We have just returned from a wonderful cruise and have the obligatory air con cold to prove it. We booked an internal room as we have found as its so dark this is the best sleep we ever get. We never sleep in long at home. We took the tip of another reviewer and brought a tiny torch so we could find the loo in the night. Great Tip. We felt no vibration and at times forgot we were at sea. Only port we were disappointed in was Messini - very graffiti ridden and dirty so came back quite fast. At kusadissi we went to Ephesus as we had booked our own private trip before we left from England through www.ephesusshuttle.com Two of us in a minibus and Ali our guide was great, (even managed to find me a toilet away from all the crowds)
The Centrum was lovely and the music was great. The shows at the centrum were brilliant. Simeon Baker and Erky are brilliant Ringmasters. Boogie Night, Parade of Flags etc etc brilliant fun!! Disco on top deck brilliant, even though a tad cold as it was November, we soon warmed up by dancing. However on previous ships usually the dancers take part and dance with the guests The in house dancers and singers had two big nights in our 11 nights. Never saw them in between. Dancers wearing laddered tights on the final night wasn't a good look either! The guest entertainers especially Geronwy Thom were excellent!
SPECIAL AWARDS to Hott Stands on top deck playing in coats hoods and gloves!!
Our Cabin Attendant was excellent always there. Our toilet blocked 3 times and he attended to it instantly. We liked the cards you placed in the key inlet to indicate DO NOT DISTURB or Make Up Room.
The Aquarius Dining Staff were excellent and staff remembered your favourite foods or allergies. The food was wonderful.
At night time we used to go the Smoking Area on top deck (as non smokers a horrible area anyway) to get our coffee walk across the top deck and into the Solarium Bar for our snack. The hot coffee and tea should be next to the food. And yes the coffee is vile but I need the caffeine!
We did have a soda package and when we were in the Enchanted Evening area we were forgotten three consecutive times by the same Waiter on consecutive nights. You could see his face drop when we ordered a diet pepsi or coke.
Thomson in the Champagne bar was completely the opposite and a joy to chat to him and sit in his Bar, our drinks at the ready before we crossed the room.
Our Â£100 on board credit was not forthcoming. We asked three times at Reception and was told the computers were not working. Warley from Reception on the fourth day took charge and sent 8 emails to the UK and it was finally sorted on our 11th night on disembarkation morning.
Normally Muster day is a bind carrying lifebelts and this was a greater controlled and pleasanter experience as per the new Safety regs you don't have to wear them on the Muster practise. At Captains Corner a lady asked why didn't we have to practice wearing our lifebelts, my thought was I never practise on a plane so why should I practice on a ship?
The Crew and staff were wonderful and helpful and smiley all the time.
Its a shame some guests couldn't be the same.
I actually heard one woman complain she had to wash her hands before eating!
Another woman complained that the dining ought to be structured according to class (hints of Titanic there) LOLS
We noticed queuing was a novelty at times for some people but the rest of us sorted them out and the staff didn't let people jump ahead of the line either!!
We took part in the Quizzes and as only 20 per cent of the guests were American we gave up at times as the songs were and the answers were American orientated. Who wants to be a Celebrityaironnaire 100 top answers as favourite car was a Chevrolet?? Erky and Simeon excellent quizmasters.
Simeon Baker and Erky on Channel 14 are hilarious their rapport is wonderful.
And we braved the wall!! The two guys were excellent!
A great cruise a great time and we are now dieting madly