38 Athens (Piraeus) First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

We were on the same cruise as an earlier negative reviewer; had a totally different experience! We had a verandah cabin, which had great storage ( we didn't even use it all) and utilized the desk and mirror area as a secondary makeup ... Read More
We were on the same cruise as an earlier negative reviewer; had a totally different experience! We had a verandah cabin, which had great storage ( we didn't even use it all) and utilized the desk and mirror area as a secondary makeup area. The food and drinks were awesome....the daily wines were pretty good as a whole and the staff was great about bringing us a previous wine if we did not like the current selection. We never got pushback on that in any restaurant or bar on the ship. As to the food; we had absolutely wonderful meals and had no problems getting reservations in Prime C or Aqualina. From the filet in Prime C to the Dover Sole in Aqualina, we enjoyed it all.....especially the Dark Chocolate Creme Brûlée and soufflés! Even the food in Discoveries impressed us! Highlights of the cruise---having Eggs Benedict and fresh fruit on the balcony in the morning as we were arriving in the port; the DJ and late night dancing in the Living Room, sitting at the Sunset Bar having a cocktail as we were leaving the ports, but MOST OF ALL, the SERVICE!! Not having been on an Azamara cruise before (there were three of us; two had been on Seabourn and Holland America); we really didn't know what to expect. What we received was Ritz or Four Seasons type service; any request or question was answered with "Of course!" We were totally amazed!! The only negative was one of the land excursions; the On Your Own trip to Rome. DO NOT ever take the Yellow Bus tour in Rome; it was the worst experience all week!, everyone was complaining about it and that we never saw anything in Rome! Azamara needs to fire that tour company! Alternatively, the other tour we took to Pisa and Florence was great, with a very engaging and informative tour guide. Overall; very impressed with our first Azamara experience and hope to plan a second one soon! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The Riviera cruise (Oceania) was very satisfying on a number of levels, because of what they call ‘enrichment experiences’. On a culinary level, there is a choice between speciality restaurants serving some exceptional food (at no ... Read More
The Riviera cruise (Oceania) was very satisfying on a number of levels, because of what they call ‘enrichment experiences’. On a culinary level, there is a choice between speciality restaurants serving some exceptional food (at no extra cost) to the grand dining room that caters to the bulk of the passenger compliment. (The mass market) Service is attentive and exemplary but not the unobtrusive ‘British’ type of service that I prefer. Instead it is more of the false “how ya all doing, how was your day” introduction accompanied with an ear-to-ear smile. Dentistry on board, for the crew, must be of a high level??? On an emotional level it was satisfying. I know that I am over weight and am carrying 7 – 10 kg more than I should. The demographic on board makes me feel anorexic and there is no need to refuse that rich dessert. Yummy On a cultural level, there are all those ‘enrichment’ opportunities. An art school, a cooking school, educational guest speakers, karaoke (if that can be called enrichment), Trivia and a host of entertainment performances ranging from the exceptional to the ……. well let’s just say less than exceptional, with the opportunity of experiencing both giving the audience the opportunity of making their own judgement call.1 On a sight seeing level. Some tours started at 8:00 am and others as late as 12:00. This mix meant that on some days the alarm went off as the sun rose, and on other days one could enjoy a more relaxed morning. With all tours that we took, we were able to enjoy a scrumptious, not weigh limiting, afternoon tea. A custom that I could easily become accustomed to. No tour was full. (Very important) Busses were never more than about 50% full, by design. Some tours had multiple busses all only half full. This is important as the tour guides could talk to the group whilst out and about, without having to resort to having to use radio transmitters and earphones. This also reduces the risk of participants wandering off, causing delays for the rest of us. On an organisational level. ‘Herding’ over one thousand people can be an issue. At no time did I ever get that part of a herd impression. Boarding cruises as well as boarding the vessel initially, were all very well managed. On a financial level. They do not have a hand in your wallet at every turn. Most things are free with the exception of alcoholic drinks. (which are not cheap) Soft drinks, tea and scones, bottled water and entertainment are all available at no extra charge. On a relaxational level. My late mother had an expression ‘half baked’. Any person who came up with a dumb idea was ‘half baked’ Fortunately the ship provides ample opportunity for passenger to complete the baking process on sun loungers around the pool. Originating from colder northern hemisphere climes, perhaps they are not as much aware of the consequences as are passenger from Australasia. For those who prefer a more strenuous activity, there is a gym that I promised myself that I would visit frequently, but did not, as well as the usual deck games and golf putting. One afternoon, there was an on-selling promotional activity where guest were invited to listen to a presentation about future tours. One was ‘around the world in 180 days’ Six months of on-board life style would kill me! But a back to back cruise of perhaps 18 to 21 days? Well that is something to add to the bucket list. 1) During a song and dance routine, I had the impression that one of the dancers very nearly dropped another dancer. Not the way to ‘reject’ a lady’s advances in front of hundreds of on-lookers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We received this cruise as Christmas gift... my brother and me. We was afraid if the weather will be ok, because the previous week was too cold, but in Mediterranean was perfect... It was a luck that the ship embarked from Piraeus, ... Read More
