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103 Greece Family Cruise Reviews

I was really looking forward for this vacation, but it became terrible after booking this cruise. The ship was small, old and there was really nothing to do onboard. They didn’t even have the pools available to swim. I have been in ... Read More
I was really looking forward for this vacation, but it became terrible after booking this cruise. The ship was small, old and there was really nothing to do onboard. They didn’t even have the pools available to swim. I have been in different cruises before and I figured it was alright since the port destinations would make up for it. I was wrong, the excursions available were very unorganized. Staff was rude and unfriendly. There was no planned activities. Staff was not knowledgeable on instructions. They would announce meeting points at a certain time and they would be late. Food was terrible. Not much to do in she ship. I was traveling with 7 family members and we all felt the same way. I tried expressing my concerns to the cruise staff, but it was a waste of time. They simply didn't care. Never traveling in this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We wanted a short cruise at the end of our two week vacation in Greece. This one fit the bill perfectly. First, I am NOT a cruiser. However, as the fates would have it, I ended up on three cruises this year. The first two were on major ... Read More
We wanted a short cruise at the end of our two week vacation in Greece. This one fit the bill perfectly. First, I am NOT a cruiser. However, as the fates would have it, I ended up on three cruises this year. The first two were on major cruise lines, the third on Celestyal. The Celestyal cruise gets my prize for least annoying cruise. First, the ship is run like a finely tuned machine, and when you have so much to do in a short period of time, it is a good thing that it is. The staff were incredibly accommodating and friendly, unlike my first two cruises. These people seem to really like their jobs! The ship itself was beautiful in an awesome retro kind of way. It was meticulously maintained and the lounges were beautiful. They seemed to have restored the perfect retro vibe. Meal service was a well executed military operation as were the frequent disembarkations. It is not a small task to get all these people on and off that ship, usually twice per day. The food was a-ok, not a foodie paradise, but serviceable with nice variety and two enjoyable bbq's on the pool deck. The number of ports visited was truly remarkable, but it really was nothing more than getting a taste of the islands. Now we know where we want to spend more time. We had one whole day in Rhodes, which was blissful because we finally got to enjoy some beach time -- something we did not get in the other ports. The two included excursions were excellent. In other ports we simply rented a car for a couple of hours and got a feel for the islands. Another wonderful aspect of this cruise is that there is not a constant push to spend, spend, spend. The included drinks were great. We only ordered a few extras on the trip -- a much needed brow wax, a couple of smoothies for the kid, and a couple of knick-knacks. Our tab at the end of the cruise was around $39. On our other cruises we were greeted every morning with a stack of coupons and advertisements for art work, jewelry sales, photo packages, and on and on and on. There was none of that here. Everyone on the ship was genuinely concerned with our comfort and ease. We paid for the cruise and that was that. If you can manage the frenetic pace of frequent disembarkations and we want to see many places, this is a great option. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The cruise was not a very good experience for us. When travel agent was selling us the ship, we were told us it is comparable to the royal caribbean fleet. We came in this ship expecting similar conditions for the ship and we were ... Read More
The cruise was not a very good experience for us. When travel agent was selling us the ship, we were told us it is comparable to the royal caribbean fleet. We came in this ship expecting similar conditions for the ship and we were shocked by the general condition and the lack of cleanliness. He did not sell this as an inferior quality cruise liner. When we complained at the reception desk we were told to wait to the end of the cruise and express our thoughts in the opinion survey. About the ship - Horizon: Ship itself is old and run down, probably should be retired. With alleged major refurbishment in 2012 only certain areas looked acceptable and that did not include cabins. About our cabin: bathroom smelled like urine 90% of the time, vanity top pealing, cabin AC not working, bathroom light not working, the showers were mildewy, furnishings dated and worn out, towels had seen better days, carpet was filthy and with stains It was very noisy in the rooms, we could hear our loud neighbors, as well as people calling on each other from the hallways. The majority of the passengers were spaniards and they are loud! Most passengers did not use the disinfectant machines People smoke almost everywhere outdoors The staff was friendly and helpful. The value for money was poor compared to what is on offer elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
From Sep 17 to 24, 2018, we took a 7-night, all-inclusive Greek Island cruise on Pullmantur Cruise Line's ship Horizon. We chose it for stellar itinerary, smaller ship, and price--and loved it. Pullmantur is based in Madrid; 90% ... Read More
From Sep 17 to 24, 2018, we took a 7-night, all-inclusive Greek Island cruise on Pullmantur Cruise Line's ship Horizon. We chose it for stellar itinerary, smaller ship, and price--and loved it. Pullmantur is based in Madrid; 90% of clients are Spanish. Horizon's an older ship; sun loungers, cabins, furniture could use an upgrade. But for the price we found it fine. We've been on Regent and other ultra-luxe venues and while they're glorious, trips like this cost 3 or 4 times as much--some for a lesser itinerary. [Photo 1: Pullmantur Horizon from dock] [Photo 2: Horizon Pool & Sunset We used the money saved to book a whole second week in Greece on land--in Naxos and Athens--plus two great private excursions from Athens, before and after sailing. Before sailing on Sep 17 we visited the Temple of Poseidon & Cape Sounio Beach, 45 minutes south of Athens, and on Sep 24 we saw the Corinth Canal. We boarded Horizon at 4 pm in Athens' port of Piraeus after a wonderful morning at Cape Sounio Sep 17. Check-in was a breeze. We walked out of our cabin 1058 and steps away found an ocean view aft lounge on Deck 10. Then, right upstairs on Deck 11, delicious snacks and drinks awaited in the ship's buffet and aft Ocean-view Grill. In fact, there were ocean-view rear decks on all four top decks 9 thru 12, with quiet sitting space, sunsets or moon rises--often empty except for us. [Photo 3: Deck 10 Aft Lounge] [Photo 4: Deck 11 Aft Ocean-view Grill] At 8 pm we sailed for Mykonos, Volos, Chania (on Crete), Santorini, Nafplio (aka Nauplion), and back to Piraeus. Kudos to Pullmantur for a great schedule: each port was more stunning than the last. We'd go ashore, say “We want to stay here a week, it's so gorgeous,” then