55 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My wife and I had never previously been keen to join a cruise. However, the itinerary of this one, its emphasis on historical exploration and the fact that the boat seemed relatively small and therefore perhaps more intimate and less ... Read More
My wife and I had never previously been keen to join a cruise. However, the itinerary of this one, its emphasis on historical exploration and the fact that the boat seemed relatively small and therefore perhaps more intimate and less processed, enticed us to book. The itinerary was well planned with appropriate time allocated to most of the venues and days at sea, although the time spent in Morocco was too short, leaving insufficient time should any glitches occur. Several did and the coach journeys in particular became endurance tests for us.Commencing our cruise in Funchal created a special introduction to both the ship and Madeira, helping us to settle in quickly to the ship and its routines and to relax whilst guided around such a beautiful town. The ship was in tip top condition having quite recently received some refurbishment, and throughout the cruise every opportunity to maintain the ship in splendid condition seemed to be taken by the ship's crew.Our cabin was of an adequate size and apart from the paucity of storage space let us enjoy its comfort and amenities.It was kept clean by our cabin staff, although there were several occasions when insufficient towels or loo paper etc were provided.The options for dining were very acceptable and a star feature was the energetic and friendly waiters and waitresses, who were consistently conscientious and welcoming. The main restaurant was situated in the depths of the ship. It was well organised and food was served slickly with an emphasis on courteous attention from all staff.Its physical size, especially the low ceiling made it feel slightly claustrophobic at times. The food was generally quite good but did not live up to our pre-cruise expectations, especially the dinners. Providing almost 300 dinners from a relatively confined galley space may well contribute considerably towards explaining this.The food provided at the other restaurant where breakfasts and lunches were mainly served, was very well staffed and our food was generally enjoyed.Once again, the staff were very well organised and worked consistently hard to please the guests. Entertainment was organised and promoted by a highly personable and talented manager, where there was almost certainly something for everyone, although far too much was aimed at those older than my wife and I, and could well do with a thorough review and revamp.The quality of the entertainers of every kind was always of a high standard or better. My wife and I enjoy activities for reading and reflection and we were able to find plenty of occasions and venues to fulfil these wishes. One major criticism is the hopelessly inadequate provision regarding internet and especially Wi-Fi onboard. It was demonstrably naf and way below the expectations of many travellers of today. Our shore excursions were largely both well organised and thoroughly enjoyable; being of suitable duration in most cases, and visiting an interesting range of local places. With one major exception, the guides were very well trained and provided both excellent commentaries and advice about the life and culture being experienced. A day visit to Rabat proved dire, with an indecisive guide and inadequate provision for crucial activities such as using toilets. The visit included seeing the royal palace, but it was a cursory affair whereas a typical fortress nearby, seemingly heaving with interesting local Moroccan life, history and opportunities was not included. The guide provided for us when visiting Marrakesh was extremely good and made the whole visit come alive. The hotel was also a real treat and a welcome "watering hole" for us to enjoy. The ability for the relatively small ship to provide cruising from the Atlantic up to the port of Seville was a delightful experience and took us to the heart of such a fine city. It also provided the chance to enjoy the many delights of Cordoba. Being moored in Seville provided a delightful finale to the whole cruise. Overall, we felt the cruise provided reasonable value for money. For us its worst feature was that we left the ship feeling it was in some ways rather like a "floating care home" and locked into days gone by. The general ambiance came across as one perhaps suited to folk quite a lot older than ourselves, and we have been retired for well over a decade. We would not plan to use the cruise company again unless we could be convinced they had revised their philosophy and realised more effectively what we suspect most travellers of our age-group or younger now seek from cruising. We appreciated the ship's many individual qualities and strengths, but somehow left feeling a strange combination of rested and relaxed, yet somehow a great deal older than when we first arrived in Funchal.Maybe we have arrived at Antiquity? Read Less
