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Excursions. Unique and well orchestrated shore trips. However, the captain continually lied regarding the reasons for skipping ports and cruising at only 5 knots. Crete maritine authority nearly denied the ship permission to leave ... Read More
Excursions. Unique and well orchestrated shore trips. However, the captain continually lied regarding the reasons for skipping ports and cruising at only 5 knots. Crete maritine authority nearly denied the ship permission to leave Chania port without a seaworthy test. Had to limp to Athens. Ship has NO activities on sea days other than a couple of lectures and bridge (which we don't play), snooker (which we also do not play) and heavy drinking. Clients are VERY old and occupy all the loungers all day. Food is marginally OK, and the Bridge Club (about 50 people) gets to start dinner between 6 and 6:30 with seating on one side of the dining room putting the rest of us in the middle with no windows. This all forces the rest of us to start dinner at 7 PM. The ship is too "clubby", reserving large areas (the observation lounge for one) for the bridge group. The bed was reported to be very comfortable, but the pillows were too hard. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 ... Read More
I had previous cruises on large ships and thought it would be a change to try a small ship cruise in parts of Asia I had not visited. The Aegean Odyssey cruise from Singapore to Colombo seemed to fit the bill. The 21 day cruise included 2 nights stay in a hotel at Singapore. Checking into the ship was complicated by the fact that we did not secure the Indian visa for the stopover at Port Blair but we were allowed to board after we signed a waiver to leave the ship at Yangon and make our own way to Colombo. I had phoned with the travel agency on whether it is permissible to remain on board the ship during the stopover at Port Blair without the costly visa and the reply was that it should be all right. Our ocean view cabin was comfortable. The bathroom was small but clean and functional. As noted by other reviewers, the water in the bathroom is frequently rust coloured enough to stain white clothes if you need to wash them. One night a water pipe burst and flooded the carpets on the fourth level so we were without a flushing toilet for close to 24 hours. Entertainment was limited to some lectures on the culture of the far east. During the cruise on the Strait of Malacca the captain warned that we were in pirate territory and as precaution to close the curtains at night to limit visibility of the ship. Food was acceptable and service in the dinning rooms was excellent.. Service was excellent all around. Shore excursions, aside from introductory tours of each stopover, involved long travel times in buses or boats to sites of interest. Enough said; there are better choices available for cruising in Asia. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
In choosing this cruise we wanted to travel to the Greek Islands in a smaller ship, visit ancient sites and learn a little more of the history of the area. The brochures and itinerary met all our requirements as it was a combination of 3 ... Read More
In choosing this cruise we wanted to travel to the Greek Islands in a smaller ship, visit ancient sites and learn a little more of the history of the area. The brochures and itinerary met all our requirements as it was a combination of 3 back to back cruises. It indicated a reasonable level of fitness which also suited our requirements. On arrival in Venice we found that the cabin was as we expected. Not flash, but functional; however, had only one, poorly located powerpoint. The staff were generally helpful but some appeared that they would have been happier elsewhere. We found the food to be adequate but not to the standard we had experienced with some other companies. Food in the main eating area was cafeteria style, dishes were not labelled so everyone had to ask what each dish was. This created long slow lines at every meal. We asked the staff about adequate signage and were told that it was not Company Policy. Deserts and other hot foods were “serve yourself”, which provided huge opportunity for cross contamination and increased the risk of allergic reaction if staff did not understand or were not available to provide adequate answers. I am allergic to poultry and asked staff the ingredients. I was answered ‘meat sausage’. turned out is was chicken and as a consequence spent a very unpleasant few hours. There were not always staff to ask. There did not appear to be adequate staff to ensure appropriate hygiene was maintained by the passengers. We were served on a number of cracked cups and bowls which should have been removed from service. The more formal eating area was much better as the food was individually served. Since the cruise was focussed on Ancient Greek and Romanan ruins there were guest lecturers on each of the three legs. Most lecturers provided interesting insights but others just went through the motions. The AV facilities were as old as the ship, and provided many interruptions and failures. Most lecturers used laser pointers which were useless. Talk times were not at optimum times but when most passengers were not on board. As days went by it was obvious that the ship was extremely noisey. When our small ship was birthed next to one carrying 10x more passengers (3000) the only one you