This was our first cruise and we loved every second of it. The ship, the food, and most of all the friendliness of the staff could not be faulted.
We spent 3 days in Civitivecchia awaiting our ship and stayed in the San Giorgio hotel right on the sea front which was excelent for our needs.
We arrived at the embarkation area around 11.00 am and shortly after some administrative paper work we were soon on board exploring the ship.
We took the premium drinks package and although it was good to be able to order our drinks without worrying about costs it was a shame that my wife could not choose her wine as she had to have the house wine by the glass, luckily it was to her liking, although it did mean she could not try other types.
Our two 14 year old children loved the teenagers club and after the first night of eating with us in the main diding room they decided to eat with all their new friends in the Windjammer and choose from the endless buffet choices. After that we hardly saw them unless we were all together on an excursion or late evening in our cabins - my wife and I never thought that the children would find so much confidence and independance in such a short time, the kids can't wait for the next cruise.
Great port, basically step off the ship walk the 50 metres through passport control and you are right in the centre of the bustling bazarr town of Kusadasi