Ancient Splendors - Absolutely Amazing!!: Prinsendam Cruise Review by falcon10156
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Ancient Splendors - Absolutely Amazing!!
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The food was absolutely amazing. Due to the itinerary of this trip, I could not eat some meals in the dining room as I had early sitting. We had a table of 8 fixed early and our table companions were fabulous. We got along great. All different ages and from Canada, East Coast US, West Coast US and the Southern US. We would be still sitting there when they were getting ready for the next sitting.
Now the food - the menu was quite extensive with something different every night of the 14 day cruise. They also had some items the same for those that were not as daring to try different types of food. The cold soups were the best I have ever tasted anywhere.
Due to the itinerary, we only ate breakfast in the dining room twice and the lido a couple of times. Most times we ordered room service for breakfast so we could be getting ready. The room service came on-time every day except one and the food was great.
I did not try the Pinnacle Grill as More the other food choices were substantial. The chocolate chip cookies are to die for!!!!!
Our cabin was an SS cabin and was an upgrade. It was fabulous. We had a two section bathroom (toilet and sink in one section & bathtub and sink in the other section). This was great. We had a nice walk-in closet. Beds were very comfortable. Fresh fruit delivered daily (per our request at no
The shows were typical Vegas type shows but were well done. The crew show was well worth watching. Some very talented people here. The cruise director and DJ worked at keeping everyone involved.
SPA & FITNESS:
I did not use the pool or gym as I found there was little time. I did have a massage on my last of 4 back to back long shore days and it was great.
"Elegant Explorer" Prinsendam was great. The size off the ship meant you met many people and it was great. As I am in my early 40's, I did find that most of the people on the ship were older but I still had a great time and would travel on the Prinsendam again. Less
Cabin review: SS47 Signature Suite with Verandah
Great room as it was an upgrade. Great balcony! Separate toilet (with sink) and then bathtub/sink in attached area. The bathtub is quite high so if you have mobility issues it might be something to consider although there are grip bars. Large walk - in closet. Room was across from the laundry which was handy to do our own laundry. Only downside was that it was right below the Lido deck and several times we could hear the chairs moving around on the Lido deck above us. It did stop usually prior to us sleeping but started very early in the morning.Read All Signature Suite with Verandah (SS) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Sakkara (or Saqqara) was interesting as the step pyramid was unique.
We were asked if we wanted to go in the pyramid which was an additional cost. It is very claustrophobic. You bend down and walk inside heading down then small area to stand up quickly and you bend down again to walk up to the inner chamber. In the inner chamber there is nothing but a guard and and external coffin where the sarcophagus would have been. You can not take your camera and really nothing to see - but if you want to see the inside of a pyramid then pay the $2 or so to see it. It may not be open forever.
Our guide also told us that he had someone set up for camel rides and pictures at the pyramids. We paid $1.00 for a picture and $3. for a ride. Use someone that the guide recommends or that is prearranged with them. Some travellers ended up being told it would be $2 - $4 but when they got on the camels were advised they would have to pay more to get off and had too.
The food was very good at the hotel.
Tour was great and our guide was available for questions on the way back however most of us were too exhausted and slept.
Our guide was very good. He was actually from New York City and had since moved to a moshav in Israel. He was extremely informative on the way from Ashdod to Jerusalem. He explained the difference from a Kibbutz to a Moshav. He was now only knowledgeable in the Jewish faith and beliefs but Christianity and Islam (as it ties to the religious sites).
I learned a lot and it was a great day.
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