could hear was the Aegean Odyssey. Whilst cruising the noise level was greater than 75db in the cabin, which made sleeping difficult. The poor crew had to remove soot daily from the outside furniture and many passengers gained black oil stains on their clothing. Shore excursion staff lacked basic knowledge of the ports visited and could not tell passengers where pharmacies or banks were located, cost or location of buses or taxis. Nor could they tell us about some of the places of interest that were on the shore sheets. Manning of desk tardy. Not there on time. A little offhand and sometimes rude with responses. Water was only provided to guests who elected to do organised excursions. The excursions were usually run by local guides, some good some hopeless, who tried to accommodate all passengers. Unfortunately, with an average age of passengers in the middle to late 70s, the pace at which they were forced to go resulted in excruciatingly slow movement that then meant some of the highlights were not seen. This persisted for all three legs of our journey. It really should have been called Voyages of Antiquity! There appeared to be a policy of ensuring the passengers who had travelled before were always first off the ship. Unfortunately, due to their age and lack of mobility, this ensured everyone else was delayed. Tender safety was poor. The crew did not provide definitive instruction on where to sit, how to hold arms, slide along seats to move rather than walking and direction on where to sit and when to stand for exit. As many of the passengers no doubt had osteoporosis, it will only be a matter of time before bones are broken. Very poor! At the end of the first leg our cabin developed a water leak which soaked the carpet. The hotel manager offered us a move to a cabin on the upper deck which we readily accepted. It was slightly larger with one bed instead of two singles and slightly quieter (72db) Unfortunately the hot water was intermittent and often was filthy and both taps lacked acceptable pressure. The toilet would not flush so we resorted to a 10l bucket! When cruising, the room vibrated to such an extent that we were forced to put towels in the door to stop it rattling. There is no way this room was worth an extra $4000 pp! On our last day there was a significant water leak which resulted in a large area of one level being flooded. Since the ship had no downtime the oncoming passengers had a very wet and potentially mouldy trip ahead. Internet now is a must for travellers and unfortunately was exorbitant in cost and was of such poor quality that many passengers demanded refunds. In conclusion, Voyages to Antiquity have a great product but need to ensure guests’ capabilities are assessed and appropriate shore excursions are provided so that all passengers are provided with the experience they expect. The ship is in dire need of major refurbishment and maintenance. The crew have to endure more than most. I would not recommend this trip to anyone who has even a moderate level of fitness. It’s like travelling in a floating care facility! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Iceland was the main attraction of this cruise and then the Islands of Great Britain. We traveled in the Owners Suite which was adequate but not anything special. Our cabin steward was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for him. ... Read More
Iceland was the main attraction of this cruise and then the Islands of Great Britain. We traveled in the Owners Suite which was adequate but not anything special. Our cabin steward was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for him. We found the food to be exceptionally boring and monotonous in its lack of variety and presentation. The staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough for you. The entertainment was very basic and repetitive. The itinerary which was the major reason for booking this particular cruise would have been amazing if they had adhered to it !!!!!!!! The Captain chose not to dock at times but anchor offshore which meant traveling by the slow , uncomfortable and ancient tenders to port . The organization of getting onto the tenders was slow and onerous. The Excursion Desk was not open often enough and the Excursion Staff were amateurish in their efforts to explain changes to the itinerary . On shore excursions were too short and rushed. When changes to sailing were made the time in Port was excessive and not what we expected or paid for or what the literature proposed. Lectures were held on at sea days and then extra lectures were added when Ports were cancelled . These were apparently quite informative at times. The ship was like a floating nursing home and despite the literature indicating that all passengers needed to be fit and able and sign a statement to say they were I have never seen so many elderly and unfit travelers. The ship was clean and well maintained but obviously very old. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Air Canada did what Air Canada does. Poor food, and a 3 hour delay on the tar mac, scrunched in a corner with a cricket team. Hotels: Edinburgh was the best part of the trip - mostly because of 3 interesting, but rushed tours. London ... Read More
