Seabourn Odyssey Cruise Review by rocketscientist1966: Spectacular first-time cruise: 7 days Venice to Athens!
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Spectacular first-time cruise: 7 days Venice to Athens!
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
My wife and I could not have been happier with our first-time cruising experience. We "maxed out" our waking hours: 7 fascinating shore excursions, meals in all 4 restaurants (including the exquisite "Restaurant 2" with its celebrity chef tasting menu), room service on our cabin's veranda for several breakfasts and 3 times for caviar & champagne in the afternoon, entertainment every night (musical reviews, amazing magician, clever/funny pianist/comedian), dancing every night past midnight, but only visit to the pool (no time!)....
The staff was excellent in all respects, always attentive but not overbearing & genuinely friendly. Comparable to our experience at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman.
All arrangements were remarkably efficient: no waiting at any time; no more than 20 people on each day's luxury touring bus; tour guides who were engaging and informative with interesting side-stories.... We saw and learned a LOT!
Fellow passengers were very More diverse in their backgrounds and generally easy to chat with.
Easy arrangements at ports of embarkation (water taxi in Venice after 3 days @ Ca' Sagredo Hotel on the Grand Canal) and disembarkation (touring bus in Athens from the port to the Acropolis followed by a drop-off for one night @ King George Palace Hotel). Less
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Cabin review: Ver614
Our cabin was exquisite: 300 square feet plus a 65-square-foot, port-side veranda/balcony with a table, two chairs, and a chaise lounge. We greatly enjoyed several room service breakfasts on the veranda and three afternoons with caviar and champagne outdoors. Wonderful! Everything in the cabin was modern and tasteful in its design and details. The bathroom was mostly marble with both an ample shower and a large bathtub. The queen-sized bed was excellent. All five suitcases fit under the bed when emptied, and the walk-in closet plus numerous drawers were more than sufficient for all the clothes that we over-packed (never again!). The room was quite with negligible hall noise, far forward on the ship. The cabin was cleaned twice/day or upon request; the room maid was charming and extremely helpful. We were both surprised at the excellence of our cabin.
Port and Shore Excursions
Your first stop was the new Acropolis Museum that opened to the public on 21 June 2009. This beautiful new archaeological museum is dedicated to housing artifacts discovered from the Acropolis of Athens. It has nearly 4,000 artifacts being exhibited in 14,000 square meters, covering the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece periods. Our tour guide did an outstanding job of taking us quickly thru the museum's highlights and setting the stage for the Acropolis.
After the visit to the museum we enjoyed a somewhat steep, we walk in a drizzling rain on the pedestrian street to the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. We climbed its smooth marble steps as visitors have for centuries. History opened before us as we reached one of the masterpieces of classical architecture, the Propylaea, which serves as the entrance to the complex. We saw the Temple of Athena Nike, or Wingless Victory, and the Erechtheum with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. We stood in awe of what is considered to be the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world, the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess. Looking down from the Acropolis, we saw the two ancient theaters in its shadow: the Greek theater of Dionysus where the masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes debuted to delighted audiences, and the grand Roman theater of Herod Atticus, restored and used for concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival.
After a delay caused by protesters at the Parliament building, we walked to the King George Palace Hotel, where our bus arrived with our luggage. The hotel and accommodations were magnificent. We had dinner on the 4th floor terrace of Kuzina, watching the lights of the Acropolis turn on in phases - magical! We then walked back to the hotel and left for the US the next morning after a splendid buffet breakfast on the 7th floor, also directly facing the Acropolis!
Delos (UNESCO Site) was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis - children of Zeus and Leto. The sacred island is uninhabited now, but its first settlements date to the 3rd millennium BC. The ruins on Delos are numerous and important to Greek history - the Sanctuary of Apollo complex, the area of the Sacred Lake (which dried up in 1926), the Terrace of Lions, the sanctuaries on Cynthus, the theater district, and the commercial harbor district. Absolutely fascinating!
After 3 hours we took the ferry back to Mykonos, returned to the Odyssey for lunch at the rail in the ship's open fantail restaurant (the Collonade) facing beautiful Mykonos in the afternoon sunshine, then went back to Mykonos for delightful sightseeing and window shopping.
The streets are narrow and they truly gave a feel of how life might have been in medieval days. We visited the main attraction in Trogir - the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. This 13th century building is probably the finest example of ancient architecture in Croatia.
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