we chose this cruise for its itinerary. we boarded in Civitavecchia and disembarked in Barcelona 2 weeks later.
from the get-go, we noticed that the crew was extremely courteous, friendly and attentive.
the food quality was good-excellent especially in the main dining room and at the specialty restaurant, sabatini's; and, there was a wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free choices on the menus.
we had been to many of these ports many times before, so it became a challenge to find something new to explore.
1. at Mykonos, we took an excursion to the island of Delos. Excellent.
2. at Santorini, i took the donkey path down (25 minutes and shaky knees). one off the bucket list.
3. at Piraeus/Athens, we paid 4.5 euros for a 24 hour any means of transportation ticket. look for the X80 stand about 100 meters from the terminal. we used these tickets to ride to and from Athens and to use the metro to get around in Athens. we also visited the Acropolis Museum (5 euros). a must-see. second one off the bucket list.
4. an excellent value is the hop on hop off bus in Kotor. a party of 2 pays 20 euros each; however, the 3rd person in your party pays only 10 euros; and, maybe even less for the 4th and so on. you can try to bargain with the ticket seller.
for our party of 3, the average cost was about 17 euros; and, we got a ride to Risan with admission to the mosaic museum, a ride to Perast and admission to the maritime museum and a guided tour of Kotor. you can't beat this as the cruise ship cost or taxi fare would be about $150 or 100 euros. for 5 euros, you can have a boat ride to the island of the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. beautiful views of this island from Perast.
value for the money. although partially obstructed by a tender, the window was very large and did not hinder our view.
please note that this cabin is directly above the Explorers Lounge and that music can be faintly heard.