Sailing from Byzantium this time. South through the Sea of Marmara, the Hellespont, the Aegean Sea. And here, from our stateroom’s porthole, the view upon leaving Bodrum, Turkey -- the ancient city of Halicarnassus. It was so easy and deeply relaxing to sleep onboard ship. Such silence save for the gentle murmurs of the sea. The comfort of knowing that when you woke up you’d be in yet another fabled port. No luggage to carry, no hotel room to locate. I think back about the years I avoided going on a cruise, harboring fears about the other people, the protocol, etc. Now? I can hardly wait to go on the next one.