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Itinerary with expert speakers to give background was appealing. Dr Paul Roberts was particularly outstanding but Keats expert fascinating as was Mary Beard's husband! The Cruise Director Richard was wonderful - for his ... Read More
Itinerary with expert speakers to give background was appealing. Dr Paul Roberts was particularly outstanding but Keats expert fascinating as was Mary Beard's husband! The Cruise Director Richard was wonderful - for his entertaining cabarets and quizzes but also being the life and soul of the ship. Some of the places - such as Dubrovnik and Pompeii were very busy but the Shore team managed it well and transport back and fro to the ship was well managed. Paestum best for stunning temples and few people. Enjoyed eating outside and appreciated waiters carrying the trays. Very friendly crew in dining and cabin service. Range and quality of fresh food brilliant and pastry chef produced beautiful tarts,cakes and biscuits. I liked the Library and spent hours reading the travel books but also borrowed some good fiction. We all did the daily crossword. We booked through Mr Bridge so we had duplicate every evening organised by their great team. Captain was friendly and communicative - even attended our Bridge cocktall party as a courtesy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Overall we had a wonderful cruise. Great little ship, fantastic service, wonderful ports and good friends. We are experienced cruisers and river cruisers and were anticipating a new adventure on this small all inclusive ship. We started ... Read More
Overall we had a wonderful cruise. Great little ship, fantastic service, wonderful ports and good friends. We are experienced cruisers and river cruisers and were anticipating a new adventure on this small all inclusive ship. We started in Athens with stops at Nauplia, the Peloponnese, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split, Trieste and Venice. The Ship: Embarkation was a breeze in Pireus and when we walked up the gangway, each lady was presented with a red rose. Very nice start! We were very surprised at how beautiful and bright and airy this little ship was. I had read so many reviews saying how old and neglected it was. I thought it was very nicely decorated. Nothing fussy or over the top, just a clean minimalist modern vibe. I call it " casual chic". It was immaculate - everything was very clean (we even saw the crew polishing and dusting the ridges in the ceilings) It was very bright and airy - lots of windows and light in all the public rooms. All the flowers and plants on the ship were real. Artwork was modern, colourful and interesting. Loved that the ship was quick and easy to get around (no problems if you left something back in your room- just a quick trip to get it unlike on a big ship where it is a major trek to your cabin), but the ship never felt crowded. Lots of air conditioning - bring a sweater. The Cabin: We were in an outside on the Belvedere Deck, 507 near bow on port side. Smallish and plain but very doable for 2 people. We heard very little engine noise, but the air conditioner could be noisy- we just turned it down at night. Were disappointed that the beds were fixed narrow twins and would not push together. The beds were comfy and had bedding of good quality. We had no problems with rusty water - ever. I drank the water from the tap every day and had no ill effects. My only complaint is that the power plug is under the window between the two beds. There is no mirror on this wall so it was difficult to use a hair iron while the only mirror is from the closet doors across the room (and you had to open them just so to see yourself.) Hairdryer is fixed in the bathroom and works fine. There was plenty of storage- a big dresser/desk/night-table with 3 large drawers and 4 or 5 little drawers in the closet as well as a safe. Bathroom counter space is very limited. I will post some photos of this room. The Itinerary and Tours: Loved the itinerary and the choice of tours at each port. You do have to get over the fact that you will be travelling with "the herd" listening to the whisperers or Audiovox in each port for at least part of the day. Do plan for some time alone to explore the ports. One of my big surprises on this cruise was the age of the pax. Lots of people with canes and walkers and quite elderly. I was expecting most to be retirees in their early 60's since this was a vigorous itinerary with a port every day and tours with lots of walking, cobblestones and stairs. Well - good for them, they did amazingly well! Anyway, at the port talks, people were told over and over about the walking and the stairs.... but a lot didn't listen. The young woman giving the port tour information and the actual tour did not really align (some guides I think do their own thing ...not always a bad thing). In a couple of ports the guides would walk too fast and lose half the group. I think the groups may have been too large as well. In Venice, they had guides at front of tours and someone from the ship at the rear to keep everyone herded up. The audiovox system worked very well to hear guides. On