Overall a great trip! Some highlights:
- The front desk staff performed an amazing feat of memorization, and knew everyone's name by the first evening
- The food was *fantastic* throughout.
- The 'signature event' was amazing - private access to a major historical site, onsite dinner, and string quartet (this was at the Library of Celsus)
- The crew in general were cheerful and friendly
- For the ship enthusiast, the open bridge and engine room tours are pretty cool
- The dramatic music and sails unfurling at every departure sounded like it would be cheesy, but it's actually kind of awesome.
- It's easy to get a table for 2 at the restaurant (Amphora), or to eat in your room (all the rooms have a small table and chairs), if you aren't feeling like socializing at any given meal.
- The dress code is surprisingly casual for such a fancy cruise; my husband and I are more jeans-and-tshirt type people, and we fit right in.
- The pool is pretty tiny (10x7); it's fine for hanging out or playing around, but not great if you want to swim laps. It's also a saltwater pool, which makes for more buoyant swimming.
Advice for future cruisers:
- The watersports platform was only open in Monemvasia due to rough seas at the other ports. I suspect that it's common for it to only be open one or two days on a given cruise, so if it's important to you, check with the front desk the night before about the weather report/likelihood of the platform being open.
- Forward cabins have less engine noise. Ours was cabin 133, and while we could hear the engines (you can hear them anywhere on the ship), it wasn't very loud; neither my husband or I had any trouble sleeping through them.
- The website for Windstar is kind of a disaster; be aware that all information on the cruise will disappear from the site 5 days before the cruise (this wasn't a glitch, the site just said that you have to pick a cruise at least 5 days in the future to see itinerary information), so make sure to print/save everything well ahead of time. And heaven help you if they decide to revamp the site again - it was down for a solid 4 months after we'd booked our cruise over the phone.
- Candles reservations go quickly, so if you have a tightly-packed itinerary, put in your reservation as soon as you board the ship.
- Make friends with the band, and they will be happy to play your requests =)
The cabin was very spacious; plenty of storage space, plus a seating area. We had breakfast in the room a couple of times, and there was no trouble fitting us and several plates at the table. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was clean and surprisingly spacious, the toiletries were high quality. Overall it was very pleasant. The engines are toward the rear of the ship, and the passenger rooms don't go all the way to the bow, so our room was very quiet with little engine noise and few people passing in the hallway.
We stayed in Athens for a few days before our cruise to visit some of the archeological sites. It's an amazing city!
Highly recommend the Silo Art Gallery near Mycenae; they offer hands-on pottery workshops, and have an extensive gallery of pottery and statuary if you're looking to buy something. Even if you aren't, touring the workshops is fascinating.
Delos is an incredibly large archeological site; having a guide was very useful, since there's very few descriptive placards.View All 97 Island of Delos Reviews