12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We had being on a similar type cruise in Croatia 2 years ago and when I say similar i mean only the head count was similar, everything else was quite the opposite needless to say. Firstly when we googled this cruise , to say the ... Read More
We had being on a similar type cruise in Croatia 2 years ago and when I say similar i mean only the head count was similar, everything else was quite the opposite needless to say. Firstly when we googled this cruise , to say the pictures were air brushed is an understatement . When we arrived at the port , we thought we were at the wrong boat as did other passengers as we found out as the days on board passed by. The size of our room was 7ft x 7ft square with twin beds pushed together . There was a foot either side of the bed and at the end of it and our toilet leaked from day one, of which we reported but nothing was done about it. The air conditioning unit roared like a generator all night long of which was reported also. Nothing was done on either report. We only swam off the back of the boat once and that was on the first day as it was either too windy or we were in a port and could not swim in it. We missed one of our shore excursions or rather port of stop due to being unable to dock??. We spent one afternoon and one night in another port because we were told seas were too rough to move on.We eventually ended up at our final destination Mykonos and were told we could stay out until 3am but would be leaving again at 5am to head back to Athens , note no one on board had any interest in staying out until 3am. We left Mykonos at 5.30am on thursday am and finally docked in Athens at 9.30pm , everyone was sick on board due to the rough seas .This day was completely wasted all in aid of the cruise being back in Athens for Friday am for our disembarkation and embarkation of its new clients. We were outraged at this and the fact that they did not take into account how anyone felt about this nor were we even asked for our opinion. The cabin , Dining and Bar staff were excellent and we had no problem leaving them some form of gratitude in monetary terms, we were asked to leave at least between €80 and €100 for them, that's from each cabin which I think in it self should have being an individual decision and not a request from the tour co-ordinator. I found the him to be a Jekyll and Hyde, sweet when it suited but down right arrogant and rude at the best of times. He took offence when asked questions on what he was supposed to have covered and at times snapped at clients for no apparent reason and then smiled at them after as if saying ... now ask me again !. He treated Dining and Bar Staff as if they were below him and that they were working for him, he was so rude to them and in front of us which was even worse . The boat , well what can I say apart from the fact that it needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. 3 of the sun loungers were broken and could not be used and the area was so small that not everyone could sunbath at the one time. The Bar area is so basic it is not funny, large plain timber tables and chairs , similar to what you would see in a canteen, the cheapest of furniture and was by no means enticed anyone to stay in the bar for any length of time. The Dining area stank of dampness each morning .The window frames had seen their day and need to be replaced . The ramp for embarkment and disembarkment was a danger in itself. At one stage i watched as a member of crew used a hammer to get the handles to fit to the frame in order that we had something to hold onto in order to disembark. If I were asked to rate this boat on a scale of one to ten , i could at most only give it a 1 - 2 at most. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
The itinerary was exactly what we have wanted to do for years. The ship was a little tired but everything was clean and acceptable. Almost all of the meals were buffet style which normally isn't our thing but it must be said that ... Read More
The itinerary was exactly what we have wanted to do for years. The ship was a little tired but everything was clean and acceptable. Almost all of the meals were buffet style which normally isn't our thing but it must be said that there was plenty of food with a good variety for every meal, the food was extremely fresh and even if you were back of the queue there was plenty of every dish to go round. In all we were surprised by the quality of the food which was very good without exception. It was the norm for most people to drink the house wine and ordering anything else was a bit of an ordeal. However the house wine wasn't bad and by the end of the week we were certainly ok with it. The bar was scantily stocked and some nights wasn't even open beyond 10.30pm but even that didn't bother us as the sea air gave us very a very good sleep pattern, so good in fact that we only took one breakfast in the whole week. As for the islands, well once you've seen one you've probably seen most of what tomorrow brings. The people were very friendly and if you ate the local food and drank the local wine then meals out were very very cheap. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
Another truly excellent cruise with Variety Cruises aboard their small, but beautifully accommodating ships. Once again, everything was just spot on, from the welcome, the food, the warmth of the staff and crew, the company of fellow ... Read More
Another truly excellent cruise with Variety Cruises aboard their small, but beautifully accommodating ships. Once again, everything was just spot on, from the welcome, the food, the warmth of the staff and crew, the company of fellow passengers, and the ports of call. I can't speak highly enough of this kind of cruise experience. You feel as though you are with a group of friends on a private yacht. You get to see places without hordes of cruise ship passengers. On this Greek cruise we visited some smaller islands that are almost untouched by tourism. On busier islands like Santorini and Mykonos, watching 3000 passengers queuing in the heat for tenders made us feel so smug that we could wander on and off our ship in the harbour at any time we chose.The whole thing is designed to make you feel special, and you most certainly do! Can't wait for the next one! Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Disgusting!!!!! We booked through Vantage Deluxe World Travel for an Aegean Cruise on the Harmony V and it was the worst vacation we have ever had. This ship needs to be taken out of commission or totally refurbished. The staterooms are ... Read More