the final night of our cruise in Venice, we had a special night. A museum, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista was opened just for us and we had private tours and a lovely cocktail party after serving prosecco, bellinis and canapés in a beautiful old building. Lovely! Dining: We thought the food was very good, no complaints just compliments from everyone at all the tables where we ate. Ate breakfast and lunch in the Terrace Cafe and all dinners and a couple of lunches in Marco Polo. The fantastic service was a lovely surprise. You never have to carry a tray - ever! When you order an omelette, it gets delivered to your table every time ..... they always find you! And wine at dinner - it's a bottomless glass and there is always someone sneaking in to refill your glass ;-). And we found the wine to be quite good. Coffee was the one issue for me - it was not that great, but I think I got used to it by the end of the cruise ...Starbucks or Tim Hortons, it was not. When they brought the french press to the table, I found that if I waited a few minutes to press the plunger (the waiters wanted to press it immediately), the coffee could brew a bit and not be quite so bitter. I think one of the most enjoyable parts of this cruise was sitting at dinner with new friends and enjoying a great meal - unlimited wine didn't hurt ;-). Entertainment and Speakers: Richard Sykes was the cruise director and what a personable and talented person. We loved his singing shows in the evening. He could sing a large range of musical styles and he always got a crowd on the dance floor. The small ensembles(duet & trio) in the lounge ranged performed classical, jazz, standards and pot - all very good musicians. All speakers were excellent, very interesting! This cruise also had Bob Porter who directed a cruise choir - what a lot of fun, and anyone who liked to sing was invited to join. Pre and Post -Cruise: We were greeted at the airport by the VTA reps and put on a bus with commentary on our way to the hotel. What can you say about the Grande Bretagne in Athens but very posh! Beautiful rooms with chandeliers and marble, wonderful breakfasts with a view of the acropolis on the 8th floor, perfect location at Syntagma Square, and do check out the beautiful spa - many of the facilities there are included with your stay. The VTA reps were in the lobby to assist us and get all our tours organized. Post-cruise in Venice was just as organized, but I know many people had difficulty with the walk in Venice. A long walk to the bus from the ship and then another long walk from bus into airport all carrying your own luggage. Conclusion - We had a lovely cruise. I can see why it is so appealing to many, but it would not be for everyone. I think this is for a traveller interested in learning about history and cultures and is great for single cruisers. It was more like a river cruise than an ocean cruise for me. The pace is quite strenuous with shore excursions every day (I walked between 4-8 km at each port). Please go to shore excursion talks to get information about which tour is more suitable for you - some have more walking, and some are bussed. Would love to do another cruise with this company and so said many of the people we met on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We cannot criticise this little ship in any way. The organisation was wonderful from boarding to disembarking. We were a little concerned at some of the critical comments but soon dismissed them. The food was simply wonderful wherever ... Read More
We cannot criticise this little ship in any way. The organisation was wonderful from boarding to disembarking. We were a little concerned at some of the critical comments but soon dismissed them. The food was simply wonderful wherever we chose to eat. Breakfast on the rear deck was like stepping back in time. Lunch inside (or an the rear deck) could be ordered or self served. There were everyday choices such as fish, salads, etc at one end of the dining area with a huge and colourful dessert spread at the other end, In between was the daily specials such as Japanese, curries - a different choice every day. Pizzas were brought around too. The wait staff couldn't do enough for us. I couldn't wait for the next lecture as they were so informative and enjoyable - dry history made live. Our excursion briefings, by Zoe, were concise and to the point. Everything covered, to the point and not treated like children. I really liked the way she asked for questions, "Does anyone have any questions that would benefit the group?" Some of the excursions were a little too long in the bus but I understand that there were changed to an overnight stay. The guides were excellent. WE skipped on tour in Nantes and found a local street train. While we adults sat up like kids in a toy train, it took us through back streets and to all the sights. We will look for these in future. We have been to London many times and did not need the sight-seeing part of the extended pre-cruise but thought it worthwhile after a long flight from Australia. It was especially as our bags were delayed. The extra time, post-cruise, in Lisbon was best of all. what friendly people and great food. WE would recommend this ship to anyone, especially those who like the added knowledge of the lectures instead of "boring cruising". Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Flying from Australia to set sail from Tilbury (London) it was great to have two 'pre-cruise' days built into the itinerary to enable recovery from jet lag as well as exploration of the departure port. Our hotel was situated ... Read More
