Pearls of the Agean
We have a done a Thomson cruise before but have also done RC & MSC (which have far more spectacular decor & shows) & Ocean Village, so I wasn't sure what I was going to think. I just had my fingers crossed for smooth seas. Free wi-fi in Corfu port & Athens port terminals.
But run down was:
Day1: flight to Corfu on time from Manchester and check in really well organised and quick, getting through the airport in Corfu took seconds! Bags off quickly, transition onto ship easy. We actually left a bag at the airport which they recovered for us & delivered to our cabin. Cabin was an inside with a double be but the room was too small for the bed and we had to clamber over the end of the bed to get to the loo, so if you have immobility problems don't go for that option! The bed was really comfy though as were the pillows.
We requested midship cabin but got a stern one on deck 4 but no noise or turbulence so we were happy. We didn't get on ship til 8pm so ate in the self-service out on deck 10. I was surprised how small the buffet bar was But the food was lovely.
DRINKS PACKAGE: offered on board - 35 pints of lager for £102 (just under £3 per pint). As we both drink beer we purchased one of these between us. This was better than the pre package offer as you both have to take them hwereas this one only needed one of us. The pints were full pints and in proper pint glasses.
Day2: At sea - Breakfast very good. Weather sun & blue skies. Half hour theatre production was an excellent british farce & very well acted. Evening show - very good singers & dancers.
Day3: Crete - we docked actually in Aghios Nik. There was a little road train outside the port for 9 euro but not really worth it as we walked most of it later and the guide spoke terrible English & couldn't understand a word he said! Evening entertainment after the resident duo, was Maurice Grumbleweed, a great cabaret act, very funny and good singer.
Day4: SANTORINI - Tender to port. Cable car 4 euro each way, donkeys 5 euro each way or you can walk but it stinks of donkey poo! Also you pass very close to rear of tethered donkeys (about a foot away). Coffees in streets 4-6 euro but on dock by tenders only 3-4 euro.
DAY5: Kusadasi - Dolman bus to Ladies Beach around 8 min journey 2 turkish lira each way. Get bus from Kusadasi shopping place. Lovely beach. Saw taxis advertising Ephesus for 60 euro.
Day6: ATHENS - if you dock at terminal B (Themistocles) there is a train around Athens town just outside port terminal for 5 euro each which was worth it and a little history given out over loudspeakers & you could hop on and off.
Day7 - should have been a stop but weather too bad and couldn't get in harbour. We travelled on to Corfu.
Day8: had all day until 5pm to explore Corfu. Buses just outside terminal near taxis for 1 or 2 euro will take you to old town or you could walk. Free bus from boat to terminal.
The staff on the ship were lovely & friendly. They did a talent show one night and were excellent. The resident singers were excellent. Typical, last day we sat & had a beer at pool bar whilst waiting for diembarkation and was entertained by 'Junior', one of the bartenders who was very entertaining & good magician - wish we'd found it earlier. Also, TJ? alias Jimmy, bartender at other pool bar a very funny guy. The only gripe my husband had was that the food was just warm at times - he likes it hot. We had good weather except for the morning in Athens when it rained and the next day it was sunny but blowing a force 8/9 but the ship rode it really well.