We chose this cruise for the itinerary, full in the knowledge that Crystal was due for retirement in a few months, and despite it having little in the way of modern conveniences and razzmatazz. We were definitely not disappointed, and enjoyed a fabulous 2 weeks. The crew were, in the main, fantastic.
Despite only having limited performers, we were presented with a different show every night in the theatre, to a good standard. Music was supported by an authentic Greek band, "El Greco", who had an amazing Bouzouki player.
The restaurant staff were very enthusiastic and friendly, lead by Herbert, the professional, helpful, Maitre D'. The meals were of excellent quality. I have an unusual food allergy, which was catered for very well, without hesitation or complaint. I was offered the opportunity to choose my meals 24 hours in advance so that they could be prepared without the allergens. This was the best cruise I have experienced for delivering a relaxed atmosphere in the dining room whilst maintaining standards.
Our cabin was functional. It was a little odd to have requested a double bed, to discover it was 2 single beds placed together, with 2 separate sets of bedding!!
There was a solid shower screen in the bathroom.
We were next to the anchor drop, which was very noisy.
We were also next to the door through to the crew quarters, and although they were not noisy, we couldn't help but hear the foot-fall on the corridor.
There was also a strong smell of disinfectant/chemicals; whilst reassuring on one front, it was a bit too overpowering.
Easy to travel into the ancient city centre from the cruise port. Take a 217 bus from just across the road to the Dimitko Theatre (7 stops) to pick up the Metro. 1 euro 20 for a 90 minute ticket. (travel time 45 minutes from the ship)
We have been several times to Istanbul. Try to fit in the Blue Mosque (currently closed for rennovation), the Hagia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace, as well as the spice market and the grand bazaar. All within easy walking distance of the port.
Quiet, typical small town, with a great hill-top castle and tower and a small beach. Good shops
Take the cable car up to Thira. If walking take great care as the 588 steps can be very slippery. Don't miss out on Oia - the local bus will get you there in 25 minutes; frequent reliable service.
Plenty of Greek Orthodox churches to visit, and ancient monuments dotted throughout the city. Called in twice, second time sadly on Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, so most things were closed, including the museums.
What a lovely lovely place.