We received this cruise as Christmas gift... my brother and me. We was afraid if the weather will be ok, because the previous week was too cold, but in Mediterranean was perfect... It was a luck that the ship embarked from Piraeus, was easy to access with airplane/taxi. Decent hotels was available very close to the port... a walk distance.. The cabin was decent, larger than expected. The personnel was very well trained, polite, helpful. The food was very good, a lot of entertainments- it was an origami club, Greek language lessons and many others.. The excursions was interesting, we learned a lot for the local culture and traditions. Compliments to the staff, and thank you for the amazing trip :) Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My partner Raman & I were on this ship (Celestyal Olympia) for a 3 Days Cruise, as part of our Globus tour 'Iconic Agean with 3 Night Cruise'. It was their first cruise of 2016 (March 11-14, 2016) & the weather was ... Read More
My partner Raman & I were on this ship (Celestyal Olympia) for a 3 Days Cruise, as part of our Globus tour 'Iconic Agean with 3 Night Cruise'. It was their first cruise of 2016 (March 11-14, 2016) & the weather was early spring, so guess the ship was less than half capacity, to our advantage. We had upgraded our indoor cabin on deck 3 (ic) to the balcony suite (sb) on deck 9 by paying a hefty sum, but it was worth every penny. We were in room 9003 (named after Vasco da Gama, who was coincidentally the first European to sail to India, the country where we stay). The highlight of the ship for us was our room comforts & its big balcony. It being a right side room, we had an ever greater advantage as the ports & scenic views are better seen from the right, so we could easily click a lot of nice pics. We knew at the outset itself that the time on the ship was short as we had 5 ports in 3 days, so we decided to make the best use of it. We also had the huge advantage of having our Globus tour guide, a warm lovely lady Christiana always with us on the ship & offshore. The theme of the cruise was the carnival theme, so it was well decorated with lots of related procedures. The onboard hospitality, housekeeping & the embarkation experiences were excellent, as was the hectic combination of the destinations of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion Crete & Santorini. We also had a bonus of seeing Samos island from close, as a group was dropped & picked up there. The ship was overall relatively smooth despite a strong winter breeze & turbulence on the last day. We disembarked earlier than scheduled at all ports, so got more time for our excursions. Thanks to our Globus guide, we did the best Celestyal cruise shore excursions viz. Ephesus through the ages (Kusadasi), St Johns monastery & the grotto (Patmos), Knossos tour (Crete) & the Oia village tour (Santorini). At Mykonos we preferred to do a lovely walk tour with our Globus guide. The weather was superb in general,a great combination of sunny, cloudy & breezy. Santorini was more grey than blue due to the weather, but we still enjoyed a lot. One recommendation. Our cruise cards got demagnetised many times & so we couldn't open our cabin, despite not keeping them close to our mobiles. The easy solution would be to give a cover in which the cards can be kept like in most hotels. Finally I'd recommend this cruise as the cheapest & fastest way to see the Greek islands briefly. An overall great cruise experience. Am posting many pictures here. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
It was our very first cruise experience and we are definitely impressed and the highlight of our Europe trip. Prior to our departure date, we read some of the reviews about Celestial Olympia which some were not favourable but we were ... Read More
It was our very first cruise experience and we are definitely impressed and the highlight of our Europe trip. Prior to our departure date, we read some of the reviews about Celestial Olympia which some were not favourable but we were pleasantly surprised because our experience in the ship has not dampened or spoiled our enthusiasm to go on a cruise again in future, in fact we could go for a repeat cruise with Celestyal Olympia anytime. All the staff were very friendly and hospitable, the entertainment was excellent- the Greek band, the dancers, the lovely Greek lady singer, we had the most enjoyable four nights, we were definitely entertained. Our cabin which was a last minute upgrade to executive cabin was reasonably priced, it was a very smooth sailing we had the best sleep! We also liked the food, drinks were unlimited, we learned Greek dance, salsa and cha cha, we had lots of fun to say the least. We certainly highly recommend it and will do it again in future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our first experience and we could not be more pleased! The ship was spectacular, the service was outstanding and the amenities were the top of the line. The food was more than expected, and we are from New Orleans, in fact it was very ... Read More
Our first experience and we could not be more pleased! The ship was spectacular, the service was outstanding and the amenities were the top of the line. The food was more than expected, and we are from New Orleans, in fact it was very hard to come home. The excursions were easy and well organised, the staff....from the deckhands to the officers, the service staff, were a real credit to this cruise line. I had a broken ankle (skydiving, blindfolded, from top of Empire State bldg, er.......) and we were very well cared for in every way, from transportation to pre and post stays. I will always recommend this line simply from the experience we had. I cannot wait to see the other ships in Oceana as the art on this ship was like living in a museum. The glass vases, the Lalique crystal EVERYWHERE , the fragrance of the ship, the crew....the restaurants. We did it all, from the Privee to the room service. I cried when we left. Am still teary. And I have NEVER written a review before. We stayed at magnificent hotel in Athens and stayed in a wonderful Hilton in Barcelona and Oceana and our travel agent were the best. Will be doing this forever. Thank you Oceania Cruise Lines and crew and staff of Rivera , for the life memories! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We were very disappointed with this cruise. The cabin was very shabby with holes filled in the walls but not painted over, carpet was stained and curtains were thread bare and would not close properly. In the bathroom the shower showed ... Read More