Air Canada did what Air Canada does. Poor food, and a 3 hour delay on the tar mac, scrunched in a corner with a cricket team. Hotels: Edinburgh was the best part of the trip - mostly because of 3 interesting, but rushed tours. London was fancy and better maintained, but the excursions were optional and overpriced. (We were across the street from the British Museum)! The ship is dated, but might appeal to older passengers. New tenders are a must, if Northern ports are to be included. There is no wrap around deck for walking/talking. Due to inadequate tenders and inclement weather, my $10,000 cruise resulted in 5 missed ports, a cabin with thin walls, exposed rusty pipes (and little else). The ports offered in exchange were often travelled by myself and many of the guests so, of little interest or adventure. Shore excursions were generally included, but not all - (as advertised.) Entertainment was mainly covered by a few excellent speakers, and Richard's awesome cabaret. It saved the trip. The overworked Crew were amazing. Many thanks. Are they ever allowed off the ship? Visas should be provided for them. Would I sail with Voyages To Antiquity again? Do pigs fly? Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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
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
I was prepared to love this ship as the concept completely appeals to me: not a mega ship, emphasis on education and destinations. But my tiny, sterile, airless cabin ("Premium Outside" with a "partially obstructed" ... Read More
I was prepared to love this ship as the concept completely appeals to me: not a mega ship, emphasis on education and destinations. But my tiny, sterile, airless cabin ("Premium Outside" with a "partially obstructed" window) overwhelmed the good things about the voyage. Those included an excellent lecturer on Byron in Athens, generally friendly people and hard-working staff. As we sailed a wonderful itinerary from Athens to Venice, stopping at terrific spots along the way (e.g., Corfu, Dubrovnic and Split) one could not help but enjoy the beautiful scenery and visits to historic sights. Fortunately for me, I was on a trip (about 60 of the ship's approximately 300 passengers were on a guided trip) which meant we generally had much better guides and special attention, which helped a lot. Nevertheless, the long nights and much of the days were on the ship where it was very hard to find a comfortable place to sit or a decent cup of coffee. I'm an early riser so I was particularly unhappy that there was no place to get coffee before 6AM and regular breakfast didn't open until 7PM (at which the coffee was terrible). I love cruising and am generally an upbeat person, so I am sorry to write such a negative review of this ship, which has many fans. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
All depends what you want - I like a relaxing holiday, here we were up early every morning, off onto the red bus, herded around an ancient site, back on the bus...very organised, no down time, no scope for individual planning. Hard to get ... Read More
All depends what you want - I like a relaxing holiday, here we were up early every morning, off onto the red bus, herded around an ancient site, back on the bus...very organised, no down time, no scope for individual planning. Hard to get a sense of the places we visited as we had to move through at the pace of the guide. The passengers have generally been retired for many years and most are in their 70s or 80s. Lots with impaired mobility. The food is OK but no local food - seems wierd to have been around the Greek Islands but not to have had Greek food (only on the one free afternoon/evening we had in Mykonos). There are 2 restaurants, one buffet style canteen which is alright (long queues at times), and a posh restaurant down in the bowels of the ship - same food but very small serves and slow service. Gym is tiny, very little equipment, but most of the passenger's gym days are long ago. Pool is also very tiny and not very attractive. I think they must pay for the time they are docked, we generally seemed to leave as soon as the tour finished, so couldn't hang out in the local towns for the late afternoon and evening. Never worked out room service, dont think they had this. No tea and coffee after 9pm (except in the bar with a very long wait and quite expensive). Cabin (with a balcony) was quite good, balcony was nice. Some of the lectures were quite good, but most of the audience dozed off. Ships doctor was nice, was kept very busy. This would work if you are elderly, don't like having to think or plan anything, like getting up early, and love bus tours. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Land and cruise package- Nairobi to Singapore. 19th December 2014 to 24th January 2015. Our holiday started with 4 nights in Kenya with three being in game lodges. The hotels and game lodges here and in Singapore, at end of cruise, were ... Read More