at the next port, we'd say it again. By Day 4 we were in “beauty overwhelm.” On Horizon, with only 1,820 guests, we always found loungers. Maybe not at the pool Deck 11, but there was always both shade or sun on the large wrap-around Deck 12 (if starboard was in the sun, port was in the shade, etc.) With fewer cruisers, it was easy and relaxed to disembark and re-embark. Yes there's only one pool; I prefer that larger space. But yes, it's a European ship, so people smoke almost everywhere outdoors (never indoors). Yet with so much open deck, we always found loungers away from the smoke. Whatever seating you want, just keep walking around Deck 12 and you'll find it. European set dining room times are late: 7:30 and 9 pm. But from 5 to 7 pm, drinks at the pool bar and buffet bar flowed, and we always found food at the aft Ocean-view Grill, Deck 11. Did I mention “all-inclusive”? Our ocean-view cabin with large window (not a port hole), all-inclusive dining, unlimited beer, wine, cava (good dry Spanish champagne), well drinks, coffees and all gratuities, came to $3,000 grand total for two, as a special from Vacations to Go. So we sprang for the highest level of trip insurance, another $396, which also covered airfare. [Photo 5: Our cabin #1058, Deck 10, Superior Oceanview, Midship] No one ever asked for our drink cards or any payment, and no tips. We tipped anyway because the staff were so kind, helpful, and honestly friendly; 98% spoke good English. Most staff were from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our cabin steward Dorian Gusman was terrific, and I loved our Mauritian waitress and Brazilian sommelier; I really regret losing my notes with their names Yes, Pullmantur announcements are in Spanish, and incomprehensible English. Yes, entertainment is in Spanish. No, excursions were not included, and no guarantee of English on any excursion–but we heard from English speakers that their guides happily translated for them. Anyway, we usually do our own excursions; more fun. And we just had no time for night life. We needed our sleep to rise early, visit the extensive breakfast buffet with all sorts of egg and cheese dishes—and love those chocolate croissants—and take it to the ocean-view Grill to eat (why stay inside?) Then get on with our day. Horizon had solid Spanish food in the formal restaurant and the identical fare at the buffet: lots of grilled meats and seafood. Plenty of veggie dishes, too. It's not haute cuisine; for that, one pays the luxe lines or specialty restaurants on larger ships. But we didn't care. We'd have a huge breakfast, never felt like lunch (busy running around port or sunning on deck), then enjoyed a large dinner with wine. Note: Horizon only had Greek food on the last night. So we bought "take out" dinners of moussaka in Mykonos and "lamb kleftiko ("stolen lamb”) in Chania, to take back to the ship. Destinations hopefully follow below. Tip: Before any Greek Island cruise, check each port's website and WhatsInPort to see how many ships will be in port, then do the advance homework to plan around any crowds or just stay on the ship at the pool. [Photo 6: Replica of Jason's Argo, Volos] [Photo 7: Fast Line to Oia, Santorini] Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hi all , myself and my family decided after a lot of mixed feelings to book a cruise and as this was our first we decided to do 1 week cruising and 3 days in a hotel . Let me start by saying that myself and my family were all very ... Read More
Hi all , myself and my family decided after a lot of mixed feelings to book a cruise and as this was our first we decided to do 1 week cruising and 3 days in a hotel . Let me start by saying that myself and my family were all very excited about setting sail for the first time as TUI have a good name in value for money cruises. As it was our first cruise we went with our friends who have been on 3 other Tui cruises and highly recommended them . This is how me and my family rated the Tui Discovery 2. customer service - very poor many staff had the wrong attitude towards paying customers , I had to bite my tongue on more then one occasion, the amount of time spent standing at the bar waiting to get served was incredible, they need more staff. The only staff that were friendly and made me smile were cabin cleaners . Thanks Lino. Food - the island self service restu rant is very poor , the gallery restaurants were hit and miss and not a great choice, glass house wasn't bad but very small portions and only seated a small amount of people , the snack shack food was OK for fast food, not something you would have day in day out . The other restaurants that you pay extra for were all booked up within the first two hours of being on the ship, so we couldn't get in at all. Shops - don't open until 18:30 and are completely rubbish unless you want tobacco or designer items . Pool - this was more like a kitchen sink . Sunbeds - Tui says you can't hold a sunbed for more then an hour if your not present , that's rubbish as people pegged towels to beds and we're gone all day . Very crampt deck area . Glass house pool - nice but couldn't understand why children had to leave the indoor pool by a certain time , it's hot outside and the kids wanted to play in the pool. And here is my biggest gripe with this disappointing ship, Entertainment - without a shadow of a doubt the worse entertainment I have ever experienced on a holiday , either live music ,live music ,live music, dance lessons, or bingo , I expected so much more from a company like TUI. Cruise - never again with Tui. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I got on the discovery 2 at Corfu and got of there as well. I was on the ship for a week and the destinations are lovely Santorini and Rhodes have to be my favourite. The cruise is really good the activity's for kids are a ... Read More
I got on the discovery 2 at Corfu and got of there as well. I was on the ship for a week and the destinations are lovely Santorini and Rhodes have to be my favourite. The cruise is really good the activity's for kids are a climbing wall a mini golf 9 holes 2 swimming pools one inside and one outside also there is a games room called hideout for the children to chill out and play on the Xbox and the football table. The entertainment is fantastic with 4 different venues to choose from and they have a casino. the bars were clean and sold a verity of alcohols from shots to beer to cocktails. the crew are so friendly saying hello and always ready to help really good custom. The sail away party was absolutely fantastic with live performances from DJ Tomas and a band that I cant remember there name and a flag parade to see were parts of the crew come from. definitely arrange with TUI they are stars amazing job Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this trip by chance, and I had the most wonderful 3.5 days in the cruise. Before the trip begins I know there will be little time on the islands and Athens, but this was what I've chosen and approved before payment. ... Read More