We were very disappointed with this cruise. The cabin was very shabby with holes filled in the walls but not painted over, carpet was stained and curtains were thread bare and would not close properly. In the bathroom the shower showed rust and the grout in the floor kept falling out. There was obviously some problem with the drainage system as the carpet in the passage was stained outside several cabins and there was a suction pump being used and also a blower operating to dry the carpet. The cabin staff were very friendly and did the best they could with what they had to work with. There was a lack of information on the islands that were visited prior to the shore excursions. The food was very average and the wine poor although the staff were friendly and helpful. As a whole the ship was very old and tired and needs a complete makeover. Altogether not a very good experience for our first cruise, we would not recommend it to anybody. Although we didn't enjoy the ship we loved the Greek Islands and explored them ourselves via taxi or on foot rather than the cruise shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are very disappointed with this Celestyal Cruise. The cabin was very shabby with holes in the walls that had been filled but not painted and thread bare curtains that didn't close properly. The bathroom had rust evident in the ... Read More
We are very disappointed with this Celestyal Cruise. The cabin was very shabby with holes in the walls that had been filled but not painted and thread bare curtains that didn't close properly. The bathroom had rust evident in the shower and the grout in the floor was falling out. It was obvious there was a problem with the drainage as there were stains on the carpet in the passage way and a suction pump was being used as well as a blower to dry the carpet. The cabin staff were friendly and did the best they could with what they had to work with. The food and wine was average but the waiting staff were friendly and helpful. It is clear that this ship needs a full makeover before it would become pleasant to sail on, it was not a good experience for our first cruise. There was a newsletter each day detailing what activities there were on board but no information about the various islands visited except to list the tours. The on shore excursions were very expensive, we did some ourselves by taxi which worked out well. While we enjoyed the Greek Islands we would not recommend this cruise at all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our first cruise - never again. The ship is old, tired and should be ditched. We did a cruise round some of the Greek Islands. They couldn't get into Patmos. At Mykonos we only had two hours and for most of that it was dark, Santorini ... Read More
Our first cruise - never again. The ship is old, tired and should be ditched. We did a cruise round some of the Greek Islands. They couldn't get into Patmos. At Mykonos we only had two hours and for most of that it was dark, Santorini was so crowded it was like a conga line around the town. The cabin was OK, but very small and airless. There was no room for two cases, except on the floor. The crew were very pleasant but looked and acted like they were overworked. The food was poor, pretty much the same every day. They took so long checking us in we never got the emergency briefing at the beginning so we had no idea what we would need to if there was an emergency. The personal/medical form which we were told was so important to have completed was never requested. Several times we wanted to find a quiet space just to sit and read - no chance, everywhere was so noisy with loud music. We were charged 20 Euro for wifi which didn't work for most of the time (who charges for wifi now?). When I asked about the wifi I was told it was either the bad weather or the satellite was down - REALLY ?? We were sadly disappointed and we really feel we wasted our $'s and five days of our holiday. NEVER. NEVER again would we we use Celestyal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first ever holiday on a cruise ship, we choose Princess because it had the timing and visits we wanted. We choose a balcony room and paid full fare. I will keep this simple: A Cruise to us is nice food and entertainment ... Read More
This was our first ever holiday on a cruise ship, we choose Princess because it had the timing and visits we wanted. We choose a balcony room and paid full fare. I will keep this simple: A Cruise to us is nice food and entertainment 1: We were refused entry to the intermediate restaurants on formal nights (2) even though we dressed in the best we brought with us (Black suit and tie required) So ended up in the Buffet which was inconsistent in quality. (One night they counted 5 cherries per plate no lie) 2. The "Love Boat" theme is way past old - continues screening on one channel of captain stubbing and crew was just lame. 3. The timing of activities on the boat overlapped so after watching one show going to another event meant late arrival no seats or show ending 4. The cost of the on board photos is extreme way beyond a reasonable cost 5. On departure we were left at Rome without water in the sun and a 4 hour wait because of offloading time allocation. Good or better: 1. Staff are excellent they work there "guts" out for a pittance and 9 months servitude on contract 2: The at cost restaurants ($25) are what we should have had all along in quality The ship looks a little tired We will not be spending our money on cruising again based on this experience Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I took a 3 night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey on the Celestyal Olympia. It was such a fantastic cruise! The cruise is very port heavy but the time on the ship was fabulous. The crew was amazing and so friendly and helpful. I ... Read More