Disgusting!!!!! We booked through Vantage Deluxe World Travel for an Aegean Cruise on the Harmony V and it was the worst vacation we have ever had. This ship needs to be taken out of commission or totally refurbished. The staterooms are old and run down as are the ship's common areas. Our stateroom "suite" was a sight to behold. The bathroom was covered in black mold and the entire stateroom reeked of mold. The shower door was covered in streaked soap scum for our entire stay - not cleaned. We were told not to flush used toilet paper down the toilet but to put it in the trash can - gross - and the bathroom sink water was not potable. When showering the stall filled ankle deep in water that didn't drain. We used towels to force the water down the drain and sop it up. Never felt clean after showering in a bathroom like this. After two days of complaining about the bathroom to the "hotel manager" a maintenance man was sent to rechaulk the bathroom. When we disembarked the black mold was leeching through again - disgusting and unhealthy. The bed linens were old, rough, tattered and yellowed and the bed and pillows were no better than sleeping on a cot. The carpet was old and stained and need to be replaced. After touring for the day we dreaded going back to this dump of a ship. We have been on many cruises, some better than others, but always a good experience. This $14,000 vacation was a disappointing, disgusting rip off and I have no idea how Vantage and Variety continue to get away with marketing it as a high end trip. STAY AWAY! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore ... Read More
There's a new chef this year and he is fantastic. I would recommend that anyone interested in this cruise absolutely book the tour through Odysseys Unlimited. Other passengers have to have a large enough number to go on the shore excursions. The A rooms had plenty of space to walk around the bed and very decently-sized showers. Room safe, DVD player and a channel that constantly played a loop of english-language Greece-related movies. There's a library of novel discards from past passengers plus some other guidebooks. The crew were outstanding. They had tons of experience on cruise ships or extremely engaging personalities. Or both. Everyone was so friendly, even when they were concerned about weather or matters they never disclosed to us. I would caution that anyone unaccustomed to strenuous swimming avoid the swim stops. They will cancel if the seas are too rough, but the currents are unpredictable. A bunch of people went in and we all came out safely. A lot of the places we visited had places where it would be easy to trip and fall. Greece is a place for tourists with a dose of common sense about staying out of the street and not behaving recklessly on precarious trails. You must be at least moderately fit in order to reach the amazing places made available to you on this trip. One of the greatest things we saw was the cliff walk on Santorini. You have to pass on the optional excursion, but you can walk through three villages along the cliffs and stop anytime for a coffee or lunch. Probably about three miles roundtrip. You miss seeing Oia, which others say is fantastic, so... A warning: we saw no evidence that Greece is LGBT-friendly, except in parts of Athens and Mykonos. Tradition and religion were evident everywhere. It was a little heartbreaking to know that friends and family would not be greeted with the same enthusiasm. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This yacht/company was chosen basis very high standards and I could not be happier with my choice. Not only me and my friends had the opportunity to experience life onboard such a magnificent yacht but also explore and discover the natural ... Read More
This yacht/company was chosen basis very high standards and I could not be happier with my choice. Not only me and my friends had the opportunity to experience life onboard such a magnificent yacht but also explore and discover the natural beauty of the Canary Islands through wonderful excursions. The suites and generally all accommodating areas, of HARMONY V, are based on a combination of modern design and a luxurious - yet affordable - way of spending time to relax and explore the destination. The dining area was always filled with smiles of the crew, who were standing by for any of our complex requirements. Of course the Chef gave us a taste of the local cuisine and other delicious courses. I would consider myself very lucky if I was able someday to travel again with the same or a sister yacht of the company to experience such kind of vacations. Needless to say we were all feeling completely safe thanks to the Captain and the crew, during our passages through the islands. What a great adventure. Thank you for making us feel like home :) Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
My wife and I went on 7 night/ 8 day Greek Island cruise with friends in September 2015. For months we were looking forward to a trip of a life time, sharing websites links of Harmony V with friends and family. After a month long ... Read More
My wife and I went on 7 night/ 8 day Greek Island cruise with friends in September 2015. For months we were looking forward to a trip of a life time, sharing websites links of Harmony V with friends and family. After a month long European holiday we could not wait to board our " luxury cruising yacht." What a let down. Harmony V was nothing like the photos on the website. It is extremely tired and in a desperate need of a make over. The furnishing and fittings reminded us of a cheap motel. We were not informed that the majority of the passengers were part of a seperate tour group catering for American tourist. They had their own guide and as such did not mingle as they undertook their own excursions and had their seating arrangements for meals. It was really a case of us and them. The cabin and beverage staff were very good and tried their best. The food was average with little variety and the Greek wines on offer were very expensive and not very good. We saw very little of the captain and his executive team. We could however smell them from their constant smoking on the bridge. We paid what we believe was and extremely high price which obviously heightened our expectations. Please do you homework before making any bookings Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
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