Aegina Island (pronounced Egg-ina) is 14 kilometres from Greece and is the first stop on SeaDream I’s 12-night itinerary.
After waking at 8.00am we head to breakfast in the outside Topside Restaurant on Deck 5, looking over Aegina on a warm & sunny day. There’s a selection of fresh breads and bagels, European meats, cheeses, olives and the like, a mix of exotic fruits, and bircher muesli, yoghurt and nuts.
Then you order your main breakfast from the a la carte menu – I choose poached eggs on a dark, multi-grain bread with hash browns and roasted tomatoes, plus a pot of hot tea (which is thankfully served just so).
We hop on a tender boat for a five-minute trip to Aegina port. The water here is crystal clear, and we look in the many boutiques set back from the street, eat gelato, have fresh fish and shrimp for lunch at the fish market, and also rent some umbrellas on the beach for a swim.
Perhaps the highlight of Aegina is the breathtaking Temple of Aphaia – located at the top of a slope, a 20-minute taxi ride away. It’s older than Athens’ Parthenon and is one of the country’s most complete ancient structures. The view is incredible and well worth the journey.