We chose this trip by chance, and I had the most wonderful 3.5 days in the cruise. Before the trip begins I know there will be little time on the islands and Athens, but this was what I've chosen and approved before payment. Everything was just perfect. We've stayed in juniour suite, which was quite big room for a cruise, everything was clean, and whenever we stop at the islands and come back, we found our room cleaned just perfectly. Dining was much better than I've expected, service was very rapid and kind in the restaurants. All the staff was friendly, kind and with smiling faces.Night shows were excellent, and luckily among 1600 people, around 700 of them from World Cruise Party and it was very entartaining to watch them partying around the pool. Pool was very small but who wants to swim in a pool when you are in endless seas!.. I adored our ship, the rescue boats hanging near the sides make the ship a bit nostalgic and cute. You may take your time while crusing, in your cabin to rest, in different lounges to listen to music or drink something, eating, sunbathing at the pool side, gambling in casino, walking at the deck, watching the waves from the deck and etc. In Patmos, Santorini and Mykonos boats got us from the ship to the ports which was very fun since to watch our ship from a boat was very exciting. Our turkish guide was excellent. I'll remember this cruise with very lovely memories. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because our daughter and husband with the grand children had already booked and asked if we would come along. We would normally go outside school holidays. We generally enjoyed the holiday. All the staff in all ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our daughter and husband with the grand children had already booked and asked if we would come along. We would normally go outside school holidays. We generally enjoyed the holiday. All the staff in all departments were great and the guests easy to mix with. Food was good even though the breakfasts became a bit boring. Snack shack was excellent, especially the fish and chips. Small potions but it was a snack. The entertainment was okay. Guest entertainers were very good, but the theatre troupe were not the best singers. Bit tinny. Being All Inclusive concerned me initially, but nobody appeared drunk and everyone was friendly. Mind, the drinks did seem weak. Cocktails, weak or not, were excellent. Talking to other people on the cruise we found most had only ever sailed with Tui (Thomson) so they had no idea of the quality from other cruise companies. This was a back to back 2 x 7-day cruise. Never again. Change over day was awful. Many facilities closed, or times changed. Empty bars with no staff to serve you and on the evening of changeover no service at all until the Muster had been performed for the new guests. I complained at reception stating Princess Cruises would never do this. Only to be answered with, 'yes we are not as good as Princess'. We were informed of a captain’s 'party' for Tui past customers. They let us attend after I pointed out we were on a back to back cruise therefore the first week was a past cruise. Normally when you get on a cruise ship you expect a wow factor. Not the case with Discovery 2. The refurbishment, 18 months earlier, was, in my opinion cheap. Done at a price. I was in the building trade as a designer for 40 years. The LED colour change in the atrium was badly installed. The general lighting was fluorescent. Everyone uses LED now which tells me the refurb was done cheaply. But then again it is an old ship. We have been with Cunard, P & O, Carnival, Princess and Fred. All were higher quality than this. Only Fred had a worse room. Princess, Cunard and Carnival are not exclusive to Brits and therefore other nationalities demand higher standards. Other reviewers have said this was a cheap holiday. I don’t think £2700 each is cheap even in August. We have sailed with Princess for less, including all our drinks and excursions. The room was okay but looked 'tired'. No fridge? We have not been on any other cruise without a fridge. One great touch was the USB sockets for charging devices. Bedding was old, towels threadbare. No toiletries other than shower gel. Only plus was tea and coffee facilities. Ceiling tile hanging out of ceiling. Not fitted properly. An extra bed, if needed, pops out of the ceiling? Awful. Corridors to the rooms were drab. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were ... Read More
This sailing was incredible from start to finish! The staff were all friendly, helpful, and couldn't do enough for you. The ship was an older classic style yacht, very comfortable but definitely a dated look to it. The cabins were small but comfortable, the beds were a little on the hard side for my taste but were still cozy enough to get a good night's sleep. The food on board was wonderful! The kitchen staff outdid themselves at every meal. I swear we barely ever stopped eating on board, as soon as breakfast was cleared, someone was out offering fresh slices of watermelon, then lunch, then a dish of sorbet on the sun deck, then an amazing dinner and cocktails, definitely overdid it but everything was impeccable. The cruise director was always knowledgeable about our ports, giving us plenty of insight on what to do while in each country (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece). I do think the excursions could be improved upon though, they only offered a couple excursions in each port, and they were participation based, so if the one you wanted didn't have enough guests, it didn't happen. That being said, the only port I think an excursion is truly necessary is Albania. My favorite stops were Korcula, Kotor, Anti-Paxos and Paxos (Anti-Paxos had the best beach and bluest waters I've ever seen in my life!). I would gladly travel with Variety in the future, and look forward to the day I get to sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The cruise was disappointing in that we stopped on the islands for very short periods. We were very rushed and at times it felt like we were herded like cattle. The food was mediocre and the ship is very dated with extremely small cabins ... Read More
The cruise was disappointing in that we stopped on the islands for very short periods. We were very rushed and at times it felt like we were herded like cattle. The food was mediocre and the ship is very dated with extremely small cabins even after we paid for an upgrade. The cruise was not my idea of fun and relaxation but more stressful and chaotic. Never again!! The pool was extremely small and uninviting. The room smelled like sewage and the toilet ran constantly. The ship was not very clean and the staff were inattentive. I am sure you could get a much nicer cruise elsewhere for the price paid. Make sure to do your research as there is an up charge for drinks, WiFi, and excursions. We definitely felt like we were not provided with the best service and accomadations for the mine up tjt was spent. Upon disembarkation we were all dismissed at one time cause a chaotic confusing crowded mess at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We boarded on Friday June 22nd. We entered our room (2039) and realized the floor was wet and there was an odor of mold. We called the front desk and they sent someone with a blower to dry it. I then realized the lower bed was wet. Not ... Read More
