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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
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
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