My morning routine has settled into wandering up to the Observation Bar about 6:15 am. I have coffee, watch the sunrise, enjoy the view as the ship sais into port and work on the blog. The port for today is Bozcaada, Turkey.
With Sharon feeling under the weather, we had breakfast on the Colonnade. She ended up making a decision to skip the excursion.
I have to be honest; I didn't really understand where Troy was. Catching the tender at 9 am, the excursion boarded a ferry. It was a thirty minute ride to the Turkish mainland. From there, the group boarded a bus for a forty-five minute ride north to Troy.
The city sits on top of hill with a view of the Aegean Sea entrance to Dardanelles Strait. Like Ephesus, the original port has been silted up. The ocean is now several miles from the city.
We took a guided tour of the ruins. The guide said that only about 10% of the city has been excavated. As you would expect from a 4,000 year old site, it is pretty rough.
After the tour, we wound our back on the bus and then the ferry. The ferry back was a little bit of a zoo. Apparently, it was the last ferry of the day and it was packed with people. The area around the ferry terminal was jammed with cars that weren't able to get on the ferry. We had to get off the bus and walk 1/2 mile to the ferry.
I was back on board the Seabourn Encore about 3:30 pm. Sharon and I headed up to the Observation Bar just after 5 pm to watch the ship leave port.
We had dinner in the Colonnade. They served an interesting buffet of Indian food.
I finished the night going back and forth between deck seven on the back of the boat and the Observation Bar on deck eleven at the front of the boat watching the ship sail through the Dardanelles Strait. At one point, the strait is less than 0.75 of a mile wide.