We got the train to Civitavecchia from Rome, San Pedro Station which took about 50 minutes! We had to wait about 30 minutes on our bus to the ship and then had a 1 hour Checkin to get on to the Spirit.
We got to leave our hand luggage in our cabin immediately which was great. The Spirit is an older ship, however it was recently refurbished and we were pleased with the final result. There were always plenty of deckchairs and we always felt like we had plenty of space wherever we went. There were not enough ladies toilets onboard, there were always toilets constantly out of order.
We didn't eat in the restaurants as the buffet suited my dietary requirements. We always found the food good, however, sometimes it could be cold. The Vegetarian corner was great and there was always a few more vegetarian options elsewhere on offer. I didn't like the fact that I had to walk outside to the bar for a drink when we ate at the buffet. On every other ship we have sailed on the bar was part and parcel of the buffet. Another annoying factor was having to request from a member of staff and then wait on soya milk every morning. I couldn't understand why it couldn't be kept under the counter for me. I always had to stand around waiting for 5 minutes on the soya milk. Our drinks and service charges and gratuities were all included so our cruise was great value for money. The coffee package was part of our deal and my husband is a coffee fan as he doesn't drink alcohol, however as we always ate at the buffet, he never could avail of the speciality coffee. We also enjoyed fabulous weather whilst we cruised around the Greek Islands and Italy.
We found the staff onboard friendly. The bar staff always seemed to be under pressure, there were not enough of them. The "Washy washy girls" were extremely friendly and pleasant. Very few people onboard dressed up, it was a casual cruise. The passengers were mostly Canadians, Americans, then Australians, English and a few Irish.
The shows were just ok, the Beatles show was very good. Jeff in Henry's bar saved the entertainment as the other entertainers in the bars were not much good to us young people.
The Chania port was a waste of time as we had to be back onboard for 11.30 am, such a short stop. Then we had technical problems which resulted in us not leaving Chania until 9.30 pm that night, however, we were not allowed back off the ship. We weren't given much information regarding the problem, we didn't reach Malta until 7.00 pm, we were supposed to have been there at 1.00 pm that day. Lots of passengers were disappointed as trips had to be cancelled.
Our cabin was very convenient to the elevators and stairs and was quiet so we had no bother sleeping. The mattress and pillows were very comfortable. There were plenty of hangers and a good size bathroom and a good, powerful shower. The bathroom sink never looked particularly well cleaned and there was birthday confetti on our dressing table which had obviously been there from the previous occupant which stayed in our cabin for our entire 10 night stay. If we used cups during the day, the cups would not be lifted from our cabin that day. The cups might be lifted the following day. The plugs in the cabin were useless, so was the hairdryer, luckily I had brought my own as I had read this in previous reviews.
Lovely port, quaint, cobblestone streets and little souvenir shops. Restaurants and bars are quite expensive.
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Gorgeous port. Lots of shops and cobblestoned streets in old town. Visit To Marouli Vegetarian restaurant. You are sure of a warm welcome and gorgeous food! Reasonable prices too.
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