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Myself and my family of three chose this cruise through the Aegean departing from Athens for its budget friendly qualities and its packed itinerary. It was our 4th cruise, but first on a medium sized ship. The first impression, as well ... Read More
Myself and my family of three chose this cruise through the Aegean departing from Athens for its budget friendly qualities and its packed itinerary. It was our 4th cruise, but first on a medium sized ship. The first impression, as well as the overall one was pretty mixed. The service was absolutely incredible. The staff was prompt, always smiling and willing to help. My son lost his cell phone, but the front desk staff luckily helped us in getting it back quickly. The bar staff was a highlight. It was prompt and always rushed to our service when we entered one of the ships 3 bars. Though most venues were smaller than what you would expect if you were a veteran of bigger cruise ships, the entertainment staff offered music performances day in and day out (the pianist/violinist Yuri was extremely talented). The nightly shows were also high quality, complete with live music,acrobats, dancing and an overly excited Italian entertainment director. The service in the main restaurant was equally impressive, though the lack of a seating system led to large ques outside the entrance and to not getting the same waiter each night. The food was overall impressive, though the buffet options were sometimes limited. The appetizers were also to small in my opinion. The delicious Greek Cusine however made up for this. The rooms were spacious, the housekeeping staff kept them clean and the recent refurbishment gave it a great fresh look. However such attention was not given to the bathroom and balcony, both showing their age. There was however a huge problem, the noise. The AC in the room is EXTREMELY NOISY, and forced us to block it with clothes in order to get a good night sleep! If that was not enough, anounncments for disembarkation in Lavrion( I was not disembarking in that port) woke me up at 6 am. On that day the breakfast was over at 8 am, which led to my family rushing the few remaining stations that still had food. It was simply unacceptable. Excursion anounncment were also broadcast live into every room at 7 am on a daily basis. We only took the two excursions included into our package because the rest were horribbly overpriced (70 euros per 1/2 day trip). When sailing around the islands of Ios and Santorini the rough seas really shook up the speed and it was impossible to rest. Charging cruisers 1 euro per sea sickness pill did not help things. On other days the incredibly old and loud engines made relaxing on the top deck by the pool or anywhere else for that matter impossible. Overall if you are looking for a cheap, bang for the buck cruise and do not mind the querks and disadvantages of an older and smaller ship, the Celestyal Nefeli is a great pick. If you are looking for a relaxing experience and do not care for the two port of calls per day, Celestyal Nefeli might be a rather poor pick. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our first cruise and to be honest we feel a bit let down with it, or was it a case of us expecting to much from what we thought a cruise would be like. Embarkation was swift and prompt, and was shown directions to our cabin. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise and to be honest we feel a bit let down with it, or was it a case of us expecting to much from what we thought a cruise would be like. Embarkation was swift and prompt, and was shown directions to our cabin. The cabin was above expectations being roomy, comfortable with plenty of storage space and clean. Next was what was called the "sail away" party. we thought they might provide you with a complimentary drink, but all we got was a butlins type atmosphere of "people on the left you're team A, give us a cheer!!, not our type of thing, then the resident band and staff performed songs. We didn't know we'd started sailing until someone said we're moving, we thought this is where an announcement could have been made in a butlins/love boat manner rather than "team A, B or C" give us a whoop woop! We found the food average at best, just as we've found in AI hotels, it looked amazing but the tastes didn't quite match the look of it....but there was plenty of choice and we found the breakfasts to the most enjoyable. We cannot comment on the shows as we're not into that sort of thing, I did take in the comedian for all of 5 minutes,but left as the jokes he was telling i'd heard in 1998 by johnny casson!! As others have said, on a sea-day, forget about getting a sunbed unless you're up early, and also you are packed in like sardines. Please Thomson, on sea-days can you make sure that ,napkin folding, cooking demo be taken inside the ship (libertines was empty) as it was so off putting hearing the entertainment crew describe every small detail, whilst we were trying to relax or read...i gave up trying to read as i couldn't concentrate, but I know how to fold a napkin!! LOL The ships crew were very friendly and professional and are a credit to this ship with big thanks to Ad ang. Rio and the rest We were always the last to re-board ship as we loved being ashore, and would have liked the ship to stay overnight so you could sample the various places at night as they have a different atmosphere. We are independent travelers as a rule and like to get out and mingle with the locals but thought we'd try a cruise as we wanted to go to Istanbul and Athens, (which the ancient wonders itinerary did) but this is a very British ship with very British passengers,with butlins type announcements over the tanoy and as such is not for us. A Turkish waiter summed it up for us whilst in Kusadsai..He said "you don't like cruising cos you are governed by rules, when to get off/on the boat..where you can go on board etc.."..we thought yes...we like to do our own thing in our own time. HI DE HI ;-) Read Less
Sail Date September 2013

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