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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
Sail Date November 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
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
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 October 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
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
Sail Date September 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
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
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
Sail Date July 2016
Let me begin by saying this was our 5th cruise with Voyages to Antiquity, so obviously we like the cruise line. What do we like in general? We like the size of the ship (approx 350 passengers), we like the friendliness of both passengers ... Read More
Let me begin by saying this was our 5th cruise with Voyages to Antiquity, so obviously we like the cruise line. What do we like in general? We like the size of the ship (approx 350 passengers), we like the friendliness of both passengers and crew, we like the option of dining al fresco on the back deck, we like wine and beer included with dinner, we like the quality of the excursions and that they are included, we like the insight from guest lecturers, we like free wifi and free laundry (1 bag) as a perk for return passengers, we like the clear descriptions of what to expect on all excursions. we like the possibility of bumping into folks we have met on previous cruises, and we like the fact that this ship offers some different ports of call due to her smaller size. Overall, we love this small ship cruising experience! On our particular cruise we appreciated the great talent of Richard, the cruise director, the shift from visiting the Alhambra in the heat and the crowds of the day to an evening visit, the captain's efforts to make minor adjustments in departure and arrival times to keep us out of high winds and resulting rough seas, the shuttle buses which were arranged when our docking positions were not the most favorable, the excursion team's efforts to look after passengers when we were away from the ship (they went above and beyond), the mix of passengers (primarily from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, the U.S., and Canada), and the lovely lunches at nice restaurants that were included when our excursions had us away from the ship at lunchtime. Was it perfect? No, nothing ever is. The ship's decor is showing wear (I understand a refitting is planned), some tours required too much walking and stair climbing for some passengers (though that is clearly explained in shore briefings) with no alternative offerings, and it is difficult on the back deck to find a table large enough for 4 or 6 people to dine together and tables for 6 are nonexistent inside at the Terrace Grill. None of those are major, and we are even now looking at the Voyages to Antiquity brochure to decide where we will go next! For us it was definitely a 5 star experience! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I chose this tour on the recommendation of a friend and travel professional. I felt completely duped. the fire on board would have been forgivable if the crew had remotely been professional. Instead, the chief service manager opted to ... Read More
I chose this tour on the recommendation of a friend and travel professional. I felt completely duped. the fire on board would have been forgivable if the crew had remotely been professional. Instead, the chief service manager opted to offer free booze--I suppose the idea was to intoxicate us enough to forget we had no hot water, were getting a bus tour not a cruise and we had already paid for all the beverages we could drink. The staff was unable to make accommodations so the luxury room I was promised had a three day view of an ugly port. YOu take a cruise to bring your hotel room with you. That doesn;t work if you are on a bus for the part of the day you would be travelling. And then once fixed they cancelled ports left and right. So, we didn't get what we paid for; we had lectures on rocks moving but we never visited un-enhanced geography so who cares? and the meals were uninspired. For $1000./day, you would think that the kitchen would attempt to make some regional dishes and desserts. Instead, most desserts tasted similarly and Indian food (delicious but we are in Europe, not Asia) and Mexican food,really? is not appreciated when there are plenty of regional dishes in Europe. Nothing was done to repair the disappointment of looking at the ugliest port in Europe instead of waves for 3 days and looking at the seat in front of you on a bus instead of drinking tea and most of all the unprofessional and disrespectful manner that the crew, especially the lead officer below the captain, dealt with the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The itinerary was very interesting, and having traveled on the ship previously, you can always expect to meet up again with people that you know. The atmosphere on board is comfortable and friendly. The ship offers good value for the cost, ... Read More