I took a 3 night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey on the Celestyal Olympia. It was such a fantastic cruise! The cruise is very port heavy but the time on the ship was fabulous. The crew was amazing and so friendly and helpful. I spent most of my time by the pool and in the sunbathing deck. It got pretty crowded but it was still enjoyable. They had music and dance lessons by the pool and the buffet was great offering hamburgers, gyros, sandwiches and desserts. The Aegean restaurant had wonderful dinners and the staff was superb! The entertainment at night in the lounge was great and a perfect way to end the evening. Everything ran smoothly and the staff was very efficient at the ports getting everyone on and off the ship. I would love to cruise with Celestyal again and I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to enjoy the Greek islands! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are frequent international travelers who grew tired of getting lost driving on trips . However we do like to take as much time as possible exploring sites on our own. The Windstar cruise ship Seabreeze turned out to be a great solution. ... Read More
We are frequent international travelers who grew tired of getting lost driving on trips . However we do like to take as much time as possible exploring sites on our own. The Windstar cruise ship Seabreeze turned out to be a great solution. We had plenty of time each day in port to explore and frequently were docked right at the town we were visiting. The small size of the ship ensured that we met almost all the guests and got well acquainted with the crew. We were also able to go thru the Corinth Canal which was amazing . Highlights of the cruise were: recent refurbishment of the ship (not perfect but really nice) : food that was prepared fresh each day from the local market where we were in port. Amazing staff that would anticipate your needs . Being prone to seasickness I signed us up for a middle- middle cabin (middle of the ship middle deck) which was great I never even put on the patch I brought. The cabin was spacious with a living room and queen size bedroom. We never signed up for the paid excursions which seemed pricey and had no trouble exploring on our own or enlisting a last minute local guide. My husband had taken a bad fall prior to the cruise and even the ships doctor was outstanding and thorough. Fellow passengers were friendly and most of us were in the 50-65 ish range. My favorite spot was the "yacht club" in the late afternoon where we could have a snack or ice tea. There was a small casino and some entertainment each night but we were too tired from our walks to participate. Will definitely do Windstar again Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My wife and I have just returned from our vacation in Greece. While we were pleased with most of the trip, the cruise fell short of what we were expecting. Some problems were not serious - the food was hit or miss, and the "pool" ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from our vacation in Greece. While we were pleased with most of the trip, the cruise fell short of what we were expecting. Some problems were not serious - the food was hit or miss, and the "pool" was more like a kiddie pool. Our big issue, however, was with our cabin. The cabin was supplied with two twin beds, rather than one larger bed, which was not what we had hoped for our honeymoon, nor was the stale smell on the blankets and the torn carpet. The worst part was the bathroom. The toilet did not work when we arrived. It was fixed quickly, but had to be dealt with the second and the third day as well. The shower did not drain properly, flooding the bathroom floor when we showered. Above all, the smell in the bathroom was that of a backed up sewer, and would drift into the cabin if the door was left open for more than a second. The outside of the room also smelled strongly of diesel. After returning home and researching this cruise line, we learned that this was formerly a car deck. While not everything about the cruise was negative (the entertainment was good, the all-inclusive drink special was worth the price, some of the meals were tasty, and the overall itinerary was fun), the cabin left a sour taste on this trip. If we had known what the cabin would be like we would have preferred to stay on the mainland for a few extra days. We would not use this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
To celebrate our 25th anniversary my wife and I decided a trip to Europe would be a special gift to ourselves. We chose the Star Prides Venetian Passages for its interesting ports of call and the intimate small cruise boat experience. This ... Read More
To celebrate our 25th anniversary my wife and I decided a trip to Europe would be a special gift to ourselves. We chose the Star Prides Venetian Passages for its interesting ports of call and the intimate small cruise boat experience. This was to be our first cruise experience. Windstar and Star Pride did not disappoint. The rooms, service and staff were all exceptional and made us feel special the entire time. The food was amazing, and we looked forward to every meal. For our first meal, we notified the our server of a gluten intolerance...the chef immediately made note of our dietary request and made certain that at every meal from then on Gluten free options were available. They went out of their way to please. The cabin steward was very friendly always kept our room in top shape. We especially enjoyed the towel origami left on our bed at every evenings turn down service! Every night was a new creation. Embarkation and Disembarkation was efficient and pleasant. We especially enjoyed the ability to easily come and go to the ship when in port. There were never any lines or restrictions when in port. I used the fitness facility several times, and thought it was very well set-up. I noted it was also very well used and appreciated by the guests on the ship as well. Some of the previous critics of the Star Pride made me somewhat nervous of the actual state of the ship and how this would affect our experience. I can confidently state that they were overly critical, and the ship is beautiful and the staff work diligently conducting routine maintenance to keep her looking her best. We were very pleased with our entire experience on board. We even used the pool regularly to cool down from the heat. The entertainment in the evening was excellent! They had us dancing on deck under the stars and happily accommodated any requests. It doesn't get any better than that!! My wife and I had the trip of a life time!! I have to thank everyone on the Star Pride for making our 25th anniversary so memorable. A special thanks to Merrick, Lilik, Ifan, Fauzi and Houzni for your personalized service. