Great value option for family who like to visit new places
Our seven and four year old children loved this holiday. We really enjoy travelling as a family. This provided us with an affordable tour of the ancient world - including Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Temple of Artemis - one of the ancient wonders of the world - Istanbul, and Malta's Valetta - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All our food and entertainment was included. We were even able to pack snacks and fill our water bottles before exploring off ship. Staff all work really hard - we were very impressed that the staff knew the childrens names by day two. The children loved the restaurant staff and housekeeping staff. On days aboard the ship we enjoyed activities such as napkin folding, pizza making and the dance classes. I packed wet suits for the kids so that even if the pool was a little cool - they could swim. These came in very handy! We had researched the ports - which made it cheaper for us as a fmialy of four to visit the incredible sites. Ephesus Tours - which we booked on line - gave us a great day out - the tour guide was passionate about the history and geography of Turkey - which we really enjoyed. We had worried about taking our four year old to Ephesus - but he thoroughly enjoyed climbing over the ancient ruins - amazing. We took the train into Rome ourselves - getting off at Termini for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The train station is five mins walk from Pireaus and you can literally get off at the stop for the Parthenon - THissio - this lets you walk up the beautiful Plaka area of Athens to the Parthenon - which was stunning.
We got to stop in Istanbul which was incredible - people very friendly. Five minutes from the port you can catch a tram - head to Sultanamet - and get off at the Blue Mosque and Haggai Sophia - stunning. There is a lovely park area between these two world class buildings - local vendors sell fresh toffee which our children enjoyed. We ate in a great nomad style restaurant - local ladies are baking bread in the window - great family experience - the children got to put on traditional clothes - food good too. Last stop Valetta - again fifteen minutes off the ship takes you into the city main square. Great shopping town - best value on trip. Visit the St John's Co-Cathedral to view some of Caravaggio's best works.
WE didn't eat in any of the restaurants on the ship that had a surcharge - we simply felt that we had enough choice in the 5/6 restaurants including. Quality was really good - our children ate off the adult menus at dinner too.
Staff were really friendly and really good with the children
Our room was small - but that was because we were on a budget - so we had an inside cabin. But the housekeeping staff took the fourth bed away every morning to give us extra space. Room kept immaculate - as was the rest of the ship.
A great value holiday for us during the Easter break. Not too hot for the children to tour. We would cruise with the children again. They loved it!