We boarded the ship in Piraeus after spending 2 nights in the King George Hotel in Athens, followed by a 2 night land tour to Delphi and Nauplia. This was a very popular cruise: we booked 6 months ahead and there were only 3 cabins left! We had an outside cabin on Columbus deck, which was compact but had everything needed for a two week cruise.
There are two restaurants on board: the Marco Polo which is open for lunch and dinner, and the Terrace Café, with an inside and outside seating area, which was open for all meals, plus afternoon tea and late night snacks. The food was good and we enjoyed sitting outside for meals when the weather permitted. We often used the Marco Polo restaurant in the evening. Service was professional but could be slow at busy times. The Head Waiter Danny deserves a special mention for keeping things running smoothly. Complimentary wine was served at dinner. We had the same Italian wine served to us every night though which became tedious. Some variety is needed!
Most of the shore tours are included in the cost of the cruise, and these had good content and were generally interesting and well organised. We visited several Greek islands where tenders were needed, and this proved challenging for the less able passengers, some of whom chose to stay on board.
Response from MichelleD, Customer Services
Very compact cabin on Columbus deck. Twin beds and picture window. Bathroom with shower, toilet, handbasin, hairdryer. Shelf below the handbasin for toiletries.
Two 2-pin plug sockets. Small screen TV. Wardrobe and chest of drawers. Our cabin steward Darwin serviced it twice a day and kept it spotless. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the cabin.
Lovely tender port with some cafes and restaurants and a small number of good quality shops. No cars on the island, so easy to wander around.
A very interesting archeological site at Akrotiri, and we had a good guide. We also visited Oia.