We sailed on a New Years Cruise 2007, Eastern Mediterranean. The Itinerary was: Rome (Civitavecchia) Savona (Genova) Sea Day Olympia (Greece) Athens (Greece) Rhodes (Greece) Limasol (Cyprus) Alexandria (Cairo, Egypt) Sea Day Sea Day Rome
The Ship This was our fourth cruise. We have cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess & NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines. We booked a Cabin with a balcony (6th deck). It was clean and the layout good (no tub). 110v or 220v for the electricity and the TV had 15 channels with two in English (BBC & Fox News). The cabin is comparable to the other cruise lines we've been on. Didn't find it noisy and the balcony was private and nice. Lever door to the outside vs sliding door.
All announcements were in several languages including English. The layout of the ship and the decor is about a 3 out of 5.
We had first sitting for dinner (6:30). Service from the staff in the dining room was not the best, but, it did get better over the cruise. The service at lunch was very slow. We finally opted for the buffet each day.
There are not the multiple dancing opportunities in venues throughout the ship. The Berlino Lounge is about it.
The Casino was smaller than other ships we had been on. The staff were very friendly. Children were everywhere in the casino. Pre-teens, teenagers and infants were using the slot machines.
Smoking is allowed in most areas so it was very smokey if your a non-smoker.
Our teenager met some friends at the arcade but beside the arcade & pingpong he found not much activity for him.
The ships pools have a roof for that time of year. They were busy but the adult pool also had children and infants.
The cruise itinerary was great. Savona,Italy we took the tour to Genova. Great views of the Italian Rivera along the way. We had some time to walk around Genova and it was great. We had lunch at a little Italian Restaurant and the food was amazing. Then, back to the ship. Take the tour since they are only 4-5 hrs and you are in Savona from 8am-6pm.
The stop in Olympia Greece was just OK. The original Olympic site was a little disappointing. Not much to see.
Athens was better. The Acropolis is worth seeing as well as the city itself.
Rhodes Greece is worth walking around the old town. The town is surrounded by an old medieval stone wall. It is a quaint town with lots to see and some shops.
Limasol Cyprus was just OK. In all fairness we were there on New Years Day and almost everything was closed. The town is clean and as a tourist you can find some things to do and items to buy.
Alexandria Egypt. Take the tour to Cairo. They are long tours for Egypt because Cairo is a 3-3.5 hr bus ride from Alexandria. You wont be disappointed. The Giza Pyramids & Sphinx are surreal and you can take a camel caravan in the desert. Some people opted for the Nile Cruise which was OK if traffic in Cairo allows you to get there on time. There is security guarding the tour buses along the way so don't be surprised. Camels are fun. Important thing is to lean back when you get on and off the camel (or you will find the sand).
We had two sea days after Cairo (which allowed us to relax). The stop at Rome is at Civitavecchia. It is on the sea about an 55 minute ride to the airport or about a 1.5 hr ride to Rome.
Rome has some good site and it is good to stay for an extra couple of days to see them.
All in all the Cruise was good. WE didn't expect Royal Caribbean or Princess or even NCL. The itinerary made the trip.
Canadian Holiday Guy