29 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We were on the last tour before the ship goes into dry dock for refurbishing. Although the decor was dated and showed some wear, the ship had a sort of retro charm about it and everything was in working order. As others have mentioned, the ... Read More
We were on the last tour before the ship goes into dry dock for refurbishing. Although the decor was dated and showed some wear, the ship had a sort of retro charm about it and everything was in working order. As others have mentioned, the ventilation system in our cabin was noisy requiring me to wear ear plugs at night. We had an ordinary inside cabin on Columbus, the lowest passenger deck. It was surprisingly comfortable with ample closet and drawer space and a good sized bathroom. I am not sure it would be worth the extreme price increase to get an outside or balcony cabin. The food and service were excellent, and Richard Sykes, the cruise director, is a one-man entertainment guru. He made the trip a lot of fun, especially for us single female travelers. Overall, I give high marks for comfort, service, and food. The captain threw a Greek barbecue one night as a celebration of the last voyage of the year, and he was out and about socializing and dancing with the passengers. That was a highlight of the trip. We found the hotel manager to be very accessible, and he helped us make a phone call to sort out a credit card problem. Now for the down side. As Americans, we are used to a bit more activity on a cruise ship, and although we understood the limitations of a smaller ship, we were not prepared for the bridge players taking over the entire observation lounge or the readers turning the entire ship, inside and out, into a reading room, including the cocktail lounge. We felt rowdy and out of place trying to play games and socialize among all the readers. Somehow we thought that was what the library was for, but no -- it was taken over by the jigsaw puzzlers. Fortunately, we didn't have many sea days -- most of the sailing was done at night, so it wasn't a major problem -- but I often found myself thinking about how well suited the ship would be to an Agatha Christie novel. Would I go again? Maybe. I would be curious to see the refurbishment of the ship when it returns to service next year. But probably not, mostly because of the inconvenience of embarking the ship in Europe. I may seek small ship experiences at ports more convenient to my location in the United States. Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our third cruise on Aegean Odyssey having cruised the Eastern Med and the Black Sea in 2012 and 2014. We have always loved this ship for its small size, focus on historical learning, and unique somewhat old fashioned ambiance. It ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Aegean Odyssey having cruised the Eastern Med and the Black Sea in 2012 and 2014. We have always loved this ship for its small size, focus on historical learning, and unique somewhat old fashioned ambiance. It is not for those who like a lot of luxury, glitz, climbing walls and water sports, though it's comfort, service, food and organization have always been top notch. It thus appeals to an older crowd who are curious life long learners. You will find most shipmates have had careers in the academic and professional world from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Britain. The ship is beautifully maintained and they have resolved previous minor problems such as soot from the stacks on the terrace deck with a permanent awning and we saw no sign of brown water coming from the faucets on this cruise. She merely showed signs of much use as she really has been almost everywhere in the eastern hemisphere over the last six years. Thus she is going in for renovation this winter. The excursions were beautifully organized by Zoey(cruise director) and her staff including for us great hotels in Rome (Parco dei Principi) next to Villa Borghese,(Sofitel Palais) in Marrakech, and the Gran Melia Colon in Seville. We also had a fantastic lunch overlooking Grenada and dinner in the Souks of Marrakech.The buses(tours) to the various locations were well staggered with each having a great tour guide. There was room and time to wander. Daily shore excursion meetings were extremely detailed and informative warning of walk distance and difficulty. Alll talks were very detailed with maps. Due to the ships small size we were able to go up the Quadalquivir River to Seville where we were towed in stern first to disembark at the river cruise dock in Seville. Wow! Good Show Aegean Odyssey for a fabulous cruise of a lifetime to places we thought we would never experience! Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Main reason for going on this cruiseline are for the destinations not for the regular cruise experience. No casino, no rock climbing walls, no art auctions. The ship was due for a re-fit so it's good to see that this is about to ... Read More
