From Istanbul to Alexandria, travel in the footsteps of Alexander The Great

The Irish actor Colin Farrell’s portrayal of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone’s 2004 Hollywood blockbuster Alexander was unsatisfactory from a purist’s point of view. His career  –  conquering three continents by the time he died,…..

A view of the Marmara waterfront in Istanbul
Great expectations: The elegant Marmara waterfront in Istanbul was the starting point for Peter McKay’s epic cruise adventure
Most of Stone’s Alexander was shot at Pinewood Studios, Bucks. Swan Hellenic’s MV Minerva zigzagged from Istanbul, Turkey to Alexandria, Egypt by way of Thessaloniki and Kavalla, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Fethiye, Antalya and Tasucu, Turkey; and then Larnaca, Cyprus; before cruising to Alexandria. We boarded after ….

The Minvera cruise ship sails across the sea
All at sea: The Minerva looks more like a ship than a cruise liner and has room for about 320 guests
Modern air travel’s arrivals and departures are dismal experiences, but coming and going on ocean liners are pure pleasures. Tugboats fussed around as the ship’s hooter blasted a minaret-wobbling farewell to Istanbul. Minerva glided out into the Marmara Sea. 
A necklace of shore lights sparkled for the next few hours as we headed through the softly warm night towards the Dardanelles and Gallipoli where, in the sad-all-over year of 1915, under the leadership of Winston Churchill, …….. 

A view of the temples at Kusadasi, on Turkey's Aegean coast
Rocks of ages: Temples at Kusadasi, on Turkey’s Aegean coast, were among the highlights of the Alexander the Great cruise
Some new ocean liners resemble blocks of flats and carry as many as 6,000 passengers, but Minerva looks like a ship and has room for about 320. Although ‘retro’ in design, the 12,500 tonnes, 435ft-long vessel was built in 1997 and has ultra-modern propulsion and navigational systems. 
There are six passenger decks, two restaurants, a cinema, the shipwide Darwin Lounge on Main Deck used for classical concerts and lectures, a gym, shops, beauty salon, good library with internet access and all the usual conveniences, including a small pool, card room and smoking room. 
My cabin had a large window rather than a port hole, twin beds, a shower, wash basin and loo  –  cosy rather than ……

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Demetrios Georgalas (A Surviving Globalization Consultant) was born in 1961 in Bern and grew up in Athens. In1985, graduated from Surrey University with a Tourism Management BSc (Hons). In 1998, graduated from LMTB under Freie Universitat Berlin, with a Diploma Lasers in Medicine. His professional career was started in the private sector and at the same time he created his first consulting company D+G Consultants Inc. Worked for major multinationals in Greece and abroad (FMCGs / Pharmaceuticals / Tourism). Demetrios Georgalas, having established also Travelling 2 Greece a destination management company, while with the D+G Consultants working in the areas of BTL and special marketing projects. He is activated except from Greece in the Balkans and in Turkey, consulting his clientele with new innovative proposals. Apart from his enterprising activities, he dabbles at blogging, travelling and cooking while he is married and has two children. In conclusion Demetrios Georgalas is an Athenian, Greek, Agnostic, Traveller, & Liberal he likes sci-fi, photography, blogging, travelling and cooking and if you like fascism or any kind of dogma, keep out! Δημήτρης Κ. Γεωργαλάς Γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1961, σπούδασε Τουριστική Διαχείριση στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και κατέχει μεταπτυχιακό τίτλο στην Βιοτεχνολογία. Έχει εργαστεί σε μεγάλα τουριστικά γραφεία του εσωτερικού, και σε πολυεθνικές σε Ελλάδα και Εξωτερικό, στο χώρο των φαρμάκων, των ιατρικών μηχανημάτων και των FMCG’s. Από το 2001 είναι ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας, με δραστηριότητα στην διαχείριση προορισμού, τον θεματικό τουρισμό και τις ειδικές ενέργειες marketing. Είναι παντρεμένος και πατέρας δυο παιδιών, διδάσκει ειδικά θέματα εξωτερικού εμπορίου και κοινωνικής δικτύωσης, σε επιχειρήσεις και οργανισμούς. Ασχολείται ενεργά με το διαδίκτυο από το 1993 με άμεση εμπλοκή στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα και στο «ιστολογείν». Φανατικός ταξιδευτής, ερασιτέχνης φωτογράφος, μαχόμενος αγνωστικός και φιλελεύθερος. Όραμά του μια Ευρωπαϊκή Ελλάδα.
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