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Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Good in daytime but limited in the evening

Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review by Swanner

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Mediterranean

We chose this cruise because we were faithful customers of the (much missed) Swan Hellenic ship Minerva...this seemed like the best match. In many ways it was just what we were looking for...

- right size of ship- easy to get around and didn’t feel too busy or crowded

- everything very clean and tidy

- comfy bed

- some interesting fellow passengers

- efficiently run excursions

- pleasant pool area

- no dining restrictions -choose your time, place and dining companions

- friendly waiting staff and charming room steward

- really good on board lecturers- this was a highlight - all knowledgeable and entertaining

However...

- lacking the special touches which made Minerva great...no invitation to visit the bridge, no live music with afternoon tea, no opera ensemble, no special dinners at the start and end, no invitation to dine with the captain (who was virtually invisible), no towel sculptures by the pool(!), no crew demonstration (cooking/wine/flowers etc)m no on deck barbecues

- overpriced spa

- pointless ‘shopping’ trip to Murano

- lectures out of synch with port visits..some took place after the trip! On one occasion, a scheduled lecture disappeared and then reappeared (after the visit) but wasn’t advertised so most of us missed it...given the very high quality of the lectures, this was disappointing

- very limited library space and book stock - inadequate for the number of passengers

- there were a number of ‘groups’ on board for whom activities were arranged - bridge players, single travellers, Australians/New Zealanders, Road Scholars, choir members...if, like us, you weren’t part of any of these groups, you could feel excluded - we did...and it made meeting people more difficult as these groups tended to stick together

- the biggest negative was the evening entertainment which was hugely disappointing...we initially thought the quality of the musicians was not very good until we heard a jazz session by two of the musicians...the classical double bass player and the pop pianist -brilliant -so maybe they were all otherwise playing music they didn’t like! Unfortunately the majority of the entertainment (6 nights out of 10) was provided by the cruise director...he was a charming and helpful presence around the ship -always cheerful no matter what but...we went to his first performance (ABBA I think) and realised it wasn’t for us which meant lots of dull evenings. I can’t comment on his talent or otherwise as we didn’t return but, however good he might have been, this type of entertainment seems a strange fit on a cruise focusing on Greek and Roman sites with accompanying erudite lectures...opera, classical, more lectures would be good...I guess this may be a minority opinion but it’s strongly felt

We’ll consider another Aegean Odyssey again next year (if the itineraries are right) but will also look around for other options - mainly because of the entertainment issues


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Cabin Review

Beds were the most comfortable I’ve ever had on a cruise

Bathroom cramped but everything worked as it should

Quiet apart from the very noisy air con

Small screen TV - not large enough for films - but we didn’t have much cabin time anyway


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