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37 Greece Senior Cruise Reviews

After a few days in Rome, we boarded the Emerald Princess for the next portion of our retirement celebration. Embarkation was very simple and we were on the ship quite quickly. Having planned the excursions ahead time, we were able to ... Read More
After a few days in Rome, we boarded the Emerald Princess for the next portion of our retirement celebration. Embarkation was very simple and we were on the ship quite quickly. Having planned the excursions ahead time, we were able to simply settle in and begin to unpack. Cabin A417 is nicely located in the middle of the ship and only a few flights below the main decks. Pros - deck measured out for walking/jogging (3 laps = 1 mile), flexible dining times, great cabin steward Jose, fruit being in the room on a daily basis, wait staff in most restaurants very pleasant, art auction was fun with the experts helping us find what was "our" style of painting, trivia games were entertaining Cons - limited fitness equipment for weight lifting - not a single bar bell, excursions over booked and not coordinated well (they needed 3 or 4 busses for some and that is fine but then divide out the arrival times so everyone does not spend their time waiting in lines), limited food choices - hard for a diabetic to calculate, more desserts than main entrees Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Almost everything about this cruise was very good, often excellent. The show Elements is as good as it gets in Vegas. Food was good quality, as was the service. I think the only negative, other than one bad meal in the French specialty ... Read More
Almost everything about this cruise was very good, often excellent. The show Elements is as good as it gets in Vegas. Food was good quality, as was the service. I think the only negative, other than one bad meal in the French specialty restaurant, was the lack of service in the bars and lounges. I believe this was due to the very large number of "free" unlimited alcohol packages given as booking perks (which we did not have). There were not near enough servers, so we often had to flag one down multiple times. In addition, the number of "free" specialty dining packages upon booking made it near impossible to get into one on any night. I was glad we had book one in advance of the cruise. We had a mini-suite and were very pleased with the size and amenities. Embarking, disembarking and getting off at ports was very efficient. Ports were very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We have just returned from our 3rd cruise with MSC the latest being on Musica. We have been totally satisfied with all three cruises, the ships were clean, cabins clean,and food delicious. One lady said there were only hamburgers. Did ... Read More
We have just returned from our 3rd cruise with MSC the latest being on Musica. We have been totally satisfied with all three cruises, the ships were clean, cabins clean,and food delicious. One lady said there were only hamburgers. Did she not go to the main restaurants ,where food is lovely and the waiting staff very friendly,all greeting passengers as they go into dinner. Another critic said she did not know why the ship was call the Musica because there was not any Music.Where on earth was she, in all the bars there is live music, all different, the only criticism being that it was a bit loud to hold a conversation. this we feel a miner criticism. We found all staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you, maybe its the way they are treated, some passengers can be very rude. Port embarkation good. although a lot of people it moved quite quick. Disembarkation was very straight forward . Our cabin was lovely and we even had breakfast served in the cabin a couple of times when we had an early start. The dinning room is well laid out and we were put with others speaking English.A good time was had by all. We would have no hesitation in cruising with MSC again, we have traveled quite a bit and find there is always someone complaining, we believe in, if you have a complaint fair enough, but these critics are just trying it on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first cruise with Azamara. We wanted the smaller ship experience and have to admit we liked it. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and a special price - double upgrade to a verandah cabin. The ship was nice, clean and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara. We wanted the smaller ship experience and have to admit we liked it. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and a special price - double upgrade to a verandah cabin. The ship was nice, clean and fortunately well functioning. (We had heard stories of plumbing problems.) The staff was generally friendly and the food was good. The food and service were excellent in the specialty dining restaurants but you pay extra for that. The promo on this line is that the fare includes gratuities and complimentary alcoholic beverages. There is a catch. You are still overwhelmed with opportunites to tip more and the complimentary drinks includes only 3 selections of beer and they limit the wine to just one white and one red each day. You know they have the larger selection available - so why can't you get a Chardonnay when I don't like Reisling? With a smaller ship you have to expect less choices in some things but you know the wine is there - they are just going to limit you, so they can sell you another glass for $10 each. The upcharges and extra fees are obnoxious. I'll go to a real all inclusive resort next time. We do have to say the Azamara rep at the airport was fantastic. He handled a late luggage issue and sent us on to the ship, while he waited for our luggage on the next flight from Paris. Within 4 hours we had our bags in our stateroom - and that was a HUGE relief. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We boarded the Balmoral on 30 March 2015 in Singapore after spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel in Singapore. After waiting 3 hours for my luggage I went in search of it only to find it was in security because I had approx half a bottle of ... Read More
We boarded the Balmoral on 30 March 2015 in Singapore after spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel in Singapore. After waiting 3 hours for my luggage I went in search of it only to find it was in security because I had approx half a bottle of whisky in my luggage which was subsequently confiscated! I can understand that Fred would like everybody to purchase drinks off the boat but I had already purchased a drinks package at £340 so it was petty to confiscate my drink. As a 68 year old I wasn't going to have a rave up in my cabin with half a bottle of Whisky! A gentleman before me had also bought a special bottle of wine (wife's favourite) for his 50th Anniversary which was also confiscated. A bit spiteful and pedantic! I could not get my head around the maid coming in the cabin and making the bed in the morning only to find in the evening the bed quilt folded up again and the cover removed, talk about 'double handling'. As a 69 year old we were probably one of the youngest on the ship with very little to do unless you wished to learn Ballet, Bridge, Crafts and painting, there were also wonderful darts competitions!!!! I may have another cruise if and when I reach 80 but certainly not before! Disappointing that no information was available about Southampton trains or coach timings at disembarkation and we were going to be charged £30 to find out (admin charge). Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Our first experience with Seabourn was in 2009. Our Norwegian vessel was docked near a Seabourn ship. Seeing how the Seabourn guests were welcomed aboard was an eye opener. In 2014, we took a deep breath and book the Greek Islands ... Read More
Our first experience with Seabourn was in 2009. Our Norwegian vessel was docked near a Seabourn ship. Seeing how the Seabourn guests were welcomed aboard was an eye opener. In 2014, we took a deep breath and book the Greek Islands cruise on the Sojourn. A big step for us, but we wanted the all inclusive experience. i don't have the time or patience to attempt a complete review, but I confess to being a true believer in the Seabourn experience. I will never forget the staff members standing in front of the gangway cheering and applauding us as we came on board! So cool. We loved our cabin! It was big, luxurious, had a walk in closet and a bathtub. The veranda was big and private, and there was a table and chairs for in room dining in style. The staff were amazing. The first day I stopped by the Pool deck bar for a cocktail. The next day as I walked by the same bar, the bartender asked if I wanted the same cocktail I had previously ordered. Every one seemed to know our names. All the facilities were first rate, and the food was fabulous. The chef hosted an event where he made a fabulous paella in front of us while he chatted away about Seabourn, food, and his life experiences. We got to attend a shore event in the ruins of Ephesus where we were seated outside the coliseum and fed wine and snacks while being entertained by a string quartet...on the house. Seabourn gave us the cruise experience of a lifetime. Worth every penny. If you are considering stepping up from the more popular big ship cruises, we encourage you to consider going all the way to the finest...Seabourn. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We have just returned from a 12 night cruise to Italy and Greece. It was one of the best cruise we ever had. This is our 8th cruise and embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze. We were in Suite 1615 on the 11th deck and it was exactly as we ... Read More