We boarded on Friday June 22nd. We entered our room (2039) and realized the floor was wet and there was an odor of mold. We called the front desk and they sent someone with a blower to dry it. I then realized the lower bed was wet. Not sure if this was related to the problem on the floor or if someone sat on it with a wet bathing suit and the housekeepers never bothered to put fresh sheets on the bed! Unacceptable either way!! My son then decided to take a shower and the entire floor was sopping wet! I called again asking to be moved to a new room and they repeatedly told me there was nothing! We decided to handle the problem in person so went down to the desk and said we would not stay in that room as our son has asthma that could be triggered by his mold allergy. We were told again and again there was nothing available but we refused that unacceptable room adamantly!! Finally they found an interior cabin (2114) which was fine and they told us we could have it until Sunday at 7:00am . Friday night at 11pm just as I was ready to go to bed in our new room they put a note under my door saying room 2039 was ready any time I wanted to return to it. Luckily I didn't move. The next morning we went to 2039 and a man was in there working on a broken pipe!! How that is ready to go back to I don't know! The odor persisted. We probably went to the desk 3 times on Saturday trying to get an answer as to where we would go on Sunday at 7am, everybody including Oksana gave us the runaround and wouldn't tell us. We told them there was no way we were going back to 2039! What they didn't seem to understand is that the carpet needed to be ripped up and replaced. Mold is something that should be taken very seriously and obviously they didn't get it. Saturday evening as again I was just going to bed at 11pm they put a note under my door saying I had to vacate 2114 by 7am. I was furious! All day I tried to get an answer to no avail. We had an excursion planned and had to be off the ship by 6:45 am on Sunday. At close to midnight on Saturday we found ourselves once again arguing with them at the front desk. They made us pack our bags and said they would move them to a new room by the time we got back from our excursion. This was a huge inconvenience at midnight!! We came back from our excursion and they said now we could stay in 2114 until our stop in Santorini. No one seemed to know what they were doing!! Meanwhile everything was packed. We came back from Santorini at 10pm on Sunday night and the general manager I believe Zlata Dukic or Martine Barbier ( the passenger services supervisor) finally got ahold of what was going on and put us in a suite. Earlier that day they gave us a pass to the more upscale dining, free wifi, and a bridge visit if we wanted it . Although it was a nice gesture at this point the damage was done. They had ruined our vacation with the constant fighting and begging with the front desk. I felt as if we spent more time fighting with the front desk than enjoying our vacation. We moved rooms 3 times during a 4 day cruise. We spent less than 12 hours in the suite because we had to vacate our rooms by 7am on Monday to disembark. One of the most upsetting parts was being informed via letter at 11pm that we had to move rooms. I can't imagine poorer customer service. It was as if on Sunday they finally realized they had failed at basic service quality standards. A dry clean room would be one of them. I will never set foot on a cruise run by them ever again !! I will be posting my experience on trip advisor because the public needs to be aware. I guarantee you they put some poor unsuspecting passenger back in to 2039 mold and all! This was my 11th cruise and never have I experienced conditions like this! Celestyal needs to be made aware that people pay money expecting comfort and satisfaction, they failed miserably!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We sailed on the Iconic Aegean cruise for four nights. It was great value for money. We had 2 nights first to explore Athens. The embarkation went very smoothly, well organized. This is the first time we have been on a cruise ship and we ... Read More
We sailed on the Iconic Aegean cruise for four nights. It was great value for money. We had 2 nights first to explore Athens. The embarkation went very smoothly, well organized. This is the first time we have been on a cruise ship and we were impressed with the variety of on board activities. There was something happening all the time and the musicians were very professional. We selected this cruise because it had our desired island itinerary. There were three shore excursions offered but only elected to do one. We had organised our own Ephesus guide as we wanted a private tour. The ship was well organised and there was a service desk open 24 hours for an inquiry. There was plenty of entertainment and a variety of restaurant choices. The food buffets offered a huge variety of cuisine. Our package included a food and drink package which was very good value for money as it included unlimited cocktails, wine, beer etc. There was a convenience shop on board which was handy. Our cabin was small but adequate. We spent little time in the cabin as there is so much to do onboard as well as island sightseeing. Our cabin steward was very helpful and attentive. I found all the crew went out of their way to make it an enjoyable cruise. The internet was expensive but no really an issue for us. We would have liked more time in Turkey but appreciate the logistics of the ship trying to coordinate passengers and tour groups disembarking and arriving as well as the port accessibility and ship safety. We traveled with two adult children and they found the cruise just as enjoyable. They cater for all ages. It was a little overwhelming trying to fit in all the ship experiences set out in the daily programe. The Rhodes excursion was excellent as we were hosted by a local woman who was very knowledgeable and friendly. We disembarked at Santorini as we wanted to fully explore this island for a few days and the itinerary only allowed four hours. Because we were disembarking we had the wait while the excursions passengers disembarked. This meant we didn't reach the island port until 6pm, we then had to wait for the tenders to go back and collect our luggage. However I can appreciate that Santorini is very popular and there are only a few tenders operating. Given the difficult logistics the crew did their best to get us off the ship. I would recommend Celestyal cruises. I would stay on the islands next time and use the ferry between island groups as there wasn't enough time for the excursions and we were aware that we must be back on board at the designated time. I would highly recommend this cruise. It was a wonderful experience. The Greek islands are outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Let me start by saying I am very surprised at the Negative reviews I keep reading regarding this Ship. I do understand you cant please everyone but to slate it like others have I find quite surprising. I travelled with my Husband and we ... Read More
