Welcome to the poster child of Greece and the face that launched a thousand screen savers. Santorini, the southernmost island in the Cyclades, is one of the most photographed places on the planet. Santorini owes its striking appearance to a dramatic geological event. Once a much larger island, a huge volcanic eruption blew its top – literally – creating a giant caldera. Seawater filled the cauldron-like hollow this created, forming an oceanic amphitheatre. The island’s appeal hasn’t gone unnoticed by cruise lines. In 2018, 439 cruise ships called at Santorini, making it one of the most popular ports of call in the Eastern Mediterranean. But has this idyllic Greek island become a victim of its own success? Let’s start on a positive note by considering what Santorini has to offer. Santorini’s legendary beauty Even if Santorini’s geological genesis doesn’t float your boat, its good looks might. Picture whitewashed houses teetering…


Cruising the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg on Celebrity Silhouette is a premium traditional cruising experience. The destination-rich itinerary features ports of call representing a rich spectrum of cultures, history and traditions.

But how should you plan a Baltic capitals cruise? And what can you expect from a cruise to St Petersburg on Celebrity Silhouette?

To help you plan your own Baltic Sea cruise, here are some general tips and a comprehensive review of my experience on Celebrity Silhouette in May 2019