Main reason for going on this cruiseline are for the destinations not for the regular cruise experience. No casino, no rock climbing walls, no art auctions. The ship was due for a re-fit so it's good to see that this is about to happen. This was our second cruise on this ship and was very enjoyable. There have been a few changes since our last cruise with them and the adding of Richard the entertainer was the best of them. While no outstanding talent he was warm, friendly and very entertaining whether he was singing, playing the piano or taking the daily quiz. He is very quick with a joke and was always ready for a chat. Thankyou Richard. Shore excursions are very well organised and are included in the cruise fare as are all tips etc (except for the bar tab) Food was outstanding. Apart from a steak and a pasta dish every night has a changable menu, plus wine and beer are included with meals. Yes most passengers are older, my wife and I being in our mid 50's were among the youngest on this cruise, but everyone is fit and eager to enjoy the destinations on offer. The staff are outstanding and very helpful on the dealings we had with them. For us the Alhambra palace in Granada was the highlight closely followed by the Medina in Marrakesh ( wish we had more time here ) add Sicilly and Seville and wow what an itinerary for us. Internet was ok, and was included for us as repeat customers so that was a plus. Ther are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the cruise on the days that we cruised in daylight as most cruising is done at night to spend as much time in ports as possible. The cabin we had was an oceanview and whilst compact was suitable and comfortable. We will cruise with this line again and will be looking forward to the re-fit and hope that Richard is part of the experience. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Unlike massive liners, the Aegean Odyssey is just right for getting to know people and enjoying a peaceful voyage. We were among the few Americans and relished getting to know so many Australians, English, and Canadians, who are much ... Read More
Unlike massive liners, the Aegean Odyssey is just right for getting to know people and enjoying a peaceful voyage. We were among the few Americans and relished getting to know so many Australians, English, and Canadians, who are much quieter and more dignified than party seekers from the U.S. I loved the ambience of the buffet. Our one night in the Marco Polo was spoiled by an invitation to dine with the arrogant captain, who ignored all of us. Food was balanced--lots of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables, terrific cheese, pizza, and tea. My only complaints were the British style broths—watery and greasy—and the absence of a seafood chowder of any kind. Desserts were spectacular. I browsed the library, sunned by the pool, and enjoyed excursions in Spain and Sicily. The time wasted in Morocco did little more than introduce me to the inside of a bus. I'm not sure why we skipped Gibraltar. Housekeeping was punctilious. Beauty salon was only so-so. Laundry service was prompt. We loved it all and want to return. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Did 2 cruises back to back. First one around the Greek Islands and the second from Athens to Venice via the Adriatic Coast. From the moment we stepped aboard this cruise ship did not disappoint. Embarkation was quick and easy with only 350 ... Read More
Did 2 cruises back to back. First one around the Greek Islands and the second from Athens to Venice via the Adriatic Coast. From the moment we stepped aboard this cruise ship did not disappoint. Embarkation was quick and easy with only 350 guests. Our cabin was delightful. Clean, spacious with good quality amenities. Welcome bottle of champagne and petit fours was a nice touch. The ship was well appointed with ample spaces for everyone to enjoy the atmosphere. Library was small but provided a good range of books for guests to borrow. Dining was excellent - did not repeat any meals across both cruises!! We chose to take breakfast and lunch at The Terrace Cafe on the deck whilst having dinner in the Marco Polo restaurant. There was an exceptional choice of foods at all meals and local wines of good quality were included with dinner. Drinks at the bar were reasonably priced. As someone with a food allergy I could not fault the hotel staff. Each morning I was presented with the days menu and asked to choose what I would like. This was then taken to the chef who would change anything that included my allergen. Shore excursions were included at each port so we always saw the most important sites as well as being given ample free time to explore on our own. Prior to each excursion we had the opportunity to hear from renowned guest lecturers which provided an in depth review of what we were going to see - this bought many a ruin to life! Loved cruising with this ship and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting an all inclusive experience that was great value for money. Read Less
MDaniels, Customer Services @Voyages to Antiquity has responded
Thank you for your wonderful comments and delighted to hear that you had a great time. We take pride in offering a very personable service on-board, and I am glad that your dietary requirements were looked after, enabling you to concentrate on enjoying your holiday. We hope to see you back on-board again soon.
