We arrived at the day of embarkation to find that the itinerary had changed. Apparently, this had been known at least a day before. We were to miss 3 (Kotor, Santorini, and Mykonos) of our 6 ports and they added Split and Bar. We were given $200 OBC per cabin and 20% of our cruise price as credit towards a future cruise. This felt a bit gimmicky and doesn't really make up for the fact of missing these three ports (on top of the fact that we missed Bar due to high winds). When you compare what we received to the cruise prior ($100 OBC per person in a cabin JUST for missing Dubrovnik) and the cruise after ($100 OBC per cabin AND the 20% future cruise credit) just for missing 2 ports (Santorini and scheduling a technical stop in Bar in lieu of Kotor), we really weren't compensated sufficiently. There was a lack of communication overall. At our CC mix and mingle, they told us what was going on. But, nobody else on the ship was aware and rumours flew. I wasn't that angry about missing Santorini and Mykonos, but the lack of communication was stifling.
We woke up on the day to reach Bar and were told it was too windy to dock. I could clearly see that. But, I doubt we would have made it anyway because the ship sat in Dubrovnik clear into the early hours of the morning.
Other than the faulty engine (and this isn't new to the Star...read the CC boards), the ship was well laid out and nice. It could have done with an extra bar because Gatsby's was always crowded. Yet, the locations of most events were well planned.
The cabin (a balcony on deck 10) was just below the spa. It was a large enough size, with a nice balcony, and tons of storage space for our things. Our cabin steward (when I asked) gave us wonderful towel animals every evening. I never had to ask for anything, as he always had things clean and neat for us each day. He always asked us about our day and wished us good morning.
Fourth time in Venice so we took the secret itineraries tour at the Doge Palace. Worth it! As we were there on the first Sunday of the month, we got in free to the Accademia. By the time we left, there were people queuing to get in. We also visited the Guggenheim but it was a bit small with a long wait to buy tickets. Food was excellent!
missed the port
Very sleepy little Greek town. We did the hop on hop off and visited Kanoni. We saw some cute kittens there and took Instagram worthy picks of the church. Then, we rode to the old town area, walked around to the main church and then to the museum (closed). As it was starting to rain, we walked back to the ship.
ship didn't make it
supposed to go to Delos- ship didn't make it.
took the Messina and Drogarati Cave- meh.
Did our own tour with my GPS App and it was nice. We got to walk around the old city walls (and try to beat the rain)- seeing that was fab! We did a wine flight at Da'Vino. It was neat to get to taste the original Zinfandel. Who knew it was a Croatian grape?