation
Aren't the views 
the view was magnificent as we had lunch in Santorini
View of our ship from
our table in the restaurant
where we had mousaka for lunch.
picture of narrow street in Santorini
Talk about narrow


The end.