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I chose this cruise because of the wonderful itinerary around the islands in the Aegean. Embarkation was very well organised at Athens . Disembarkation early on the final day gave one the opportunity to explore Athens itself which was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the wonderful itinerary around the islands in the Aegean. Embarkation was very well organised at Athens . Disembarkation early on the final day gave one the opportunity to explore Athens itself which was delightful. Aegean Odyssey is a very beautiful comparatively small and intimate ship which is exceptionally well maintained,The library is a splendid room as are all the public rooms . The Charleston lounge and bar is bright filled with natural light and very comfortable seating. My cabin on the foreword Bridge Deck was extremely comfortable with a double bed ,fridge ,adequate wardrobe space walk in shower . The Marco Polo Restaurant provides an amazing lunch and dinner menu.The Dining experience is one of fine dining every evening with impeccable service .The on board muscians were of a very high standard both the trio, double bass, piano ,and violin very versatile .Equally the piano/vocalist was of an exceptionally high standard in the style but not exclusively of Tina May,Clair Teal ,Jaquie Dankworth. The shore excursion programme was full and excellent as were the variety of lectures .To be able to relax and enjoy a cruise in which excursions and gratuities to cabin and restaurant staff are included and wine with dinner on such an inimitable ship is truly a tremendous pleasure . I was sailing as a solo but do not like labels ,I was a passenger and did not feel for one minute uncomfortable met many interesting people and had good dinner conversations Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I wanted a cruise to celebrate/commiserate a significant birthday and thought the ports looked interesting and unusual. I loved the size of the ship, the crew were excellent as was the food. The shore excursions that I went on were ... Read More
I wanted a cruise to celebrate/commiserate a significant birthday and thought the ports looked interesting and unusual. I loved the size of the ship, the crew were excellent as was the food. The shore excursions that I went on were well organised. Unfortunately, most of the trips to shore were via tender. The tender crew were excellent but I seem to have developed a phobia about tenders and so chose to miss some of the excursions. As I enjoyed sitting on deck in the shade admiring the Greek islands then I certainly didn't feel that I was being deprived. Being a small ship then it was easy to meet and chat to other passengers and it gave the ship an inclusive feel and certainly dispelled the concern that I originally worried about. Although the evening entertainment was simple, it was appropriate as many passengers had been on busy shore excursions and didn't want late nights. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
It was recommended for the quality of lectures and excursions, which I found excellent. Before the trip I was sent the wrong documents (for another passenger!) and had to wait for my e-ticket to arrive by post rather than by email which ... Read More
It was recommended for the quality of lectures and excursions, which I found excellent. Before the trip I was sent the wrong documents (for another passenger!) and had to wait for my e-ticket to arrive by post rather than by email which was frustrating and odd for this day and age. There was confusion at the airport and I spent a long time looking for the VTA rep who had mistakenly ticked off my name and the bus nearly left without me. The room was grubby and smelly which I discovered was caused by black mould in the shower and on the wall - even the dressing gown was stained by it. Fortunately, after some argument with the receptionist, I was moved to a better room but it was noisy at night. Sometimes the water turned brownish which left me feeling more dirty than clean. The constant soot on the Terrace restaurant was also bothersome. The staff worked very hard and the food was delicious. I particularly appreciated the convivial company of like-minded people. On the whole, I enjoyed my first experience with VTA and hope to go back provided the whole ship is refurbished. I understand this is scheduled for the end of this year. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because of the small size of the ship, number of passengers on board, the very interesting itinerary and number of places visited. We were not disappointed and had the most relaxing, enjoyable and memorable holiday. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the small size of the ship, number of passengers on board, the very interesting itinerary and number of places visited. We were not disappointed and had the most relaxing, enjoyable and memorable holiday. The staff on board can't do enough for you, especially our wonderful cabin steward, Ian. We made the holiday our own by choosing carefully which tours to join or simply wandering off on our own to explore and finding cosy areas of the ship to be completely on our own at times. The whole experience was made incredibly easy for us by the very professional and well organised crew and the great itinerary. Even though we were among the youngest of the passengers (the average age was around 70), we met some lovely people and especially enjoyed the company of a group of Australians. We would definitely cruise with Voyages to Antiquity again. Read Less
Aegean Odyssey Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 2.0 3.2
Public Rooms 3.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.1
Family 1.0 3.1
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.3

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