VERY DISAPPOINTED :
No tables for two at the restaurants, always seating at tables of 6 - unacceptable! We went for the first night and that was ENOUGH! We ate at the cafeteria for the rest of the trip - ALL MEALS! Food was average at best... Water, softdrinks and coffee were all charged EXTRA and at a VERY HIGH PRICE ! To be exact ; at TWICE the price of the most expensive restaurants on their terrasses in the towns where we got off - TWICE AT LEAST ! That is unreasonable and unacceptable. If their prices had been on par with others, we would have consumed a lot more but out of principal we did not! Bottled water, 1 liter free per day per cabin is far from enough. Water should not be charged; this is an essential thing that IS ALWAYS FREE on any closed resort. If they are concerned with people abusing and leaving half emptied bottles lying everywhere, all they have to do is write the cabin # on all bottles given out and then require an empty bottle with the correct cabin # in order to give out a new one.
Ports we stopped at :
Ancona = 3/10
Corfu = 3/10
Santorini = 10/10
Athens = 7/10
Argostoli = 5/10
Kotor = 10/10
We felt like we were wasting our time at most places (see ratings)
Cruise crew :
cafeteria = 8/10
house keeping = 10/10
reception/front desk = 8/10
***all crew members that WERE NOT Italian were amazing - great service, plenty of smiles. Italian members of the crew were typical; worse at best! Italians simply don't give a crap about tourists and will always be rude and unhelpful as possible if you are non-italian speaking.
Ship / cabins = 10/10 very clean
soundproofing = 2/10 ***we could hear our neighbors VERY WELL through the walls
Boarding / disembarking
on a daily basis = 9/10
at beginning/end of trip = 1/10
***had to leave our cabin before 7am but could not leave ship until 10h30 - waste of 1/2 day!
Too many noisy kids aboard this ship!
We will NEVER book another cruise if they intend to keep our passports! They took these away from us and we did not feel safe at all when we got off at the different ports. This simply does not make sense and is probably illegal...They could have kept a colour photocopy on file to supposedly show to port authorities. By the way, our passports were not even stamped by ANY port officials...so we think they kept them to make sure we did not get off at any port along the way.
We travel 6-8 weeks per year and have been to many places over the last 6 years but this was at the bottom of our list of trips and by a large margin. Overall the boat crew was great, the ship was nice but we definitely don't plan to take another cruise. There are too many things that are simply unacceptable at these prices. We kind of feel like we wasted a week. The time wasted is much worse than the money wasted. If all cruises are like this one...well cruises are not for us!