Flying from Australia to set sail from Tilbury (London) it was great to have two 'pre-cruise' days built into the itinerary to enable recovery from jet lag as well as exploration of the departure port. Our hotel was situated just beside the Tower of London which meant we could wander over the road to explore that historical site. The VTA organized London sightseeing tours were terrific - a quick 'taste' of all the major sites. Embarkation was quick and hassle-free - a feature of our re-embarkations at every port of call. Being on a smaller cruise ship, we moved quickly through security to re-board at the end of every day's shore excursions. The on-board staff were helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Cruise Director Richard did his job brilliantly. Entertainment was very appropriate for the passenger profile. The highlight of the on-board activities would have to be the series of lectures provided by various guest lecturers. These were informative, interesting and at times very amusing, and attended by virtually all passengers. The lectures brought the sites we visited to life, giving us a greater understanding of the history behind the areas visited, and the changes that have occurred in Europe over the ages, resulting in the modern day Europe we visited. A highlight of the trip (although it is hard to pick just one) was the evening visit to Alhambra Palace - cooler, better light for photography and fewer tourists around - just us!). In summary, this is a very convenient way to visit the coastal areas of these western European countries - no change of hotel each night! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Embarkation at Tilbury was hanpered by poor car parking arrangements but, from the moment we got on board, the crew were efficient and friendly.The trip was enhanced by the quality of the lecturers who were both knowledgeable and ... Read More
Embarkation at Tilbury was hanpered by poor car parking arrangements but, from the moment we got on board, the crew were efficient and friendly.The trip was enhanced by the quality of the lecturers who were both knowledgeable and entertaining. The cruise took in the Northern Scottish Isles before and after Iceland. Bad weather caused the Captain to cancel one listed port and shorten another. This resulted in a couple of trips, one bird watching and the other whale watching, to be missed but, at short notice, these were replaced by similar trips at other locations. The reasons for these changes were carefully explained by the Captain and his crew but a few passengers seemed to think that it was either his or the ship's fault. This is not the newest or, thank god, the largest ship but it is well maintained and cannot be expected to ignore gale force winds and seas. Despite this VTA later compensated all passengers with a very generous refund of over £220 per person. Previous voyages we have taken with Fred Olsen and others, when similar disruption has taken place, did not merit an apology let alone any suggestion of compensation.We gained the impression of a company with a strong sense of customer service and would be more than happy to take a cruise with VTA again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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
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
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
I booked this cruise last year and then worried after reading the reviews below so went fearing the worst. However my concerns were un necessary. The ship is great. It is beautifully clean and the crew worked tirelessly to keep everything ... Read More
I booked this cruise last year and then worried after reading the reviews below so went fearing the worst. However my concerns were un necessary. The ship is great. It is beautifully clean and the crew worked tirelessly to keep everything spick and span. The cabin was comfortable, the beds (twin) were quite narrow, although the single cabins had huge beds!! No the cabins were not huge but having seen those with balconies i would say these were a great size. The bathrooms were great, huge walk in shower. We were on the lido deck cabin 820. The food was very good. Lots of choice and very good spaghetti bolognaise. I cannot praise the staff enough, the cabin lady Loretta was great. The Terrace Cafe staff were superb,friendly and helpful but not sycophantic in an attempt to get a good tip (these are inc in the price) they take your tray of food to your table!! The pool area was great and beautifully kept. The bar staff were also great. I cannot say anything negative about them. The excursions were brilliantly planned and managed, please note when they say it is an half