The itinerary was very interesting, and having traveled on the ship previously, you can always expect to meet up again with people that you know. The atmosphere on board is comfortable and friendly. The ship offers good value for the cost, with most shore excursions included, complimentary wine with dinner each evening, quality lecturers who add to the educational and entertainment aspect of the small ship, and a dedicated staff and crew who do their best to make your time both on the ship and on shore enjoyable. In spite of the engine room fire on the first night, which caused changes in the planned itinerary, the cruise director Richard Sykes did a great job in trying to keep the guests occupied with a challenging daily quiz and entertaining cabaret performances, and the other musicians on board provided diversions from the missed ports of call, temporary lack of hot water due to the fire, and other inconveniences caused by the work being done to assure that the ship was sea worthy. Shore excursion staff were friendly, and providing maps for the places we visited were most useful when exploring alone during free time. This was especially helpful in Bordeaux, where we were docked for several days whilst the ship was being repaired and ready to sail for the remaining ports. Some of the ship is showing wear, but hopefully the refit that will happen later this year will make it ready for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The officers and crew did a great job handling an onboard fire situation in the English channel. Our safety was assured and the company arranged repairs in Cherburg France. They also offered free drinks for days and rearranged our shore ... Read More
The officers and crew did a great job handling an onboard fire situation in the English channel. Our safety was assured and the company arranged repairs in Cherburg France. They also offered free drinks for days and rearranged our shore excursions so we had the opportunity to visit most scheduled sites. We missed an overnight to a French chateau (repairs delay) and the port of Oporto due to high seas. The company has just published a great schedule for 2017. My wife and will be back on board in October 2016 (third cruise this year on Aegean Odyssey) and plan another cruise in 2017. Voyages to Antiquity takes care of their customers both at the home offices and while on board. The onboard lectures are appropriate and match the ports of call, The service is great. Most shore excursions are included. The food is delicious and seating is open and casual. Lisbon Portugal was the highlight of this cruise for us. GO THERE! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose the Grand Voyage to the Rivieras (London to Rome) on Aegean Odyssey in June-July 2016 because it was a small ship which promised an educational program and visits to antiquities. Selecting a four week cruise was always going to be ... Read More
We chose the Grand Voyage to the Rivieras (London to Rome) on Aegean Odyssey in June-July 2016 because it was a small ship which promised an educational program and visits to antiquities. Selecting a four week cruise was always going to be a stretch for us because we usually prefer a more active style of holiday, however the itinerary indicated that we would primarily be in port participating in excursions during each day except for 3 days at sea and the fact that the ship was small enough to dock in smaller harbours adjacent to old towns really appealed to us. The reality was quite different and very disappointing. Excursions: The pace of the excursion program was much too slow for us (we are in our middle 60's and are fit and active) seeming to cater for infirm, older passengers who don't like to be inconvenienced by getting up and out early and who have an inherent fear of stairs and walking any distance greater than 100m. The excursion organisation seemed at times to be poorly coordinated. We have been on other shorter cruises where within moments of the boat docking in port, passengers were whisked away to coaches on their excursions with no time wasted. On the Aegean, shore excursions rarely started before 9am even though the ship had docked hours earlier. Most of the shore excursion staff were young and seemed disinterested and inexperienced in customer service and public relations. The shore visits we enjoyed most were when the ship docked within walking distance of the old town and we could do our own walking tour. Just something to note: We booked our cruise in Australia with the price quoted in Australian dollars yet the booklet provided to us by the Australian agent which outlined shore excursions had the cost listed in $ but did not specify which country. Having been provided the information in Australia we presumed that the excursion price was Australian dollars but how wrong we were. On boarding we discovered that the excursion prices were actually American dollars. With the exchange rate that means they cost much more than we anticipated and really equates to false advertising...Beware! Cabin: We booked Room 711 a Premium Outside Room which had a fixed double bed and a view restricted by a lifeboat but which was in the middle of the ship for stability and well away from the propeller. Even still the vibration could be felt in our room. This old ship does not have the stabilisers that newer ships have so it certainly rocks and rolls even in a small swell which meant that we missed one scheduled port because the captain chose to travel away from the coast to make the boat more stable. The ship also travels considerably slower (9-15 knots) compared to larger ships which travel up to 23 knots. On viewing other rooms we were glad that we did not spend further money on larger rooms as they didn't seem worth it. The room and ensuite we chose were more spacious than we were expecting. I have rated the cabin average because