Land and cruise package- Nairobi to Singapore. 19th December 2014 to 24th January 2015. Our holiday started with 4 nights in Kenya with three being in game lodges. The hotels and game lodges here and in Singapore, at end of cruise, were of a high standard. The transfers to and from airports, hotels and ships were well organised. The safari started well but ended up a disorganised mess. The last full day was a drive from Amboseli to Tsavo. 5-6 hours became 11. Instead of driving to our lodge for a late lunch followed by a game drive we detoured an hour each way to another lodge. We then got lost. We arrived at dusk and that was the day. Salt Lick Lodge looked as if it would have been a great place to stay- built on stilts overlooking a waterhole. The animals had gone to bed when we got there. We left next day at 8am for a 3-4 hour drive to Mombasa airport where the company had chartered a plane to fly us to Zanzibar. The drive was nearly 6 hours. This was just one of those things. A massive traffic jam. However this meant the 4 flights of the chartered plane were delayed. The one ship representative we could see was just wondering around looking as lost as we did even though he was in communication with the ship! Fortunately we were the second group for a flight so arrived at the ship about 5.45. The 4th group arrived at 9pm and the restaurants had closed! These two days showed that the forward planning and organisation of the shore parts of the trip were just not up to any sort of acceptable standard. The ship advertises itself as a destination ship. This is why we travelled on her. Far too many times we were late arriving at our port of call. This meant the excursions were cut short and never did the captain extend the stay to accommodate the late arrivals. Overall the standard of the shore excursions were poor. Most of the guides were very inexperienced and their English was limited. Unfortunately the ship seems to operate a two class system. Balcony class and the rest. Now, this was the most expensive cruise we have ever been on and to be treated as not important and second rate was very poor. The "balcony "class always left the ship first on shore excursions. This wouldn't have mattered so much except that when you arrive late shore time is precious. It seemed to take the ship and age to disembark the small number of passengers on board ( 304 first leg and 279 second ). The balcony class got the best buses and the most experienced guides. We paid for one shore excursion that wasn't included and we were with mostly balcony class people. What a difference. A bus with air conditioning that worked and a very good guide. All this was so disappointing. If we had wanted to spend out time sitting in a deck chair looking at the sea we could have done it on a much more luxurious ship at a cheaper price. Our cabin was an outside one on deck 4. This was the smallest cabin we have ever been in. We adapted to the lack of wardrobe and drawer space ( we used under the beds).But the only flat surface we has to put anything on was the top of the chest of drawers between the beds. We became very tidy Kiwis! The TV was a very small one high on the wall above a bed. I don't think you could have watched it comfortably from any place but there was nothing to see anyway- a few very old films- they put on Christmas ones for the first leg and they stayed on until the end of that leg ( 7th Jan). The news was African for the whole trip or at least that was what they advertised. You could only see it for the first couple of days and none was in English. I think the ship was short staffed. Our cabin steward was not up to scratch. After 11 days I asked if we could have our linen changed. He said he had too much to do and couldn't do everything ( this latter was because I asked if he could vacuum the cabin as it hadn't been done for days).He changed the linen but people we were friendly with a few cabins down never got their's changed! On the second leg he changed it twice ( I think he had fewer) cabins. THE WATER I see from a review from someone who was on the second leg that they talked about the water. It wasn't just on that part of the cruise. It was a deep orange from the time we boarded in Zanzibar. ( This was the hot water). No logical explanation was ever given. In fact no official mention was ever made about it. They did no clothes washing for passengers for most of that leg. It was horrible water, stained everything and left your hair feeling like straw. From Colombo to Singapore it improved slightly in colour. Unless you travel balcony class you get poor toiletries ( and no body lotion), old discoloured towels and very dubious face cloths ( frayed and stained). Chocolate on pillows about one night out of three. Not the be all and end all but just another example of being treated as not worth bothering about. We enjoyed the meals and felt they were perfectly acceptable with plenty of changes of menu ( was that because everyone ate in the same restaurants?). The 24 hour tea and coffee on the Lido deck needs to be serviced more regularly. Being very hot weather the milk was often sour and there was often an awful smell of rotten milk.The urns of hot water and coffee were left too long and often there was only luke warm water/ coffee coming out. The lecturers were very good overall and some outstanding. The entertainment was quite good. We found Christmas day not what we had thought it would be. Nothing different from an ordinary day except for a very nice dinner with crackers ( The ship was nicely decorated). In our cabin we found 6 uninspiring small biscuits on a plate as a Christmas present! New Year's Eve they went to more of an effort and it was fun. Someone/people came on board in Colombo with a very bad coughing bug and it spread like wildfire round the ship. The ship was the slackest we have travelled on in regard to hygiene so no wonder it spread like it did. There were a lot of very sick people. The hand sanitisers were at the entrance to the restaurants and in a fairly out of the way position beside where your cards get swiped on return to the ship but there was no encouragement to use them and a lot of people didn't. Sometime afternoon tea was in the Charleston Lounge and there was never even a small bottle of sanitiser there. Overall we were very disappointed with this cruise. We travel to see different places and people and we were very let down with this ship and its organisation. Would we travel with her again? No we wouldn't Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I have just returned after being on board from Hong Kong to Bangkok. I will do a full review once I have recovered from the jet lag and have the time. The ship looked very old, sad and worn (I have sailed on a lot of old ships). The funnel ... Read More
