My husband, myself took our three granchildren on a cruise in June to give them a new experience. They are one of 13 and twins of 15 all girls. We hoped there would be something for us all to enjoy.
On arrival to Venice from Heathrow a rep was there waiting and without any trouble boarded a coach to take us to the port where the ship was waiting. The embarkation went very smoothly. We had cabins opposite one another 6032 and 6031 great cabins in a nice quiet part of the ship we were never disturbed. Our attendant was brilliant and kept the cabins immaculate. We liked the idea of the Windjammer eating informally although every night we all dressed up anyway. Several nights we also ate in the King and I, we had paid our gratuities beforehand which enabled us to eat at any time, but you still need to book each night before if you want to get a certain time, as it is always full.
Food was varied and plentiful, lots of choices all day long. I had chosen the soda packages for the girls and the husband and these really were not need as there is free lemonade, tea, coffee, water all day long. I also ordered a water package which once again you do not need. I did not order a wine package for myself, but had a glass of wine when I wanted one... tip ask for the one on special offer each night as it is half the price!
There was something to see every night in the theatre, some good, some not so good. The swimming pools are fairly small so did not have a chance to swim. Plenty of sunbeds although close to one another.
The best thing of the trip was going to sleep and waking up in a new place. We did not take any of the tours on offer as most were much cheaper if you did them yourself. It would have cost 50 US to take us into Corfu by ship coach when the local bus is there and cost us 7euros! we walked back just a ten minute walk. Mykonos get off the ship and walk to the right through the shops you then come to a nice beach where we sunbathed and a drink at the cafe there. Because Dubrovnik old town was far from the port we did take the bus and knew then what time we had to spare without any hassle getting back. Athens we took a taxi to the train then to the train to the Colliseum which was easy.
On Disembarkation, come out and wheel your suitcases where you will find water taxis if you do not want to use the shuttle bus back to the airport. Instead of waiting there for three hours, we took a guided trip from a water taxi around Venice (he even stopped while we got postcards) then took us all the way to the airport, where once you get off the taxi is a 10 minute walk to the terminal.
It was a lovely trip, ate far too much but thoroughly enjoyed it all, a great experience for us all.