The 350 seat Ambassador Lounge (Deck 6) is the only theatre onboard and is where lectures by visiting scholars take place. This ship-width lecture hall has a gently sloping floor but those sitting at the banquettes and swivel chairs further back have somewhat obstructed sight lines toward the projector screen and movable podium. There are usually two or three performances on any given cruise over seven nights in length. It could be a local dance or singing troupe or concert by the resident string trio or a pianist or instrumental soloist.
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Aegean Odyssey sails each itinerary with scholars of that region's history, including professors from Cambridge and Oxford, former ambassadors, authors, journalists, military men and even experts in regional food and cooking. Often accompanying their presentations with slides (and sometimes video), these specialists speak for 45 to 60 minutes, either after dinner or in the morning before the shore excursions, and occasionally after the tours. Sea days typically feature lectures, both morning and afternoon.
Aside from that, Voyages to Antiquity presumes its educated and curious passengers can entertain themselves, either in conversation or with books -- and there were always readers scattered around public areas.
After dinner, there is usually a concert by the resident string trio or pianist or entertainment in the Ambassador Lounge which might (as previously mentioned) be a local dance or singing troupe. The passengers who stay up are most likely to retreat to the Charleston Lounge for a drink and a chat with other passengers. On at least one evening during a seven-night cruise there is a pub-type quiz.
Charleston Lounge (Deck 6): For musical entertainment, the Charleston Lounge on the Promenade Deck is the place to be. In the evening, there is often a trio performing familiar classical works and music for slow dancing, or a pianist playing Broadway and film tunes, as well as pop classics. Musicians regroup in different ways for light rock and acoustic performances. The Charleston has a small bandstand and dance floor, banquettes, tub chairs, tables to hold drinks, snacks and twice-daily hors d'oeuvres.
Lido Deck Bar (Deck 9): Open during the day, this bar serves tapas on the terrace (open during mealtimes only). It also serves drinks for those relaxing by the pool.
Observation Lounge (Deck 10): The Observation Lounge (Deck 10) is a small bar and space on the uppermost deck frequently used by card players. As the Wi-Fi signal here is quite good, many passengers also use this lounge during the daytime to get on-line with personal devices. The decor is white and next to the bar is a white grand piano though, sadly, it was never played.
Aegean Odyssey has one small outdoor pool and one hot tub, both on the Lido Deck (Deck 8).
There are also quite small open deck areas aft on the Bridge (Deck 7) and Belvedere Decks (Deck 5) which are cabin decks. There are also chaise lounges there, providing sunning or relaxing areas a short walk from the staterooms on those two decks.
Aside from the pool, there are no other outdoor recreation facilities on Aegean Odyssey.
There are more than four dozen padded wooden loungers on the Lido Deck and on the much-smaller Observation Deck, which has two nicely cushioned rattan love seats, each facing two oversized, cushioned chairs by the bar.
At the aft end of the Promenade Deck, there is a small boutique that has jewellery and perfumes, plain and logo clothing at reasonable prices, chemist shop sundries and books.
For those who want to peruse reference books, the library is open 24 hours. Borrowing is on an honour system; sign yourself out, noting the title you're taking. The library is stocked with dozens of non-fiction works -- histories of the civilisations to be visited (including maritime histories, works on medieval history and the crusades, and two sets of the six-volume "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"), atlases, language and travel guides. Titles are skewed toward the ship's European itineraries.
A chessboard is inset in the sole table in the library, and games to borrow include Monopoly, Scrabble and backgammon.
The ship's internet room consists of six terminals. Prices are: $3.50 for 30 minutes, $6 for 60 minutes, $18 for four hours and $28 for 12 hours. There is now also Wi-Fi, priced at the same rates, available in the reception area and in the Observation Lounge. The Wi-Fi and internet service can be frustrating and mercurial. Staff are not always available to check into problems, and service is sometimes unavailable for hours at a time.
The Observation Lounge, on the top deck, has tables for card players and sofas where readers and those using Wi-Fi gather.
The Spa is located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4). Spa treatment rooms are compact and minimalist. There are steam and sauna rooms, as well. With its lack of windows, the entire space is claustrophobic.
The salon is located on Belvedere Deck (Deck 5) offering a fairly standard range of massages, facials, and nail and hair treatments. The outsourced spa operation includes a spa manager, a personal trainer/fitness instructor and a salon operator. Bookings must be made with the spa manager, who may be away from reception performing treatments. Leave a note, in this event, and you will receive a confirmation call.
The cramped spa reception area is also home to several treadmills and elliptical machines. Wall-mounted flat-screens are hooked into the ship's TV system. Yoga mats and thicker exercise mats can be found in one corner, but there is barely enough floor space for a single person to work out.
Morning and afternoon fitness classes are held either outside on the Lido Deck or in the Ambassador Lounge, depending on weather. The free classes include yoga, stretching and Pilates. Many passengers also stretch their legs with a walk around the Promenade Deck (Deck 6).
Because of the heavily educational nature of the itineraries and onboard programs, the brochure notes the cruises are unsuitable for children under the age of 12. There are no facilities or programmes aimed at families or children, so the cruises are not really suitable for children younger than 16 unless they are very interested in culture and history, and comfortable in predominantly adult company. A handful of cabins can sleep three or four passengers.