Let me start by saying I am very surprised at the Negative reviews I keep reading regarding this Ship. I do understand you cant please everyone but to slate it like others have I find quite surprising. I travelled with my Husband and we both had a fantastic week aboard. This was our first cruise. I felt very excided and we both were not disappointed when we saw the ship for the first time at Corfu port. Booked in smoothly, once we found our cabin we were both pleased with the size no problems there. Good shower. Staff and entertainment team worked so hard and we enjoyed all 7 evenings. Service on board was good, with very friendly staff. Also the Ship was very clean. FOOD, this is were I feel people are being very harsh. I am a Celiac which means I can't eat Gluten and let me tell you my clothes didn't fit me properly towards the end of our week. I never went hungry once, even Gluten Free Bread. We found the food to be hot, tasty with PLENTY of choice and I Thank You very much for catering for peoples different diets. It can't be easy. We will definitely be Cruising again with Thomson, the organization from start to finish was excellent. So Thank You for a fab week and see you soon. x Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise as this was our first time and we didn't want our holiday to be to formal.we flew from Glasgow to corfu, no hitches, arrived at corfu was met by thomson reps ,they told us where to go,was given all the documents ... Read More
We chose this cruise as this was our first time and we didn't want our holiday to be to formal.we flew from Glasgow to corfu, no hitches, arrived at corfu was met by thomson reps ,they told us where to go,was given all the documents for our cabins and luggage got to the ship and demonstration was straight forward. The staff can't do enough for you they are so pleasant always greet you with a smile. Cabin was just what you need no complaints, the steward was very nice ,our steward was called Joko ,a very pleasant chap.The ship was lovely, better than expected by reading some of the views on this page. The dining was superb ,we ate inthe orion a lot of the time where the waiter service was excellent, the food was always lovely and if you don't like what is on the menu you can order steak but you pay a supplement for this butit is worth it . We also ate in the lido a few times and the choice is great, quantity and quality is also great. The entertainment team were amazing up from early morning till late on into the wee small hours. The singer's in the waters edge are really good,they are called 2intense the thomson celebration are very lucky if they go there. I really enjoyed waking up each day in a different port, Argastoli in Kefalonia was my favourite port it was so calm ,very clean , I wouldn't mind a wee holiday there for a week .Disinformation went smooth until you go to corfu airport and its organised chaos ,you seem to wait in queues no matter where you go.All in all we had a brilliant cruise and do it all again in a heart beat, would recommend this cruise to anyone,nothing to complain about, and if you do then what can I say , your probably better spending your holidays at home. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had a goal to visit the Greek Islands on a small ship, the Galileo was perfect. The staff was unbelievable, the food was sumptuous and plentiful. They were very accommodating for dietary restrictions. Our destinations were changed due ... Read More
We had a goal to visit the Greek Islands on a small ship, the Galileo was perfect. The staff was unbelievable, the food was sumptuous and plentiful. They were very accommodating for dietary restrictions. Our destinations were changed due to high winds in the open sea, therefore we were unable to visit any of the islands. Our stops were all along the mainland, and included a swim stop on a spectacular day. All replacement stops were well thought out by the staff, and included The Lion Gate, Olympia, and Monemvassia. They involved many sites of historic significance, including destinations and museums we would never have seen otherwise. It was a great adventure, because we never knew where we were going! We would definitely take Variety Cruises again, on another small ship adventure. Passengers who began as strangers became friends. We felt completely safe as women traveling, and would recommend this to anyone traveling alone as well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our cab driver pulled up to the dock and we could not believe how beautiful the Galileo was. Luckily, he recognized the Greek spelling for Galileo and drove us right to the gangplank. The crew and staff offered friendly and premium ... Read More
Our cab driver pulled up to the dock and we could not believe how beautiful the Galileo was. Luckily, he recognized the Greek spelling for Galileo and drove us right to the gangplank. The crew and staff offered friendly and premium service from the moment we arrived and through the entire cruise. Passengers were allowed to be casual and comfortable. The food was delicious, authentic, plentiful and in true Greek fashion they begged us to take more. They were graciously able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Our cabin was comparable to the hotel room we stayed in while enjoying Athens. Our plan to see the Greek Isles was cancelled due to high winds. Day by day we would learn the new itinerary and next adventure. The stops that they found for us were outstanding and included many sites of historic significance. Lion Gate, Olympia, Monemvassia, and more. The excursions and entertainment were well planned. Every port people would run over with cameras to see our ship. By the end of the trip we were all convinced that small ship travel was the way to go. Passengers who started out as strangers became friends. Some of us will be visiting each other in Australia, UK, and US. Most importantly, as women traveling alone we felt safe. We are looking forward to our next adventure with Variety Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We last sailed on the Dream 5 years ago, quite a few changes, some good some not so. Embarkation an disembarkation uneventful and smooth. Changes on the ship, the Waters Edge which used to be a teen club is now the area for the ... Read More
We last sailed on the Dream 5 years ago, quite a few changes, some good some not so. Embarkation an disembarkation uneventful and smooth. Changes on the ship, the Waters Edge which used to be a teen club is now the area for the casino and bar with a small dance floor. Entertainment was good, apart from the shows which were a bit schmaltzy and the comedian old school. In house band was the best, really versatile. Cabin kept tidy, however no towel animals, unlike most others, I suppose it depends on the person looking after you. Our cabin was floor 5 at the aft, the thrusters/propellor noise was horrendous and woke us every morning so I'd recommend elsewhere, bed quite comfy. Dining, I feel sure there used to be 5 courses, now it's 3 in the Orion,portions just the right size and wine plentiful. We would have liked the same waiter every night but as we were a big party this must have been the reason. Another change was no Baked Alaska parade and no food exhibition. Shore excursions, we didn't get off at Kalamata, looked uninviting, Athens was a complete dump, went to the Acropolis but the queues so big we came back. Kefalonia was lovely as was Santorini except for the cruel people who chose to ride up on the Donkeys. Santorini very expensive, 8 euros for a milkshake! Rhodes was nice too. Lots of sunbeds available, except they were in full sun with no shade, another change was the sun room upstairs where the astro turf used to be, nice area offering a little shade and a bar in the area was very welcome. Cocktails 80% ice, prossecco nice, also beer, always something on the menu to try, would recommend the drinks package, another change is no signature for drinks (unless out of the package) which was far better. All in all pretty much what we expected lovely holiday Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Best price great destination . They offer high standard food very good service, the cabins were excellent. The entertainment team offered a great show. We had a fantastic time. The staff was excellent the were very organized with the ... Read More
