The ship was recently renovated, and felt brand new! Ours was only the second cruise after the renovation. Improvements included essentially re-doing all the staterooms, adding specialty restaurants and many others.
Before going on the cruise we signed up for the "Meet and Mingle" Roll Call. One of the best moves I have ever made! Before getting on the ship, we "knew" about 35 other cruisers! We had made plans for all the ports (none of which included a cruise company shore excursion).
Positives: The ship is in excellent condition and looks beautiful. Enforcement of not bringing alcohol on board is spotty at best, which is good. We managed to have our own bottle of wine at every dinner except one, and the wait staff opened it for us with no charge for corkage!
Cabin 2110 in great shape, close to the rear of the ship. Not too bad with respect to noise although you do hear the engines during approaches to docks or anchor positions.
We did this on our own. Walked up the old town wall to the top for beautiful views and then came back and saw the old town. No need for a guided tour unless you absolutely have to know the history and significance of everything. Our pictures are at:
With fellow CruiseCritics Roll Call members, we did a Rick Steves-guided walk through the heart of Athens and then the Acropolis. Not having seen the Acropolis before, we were absolutely blown away by what the Ancients had accomplished. Pictures at:
Cruise company provided shuttles to the Castle of St Peter. However, the frequency was very low, about 3-4 shuttles each way all day! Not too long a walk, but it was HOT. The castle is interesting and has a wonderful collection of antiques recovered from shipwrecks.
Six of us took a taxi to Krka National Park for a round-trip cost of 250 euros including the wait at the park. We spent about three hours at the park. After a few days of old towns and ruins, we thoroughly enjoyed the natural scenery and the amazing waterfalls.