My wife and I have usually traveled around the world with bikes or just on our own and I always said I would never do a cruise. When I saw that the Atlas World Navigator took fewer than 200 customers on a cruise, we decided to try it. I had wanted to go to Ephesus for a long time and decided to try the Atlas Greece/Turkey ten-day cruise. The Atlas cruise definitely exceeded my expectations!
The ship was well appointed, the 170 or so passengers all seemed like friends over the great food and very well organized excursions. Excursions were an additional cost, but every excursion we chose had excellent guides. The evening at Ephesus (no additional cost) will be one of the high points of all my years of travel. Only Atlas passengers were present at the Ephesus ancient Library with a great string quintet “on stage,” along with wine and appetizers, made for a very memorable evening.
Overall, I would rate all of the food (buffets, morning noon and night) as excellent (and I’m a foodie) and, sort of a surprise to me , the wine was very good as part of the regular meals and post meals! The service was incredible, all the “staff” were so professional and more than helpful. Once you had finally chosen the food you wanted from the very extensive buffet choices usually a staff member would offer to take it to what ever table you had chosen, inside or out on the deck. I could go on and on, but let me summarize by saying that I found this Atlas Epicurean cruise to be wonderful and I can’t think of a single complaint about the trip, only praise for the way it was handled and for the ship and crew.