We cruised on May 2nd, 2012, Mediterranean Tapestry, arriving a day early and stayed at Ledra Marriott for the night. It was a pleasant day altogether to relax, enjoy Athens a bit before embarking on our wonderful journey the next day. Staff at the airport and hotel were very efficient, competent and friendly. We had transfer service to the ship, however, were given the option of having our luggage transferred, with us checking in at a later time, thus giving us more time to wander around Athens. This was a splendid service that was greatly appreciated. We utilized the Hop-on Hop-off bus to visit the various sites in Athens, before hopping off at the cruise terminal. Check in was superb, since we arrived at 3:30 p.m., with no line up. This was the beginning of a host of "no line ups" on this cruise. It took us maybe 10 minutes and we're on our way to our cabin.
Marina is very beautiful, elegant and sparkling clean. Our cabin, situated mid ship, was very quiet and stable, we did not feel any swaying at all. The bathroom is very spacious, using granite flooring instead of plastic bathroom flooring which made for a very elegant feel. The bed and pillows were very comfortable, and linens luxurious. Balcony spacious, more than enough room to move around even with two big armchairs and a table. The only negative comment I have with our cabin was the alarm clock, which needed to be replaced three times before we got one that worked. Another observation, laminated trimming from the desk kept falling off, not once, but three times. I inserted the piece of wood back on the first time, then put it in plain view so the cabin attendant can glue it back on the second time, and when it came off again, I gave up. Strange to have fixtures falling apart for such a brand new ship.
Public areas were nicely decorated, subtle and elegant. Public areas, including the restaurants gave me the impression that we were sailing half capacity, but when I enquired further, we were only short 100 to full capacity. Never did we have to wait for a table, either dinner, lunch nor breakfast. Tables were plentiful, there were never any line ups, be it for food, or disembarkation. Seating for the shows were also plentiful.
Food was a little bit disappointing, compared to Insignia. For some reason, some of the food items were sometimes bland, or arrived luke warm. However, it was not so bad that we need to send it back. We enjoyed the meals at Terrace Cafe because it provided us with a wider selection of entrees, desserts etc. Service in all restaurants were impeccable. However, I do agree with another member's review in that the restaurant reservation staff member could have been a little more welcoming in her interaction with guests. Recognized a few faces from Insignia, which was very nice.Entertainment was superb - we only made it to the ship's own production, and all the lead singers on this cruise were very strong singers, can hold their own, and did a very good job in their rendition of the songs. Wish we could have seen the other shows, however, our time in port was so hectic, we're just plain tired.
Ports of call were fabulous, and the process of disembarkation very smooth. Even on ports that needed tender was done so well, there never was any wait time. Well done.
Amalfi/Positano port was very beautiful. Enjoyed looking at the ripening lemons, so huge it was unbelievable!! Our first stop was a visit to Ravello, super beautiful village with lots of ceramic shops. A very nice walk along the mountainside (again, not for the mobility impaired). Then, a quick drive to Pompeii for a one hour visit (not enough). For lunch, we stopped at Positano and the the view from our restaurant, Da Constantino, was so breathtaking, I thought I was looking at a calendar!! Food was very good as well.
Ephesus, Turkey - a very worthwhile port of call. Enjoyed the tour with Ephesus Shuttle, visiting Private Ephesus - a must see, Artemission Temple, The house of the Virgin Mary, St. John's Basilica and Sirince Village, with lunch included.
All in all, it was a very pleasant cruise. Can't wait to return.