First time on a cruise went as a group of friends who all live in Cyprus, Some had been before on this cruise but we were 6 newbies to cruising. We took a taxi to Limassol from Paphos arrived in Limassol about 12.30 and were guided to ... Read More
First time on a cruise went as a group of friends who all live in Cyprus, Some had been before on this cruise but we were 6 newbies to cruising. We took a taxi to Limassol from Paphos arrived in Limassol about 12.30 and were guided to place to get your information pack and leave your luggage took a little while to do this but got paperwork and cabin number had to go through customs and then went aboard ship we had to register a debit/credit card and then we were given a card which you use for meals and drinks. We had already booked the drinks package so everything you got was recorded on this card and you could get a print out anytime but we got our final printout on final day of the cruise. Some cocktails, water and some food ie steaks were chargeable but you were told about this before you used the card.
We we directed to our cabin which was an outside cabin with porthole and a double bed, shower , wc, and mini bar. All towels including beach towels were provided. We were very happy with the cabin it was roomy and was just what we wanted. We went on deck and sat with friends for a drink and something to eat. We didn't set sail until 9pm so we had plenty of time to explore and get our bearings. We went down to dinner in the Compass Rose restaurant and our waitors introduced themselves the menu consisted of a starter, main course and sweet if you didn't like anything on the menu there was also a snack menu ie cheeseburger, toasties etc . Didn't have a problem with getting a meal as you had choices to choose from water was free with your meal and of course you could have a drink too. Had some great meals well cooked and tasty although I had fillet steak which was chargeable at £12,95 and I tried it on 3 different nights and it was chewy I did send it back but it was still the same. My friend had T-bone steak and that was OK so maybe just the cut of meat. I did enjoy most of the food though so don't be put off,
The show was on after dinner and they were all excellent different every night so plenty of variety and we also had a comedian for 2 nights and he was very funny and everyone enjoyed his shows, We tried a taster at the Casino for £5 where you were shown how to play Black Jack, Poker and Roulette really enjoyed this as never been in a Casino before and we were allowed to have a go at playing without risk for a while. We went and played a few times and really enjoyed it, Went to the Horizons bar, Lido bar,High Spirits Nightclub, Raffles bar and Casino, Broadway Show lounge, Sirocco A La Carte Restaurant, Beauty Salon, we tried everything so you could have easy listening music , shows, and even Kareoke so take your pick,
Breakfact was great huge selection of food to choose from and snacks available all day, We were on an all inclusive food and drinks package so we could just eat and drink whenever we felt like it. I did quite a few treatments in the Beauty Salon Hair, nails, facials and massage plenty of packages to choose from enjoyed them all well worth the money.
We didn't do any of the Ports and Shore excursions we just went ashore as a group and walked around ourselves had plenty of retail theraphy especially in Kusadasi Turkey Weather was cloudy and rain in first port Mykonos found a coffee shop to have a hot drink as cold and wet. Didn't go ashore at Pireaus (Athens) so can't review that' Kos was great went ashore and found shops and sea fromt OK.Alyana was lovely very clean and nice looking place would love a holiday there.Found a lovely park to sit and have a coffee in weather was now sunny and warm.
The only issue we did have was when we were moved out of our cabin for maintenance there was water on the carpet near the door which we never even noticed until we found a drying machine in our room. We were asked to moved so we had to pack again and move to another room which was a lot smaller you had to crawl up the bed as there was no room either side and beds were right up to the wall and the shower was useless as it was pointing into a corner and couldn't be moved so the water was running over the soap dispenser and not on you and the shower tray was filling up and not empting. We complained and asked to be upgraded and moved but were told nothing was available. We were not happy with this so next day went up amd asked for a complaints form we were then told they might have another cabin for us and we agreed to return later and have a look at the cabin offered. We went back and the cabin was a family room cabin light and roomy and we moved again. So we packed and unpacked 3 times. We did ask and received compensation but it was a bit of hassle we could have done without. However it didn't spoil the holiday and we are even thinking of booking again In November.we enjoyed it so much, Read Less