day trip this includes traveling time and they include leisure time, invariably not enough!!! The main criticism is the local tour guides, some were fantastic, Nicola in Dubrovnik was one of those. Others i would say knew their stuff but didnt have the skills and ability to impart this knowledge on a basic level, it became so much information that my brain just switched off (and i was not alone here) we did not attend any lectures, i suppose because although i wanted to learn about our destinations i am a typical tourist not a history buff. The entertainment was ok, jazz or trio, but neither were my cup of tea. The spa was good, i had a massage following a fall and it definitely helped negate damage and aches and pains. The average age of passenger was older than expected, however the fellow passengers were a great group and we thoroughly enjoyed their company. Please dont let the negative reviews stop you booking a cruise. Yes the funnel does emit soot but if the person below was covered i can only assume they were static for hours on end!! The bigger cabins are more comfortable but you get what you pay for, food isnt michelin star but is plentiful, tasty and very good. Any faults i may note are minor criticisms and i would book another cruise with this company without any hesitation, and the amount of passengers that do that is testimony to how good the overall experience was. You wont be disappointed unless you have unreasonable expectations!! Go for it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We started in Istanbul and ended there. The main focal point of the cruise was to see the ancient Greek ruins on the various islands and learn about their history. We were not disappointed. We had local guides on the various islands who ... Read More
We started in Istanbul and ended there. The main focal point of the cruise was to see the ancient Greek ruins on the various islands and learn about their history. We were not disappointed. We had local guides on the various islands who had excellent knowledge of the history and culture of each place. For our tours, we were supplied with "QuietVox" headsets which enabled us to hear the guides even if we were at a distance, and the guides also had an easier time talking since they didn't have to shout. That feature was a big plus to me. The daily tours were pretty evenly spaced so some days we had tours in the afternoon and on other days they were in the morning, but never terribly early, and some days were, of course, all day tours, so it was pretty relaxing. The tours were very well coordinated and there was not a lot of waiting around or lag time. It was all very efficiently done with the tour buses so we didn't get backed up, which is probably no easy feat with 350 passengers. If you're looking for a party cruise with gambling and nightclub atmosphere, this is probably not for you. The entertainment here consists of lectures on the places that you're about to see and a trio of musicians in the lounge. That was perfect for us. Also there were no children on board (also a plus for us). The ship is fairly small (350 pax) but feels spacious and very comfortable. We had one night of rough seas (gale force winds) but the rest of the time you couldn't even feel the ship moving. So the ship seems real stable. The food was excellent as was the service. We don't eat meat but we do eat fish and there was always a new and exciting seafood dish available during lunch and dinner. The chef is truly creative with the dishes so the food is not boring and wine is freely and graciously poured during dinner. The waiters and waitresses all have great attitudes and are always laughing and smiling. Everything went smoothly and we have no complaints. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and would love to go on another one with this company if the itinerary suits us. We had an outside room with a window on deck 7. We would recommend and would book a room with a balcony in the future. It's worth the extra bucks to be able to open the balcony doors to get fresh air. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had a group of eight, and all had an excellent trip. Prior to boarding there were tours of Amman sites, Dead Sea, and Petra. For the most part, well done. This is an educational outing, and lecturers were outstanding. Voyages to ... Read More
We had a group of eight, and all had an excellent trip. Prior to boarding there were tours of Amman sites, Dead Sea, and Petra. For the most part, well done. This is an educational outing, and lecturers were outstanding. Voyages to Antiquity is not a large liner, so travelers looking for many restaurants, entertainment, etc, would do well to book with another line. Some individuals complained about cabin issues, none in our group found anything amiss. Only significant issues were two Mr Bridge travelers from the UK boarded the ship ill, were advised to stay in their cabin, and did not. A number of passengers came down with what appeared to be Niro virus. We did not become ill, and enjoyed the food and other cruisers. Very eclectic group! Wifi is spotty, but I am an early riser and had few issues. We are looking at another trip with Voyages. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We chose Voyages to Antiquity for several reasons: small ship, great itinerary, superb excursions and lecturers, playing bridge on board, and fantastic value. We were not disappointed. We started with 5 days in India: Delhi, Agra (and the ... Read More