I have just returned after being on board from Hong Kong to Bangkok. I will do a full review once I have recovered from the jet lag and have the time. The ship looked very old, sad and worn (I have sailed on a lot of old ships). The funnel belches out lumps of soot, the 'black bottom' being the symbol of a V2A passenger, especially after eating on the Terrace! They have to clean the decks and funnel regularly. Exposed furniture is permanently soot stained. I think that this ship's carbon footprint must resemble the Sasquatch. The decor is either old and dull or industrial looking. We sailed between two typhoons, without any warning from the Captain. This ship is not good in high seas. People who never get seasick were feeling ill as she bobbed about like a cork on the swell. Then the AC broke. Again the Captain ignored it, then started lying to us in spite of knowing full well they they needed a replacement part. They kept telling us that it was being fixed and yes, couldn't you feel it getting better!!? The ship was full of University alumni and VERY experienced travellers, but they treated us like children. Even the free drinks were kept a secret. Offer the passengers free drinks to keep them happy, but do not tell them in case they actually take advantage of the offer. People only heard by word of mouth! On a three week cruise across the equator in very hot and humid conditions, we have no AC for a week and only partial and intermittent AC for another week. It was fully functional by Singapore. Our inside cabin was like an oven. Someone registered 100 degrees F in their cabin. Sleep was fitful and uncomfortable. After waking up, feeling like I was suffocating, I resorted to sleeping on the deck for two nights till they moved us to a slightly larger cabin. These things happen, especially in an old ship, but as a previous poster said, it is how the company handles the situation that either saves or aggravates the situation. V2A failed miserably. Their communication was very poor. They were not honest with us and did not keep us informed. The crew were wonderful in terrible conditions. They must have been finding sleep impossible but still had to work very hard, sweat pouring off them. They even had to continue wearing their double layered formal attire in the evenings. We would have been happy with salads and sandwiches but no, the full menu was produced. The management seemed very hard on the crew, showing little understanding and respect. Working in the kitchens must have been hell! The food was good though. We almost always ate outside, aft of the Terrace. The dining room was too hot and often closed. General organisation was poor, with a lot of miss information and conflicting information. One of the major disappointments was the quality of the tours. I decided on this cruise because I read that the tours were so good, We usually dislike ships' tours and these were no exception. They were often rushed, very repetitive, the guides often had such poor English that they could barely be understood and there were the usual quota of aggravating passengers (loud, late, lost, unable for the activity level, rude, selfish etc). Sometimes there were just too many people in one place. The cherry on the cake came on the last night and was almost laughable. We were invited to dine with the Hotel manager. We replied as requested but still received an afternoon phone call asking if we would be attending. In the evening, we excavated our unused semi formal attire and dressed up for our third venture down to the dining room. We arrived at the specified time and announced our presence, to be met by a blank stare from the Maitre'D, who led us to the empty table (no Hotel manager there to greet his guests). As we stood in the middle of the dining room, feeling quite conspicuous (everyone else was casually dressed), the name tags were examined at both hosted tables, but our names were nowhere to be seen! The Maitre'D then fled to the telephone, leaving us standing there like a couple of spare (well you get the idea!). After a while we slinked off to a corner, but still the M'D was anxiously talking on the phone. Feeling quite uncomfortable, I eventually said that if this was some sort of mix up, I would rather retire gracefully from the situation. We returned to our cabin, changed into casuals and went to the Terrace for our dinner, feeling less than pleased. The Maitre'D did attempt a weak apology and feeble explanation later. We passed the Hotel manager on the way off the ship next day but he said nothing. It was funny in a way, because it was so typical of their lack of organisation. It wasn't all bad though. We saw a lot of places, enjoyed the crew and service in the Terrace. Eating outside as the world passes