After leaving Corfu the Royal Princess cruised southwards overnight along the Greek coast towards the island of Crete. Crete is both the largest of Greece’s thousands of islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
The time difference and time of the year that we cruised with Princess meant that waking up at a sensible time for our bodies was more-or-less at around dawn. This was too early to see Crete yet but we got to watch some of the early moments of sunrise on the Mediterranean from our balcony.
We had time after breakfast to go for a walk around the top deck of the cruise ship under the early morning sun; many of the photos can be seen in the review of the Royal Princess.
A couple of hours later we approached the port at Heraklion on Crete which would form the base for our planned excursion to Knossos later in the day. Aircraft taking off and landing at the nearby airport on the island flew over the ship practically every five minutes making for quite a noisy arrival.