We chose Voyages to Antiquity for several reasons: small ship, great itinerary, superb excursions and lecturers, playing bridge on board, and fantastic value. We were not disappointed. We started with 5 days in India: Delhi, Agra (and the first highlight, the Taj Mahal), Jaipur, and Mumbai. Next we cruised up the coast to Porbandar, a real gem away from the tourist mainstream, then across the Arabian Sea to Muscat and Salalah in Oman. The next part involved several days at sea, as political problems meant we couldn't go ashore in Egypt. However, we didn't mind, as the Mr Bridge organisation provided seminars and organised duplicate sessions, all expertly done. We cruised up the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, to visit the second highlight of the holiday, Petra in Jordan. Then off through the Suez Canal into the med, with stops in Cyprus, Turkey, and the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. The main emphasis of the cruise was to visit archaeological sites, and this was supported by excellent lecturers who really knew their stuff and how to put it across. On board entertainment was fair, but we were disappointed that there was little opportunity to do ballroom dancing - tiny dance floor and unsuitable music. Service was superb - the staff were enthusiastic and friendly. The food was good: we preferred the open buffet to the more formal restaurant. The value was outstanding: wine was complimentary with lunch and dinner, and almost all the shore excursions were included at no extra cost, including the entrance to the various sites, museums, etc. The excursions were well organised, with local guides, most of whom were excellent. Overall, hard to beat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our first cruise - we had read a lot of reviews of Agean Odyssey before hand - most of them very positive. We were extremely pleased with the ship staff, food and yours. The hotels in Istanbul and Athens were definitely 5 star. ... Read More
This was our first cruise - we had read a lot of reviews of Agean Odyssey before hand - most of them very positive. We were extremely pleased with the ship staff, food and yours. The hotels in Istanbul and Athens were definitely 5 star. Overall the excursions were well organized and staffed by knowledgeable local tour guides. We took advantage of all included tours and all optional tours. They are very long busy days - but we knew that based on the information that we read before booking. We booked a smaller balcony cabin on the belvidere deck. Lovely room with spacious bathroom, cabinet for storing/hanging clothes. We ate the majority of our meals on the back outside patio and enjoyed the variety of foods. Never once did desserts duplicate lunch or dinner with 5 or 6 selections. There was always lots of choices at all meal times. I am shocked at some of the negative reviews- when we felt this was a very memorable trip. While we did have one rough day at sea it is to be expected in the Agean - the captain kept every one extremely informed through out the day while on board of sea conditions and there is a doctor on board to provide assistance for those who require it. We highly recommend Agean Odyssey - it is definitely geared towards those interested in ancient civilizations. Although we were definitely a lot younger than the average passenger age is 60 plus but we didn't feel this. The wait/bar staff are very friendly and remembered our names after the second day onboard. Busy interesting full days- great food, staff - would definitely boom again and highly recommend Agean Odyssey to anyone with a love of history! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Terrific staff. Food good - as one other reviewer noted, because the ship was only half-full, dining alternated between the two restaurants, rather than having a choice each night. However, some of the buffet food at lunchtime was terrific ... Read More
Terrific staff. Food good - as one other reviewer noted, because the ship was only half-full, dining alternated between the two restaurants, rather than having a choice each night. However, some of the buffet food at lunchtime was terrific - especially the Indian buffet! Cabins OK, but not amongst the largest in the industry. We were given a 2 level upgrade and ended up next to the funnel on level 7, which was very noisy. We complained and eventually got another one level upgrade to 705 which was OK apart from the woman next door listening to the TV until well after midnight - I had to ask her on several occasions to lower the volume. The cabins on deck 4 not too noisy, particularly halfway between the spa and the bow. Cabins on decks 5,7 & 8 very noisy round the funnel area, but otherwise fairly quiet. Inter-cabin noise deadening not good. Well chosen “entertainment” including lectures.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This is the second time we have cruised with this company and I have nothing bad to say about either trips except on the subject of the poor wi-fi available on the ship. The current trip started in Venice, went to Croatia and ended up in ... Read More