the towels were stained, white-grey in colour and often with frayed edges and should have been tossed out ages ago. Ship: The Aegean is an ageing ship which struggled to provide the premium quality experience we paid for and which was advertised. While we did not have any real problems, other guests shared their experiences of burst water pipes, continuously flushing toilets , sewerage seepage. It seems unbelievable that a cruise ship which includes river ports in its itinerary is actually incapable of processing the silt from the river. The two days we were in port in Bordeaux we had to "manually flush" our toilets with a bucket because the water to the toilet cisterns was turned off because the silt was causing problems in the plumbing. I don't recall that being mentioned in the promotional information! Add to that the fact that we were only cruising half-an-hour from embarking in Dover when we had to man our muster stations for two hours while the fire crew put out a fire in the engine room. The ship is due to go into dry-dock in November 2016 but I doubt that anything short of a re-build will solve the problems long-term. Ports: Due to the fire our itinerary, excursions and service were all compromised. While the crew did their best to manage the situation by providing an open bar (a bit lost on us because we don't drink alcohol) and hot water was limited to a couple of hours each day. The fact that we were docked in an unscheduled port for three days while the ship underwent repairs meant we were unable to participate in a number of excursions and a number of ports were eliminated which was very disappointing to say the least. We have been promised compensation for this loss but at the time of disembarking, no one would specify what the compensation would actually would be, which is a poor response. Dining: Meals in the Terrace Cafe did not meet our expectations with most food bland, and soft. We like more texture and taste in our food. Again, the ship was probably catering to the geriatrics that were on board. When booking our cruise we identified that we were vegetarians but somehow that information was not recorded by hotel services and never passed on to the shore excursion staff. That meant when we were invited to attend a special meal in the Marco Polo Restaurant we RSVP'd requesting two vegetarian meals BUT what we got was they just skipped the three seafood courses meaning we got less than everyone else... really! Even though I directly advised the shore excursion staff each time our excursion included a meal that we needed vegetarian food, it took a full two weeks before the message was acted upon. Crew: The hospitality and service crew were from the usual mix of Asian countries and were always friendly, helpful and went out of their way to please. Entertainment and Activities: The Cruise Director, Richard Sykes,was a bundle of energy who never seemed to sleep and seamlessly coordinated the entertainment as well as contributing to the program himself. The expert speakers were entertaining, intelligent and interesting. The Library provided a country-specific news summary every day which was useful given that the WiFi was woeful and there were plenty of books, both light reading and educational available. We would not choose to cruise with Voyages to Antiquity again because the style of cruising, the clientele it attracts and the intense focus on antiquity, does not suit us. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I've been on several other cruises with this company and have enjoyed each one. The staff are very friendly and courteous. They remember you when you return and I see other passengers that have sailed with this company many times. ... Read More
I've been on several other cruises with this company and have enjoyed each one. The staff are very friendly and courteous. They remember you when you return and I see other passengers that have sailed with this company many times. The excursions and lectures are informative and academic. This last cruise we had an engine fire on the first night! We had our 2nd muster drill that evening but the 2nd one was very real! Because of that we had to put in to a port that wasn't on the itinerary. The excursion staff hustled to make some of the excursions happen and to come up with others while the ship was being repaired and certified to sail. We missed some of the highlights of the trip though such as visiting the chateaus. We also didn't have hot water for a day. We are still waiting to hear about a promised compensation...... This was really something that should have been decided and announced to everyone before we disembarked. Now everyone thinks that if we really do receive compensation it will be inequitable. But we did get an open bar several nights! Then, just as has happened on other cruises, we missed another port of call as the seas were very choppy and caused the small ship to change course. This is something people need to be aware of on this small ship. You don't always get to visit all the ports of call. Instead you get a choppy day at sea as they move on to the next port of call. Now they are moving to the North Sea for 2017 which is notorious for choppy waters! This ship really rocks. One day we were confined to our cabins because it was to dangerous to be out and about. We were told the ship was going to go into dock for 6 months after this season ends in November. I hope they refurbish the cabins. The carpets are stained and worn. The bed skirt was filthy as were the walls. The towels were stained. That being said, the attitude of the crew/staff and fellow passengers makes this a friendly travel experience. You can get into to port at cities the large cruise liners can't and the excursions are designed to be educational. The food is better than the standard cruise liners. The passengers are older and I've only seen 1-2 teenagers. There is a tiny workout room but no regular activities. This is probably due to the fact that most passengers are in the 60-80 year old range. The excursions are usually a half day which allows free time in the port city. I hope this cruise line can get it together as they really have a good thing going and a devoted, but dwindling following. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We sailed on this boat last year from Istanbul and all around the Southern Greek Islands and we had a wonderful time. I really recommend this type of cruise with this company. We were really looking forward to this cruise which ... Read More
We sailed on this boat last year from Istanbul and all around the Southern Greek Islands and we had a wonderful time. I really recommend this type of cruise with this company. We were really looking forward to this cruise which originated in Seville and was scheduled to go up the coast to Lisbon, stop in Porto and then Bordeaux and on up to the UK where we were to get off. The cruise on the river from Seville was marvelous. We have driven and hiked along the amazing cliffs of the Portuguese coast and were looking forward to seeing them from the sea. However, that was not to be. The ship sailed so far out in the Atlantic that there was no coast to be seen anywhere. That was a disappointment to us, not being able to see the shore. When we departed Lisbon the captain announced there would be some rough water ahead. We spent 16 sleepless hrs being tossed about in our cabin with cupboards and drawers slamming and glasses crashing and breaking and everything falling on the floor. We were in a lower balcony room where supposedly one doesn't feel the motion as much as the top floors, and I can only imagine how bad it must have been for those above us. The weather is something that can be unpredictable so I don't hold this cruise company responsible for this, however, I do feel that there should have been more communication from the crew to us to let us know how long they were expecting these type of conditions to continue. As it was, we heard nothing which is why I'm giving this trip poor rating. If they were afraid of waking people up (although I don't know who could sleep) they could've slipped something under our doors to reassure us and give us some peace of mind. We should never have taken this cruise and if we'd done our homework more thoroughly we would have seen that there are not many cruise ships that go up and down this coast and there's probably a good reason for that. We decided life is too short to be spent in an uncomfortable situation on rough seas so when we reached Porto we booked a hotel (thanks to wifi) and tried to disembark. That should have been a fairly simple endeavor since we're EU citizens, but it was met with an uncooperative woman at the reception, who rather than being understanding of our situation gave us a hard time about our passports and having to contact headquarters to get permission, and on and on. It was really handled very badly. We never indicated the reason for leaving was the ship's fault, after all they can't control the weather. We didn't complain about anything nor ask for any compensation. We just wanted to get off the boat and unto stable ground. Their customer service was terrible. Another reason for the poor rating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Well, as ever, it was quite good. Emphasis on "quite". The good things. Despite my criticisms below, Voyages to Antiquity are good value for money. I cannot emphasise that enough. But... The staff. They are wonderful. ... Read More
Well, as ever, it was quite good. Emphasis on "quite". The good things. Despite my criticisms below, Voyages to Antiquity are good value for money. I cannot emphasise that enough. But... The staff. They are wonderful. Obliging, friendly. The cabins. Well appointed. Though the beds are very narrow. The food. Tasty. A wide range. Though always tepid. The excursions. Excellent. No quibbles. Did I say the staff? The are wonderful. The less good things. The ship. It is, frankly, getting past it. The chairs and carpets are shabby. As are some of the cabins. The water in the bathrooms was always tepid on our cruise. The toilets frequently did not work. Pick your cabin. Some are really noisy. Speak to the old hands and avoid the rattly cabins. The information system. When things went wrong, the girls on the information desk never gave me a straight answer. And an apology seemed out of the question. Several times we had to help elderly passengers with a simple problem, had the girls on the desk not been so unhelpful. In the end, they came to us. Not good enough. We were happy to help our fellow passengers, but... (For example, one lady asked how to ring the UK to wish her daughter happy birthday. The receptionist blanked her. We overheard the conversation and lent the lady our mobile. She was sooo grateful. The receptionist could have done that, for goodness sake). We've had some good times with them. But this was definitely our last cruise. It was out 9th cruise, so clearly things were not all bad! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a wonderful cruise. The ship is small which meant we got to know many other passengers quite well and we plan to keep in touvh with some of them.. The service on this ship was second to none. The largely Asian staff were so ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise. The ship is small which meant we got to know many other passengers quite well and we plan to keep in touvh with some of them.. The service on this ship was second to none. The largely Asian staff were so attentive and cheerful. The food was also excellent, fresh with lots of choice. The wine also flowed freely at dinner. We chose this ship largely for the destinations it was visiting and we were not disappointed. There was no "glitzy" entertainment but this is not what you go on this ship for. The cruise director, Richard, was so talented and we loved dancing to his music or just listening to the trio whilst we had a pre-dinner cocktail. My only suggestion for this company would be to, on days when you have all day tours planned, offer half day tours to those of us who are not getting any younger. The tours to Rome and Florence were quite exhausting. I have been on many cruises and I will certainly be returning to this ship! Thank you to all the staff at Voyages of Antiquity for making this such a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose this cruise because of the included Brandenburg Sing-at -sea choral experience, which was very enjoyable. I hope it will be repeated. The two days in Athens, the departure city! got us off to an excellent start being ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the included Brandenburg Sing-at -sea choral experience, which was very enjoyable. I hope it will be repeated. The two days in Athens, the departure city! got us off to an excellent start being interesting and educational. From first boarding the the ship to disembarkation in Venice at the end, I l enjoyed it greatly. I have nothing but praise for the dining and its superb cuisine, the service, the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew and the excellent maintain and of the cabin accommodation and public areas. In general, I found the air conditioning colder than comfortable however and, along with others, reported it. It was often colder than outdoors and jackets were needed. The excursions were well chosen and carried out though the local guides overwhelmed us with continuous talk. There's only so much information one can absorb. I will certainly repeat the experience and will most certainly book with Voyages to Antiquity again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our second cruise on the Aegean Odyssey. Our first cruise in January 2015 was a bit disappointing, mainly because of problems with discoloured water and some poor shore excursions. However, we decided to give them a second chance ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Aegean Odyssey. Our first cruise in January 2015 was a bit disappointing, mainly because of problems with discoloured water and some poor shore excursions. However, we decided to give them a second chance based on the itinerary (Aqaba, Jordan to Athens) and our preference for a small ship experience. This time our overall impression was very good. There were still problems. We had not purchased their pre-cruise land tour and so joined the cruise as "independant travellers". Despite email exchanges with our travel agent in Canada, their office in the US and the ship’s agent in Aqaba, when we arrived at the Port gate the ship’s agent claimed to have never heard of us. We were sent back into town where we had to wait for an hour while things were sorted out. But once this drama was out of the way, our impression was that things have improved - discoloured water on only one or two occasions and much better organized shore excursions. We also enjoyed the entertainment more this time (an excellent operatic trio and a new, very talented singer/pianist Cruise Director). The shore excursion briefings and lectures were all excellent. There was some grumbling about the fact that a large "Mr. Bridge" group had exclusive access most days and evenings to the Observation Lounge – the only public room with any decent views – throughout the trip. But for us, this was not a big deal. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise very much. I have no hesitation in recommending them, provided one remembers that it is an older ship – which means small cabins, a bit of wear and tear and some noisy mechanical systems, including the air conditioning. The “small ship cruising" experience they provide does not necessarily mean "premium cruising", as some of their advertising implies. But with tips, shore excursions and wine with dinner all included, it offers excellent value for money. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We chose this cruise ( a cruise of a life time) because it commenced in Singapore then other ports where we disembarked at Mumbai then continued to the "Golden Triangle" by other means. We paid £11000-00 for a Deluxe Outside ... Read More
