I booked this cruise as a present for my husband's 65th birthday & retirement. To be honest it has never appealed to me, but my husband has always wanted to go on one. I absolutely loved it. We had booked an outside balcony stateroom, but was given a free upgrade to a mini-stateroom which was lovely, very roomy with loads of cupboard space. The bathroom, which included a bath was of ample size. The bed was especially comfy as were the pillows. As first time cruisers we didn't really know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised.
This was a 12 day cruise from Athens, via Patmos & Kusadasi, Turkey to the Holy Land. We booked two shore trips, one to Jerusalem, the other to Bethlehem, & Nazareth. Both trips were really full days visiting some wonderful historic sites. The price included a delicious buffet lunch with wine in a Kibbutz on both days.On returning to the ship we were met by staff with trays of cold drinks & cold face flannels with which to refresh ourselves, a very nice touch I thought, this was all before we embarked.
The food in the Club restaurant was very nice, & the service impeccable. We preferred to eat in the Panorama Buffet restaurant,where you could eat when you wanted not timed as the Club was. The food in the Panorama was plentiful, fresh & very nicely presented. As the passengers aboard were from numerous countries, there was something to please all tastes.There were never queues for tables or food, maybe because this ship is of a smaller size with just over 680 passengers. Small but perfectly formed!!
The entertainment was mainly in the cabaret lounge, resident singers & dancers young & energetic. When we were docked in Egypt we had local dancers, including an authentic belly dancer, & a young male dancer who was absolutely amazing.
The pool, which isn't huge, had plenty of sunbeds to relax on & even on sea days was never really crowded. There was also two hot tubs in which to unwind.
All too soon our holiday came to an end, & like everything else during the cruise the disembarkation went like clockwork. This may have been our first taste of cruising but it certainly won't be the last.