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first cruise and after reading some negative comments prior to us boarding, I was a little concerned. However, after spending 8 wonderful days, sailing around the Mediterranean, stopping off at beautiful Greek Islands, eating ... Read More
This was our first cruise and after reading some negative comments prior to us boarding, I was a little concerned. However, after spending 8 wonderful days, sailing around the Mediterranean, stopping off at beautiful Greek Islands, eating the most fabulous food, being waited upon like we were Kings and Queens, I decided that the people that had written the negative comments must have been on the wrong cruise. We were on the A deck (no noise at all) and the cabin was excellent. The weather conditions outside were extremely hot and humid so the A/C worked overtime, which kept us cool all night and held up to the extreme temperatures. The towels were changed twice per day and we also had a turn down service at night with a chocolate to send us off to sleep. The bar staff and food service staff were above professional, they became our friends and knew what our requirements were every day. Variety Cruises should be very proud of them. The ships other staff, sailors etc, were also very friendly and helped us whenever we required assistance. I suppose if I had to mention anything negative, we both wanted to do some shore excursion, however there was a quota required which was never reached. We weren't to concerned, but some people might be disappointed. Perhaps Variety can link in with another company to ensure the quota is reached. We swam off the back of the Harmony V 3 times which was exciting swimming in the Mediterranean and the crew watched over us to make sure we were all ok, as sometimes the current was a little strong. Each days activities were posted on the notice board plenty of time in advance and a briefing for the next days activities were placed on out bed each night. Keep up the excellent work Harmony V, and we hope to see you soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first cruise and it was excellent from service to the comfort of the room. The wait staff were thorough and made sure we were looked after at all times. The room was services twice daily and turned down at night with ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was excellent from service to the comfort of the room. The wait staff were thorough and made sure we were looked after at all times. The room was services twice daily and turned down at night with surprises on the pillows. The spa treatments on board with the massages were fantastic felt totally relaxed. The food was delectable with a great choice and fresh fruit available at all times. The dining area was set out with different colors and amazing napkin decorations couldn't wait to see what they had done with the serviette each time. Drink waiters very attentive and gained knowledge of what drinks you liked and how you took your coffee. A BIG THANK YOU to Ram and Asund I hope I have the names correct they were great. Yannis the manager was very helpful and attentive thru out the entire experience thank you to him as well. The captain was also available and friendly to all of us it was nice being able to stroll pass control room and pop head in each time to friendly faces. Will definitely cruise again looking forward to the new boat in 2017 that we heard about on board. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We signed up for all the excursions we could. While it was exhausting, taking an excursion at each port-of-call was better than staying on the ship (read the other recent reviews). The beach transfers were the best deals. Our excursions ... Read More
We signed up for all the excursions we could. While it was exhausting, taking an excursion at each port-of-call was better than staying on the ship (read the other recent reviews). The beach transfers were the best deals. Our excursions all went well, but that might be because we were part of an EFTours student group and we had a Tour Director to handle issues and shepherd us through disembarking and other procedures. We did have one small group who had an excursion cancelled but they had enough notice and were able to make a substitution, with the Tour Director's assistance. Food was mediocre except for the desserts which were generally delicious. Breakfast was OK although the eggs left much to be desired. The Greek yogurt was good -- add mueslix, fruit and/or honey. The Grill was the best place to eat. Yes, hamburgers and pizza but better than what you get in America. DO NOT PURCHASE DRINK PACKAGES. It was near impossible to get served a drink, at dinner or the bars. As other reviews stated, service generally sucked. The best part of the cruise was disembarking on the last day! Would not use Celestyal Cruises again, mainly due to food and service issues. We did use the spa -- I had a manicure and pedicure on the very first afternoon, and my daughter had a massage. Although pricey, it was a nice way to start the cruise and we were very happy with those services. We never did have time to use the pool. Also noted our bathroom in the cabin was not cleaned well. Air conditioning -- I suspect they turned it down at night so it was not as cool. I woke up each night in a sweat. Did not appreciate that AT ALL given our exhausting daily activities. Excursion: Ancient Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey -- It was not advertised but after our visit to Ephesus we were taken to Turkman Village Art & Rug for a rug-making demo and shopping. It was fun but I wish I had been better prepared for this experience. Be sure to read the reviews on Turkman Village on TripAdvisoncom if you are visiting Kusadasi. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