We chose this cruise ( a cruise of a life time) because it commenced in Singapore then other ports where we disembarked at Mumbai then continued to the "Golden Triangle" by other means. We paid £11000-00 for a Deluxe Outside Cabin this was not reflected in reality. The cabin although clean was tired and required a major refit. The daylight curtains I would suggest had not seem a washing machine in many a month. The main problem was with the bathroom. The water constantly ran red with rust daily. this prevented proper washing and especially inconvenient for my wife hair shampooing. The soap provided was laughable, a tablet the size of a small eraser. We had numerous problems with the cabin lock being on one occasion locked out for five hours. The internet on board costing £28-00 per secission was not fit for purpose. It either did not connect or dropped out at any time. The dining arrangements were fine but the quality of the food I suggest was at best good canteen.The service in the premier restaurant was slow and unpredictable. Lecturers were good and entertaining also the shore excursions. I have made theses observations available to the Company whoo firstly dismissed the bathroom problems as not meaningful and offer a rebate on the internet which I returned. Since then I having written again with revealing photographs of the bathroom problems the Company has now offered a 15% discount from my next booking which is meaningless to me as I will not be cruising with the Company ever again and certainly can't recommend their services to other potential clients. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We booked this cruise because we were attending a wedding in Malaysia at the end of February. The cruise was a perfect fit leaving Colombo, Sri Lanka, arriving in Singapore in time for our wedding. We would visit several places we had ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we were attending a wedding in Malaysia at the end of February. The cruise was a perfect fit leaving Colombo, Sri Lanka, arriving in Singapore in time for our wedding. We would visit several places we had never visited before including Mayanmar. We declined the air and 2 days either end of the trip, instead taking the discount and making our own travel arrangements. Embarkation at the port was the easiest ever. The taxi took us right up to the ship, we checked and within 5 minutes were in our room. We had a junior suite, 804, which was very nice. Lovely big bathroom with full sized bath, good hair dryer and walk-in closet. Lots of room but not very good hangers. I asked Ian, our cabin attendant, for some skirt hangers which he duly brought. An easy thing for them to upgrade. Very spacious room. Comfortable bed. Nice side tables with a plug in night light. The balcony was disappointing being long and narrow. We never actually sat out there but that was OK because there were other places to sit. The AC system is forced air and requires some adjustment to reduce the noise. We would keep it open all day and then close it down somewhat at night. We were always comfortable. However, there was one cabin on our floor which had trouble with theirs. We had free wifi and laundry(with room) and wifi was generally good but only in two locations. Free water in our room and always bottled water when we left the ship. Of course there is no casino and no theater. Pianist, trio and demonstration dancing along with dane lessons. We did not attend. The cruise director was disappointing. He didn't do very much other than introduce the lecturers and hold a couple of trivia nights. He was retiring and a new director joined the ship in Thailand. I hope he is more in evidence on future cruises. He had a Shorex team of highly educated young graduates who did all the paperwork and chaperoned us on the tours. All the public spaces are well appointed. We always ate breakfast and lunch in the outside section of the vista buffet area. We rarely had a problem getting a table in the shaded area. Dinner in the Marco Polo. We also had Continental breakfast on the Lido deck. Tea and coffee were available all day at this location. They even had decaf. tea! The staff on this ship are the best we have ever had. Always cheerful and accommodating. Tips are included but we found ourselves giving additional to many of the staff including our cabin attendant. There is a small shop with jewelry, clothing and necessities. Small exercise room and Spa. The food was good, free beer and wine with dinner. We drink white wines and they served from a different country every night on rotation. You could buy a bottle at lunch for $18. The only one I couldn't drink was the Italian. We had to buy a bottle that night. Pity they don't have a choice. The tours were generally exceptional. We opted to take 3 additional tours including the one to Bagan. Not to be missed. They should cut out Phi Phi Island in Thailand. It is a zoo and horrible ride to get out there. James Bond has ruined those islands. Organization getting off the ship was good except for India. So much paper work and bureaucracy even though we had purchased those expensive visas. Only had to tender one time and it was very easy. I attended most lectures which were well presented and watched a couple on the TV. The only time the TV was on. There is no ATM on the ship so make sure you take plenty of cash. We only took $100 in $1 dollar bills for tipping here and there( Tour guides and drivers) Should have taken more. The $ was accepted in most places. We managed to find an ATM in Yangon( Strand Hotel) and Penang. Yes, there are a few things about this ship which some will complain bitterly about. The toilets flush sea water and there is some color in the water. The captain told me it was the water that they take on in each port. It did seem to clear up towards the end of the cruise so maybe that was true. I would not hesitate to go on this ship again but then again we did have one of the best cabins and that would probably not happen next time. We took the ship for the itinerary and were not disappointed. As an aside everyone on our ship was English speaking. There are a number of single cabins so quite a number of singles. For some it was the 5th time. It is not a ship for children. It is a ship for people who like the small ship, educational experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband has always been interested in visiting South Africa and he discovered this holiday cruise from Cape Town to Richards Bay around the bottom of the horn and then returning to Cape Town via Namibia which included four safari day ... Read More