Best price great destination . They offer high standard food very good service, the cabins were excellent. The entertainment team offered a great show. We had a fantastic time. The staff was excellent the were very organized with the embarkation and debarkation. They had a big choice of drinks , cocktails, milkshakes. They offered a big selection of catering grill night greek cosine mediterenian , Chinese. Choice of food for children pizza burgers hotdog. The entertainers were great they offered a very well organized and directed shows the dancers were excellent. They offered a disco after 11 also greek music. The offered a big choice of shore excursion . The destination were excellent. I suggest that the ship should stay night at Mykonos and reduce the time in Rhodes island. The ship person ell was helping passengers in disembarkation. The price include excursion in efesos. The guide was very good she gave us a lot of information about efesos. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Very dated boat - probably looked good in the 1980's but not in comparison to modern ships. We paid about £800 a night for this cruise - probably about the same rate as some of London's top hotels. In return got dull, luke-warm, ... Read More
Very dated boat - probably looked good in the 1980's but not in comparison to modern ships. We paid about £800 a night for this cruise - probably about the same rate as some of London's top hotels. In return got dull, luke-warm, very plain food, which we had to fetch ourselves from the buffet. Reception told us not to bother going to the a la carte restaurant - apparently if you wear £150 pair of jeans you aren't as special as someone wearing 2 for a tenner chinos from the Daily Mail special offers page. The board basis was meant to be 'All Inclusive' yet this only entitles you to a 'basic' drinks package - they constantly try to get you to pay £50 to upgrade to a premium package. Not quite All Inclusive then - but I suppose Semi-Inclusive has less sales appeal. Talking of trying to push sales, Thomson has all their staff at it - even the Captain came over the Tannoy at many of the ports trying to flog us bottled water from the ship because it was 'cheaper' than onshore (it wasn't), and advising us to get a Boat Taxi at Venice rather than walking - even though we found out it was only a 30 minute walk. Poolside it was a bit like Butlins at sea with young 'entertainment' hosts trying to enforce fun on the passengers by playing daft games and quizzes that everyone just googles the answers for. Ruined the poolside peace more than anything else. The water in the pool had an interesting grey colour with plenty of dead wasps, empty beer cups and used plasters floating about all day. The boat is also badly sound proofed. We booked a suite cabin which is situated on the deck below the 'Medusa Bar' which has mediocre bands blaring out the same old done-to-death songs at volume 11 through till midnight - I appreciate this isn't that late but we have a 6 and 4 year old who wished to go to sleep at 10pm who kept being disturbed by the bass, wailing, stomping feet and drunken cheering. There was no point asking to be moved cabins as they only have 5 suites and I think they are all on the same deck so we didn't bother. To our amazement, we bumped into a number of guests who were actually returning for the second, third or fourth+ time on this boat! Have people not seen what you can get elsewhere for less money?? Maybe its something to do with the marketing - something I would give Thomsons five stars for - as at every turn they bombard you with 'please come back next year' begging announcements. A summary in two words - Royal Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
AUGUST 2017 MY CELESTYAL OLYMPIA REVIEW : Returning from another incredible experience with Celestyal ! I had originally booked the 7 night itinerary of the Nefeli, but the ship was then exclusively dedicated to the Turkish market ... Read More
AUGUST 2017 MY CELESTYAL OLYMPIA REVIEW : Returning from another incredible experience with Celestyal ! I had originally booked the 7 night itinerary of the Nefeli, but the ship was then exclusively dedicated to the Turkish market for August and so we made the two combined 3 and 4 nights itineraries of the Olympia, in this month of August. Someone would say they are identical (with the addition of Rhodes for the longest cruise) : true but in these islands there are so many things to do and see, and the stops in port necessarily short, that doing twice these ports not only is pleasant but even advisable if you want to know a little more in deep the islands. Then… lets say the truth, staying 7 nights on the Olympia is just pure pleasure! About the ship... what to say? It was the Song of America of the Royal Caribbean, a revolutionary ship for the time when it was built and always had , under the RCCL flag, the maximum rates of guest’s satisfaction . I would say what I already said here once : these were the times when ships were built by the shipping companies for the pleasure of the passengers, today it’s very different, and there would be a lot to say, but this is another story. Coming back to us... great spaces, ample walking promenades with real teakwood decks , an unthinkable luxury today on modern ships. Many external staircases, even these very large to pass easily from one deck to another always enjoying the surrounding sea and islands, a characteristic now almost disappeared. Interior design... like a true liner , the ship’s experts knows what I mean. Elegant, incredibly spacious and chic . Maybe I belong to another era, but I find this design infinitely more elegant than the one of the standard modern ships that in my opinion is too... american style. In a word , too "glitzy” ! So... what I can say about “my” Olympia experience ? In my life I have done almost 100 cruises in the span of 60 years . Yes, because I made my first one in 1957, aged five years. I liked cruising and crossing seas so much that it become my job ( owning an agency specialized both in cruises and cruises for groups ) : I write this simply to say to those who read my review that my judgement, having been a professional in this sector is less subjective, probably perhaps more objective tha n it would the one of a regular passenger. Well, I can say that Celestyal, from the time of Louis cruises, has come a long way ! Before to make any assessment: the category of the ship. Celestyal is in the standard cruise segment. To clarify : for example, the type of catering of Celestyal, which I judge absolutely positive if not