There were good things about this cruise line. We had no problems with the ship or crew. They were kind and helpful. This ship was very clean. The food was best in The Britannia restaurant, but the menu's were very strange offerings, ... Read More
There were good things about this cruise line. We had no problems with the ship or crew. They were kind and helpful. This ship was very clean. The food was best in The Britannia restaurant, but the menu's were very strange offerings, but ended up delicious. The Lido buffet was ok with the best food item we had being baklava. We did enjoy the Lion Pub lunch of fish & chips but it only served food until 2:00 pm. The Lion Pub also was where we hung out sometimes in the evenings playing trivia games and enjoying Troy our server. The evenings were very boring unless you enjoy piano, ball room dancing and mediocre entertainment. Thank goodness we only had one at sea day with the other days spent off ship enjoying excursions. Honestly, the worst part of the whole experience was being on vacation and having to dress up every night. The informal nights, men are required to wear a jacket. That is not informal to us. I didn't feel relaxed in a dress & heels every night. We have been on other cruise lines we enjoyed more than this and we will be returning to Princess again. The reason we went with Cunard was because Princess would not allow three people in a room. My single son ( who is a marine ) offered to pay full price for a single room but was denied. Cunard allowed him to share a room with his sister & her husband at a reduced rate. He slept on a cot in their room for a lot of money! IF we had known he was going to sleep on a cot, we wouldn't have used this cruise line either! An adult man deserves to sleep comfortably in a bed for the money that was paid. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I am a great fan of the Galileo ship and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for truly fantastic experience in the Aegean Sea. I have just returned from one week cruising with Galileos which included various islands such as ... Read More
I am a great fan of the Galileo ship and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for truly fantastic experience in the Aegean Sea. I have just returned from one week cruising with Galileos which included various islands such as Poros, Polyaigos,Folegandros,Santorini, Paros, Antiparos, Myconos, Kythnos and many more key sites that are expensive to visit independently. All crew were very helpful, friendly and went of there way to ensure we all enjoyed every single day of the trip. The meals were varied, very tasty and well presented. The chef was a surprise! Wine and soft drinks were included with dinner. The choice of a sit down dinner with up to six or more other people allows you to make the acquaintance of other interesting people from all over the world who are also on the cruise with you. All the excursions were included in the cost of the cruise. The guides telling you about the places you are going to visit were extremely knowledgeable and versed about the areas. I would highly recommend this boat trip that you get to see beautiful parts of the Aegean Sea and stop and swim in beautiful breathtaking locations. All were superb as was the organisation of everything on board and on shore while we were in those places. Very comfortable for a couple. I simply cannot wait to go back to Greece for my next boat trip again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Ship ran like a military exercise and was very smooth. Lots of food and doing the Greek Islands there was a lot to do and see in terms of culture. Was my first cruise so everything was very new and exciting. Mostly old people on this line. ... Read More
Ship ran like a military exercise and was very smooth. Lots of food and doing the Greek Islands there was a lot to do and see in terms of culture. Was my first cruise so everything was very new and exciting. Mostly old people on this line. Fun meeting strangers for dinner. Could not imagine wanting to repeat the experience (cruising) as would be bored silly second time around. Have decided this is mostly for the unadventurous with little sense of imagination. Good value compared with cost of hotels and taxis. Anytime dining is best otherwise you are regimented to time . Only downside is that you are seated with strangers but that to me was a plus. Instant friends! Beware of the government sponsored carpet scam in Turkey. erdogon forces all ship tour groups to compulsory visit a carpet factory at every port. If you open your mouth and ask the price they squirrel you away to a private room and give you the hard sell. The average is about 1000 euros but on the streets the gypsies will sell you the Chinese imitation for 20. Internet costs a fortune but good excuse to give it up for a week. Drinking costs a lot too. Cabin TV was crap. Endless repeats of love boat. Shows were good. Enrichment was only lectures on acupuncture etc. pools were ok. Food was varied but bland and mostly tasteless catering for the demographic. Don't waste money hiring a suit. Everyone came in their old business's suit. Give the casino and art display a miss. Ditto the photography. (WAste of money). Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We chose this cruise as we only had a limited amount of available time to visit the islands during our stay in Athens. I had done a lot of research and was a little nervous based on my findings on the internet. I wanted to write this ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we only had a limited amount of available time to visit the islands during our stay in Athens. I had done a lot of research and was a little nervous based on my findings on the internet. I wanted to write this review to inform people that this cruise was an amazing experience overall!! I booked online directly with Celestyal rather than use a tour group and was able to book at a 15% discount early booking rate. The process of booking was very easy and I was able to select my own cabin while booking. I chose to upgrade to a balcony suite (Cabin 9003) and it was fantastic! The cabin was very large (I think about 300sqft) with a large balcony, a nice sized bathroom with bathtub, a king-sized bed, lots of cabinet space for our clothing, and a small living room area. I feel that the selection of an upgraded cabin helped to make this cruise very enjoyable as we were able to escape there to enjoy our balcony in peace. We booked the 3 day excursion package which included: 1. KUSADASI - Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses, 2. PATMOS - Religious visit to St John's Monastery -Grotto of Apocalypse, 3. CRETE - Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization, 4. SANTORINI - Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim. Overall, the excursions are great! We could have saved some money and tried doing these on our own, but I liked having everything ready to go for me when we reached the port and it was worth the extra bit of money to not have to worry about how we would get to all of the sights on our own. There is also the benefit of being first off on the tender boats when the ship did not dock. It was also nice to have the tour guides to explain the history to us. The only downside was not having enough time in Santorini. Oia was stunning and we really only had a total of 3 hours there after you tender boat in. I will certainly make another trip back and spend more time in Santorini in the future!! Mykonos was beautiful and we did this on our own and I would say that you do not need to book an excursion here. The dining was quite enjoyable for us. My husband and I went to the Aegean restaurant several times for lunch and dinner and were always placed with other people. We were able to meet people from all over the world and we really enjoyed this. The food was always good and we found the staff very friendly. We also went to Leda casual dining for breakfast and lunch and it is buffet style. The food here was good. We did sit on deck by the pool a few times and they always had an activity going on, but we did not really partake in any of the activities. This is a really port intensive cruise and we just wanted to relax when we were at sea. There was always entertainment in the evening and we did take in a couple of shows which were good, but again, because it was so port intensive, we tended to relax in the lounge or in our room on the balcony. We did purchase the all inclusive drinks package, which is worth it if you want to enjoy a few beverages. Overall, our cruise with the Celestyal Olympia was fantastic! For anyone who is looking to enjoy the islands in a short amount of time, this cruise is for you. The ship is a bit older, but the experience of the Greek Islands was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I booked this cruise, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, in a hurry, it was a last minute idea I had and didn't read any reviews, it just matched my available dates so I went for it, and am very glad I did. Even though it was ... Read More
I booked this cruise, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, in a hurry, it was a last minute idea I had and didn't read any reviews, it just matched my available dates so I went for it, and am very glad I did. Even though it was our very first cruise experience ever, I knew that cruises through the Greek isles are supposed to be smaller and less luxurious than those in the Caribbean for example, so I set my expectations accordingly. Yes, it's an old ship, but very well maintained and with an excellent crew on board. All crew staff was great: the waiters always making sure if you're in need of a refill, the entertainment crew was absolutely brilliant, most of them multilingual and always with a smile on their faces. The shows on board were quite nice, really. The band in the theater was great, believe me, it was a Greek rock band that could nail Pink Floyd classics and make it look easy (great guitar player). Food was sometimes good and sometimes very good, not great. And to be honest, cruising through the Aegean is all about the destinations, we visited Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Crete and Santorini. My only complaints: The weather was very bad, sea was very rough for the last two days of our journey, so bad that hale was falling in Crete and we couldn't disembark in Santorini due to the high waves. We were later refunded for the cancelled tour in Santorini. Cabin is outdated and not very comfortable to be honest. The Cuban band in the Latin bar, really sucked. Trust me on this one, I am latino and know perfectly the difference between good and bad Latin music. This bar was always empty, so clearly I was not the only one with this opinion. All in all, I can recommend this cruise, we had a great time, and would book in Celestyal again, not a 5 star, but definitely a 4. Recommendations: Don't go for the all-inclusive alcohol drink package unless you're a really serious drinker/drunken; you won't get your money's worth even if you spend all 4 days drinking till unconscious. Don't buy the Video or the Photographs, not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our first cruise and it blew us away! From the moment we embarked the crew were exemplary in their attitude and were so welcoming. We had a great time, enjoying delicious food in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. The weather ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it blew us away! From the moment we embarked the crew were exemplary in their attitude and were so welcoming. We had a great time, enjoying delicious food in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. The weather was appalling on arrival - we had to wait 30 minutes before we could briskly walk across to the quay to the ship - and setting sail was into rough Med