My husband has always been interested in visiting South Africa and he discovered this holiday cruise from Cape Town to Richards Bay around the bottom of the horn and then returning to Cape Town via Namibia which included four safari day trips with promises of viewing the Big 5. Unfortunately rough seas kept us in port for a couple of extra days mid-cruise, so we missed our chance at viewing lions & leopards. However we were able to experience a herd of African elephants at a watering hole for almost an hour and numerous rhinos on a river cruise that came almost close enough to touch. Also saw Cape buffalo at a distance as well giraffe, zebras, ostrich, African eagles, and many other small water fowl. The Aegean Odyssey itself is a unique vessel that caters to well traveled, primarily English speaking seniors and most of the passengers on this voyage were British, making afternoon tea a must do occasion on our days at sea. A buffet line option for breakfast and lunch with outdoor seating on deck 6 at the bow of the ship at the Terrace Cafe was our go to spot, although you can also take your meals in the adjoining dining area. The sit-down Marco Polo restaurant, available evenings on deck 3, offers a more formal dining venue with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks available evenings at both restaurants. The Charleston Lounge attracts the after dinner crowd with nightly entertainment offerings there as well as in the Ambassador Lounge most evenings. Port & shore excursions are assigned by cabin class which is another reason to consider booking a balcony category cabin. My only complaint involved our embarkation as our flight, which was booked by Voyages of Antiquity, did not arrive in Cape Town until nearly midnight. However, we did have a limo meet us at the gate and when we arrived at the dock and there were crew members waiting to welcome us onboard in the wee hours of the morning. Disembarkation went off without a hitch and as our flight did not take off until the following day, we were treated to a organized tour of Cape Town and surrounding areas including lunch at a winery and an overnight stay at The Culling including breakfast before being transported to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Excellent lecturers. Top class opera group Barcarola was just amazing. Enjoyed the violinist in the Odessey Trio her playing was magic. The service, food was very good, lots of choices. A great cruise for singles, or couples, good ... Read More
Excellent lecturers. Top class opera group Barcarola was just amazing. Enjoyed the violinist in the Odessey Trio her playing was magic. The service, food was very good, lots of choices. A great cruise for singles, or couples, good friends. Tours and tour guides, assistants were great. Lots to see and do. You can relax or listen to a lecture. Would recommend this size of vessel. More personal and the tour director Paul was fantastic. The staff on board were so helpful and took care of us. Dining room staff were very good. All the phlipinoes working for this cruise line deserve a big hug for their great personalities and general care of us. The ship was great, clean and easy to get around. I enjoyed the shore excursions and the tours provided. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This sailing I had no brown water. A/C was working. Excellent quality of lecturers. Top class opera group Opera Barcarola. Wonderful violinist in Odyssey Trio. Enjoyed Maritime Memories lecturers also. Internet was working (unlimited ... Read More
This sailing I had no brown water. A/C was working. Excellent quality of lecturers. Top class opera group Opera Barcarola. Wonderful violinist in Odyssey Trio. Enjoyed Maritime Memories lecturers also. Internet was working (unlimited minutes if you've sailed with them before) Odyssey Club - free laundry, free internet, bottled water in cabin, upgraded toiletries) Filipino staff continue to work tirelessly to make the cruise enjoyable. Had 7 days at sea and lots of activities. Wine tasting, watercolour art lessons, trivia night, passenger choir, yoga, Pilates, Zumba (all free!) Air fare and tipping included in cruise price. Excursions were included along with advice if touring independently in the port. Wine, beer or soft drinks included with dinner. Healthy food choices along with decadent desserts at tea time. Low single supplement. On disembarkation day, out of cabin by 8 am. But able to stay on the ship until 3 p.m. Docked at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town so it was ideal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Aegean Odyssey Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 2.0 3.2
Public Rooms 3.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 2.0 3.0
Family 1.0 3.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.3

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