A thoroughly enjoyable cruise with fascinating sites, good guides and fine hotels in Athens and Istanbul at beginning and end of cruise. There were a number of disappointing elements mostly related to the ship.
The air conditioning in the cabins is pretty primitive and extremely noisy and the ambassador lounge which is used for the lectures is unfit for purpose. The view of the screen is very poor.
We were promised that fresh local produce would be used but saw little evidence of this. We ate mostly in the Terrace cafe where lunch was quite good but evening meals were poor. The menu was unimaginative but the most disappointing feature was the poor quality of the ingredients. Fish (cod and perch, how Mediterranean!) was bland and tasteless and many of the main course meats, particularly the veal, were so tough as to be inedible. These cruises are not cheap and we expected much better. Desserts were gelatinous and unpleasant.
Wine was included with dinner but rather than being 'carefully sourced' was poor cheap, mostly Greek wine. Better wine was available at a stiff premium. When French wine was provided it was vin de table (the sort of stuff you can buy for a couple of euros in a supermarket) and again not the standard we expected.
Most of the excursions were well organised although the timings were not always appropriate. However on Santorini, there was a huge melee and a wait of over an hour for the cable cars back down to the beach. In temperatures of 40C it was not surprising that queue jumping with resultant scuffles took place. Most disappointingly the passengers (who were mostly elderly) were left to fend for themselves with none of the excursion staff present. Although many passengers complained no apology was made by the company and I feel this is unacceptable.
A pleasant but rather dull cabin with the noisy air conditioning making sleep difficult. We would not travel on this boat again because of this. The cabin is reached down a corridor which betrays the past use of the ship as a ferry