This is the second time we have cruised with this company and I have nothing bad to say about either trips except on the subject of the poor wi-fi available on the ship. The current trip started in Venice, went to Croatia and ended up in Athens. The ship is small, only 350 people, but nothing is lacking here, except for the crowds and children, that you wouldn't find on a bigger ship. The staff is always extremely helpful and friendly. The meals and varied, well presented, and tasty. Wine is included with dinner as are soft drinks. The choice of a sit down dinner with up to six other people allows you to make the acquaitance of other interesting people who are also on the cruise with you. Between the buffet lunch, tea time and dinner it is hard to not weight more at the end of the cruise than at the start. Almost all the excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. Single suplements on this line are practically the lowest in the industry. The lectures telling you about the places you are going to visit are presented by people extremely knowledgable and versed about the areas. Would recommend this cruise company to any discerning older traveler (40 and above) who wants to see the historical signts in the area but who doesn't want to be one of a crowd. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The 5* Grand Hyatt was all it should be. Breakfast (we ate outside) was included and had tons of delicious offerings. Sometimes it was hard to get coffee refills & they only offered orange juice even though I could see other juices ... Read More
The 5* Grand Hyatt was all it should be. Breakfast (we ate outside) was included and had tons of delicious offerings. Sometimes it was hard to get coffee refills & they only offered orange juice even though I could see other juices which we had to specifically ask for. The outdoor dining by the pool was super - best thin crust, hand-made, brick oven pizza I have ever had! This voyage cannot really be compared to previous ones because, due to changes in the itinerary, the ship was only half full. While I was looking forward to the Russia & Ukraine ports I must say the Greek ports were spectacular! No regrets. The ship's staff, with only one exception, was excellent. Our room was certainly large enough (we had storage we didn't use). The bathroom and storage were a cut above our previous Oceania voyages. The Ambassador lounge had some of the most uncomfortable seating I have ever experienced. Don't know what they do on a full voyage as the screen is positioned so only a portion of the audience can see it. Dining, not the food, was a disappointment. Because of the small number of passengers we could only use the formal dining room 3 times for dinner. Many passengers decided that since we were not in a formal dining room they could dress like they were at the beach for formal ala carte dinners served in the other dining room. Wine flowed freely (at no additional charge). We really missed Oceania's large tables where we could enjoy many people at dinner. Best bacon I have ever had on a cruise - stir-frys & Indian buffet were great too. The excursions were excellent. Guides well informed, buses comfortable - everything very well organized (at no additional charge). Laundry, bar and internet fees were very reasonable. Oceania charged $.99/min., AG charges $.10/min. As on many cruises it took many minutes to log on (if at all). For some reason it seemed more difficult to get to know our fellow passengers than on previous cruises. Unlike other reviews, we had no difficulty with the airconditioning.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I am a great fan of this ship,and unhestitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for actual enrichment and cultural /religious learning. I have been on several previous voyages,and all were wonderful down to the very last detail. The ... Read More
I am a great fan of this ship,and unhestitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for actual enrichment and cultural /religious learning. I have been on several previous voyages,and all were wonderful down to the very last detail. The food?fresh,varied,healthy,served with a smile in the restaurants or in the covered verandah. Cleanliness?the ship was spotless The itinerary?the ship ,being smaller,can access ports and harbours the large cruiseliners cannot. We were able to go to places not used to large crowds/tourists,and received a more genuine experience of the culture.Much thought has gone into the choice of ports,and there are inevitably some very interesting and less-visited spots on each itinerary. The staff?helpful,friendly,professional The recreational areas ?(gym,pool etc) More on the basic side,but most days are spent on land and one tends to walk and gain exercise that way. there are daily yoga classes.The gym has adequate and well-maintained eqipment. Library? Amazing collection of books,reference titles,decent novels,magazines all located in a comfortable room with a window wall....very pleasant, Ambience? the ship is refined but casual in feel.No stuffy formal nights,no screaming kids (in fact none at all),no gambling,nice live music every evening and night.They do have trivia sessions and movie nights. The cabins? Quite adequate. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
