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.
Adequate sized, decent shower, comfortable double bed (though it was two singles pushed together). Good location on Lido deck (same deck as swimming pool).