by, is nice. The food was good. The cabin stewards were good too. I also enjoyed some of the lectures. The pre- and post-cruise arrangements were good and embarkation was smooth. Would we go with them again? NO WAY! Not because of the AC, but because of the way they handled the situation and because of the poor shore excursions, shabby ship, uncomfortable beds, thin walls (noisy neighbours), unpleasant management etc. We were berthed next to the Swan Hellenic, Minerva in Saigon. She is beautiful, like a little Prinsendam. I would certainly like to sail on her. The Aegean Odyssey looked like an old rust bucket in comparison. If you have already booked with V2A, do not worry, the AC is working now (or was) and many people seem to have enjoyed the experience. Do not let me rain on your parade. Oh, I forgot to mention the lifeboats. Ours was a small open, old fashioned type. Judging by the 'bum' marks on the seats, we would have been sitting on top of each other, so I am glad that we were not cast adrift on the South China Sea in that. The tenders did have covers, but on the two occasions that we needed to tender ashore, they had great difficulty in launching them (they gave up on the second occasion and used a shore tender instead). Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This 10 day cruise was part of a university sponsored 20 day trip. The University I used was Western in London, Ontario Canada. The company that they used was AHI Travel in California. It would appear that AHI failed to do there homework ... Read More
This 10 day cruise was part of a university sponsored 20 day trip. The University I used was Western in London, Ontario Canada. The company that they used was AHI Travel in California. It would appear that AHI failed to do there homework on the cruise part because it was a complete disaster. I found out after boarding that this was going to be the maiden voyage! To start off the ships staff were wonderful and the food was great but that's where the good ends. The cruise as mentioned before was 10 days with the first 1 1/2 days in rough seas and most people either felt sick or were sick. Our first port of call was Manila,Philippines where we were rushed around in heavy polluted traffic on buses and told we had sometimes 20 minutes at a stop.We were then rushed back to the ship . There was not any free time and rushed rushed everywhere. We all wanted to be on land after 2 long days at sea. The very next day we were at sea again! The next port where I'm sure we arrived late we were able to see the Orangutans for about 20 minutes while they were fed. That was great but going to a good zoo would have suited me just as we'll! Again a long way to go for what you got to see. Next 2 full days at sea but wait the air conditioning for the entire ship died and never went back on for the remainder of the trip! We were crossing the equator the next day! We were lucky enough to have a balcony but a lot of people didn't even have a window. The poor staff 4 to a room must have just died down below. These were the same people that had to wait and serve us after not sleeping all night. The next port was Pare Pare we needed to drive 41/2 hours one way to get to the destination. That day we were on the bus with just a few stops for 13 hours arriving in the dark back at the ship. Nice tour but 13 hours on a bus? Because we were late at every stop our tours were cut short or extremely rushed or simply forgotten about. Everybody was complaining about everything. Without air conditioning you have to always dress down to keep cool,limit your activities on board as to not overheat. One good thing was that the drinks which you were suppose to pay for we're free! I think they thought if they kept us drunk we wouldn't mutiny. I could go on but I won't I will cruise again but I felt sorry for some of the more elderly people who for them it might be their last cruise and what a way to end a great way to travel. This ship and the little British Brats they had running it should turn it back into what it was originally built for a car ferry. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We had great hopes of this cruise in spite of some of the reviews of the ship. And in fact the ship was fine. Our cabin was comfortable, with a small but just adequate balcony, and there was ample room for clothes and general clutter. The ... Read More
We had great hopes of this cruise in spite of some of the reviews of the ship. And in fact the ship was fine. Our cabin was comfortable, with a small but just adequate balcony, and there was ample room for clothes and general clutter. The whole ship was clean and visually well maintained. And the cabin and restaurant staff were outstandingly good. There were a number of minor irritations - the lift was frequently not working or not working properly, there was one day when none of the toilets flushed all day and another when they did not stop, the Marco Polo was frequently full and one had to come back later - but there were 3 real areas of weakness which would stop us returning. First was the quality of the lectures. I gather from people who had been on other cruises with the same ship that their lecturers were fine, but I certainly could not recommend the ones on our trip. Not only were they mostly (we found) crushingly boring and not really aimed at an intelligent but not expert audience, but they were technically badly presented. Many of the seats were