What the Aegean Odyssey and the Voyages to Antiquity concept has to offer, will more than meet your expectations if you are looking for a unque way to travel to the far-flung areas where the world's historical treasures are located. ... Read More
What the Aegean Odyssey and the Voyages to Antiquity concept has to offer, will more than meet your expectations if you are looking for a unque way to travel to the far-flung areas where the world's historical treasures are located. This was my second cruise with VTA and I am already looking forward to planning a third. I even met people who had been on seven...so I have some catching up to do! This time I opted for the included 2 nt. pre- & post cruise hotel stays. In Rome, the assigned hotel in my cabin class was the Cicerone, ideally located only a 20 minute walk from the Vatican walls as well as from many other "must see" sights in this city which is a living museum. At my disembarkation port in Istanbul, I stayed at the Grand Hyatt close to Taksim Square. The location could not have been more fantastic. And the hotel facilities & our rooms...well, as one cruise-mate summed it up..."the bathroom is bigger than my cabin!"! As luck would have it, our last full day in Istanbul was Oct. 29th - a national holiday. We witnessed first-hand, the celebrations held, not only for the 90th anniversary of the Republic, but also for the opening of the new underwater subway link between the 2 continents. My package also included return airfare from North America, all transfers & porterage from &/or to the airport as well as my assigned hotels and the ports where we would be embarking on or disembarking from the ship. The itinerary &/or the process in each instance was seamless & well-organized. Most, if not all, of the shore excursions are included. The quality & scope of the excursions is consistently high, as is the expertise of most of the guides. Imagine being led through the Hagia Sophia by your guide who happens to be an Art Historian?! Choosing to cruise on a small ship that is serving a niche clientele, has many advantages. But if your experience has been mainly on ships that are really more of a "floating hotel" variety, then the VTA concept will probably never measure up to that comparison. Cabins are not "cookie-cutter" in size but are well-maintained & more than adequate to meet passenger needs. Staff are attentive in all areas of service-delivery. When you disembark, you feel like you're saying good-bye to family members! While the dinning & most common areas are certainly a good fit for the size of the passenger group, the Ambassador Lounge, where the lectures & large group events take place, could use some changes to enhance the experience. I was surprised to read the last review which spoke of the food as "bland". Most of my cruise-mates & I found the food to be varied, of very good quality with creative menus in all venues as well as with balanced flavour profiles. The "pasta du jour" station on the terrace deck was a stand-out feature with individual orders being cooked to taste & delivered to your table. We even had grown men, on more than one occasion, stopping by to tell us which dessert was not to be missed that day. The VTA experience offers savvy sailors with a serious interest in history an opportunity to savour their journey ... in more ways than one!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This trip was magnificent. The food was superb at every single meal. the service was second to none. The ports and port excusrions, which are included in the fare,were interesting and well planned. the on-board lectures were very ... Read More
This trip was magnificent. The food was superb at every single meal. the service was second to none. The ports and port excusrions, which are included in the fare,were interesting and well planned. the on-board lectures were very informative and organised, and all the lecturers were only too happy to answer questions and ignite our passions in the various regions, history and culture. There is a gym,hair and beauty,swimming pool etc and not a tacky casino in sight. The cabins were clean, and very straightforward with no uneccessary trimmings.A welcome place to lay one's head after a busy day and evening; we only had one "sea day" the rest of the time we were in port. I had some personal requirements, and the staff were very helpful and went out of their way to accomodate me. the captain was happy to mix with voyagers, and was very approachable and also helpful. I would not hesitate cruising on MV Aegean Odyssey again.this is my second extended journey with them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
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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