Minerva Cruise Review by Seacooky: Swan Hellenic Spring Celebration Cruise
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Swan Hellenic Spring Celebration Cruise
Air booked by Swan=Excellent:Phx-Istanbul--Rome-Phx & transfers to/from Minerva.
Speakers=Excellent.Itinerary=Excellent.Staff=Excellent.Library=Excellent. Entertainment=Passable.Public Rooms=Excellent.Pool=Passable,not heated.
Stateroom-A70-inside behind Reception.Very noisy,constant heavy vibration.Felt like we were clacking on an old train track the entire time.Cleanness-Excellent.Size-Passable.Storage-Passable. Closet-not enough hanging space for two. Bed-Comfortable. ClimateControl-None.There's a Ceiling vent you open or close. Lighting-Passable. Bathroom-tiny but Passable.
FOOD=Passable.Not high quality & very bland, usually barely warm.The same food served on veranda as dinning room. Food availability limited to dinning hours only-Breakfast & dinner 7-9,lunch 12-2,tea 4-5. Limited flexibility w/ menu foods. Coffee & hot water machine in veranda available 24/7.There should at least be crackers available 24/7:There's no vending machine & More very limited items in ships store with very limited hours.If you require food, plan to keep some in your room.
We probably will not sail Minerva again until/unless major repairs are done on this ship or they use another.Many passengers complained about the constant vibration & occasional loud "booming" noise coming from under ship which was observed in all areas of ship,not just rear lower decks where it was the worst. Passengers discussing the problem said they think there's a definite problem with the ship's propulsion. The seas were very calm;but Minerva struggled to sail on them.
Having sailed over 50 cruises,some in storm-like conditions,I've never been concerned about the integrity of a ship;but,I definitely was very concerned about this one. Less
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Cabin review: Minerva 2 Bed Inside Atlantic Deck A70
Needs Improvement: Stateroom-A70-inside behind Reception.Very noisy,constant heavy vibration.Felt like we were clacking on an old train track the entire time.Cleanness-Excellent. Size-Passable.Storage-Passable.Closet-not enough hanging space for two.Bed-Comfortable. ClimateControl-None.There's a Ceiling vent you open or close.Lighting-Passable.Bathroom-tiny but Passable. Room for suitcases under bed.I left mine on the sofa due to lack of hanging/storage space.