great for a ship of the standard segment , would certainly not receive the same judgement if the same was offered on a luxury ship. It seems obvious but it is not so, sometimes many expect services that it is absurd to expect for a certain category, so the next judgement is appropriate to the category of the ship ( but remember that MOST cruise lines belongs to this group ). About the ship I already spoke and the 2 cruises I was on were totally fully booked, so I can say that, at full capacity, I have never, but really never had the feeling of crowding and this means that the project of the ship was very good. Ah... another important thing: the maintenance of the ship is so great ! She is now 35 years old and she really does not show her age, except for her design, of course. No rust marks, everything is fully functional, outside and inside. The restyling of the cabins and in general of her interiors, made in the last 2 years, have updated the ship in a modern and elegant way . And that “Thalassa” bar up at the top of the Zeus Bridge (Greek Trattoria Style) is so amazing to enjoy departures and arrivals !!! The cabins : in the times when the ship was built the idea was that the passenger only needed the cabin just to shower , changing clothes and sleep a few hours so the space was limited. Today this concept evolved and cabins have become more spacious ( many love to consider their cabin as a sort of they home at sea ) but, anyway, the needs vary, depending on cruise styles, sea days, duration of cruise etc. . I can say that the Olympia’s standard rooms are rather compact but very well furnished on the shades of light blue and with modern new bathrooms and therefore perfectly suitable for cruises lasting 3 and 4 days. I had a junior suite on deck 7: simply beautiful !!! Ample as I like it , comfortable, with two large windows overlooking the promenade , big closets and drawers, a nice living area and a spacious bathroom. Another positive is the location : few meters and you are right on the promenade, that means continuous and immediate contact with the sea and the islands where the ship sails. I also saw the suites with balcony : just gorgeous , spacious and very well decorated with fresh and bright colors ! And with very deep balconies. Nothing to envy to ships of the award winnig companies. And now we come to the... software: and here, again, I was positively impressed. This year the all inclusive system has been introduced for the first time and my fear, indeed my fears, were two : firstly the quality ' of the drinks. In many all inclusive hotels , even quite expensive, I found the drinks quality rather poor and the service too slow while here the service was prompt and the quality of drinks absolutely good , they even offered alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails : a cheer to the bar crew, friendly and efficient ! And how much effort they did always with a smile all the time ! Just good ! Bravo ! Same for dining. It is buffet everywhere , both in the restaurant and at the self service: wide choice, fresh food , wella presented but, above all, tasty ! And this, believe me, it's not obvious. Douglas Ward, the author of the cruise guide Berlitz, the "gospel" of the cruises, often laments that the "banquet catering" of the standard cruise ships offer foods with a bland, unsavory taste. Not here at all !!! The food is good and fresh but , above all, it has a Greek imprint, absolutely amazing for a ship sailing in the Aegean . Positive, positive, positive! Ok, I admit , I enjoyed the special attention of the the just exceptional Maitre D' Mr Sozos Sorros but, believe me, it was really outstanding in his job ( many luxury vessel’s Maitre D’s would have so much to learn from him ! ), well , I can say that even in the restaurants of the Cunard’s Grill class (and experts knows what I’m speaking about ) I wasn’t treated at this level of service ( I speak of course about service , not food that was always very good but don’t expect the impossibile : filet a’ la Wellington or caviar ,Cunard is in the luxury market ! ). A small detail, just for those interested in suites : guests occupying suites also have priority in the restaurant for the table request , for example a table for two or for a quieter area. Dining quietly on holiday is important, here's another reason for me to prefer a suite : if your budget allows go for a suite, you’ll not be disappointed, it’s well worth it ! Ah... I forgot: here there are no restaurant sittings , everyone eats when he wants during opening hours ( another feature typical of premium and luxury ships ). Even the afternoon tea is served here and you’ll find scones with dotted cream and strawberry jam in the purest tradition of the British afternoon tea : another positive point. And, always talking about positive things that are no longer commonly found, at least on standard ships, are barbecues and themed open-air buffets on decks , another fine maritime tradition nearly disappeared but not on Celestyal’s ships. Another important positive point: the absolute efficiency in the landings with tender boats: the greeks of Celestyal would have so much to teach the americans ! Super organized and super efficient , for me the best in the world! Drawbacks ? Sincerely, for the category of the ship, very few . Personally, staying in a suite, I find that this is probably the only company that still does not offer benefits like the others do, for example, priority tickets for tender operations or free breakfast in the cabin, all important things for a more demanding clientele who, obviously paying more, expects certain premium services . But these are details who don't affect the overall impression of quality. Shows: Funny ! And quite original ! I was so amused seeing their shows that I was happier here than assisting to the grand “musicals” of the american ships which, in the end, seems to me all similars and indeed linked to the anglo-aaxon tradition. In the Greek islands I like to "feel" and experience the great tradition of the Greek culture, not the anglo-saxon one ! Besides, I forgot... Greek music, a lot , pleasant to hear , everywhere , so enjoyable : this is the beauty of travelling with a Greek company like Celestyal ! About the ports of call I don't speak, too much has already been said and written. And then , everyone has his tastes and preferences on things to do and see ashore . I would only say that time ashore is never enough so doing the same cruise twice is a real treat ! Possibily as I do every year. That's why, for the next year, I will book the new, beautiful 7 nights cruise of the ( yachtlike ) Celestyal Crystal: long hours ashore to enjoy the islands and, especially, 2 entire days and one night to "get lost" , is just the case to say, in the unique Santorini. And a full day and an entire night to spend in Mykonos too ! Summarizing... a very positive experience I can suggest to experience to everyone ! And BRAVO to Celestyal Cruises , with capital letters ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our first cruise and we know a number of people who have been on Thomson cruises and loved them. We were not disappointed. The ship was lovely and everywhere was spotless. The Captain (Richard) was the loveliest person and gave us ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we know a number of people who have been on Thomson cruises and loved them. We were not disappointed. The ship was lovely and everywhere was spotless. The Captain (Richard) was the loveliest person and gave us so much information every day. The food was first class and the service was second to none as were the cocktails which I think I managed to sample most of !.. All the staff were fantastic. A special thanks to Rogie in the Orian Restaurant who was absolutely fantastic, so attentive as I must say everybody was. Mario was our cabin steward who was brilliant and left our room pristine every morning and evening. The entertainment was so professional with fanatstic singers and dancers and Carl Schofield the comedian who had us rolling and got a standing ovation.The organisation in all the ports of call was very organised as was the embarking and dis-embarking. This was our first cruise and I hope the first of many. Thank you Thomson Dream for a fantastic holiday!