I chose this cruise because our agent was able to tie it in well with a land trip we were doing earlier. It also included many places that I have always wanted to visit, and some I hadn’t heard of too. When booking we were not told it was 2 back to back cruises, but this did have an effect on the cruise. Ports included were:- Salerno, Kotor, Corfu, Crete, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini (substituted with Corfu), Kotor, Messina and Naples.
Our documents told us that we wouldn’t board until 1pm, but our shuttle dropped us off around 11am. We were pleasantly surprised that they were already boarding groups and we didn’t wait more than 1/2 hour in the terminal before going onboard.
First thing we notice about our balcony cabin was that the bed looked soft and inviting. And it was.
Second thing, and this was echoed throughout the ship, was that furnishings and the whole ship looked worn and tired and in need of refurbishment.
We found the entertainment in the Princess Theatre to below the standard of our last cruise on the Regal. Some of the guests were average, and there were not many “production” shows. Due to this being 2 back to back cruises, some shows were actually repeated and several of the guest performers did 2 shows, but with different material.
Unfortunately because of the back to back cruises the menu in the dining room was repeated on a few nights. I was really looking forward to “lobster” night, and was extremely disappointed. It was small, tough and tasteless, and others who returned theirs received replacements which were no better. Had better in Horizon Court for lunch the day after the second lobster dinner night (although it was a case of very limited numbers). Drink service in the dining room was very slow, and when asking for Cabernet Sauvignon it was a bit of pot luck if you got a decent one or a bad one. Very hard to find out which one you had from night to night due to anytime dining.
Our room steward, Rodney, was very friendly, helpful and accommodating with requests.
We received great drink service from Cedric in Crooners. We had been having afternoon cocktails at the International Cafe before discovering Crooners and their martini menu and delicious bar snacks.
For a cruise of this length, we were informed in our paperwork to expect 3 formal nights but due to the 2 cruise status, there were 4.
The itinerary included 2 visits to Kotor, and 3 sea days. At most of the ports I had booked ship excursions. On the whole, these were overpriced and tended to be very similar in format, something I didn’t notice until we were actually participating. These were moderate activity ratied but seemed to involve olives and local wines. I should have looked closer, but there was not a lot of choice. We did not have tours booked for Mykonos or Messina, as sometimes it’s just nice to get off and walk around without being herded here and there. However, I got bold, and thanks to the Cruise Critic Roll Call connected with other passengers and we had 2 ports where we had private tours booked. We were all mindful of the “all aboard” times, but we had great trips and no issues with the times. Both tour guides were from companies who had claims of never missing a ship on their websites. The trips were so much better than the ship tours as using smaller vehicles meant we could go places and stop at viewpoints that big buses couldn’t get to.
Due to adverse weather/wind conditions, the Captain was forced to cancel our day in Santorini as the wind would have been dangerous for the tenders. This was the most disappointing thing about the whole cruise, as many passengers had booked solely due to this once in a lifetime chance to visit. Instead we revisited Corfu (well for those that had been onboard the first week anyway it was a revisit) which wasn’t the most desirable place for a revisit but safety is more important in the long run.
For those of us on a two week itinerary, we visited Kotor, Montenegro twice, with the second time being a 2.30pm departure, which was a bit earlier than we would have liked.
Disembarkation was handled well, although our stateroom had to be vacated by 8am.
I enjoyed this cruise, but would not be looking to repeat these ports as I prefer to find somewhere new each trip.
Avoid this cabin and the ones on either side. They are right below the weights area of the gym, and the noise of weights being dropped at all hours can be irritating.
Our ship tour took us to Lucky store to see a manufacturer of timber veneer work. We the. Had an hour to stroll and as we were near an old gate entry to the old town. The old town is lovely and clean and easy to walk around. Unfortunately our bus broke down on the way back to the ship and it took an hour for the replacement to arrive. Luckily we were not worried about the ship leaving without us due to it being a ship excursion
Some viewpoints but too hot to do the walk through the old town. We opted to find our own way through the old town
Some interesting stops, including a war cemetery, memorial with a great view, and a walk of the city and market. We finished at the waterfront which was a nice place to stroll due to cooling sea breezes. Plenty of time to explore and wander around.View All 8 Chania City Tour Reviews
Overpriced and overrated place. Glad I’ve been, but glad I didn’t waste too much money..
We didn’t get there due to excessive wind making it unsafe to tender ashore.
Viewed the Acropolis from below then went to the old Olympic stadium, and the Acropolis museum. Also saw the Temple of Zeus. We had shopping time after the museum.View All 164 City Tour Reviews
Unless you booked a tour, the town of Messina was not of huge interest
Some great views and scary roads. Meal of locally grown ham, olives, cheese and wine with traditional musicians. Would have been better without the amplifier for the music! Tour guide wasn’t very helpful.View All 102 Montenegro Highlights Reviews