in positions where it was impossible to see any illustrations, there were no handouts, and there was no facility to see them on the TV in the cabin or on DVD afterwards. Initially the lectures were full: later they were poorly attended. That speaks for itself. Secondly the food was poor and tedious. The menus read well, but the food was bland and unappetising, like superior motorway food. The plates were always cold, the puddings were usually accompanied by vile coloured artificial sauces, the soft cheeses were put out straight from refrigeration - nothing seemed to be simple and fresh. There was no sparkling water after day 3. Thirdly, the administration was frequently amateur verging on shambolic. Although the Whispervox system was excellent, there were rarely back markers in any group, and those who moved slowly got left behind. The staff told us that no-one had ever taken any of the tours before, but had relied on organising them through the internet, so that they had no idea what route the guides would take round sites. That meant that those whose walking was more limited could not take short cuts, missing out parts of the site and catching up later, or rest in one place knowing that the tour would be coming back the same way. Personal safety did not seem to be a priority. One person cut himself and bled badly, and was told that there were only 3 first aid kits and that his group did not have one. We were told they were learning on the job. And the last night in Cairo was chaos. One of our cases was not delivered to our room, and phoning down achieved nothing. I eventually found it, with dozens of others, still outside the hotel hours later. The woman on the group hospitality desk said that everyone would have a 4am wake up call, and those who believed her and did not return to the desk that night did not see that that had been changed, and everyone had to arrange their own wake-up call. At least one person to whom I spoke later had missed the coach. Everyone was told to make sure that they got on the same coach as their luggage. That proved impossible for most. There was an appalling crush trying to identify luggage and then personally carry each case by hand to the coaches, some of which were parked by a narrow pavement where 2 people could not pass each other. We found our luggage eventually abandoned in the airport, with no-one guarding it or indicating where it might be. The ship also had problems getting into Leptis Magna. The Libyan authorities would not allow it in on the day we were supposed to visit, so that we had to stay an extra day and missed Benghazi. It was unclear what had happened, but it is indicative of the widespread cynicism about the organisation that we heard numerous rumours to the effect that the ship's agent had been at fault. So - some good points, but we were overall very disappointed. There are better cruise lines and we intend to go with them in future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
We have just completed a cruise with Voyage to Antiquity from Istanbul to Venice called " The Holly City of Byzantium". Having done two Orient Line, and one Voyage of Discovery cruises over the last 4 years we were excited to try ... Read More
We have just completed a cruise with Voyage to Antiquity from Istanbul to Venice called " The Holly City of Byzantium". Having done two Orient Line, and one Voyage of Discovery cruises over the last 4 years we were excited to try this new venture by Gerry Harrod. As this was a new product being marketed as a "premium" ship which provided at least the same standard as past ships as mentioned. The Ship, Aegean Odyssey, had completed 4 cruises following a total strip down and refit in Greece. The interior was very Spartan and hospital in decoration. Although there has been a reduction in the number of passengers to 380 the cabin we had was one of the smallest we have ever had. Clean but very basic as was the whole ship. There was a strong sewerage smell throughout the whole cruise and the air conditioning failed early in the cruise which made it uncomfortable. There was a choice of two restaurants ,one the formal Marco Polo and the Bistro. The standard of food was poor to start with but improved in the Marco Polo but remained poor in the Bistro which offered little choice and variety. The service although friendly was slow and disorganised. Average sitting in the Marco Polo would last an average of 1 1/2 to 2 hours. There was now 24 hour coffee or ice water available outside of dining hours. There was coffee available at the bar for a price. Wine was provided as included in the cruise price although no choice apart from white or red wine. Entertainment was mainly around lecture based on the cruise theme which was popular and well attended. There was a female piano player and vocalist as well as a musical trio. Tours provided as part of the cruise was first class in standard and focused on the theme of the cruise. Overall it was not a happy ship for passengers or crew as many problems seemed to occur regularly. We were disappointed overall with this product and would not rate this ship near what we had experienced in past cruises, at best 2 star if that. It failed in most areas and we would not recommend it even with the inclusions provided in the price. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
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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