We are active, mature, independent experienced travelers who've been on 10 cruises or so. We had booked Oceania's Lima-Miami cruise, which they must have oversold because they kept sending emails inviting us to voluntarily switch to other cruises.
We eventually swapped for this and were awarded an amazing Vista Suite at the front of the boat. That set a fabulous, luxurious tone for this, our second voyage with Oceania. It had a spacious living room with dining table, bedroom, large bath and a guest bath, plus generous veranda, butler service, premium benefits like 6 bottles of alcohol and Bulgari toiletries. We didn't want to ever leave the suite! Friends in the "penthouse suite" were extremely disappointed with their tiny bathrooms and said that would fit into our guest bath.
We enjoyed this itinerary, returning to some of our favorite cities (Athens, Barcelona--both of which we extended before and after the cruise), and getting to Israel and Pompeii/Herculaneum for the first time. Would have been ideal to add Santorini instead of one of the lesser Greek ports.
OH MY GOODNESS. This is high living indeed, like a five-star hotel suite but on a boat! The closet, drawer and cabinet space was amazing. The bath was lovely with a regular shower and a Swedish shower head. Unlike all other cruise cabins, this had no jarring metal curbs at each door upon which you would stub your toes or the harsh door latches for stability.
Plus you get a birds-eye view of the horizon--you see what the captain sees and you get to watch the workers put down anchor and set off to sea.
The negative is that it is very noisy when they do release the anchor first thing in the morning upon docking. And it can be pretty bumpy up front when the seas are rough.
It's hard to imagine paying full price for this but I would return in a heartbeat for the right price!
Love this living-history city. Best view of the Acropolis is from Filopapou Hill. Do take an "underground" tour of the Colosseum--not only do you skip the massive lines, but you get to three areas that are not open to the public.
Nice little town to walk about. Not much to it. We've been here before and drove around and were not impressed then, either.