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having been on a Thomson Cruise in 2016 with my wife and family aboard the Thomson Spirit, we decided to book another this year having had such a great time last year. We chose the Dream because of the itinerary it offered, and the places ... Read More
Having been on a Thomson Cruise in 2016 with my wife and family aboard the Thomson Spirit, we decided to book another this year having had such a great time last year. We chose the Dream because of the itinerary it offered, and the places and activities we experienced were all excellent. The two excursions we chose to go on we felt were good value for money, both the guides and transportation were efficient and informative. The Captain and the crew of the ship were both helpful and friendly, along with the entertainment and food which catered for all ages and tastes. We chose the Outside Plus Cabins which we found to be spacious and more than adequate for our needs as last year we had the Standard Outside cabin and the difference the larger window made meant there was less of a restricted view. The housekeeping staff were efficient and helpful dealing with any issues effectively whilst keeping the cabins clean and tidy at all times. We would defiantly recommend this type of holiday to our family and friends, and hopefully plan to go on another cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Thompson unfortunately are money first, customer second , we felt very strongly that it was all about squeezing every last penny from you, this was our first cruise and probably our last, The Thompson dream is dated, the food very poor, ... Read More
Thompson unfortunately are money first, customer second , we felt very strongly that it was all about squeezing every last penny from you, this was our first cruise and probably our last, The Thompson dream is dated, the food very poor, you are unable to leave your sun bed for more than 45 mins, if you do your belongings are taken to reception because there are nowhere near enough sun beds, so forget a relaxing lunch, stuff it down and legg it back, excursions are unnecessarily expensive, average £220 per day for a family of 4 , housekeeping staff were lovely, reception staff rude and abrupt, our daughter was injured on the ship by a broken lamp, we went to reception and asked for a plaster and whilst she was dripping blood we were talked through the prices," Buy your own plasters from the shop or pay £47 to open the medical centre" no concern for her what so ever !! , money money money ! On an over priced cruise anyway, I urge you to shop around ! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise,because we have always been happy with Thomsons and have travelled with them about eight times.We always look at the itineries,to find one that is calling at ports we haven't visited yet,obviously this becomes ... Read More
We chose this cruise,because we have always been happy with Thomsons and have travelled with them about eight times.We always look at the itineries,to find one that is calling at ports we haven't visited yet,obviously this becomes more difficult as time passes.The Greek islands have been on our to do list and we certainly were not disappointed.Our flight out and service at Corfu to join the ship ran very smoothly,our cabin was very well presented and staff were on hand to answer any queries.The restaurants are always fun with the staff being so kind and always smiling.The food and choice of menu were posted every day and we enjoyed the choices provided. The excursions were well organised,but we prefer to explore each destination ourselves,Santorini was very pretty and the cablecar was fun.Syros was very unexpected,no one seems to have visited or even heard of it before,we found a very beautiful place to visit,the locals were very helpful andeverywhere was so clean.We found a quiet little café where we could people watch and see the world sail by at the quay side.We would definitely visit again.The other destinations were Zante,Chania on Crete...very busy place with lots of character...and friendly people,we also called in at Marmaris too.The weather stayed fantastic all week which is always a bonus. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Cannot rate this cruise highly enough. This was our first cruise and we didn't want a formal affair. We travelled as two families with teenage children. The flights and transfers to the ship were seemless. Once on the ship, the ... Read More
Cannot rate this cruise highly enough. This was our first cruise and we didn't want a formal affair. We travelled as two families with teenage children. The flights and transfers to the ship were seemless. Once on the ship, the staff could not have been better - helpful, cheerful, efficient and genuinely seemed to want to ensure that every single passenger had the best time. Every member of staff from bar staff, catering staff, entertainers, ships officers, retail assistants, housekeeping staff all appeared to love their jobs and had the holidaymakers experience at the heart of everything they did. The ship is clean, there's plenty to do. Food was varied and on tape until midnight each night. Food was well presented and fresh despite the numbers catered for and the fact that it is available for 18 hours a day. The all inclusive package is to be recommended. So many times in the past all inclusive means watered down, cheap unbranded alternatives. This couldn't be further from the trust on the Dream. The all inclusive package at just £16 per day was such good value for money it was ridiculous. Excellent entertainment. The itinerary was brilliant - well organised with lots of information on excursions which could be arranged on the ship in advance via Thomson. If you wanted to do your own thing once ashore which is what we did, there was plenty of information available and recommendations on where to go for the best beaches, shopping, sights etc. All in all a wonderful experience. If you are looking for a formal environment, while one of the restaurants required formal attire, the atmosphere aboard is more casual but definitely suitable for families and those not wishing to dress up in black tie every night for dinner. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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