seas. Not a great intro to our first cruise :) And to be honest the weather through the cruise was below what we had hoped for, and Captain Carl admitted it was not really very good! But hey the ship and its crew have no control over this - but what they have control over they undertook with real pride and care. The service from the room team, to the entertainment and the restaurant staff was exemplary. We loved the open dining arrangements, the non-formal but not shabby dress code in the evening, the quality and selection of the food, and the complimentary drinks were great. The house wines each day were good, really no need to choose any other, and the choice of spirits and cocktails more than enough for us. Beer choice was minimal and primarily aimed at Americans and so I enjoyed a week without :) Our cruise, from Athens to Istanbul, was essentially a chartered one - it transpired that over 500 of the guests were from one USA travel company - EO - Educational Opportunities - and were bar perhaps 10 or so belonging to various church groups who wandered around with their lanyards and attached name tags - which made the 100 or so independents like us feel rather separate. I think it had an effect on the atmosphere of the entertainment as this massive group were using the Cabaret in the day for lectures etc and so were generally not around for much of the evening entertainment. They also tended to depart the ship on pre-arranged tours during the day when not being lectured and so we few remaining had the ship pretty much to ourselves! Other more experienced travellers will be able to comment more on the impact of having such a group, but it was obvious that the Looking Glass was sparsely populated in the evening for what were good fun evening of light entertainment - Simon on guitar was great fun, and Matt had a mostly empty dance floor for the late night DJ slots. The magic shows and the main entertainment in the Cabaret were all of an excellent standard - and Alina and Alex led the professional dancing brilliantly. How they did their routine in a pitching sea without falling over when we could hardly stagger in a straight line from our chairs was amazing. Another example of the impact of the group was evident when we turned up for a dance lesson - to find that we had in effect a personal lesson from the fantastic Alina and Alex - and even on the second lesson there were only 8 of us! We did not feel the need to eat at the two speciality restaurants - simply because the food in Discoveries and in the Windows Café was more than satisfactory. The gym was well equipped and we used the Jacuzzi on one day (when it was warm enough outside!). We have simply fallen in love with cruising - and now are not sure having done the Azamara experience that we would do any other - we loved the smallness of the ship, and the superb service - is there any other like it?   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We had our first cruise on this luxury line starting on 26 July and ending on 2 August. Previously we had done a river cruise with Scenic and expected an even higher standard of food and service given the higher prices. We were very ... Read More
We had our first cruise on this luxury line starting on 26 July and ending on 2 August. Previously we had done a river cruise with Scenic and expected an even higher standard of food and service given the higher prices. We were very disappointed that the staff didn't insist on every passenger using the hand sanitizers positioned at the entries to all restaurants, particularly since several passengers and staff had very noticeable coughs, which increased over the 7 days. The air conditioning system in our suite smelled stale, and the only solution seemed to be spraying air freshener around the room (which worked for 5 minutes). The temperature difference between the ship and the shore was huge -- which probably made us all more susceptible to infection. Seabourn does have an exceptionally talented crew and entertainment team, who were very friendly, and made up for the lack of interaction between guests themselves. There were many large family groups who stuck with themselves. The high price of shore excursions meant that many people simply toured the port towns for a couple of hours on their own, then came back to the ship for food and rest by the pool. We were surprised by the wide age range of passengers -- with many children roaming around the ship with parents and grandparents. The biggest disappointment for us was the need to cut our cruise short due to the bad cold that we caught on board.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Ship information: MS Rotterdam ocean view deck 3 Activities: nightly show in theater, and daily filled with different workshops that's easy to follow Service: outstanding! Everyone I spoke to went out of their way to make the stay ... Read More
Ship information: MS Rotterdam ocean view deck 3 Activities: nightly show in theater, and daily filled with different workshops that's easy to follow Service: outstanding! Everyone I spoke to went out of their way to make the stay enjoyable Port & shore excursions: HAL offers different excursions but we always found our ways. Presentations of each port are available, all of which are general info. Travel to embarkation Port: very easy from a hotel nearby, just 5 minutes walk. There's a direct bus from the airport for those coming straight from the airport Cabin: EXCELLENT! Dining: also EXCELLENT Children's clubs: I saw there were 2 rooms, if I'm not mistaken, that could be use for kids, but I didn't see too many kids on board, very very few Entertainment: I thought this was OK but I heard other passengers were not too happy with the OK standard, they expected more. Disembarkation: very smooth, no problem whatsoever Summary: an unforgettable experience that I hope to repeat again and again, at different ports. No problem with water, food, service, nothing whatsoever, it was simply perfect. Both crews and passengers. The only service needs improving in my opinion is the receptionist team.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013

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