We have just returned from a 12 night cruise to Italy and Greece. It was one of the best cruise we ever had. This is our 8th cruise and embarkation in Barcelona was a breeze. We were in Suite 1615 on the 11th deck and it was exactly as we pictured it to be. Both our Concierge, Carlos and Butler, Cesar attended to our every need. Our Stateroom Stewarts, Allan and Taurif were extremely efficient and courteous. Table 212 at the early seating at the Symphony Dining Room was attended by our Waiter Jimmy and Asst. Waiter Kristalis. Here again we really impressed by their service and attention to detail. The tours we pre-booked through Celebrity met our expectations. Expect crowded large groups in all the ports as the itinerary for this cruise is extremely popular. There were always a minimum of 2 large cruise ships in each port. Again we were very lucky with the weather as the seas were calm and peaceful. Santorini, Athens and Mykonos had each own special appeal. We were right to take the Tour "A Taste of Athens" as we now know where to go when we return. The Acropolis had the largest groups of tourist we have ever seen in Greece as the Parthenon was really a sight to behold. My wife and I are both Catholics so we were very moved by the visit to the house of the Blessed Virgin Mary where also heard the noon mass especially for groups who booked the "Biblical Tour of Ephesus". Our tour guide, Ilker, was very knowledgeable and professional. Of course, we had to see the making of the beautiful carpets of Turkey on this tour. At Ephesus, again expect very large groups of tourist. We were pleasantly surprise by the evening shows we always watched at the Equinox Theater. Paul Baya, the Cruise Director, gave a wonderful performance when he sang, My Prayer. Each show was a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour. It was just the right mixture of comedy, musical Broadway style number, Circus Acts similar to Vegas type shows and orchestra music. Celebrity to us by far had the best theatrical numbers as compared to the Royal Princess. Mood Icons, the house band, were great. We really enjoyed dancing to their music each night. We were a bit disappointed that Celebrity now charges for Circuit Cross Training Exercises and Zumba classes. We had Zumba daily at the Royal Princess and it was always free of charge. To sum it up, we had a wonderful 5 star cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Just returned from the Ancient Wonders Cruise on Thomson Celebration. Traveled with my 16 year old daughter. This ship is the sister ship of Spirit which was the first ship we cruised on about 7 years ago, it has had a refurb to be ... Read More
Just returned from the Ancient Wonders Cruise on Thomson Celebration. Traveled with my 16 year old daughter. This ship is the sister ship of Spirit which was the first ship we cruised on about 7 years ago, it has had a refurb to be "Platinum" as Thomson call it. --Accommodation-- We were located on deck 1 on the inside so I didn't have great expectations, but was very pleasantly about the cabin, it was very clean, had plenty of space and ton's of storage. There was some noise, particularly on a rougher sea night, but both me and my daughter had no problem sleeping. The only problem is that the LCD TV did not have a great viewing angle and was unwatchable from my bed - but I wan't there to watch TV anyway! Although it has had the refurb, some parts of the ship are a little tired, but again this was no bother. --Food-- We found the food excellent, using the Buffet for snacks/breakfast and the main waiter restaurant for dinner and twice for breakfast. Had I not been with my daughter I would have used the waiter service a lot more - brilliant! Several people paid for a meal in the extra special restaurant (Mistral)and said it was absolutely worth the £20 surcharge per head - so hope to do that next time. We also chose to always share a table and spoke to many interesting and friendly people. --Entertainment-- This was what really made the holiday, we only caught 3 shows which were to a very high standard, but it was the entertainment team in general which made our 7 days so enjoyable - having got stitched up to be in a game show on our second night I suddenly found that this took the experience to an extra level. (having people wave to you when they see you on ship or on an excursion) My daughter now want's to be a presenter/compare, special Thanks to Jake and Paul from the entertainment team for telling her all the options and what a good life it is for someone young. We loved the quizzes and were gutted we didn't win a prize (really wanted that Thomson Bag). --Itinerary-- Ancient Wonders was a good mix, was however disappointed that Santorini had to be changed the day before - did like the added bonus of going to Rhodes though. This itinerary is quite good for those that like the option for just heading off yourself. --Summary-- A great cruise experience, I've done shock and awe cruising with Royal Caribbean and I will say hand on heart that it's not the age or size of the ship that makes a good cruise - it's the people and service and I would say that the crew on Thomson Celebration are excellent. (going on the Majesty 25th July so hopefully will be just as good!)   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We did the 7 Beaches cruises, around the Greek Islands, and a visit to Izmir in Turkey. Fabulous apart from a couple of hitches getting ashore due to windy weather - only to be expected. The Greek Islands never disappoint apart from Samos, ... Read More
We did the 7 Beaches cruises, around the Greek Islands, and a visit to Izmir in Turkey. Fabulous apart from a couple of hitches getting ashore due to windy weather - only to be expected. The Greek Islands never disappoint apart from Samos, there were roadworks going on so very dusty and hot. Wouldn't voluntarily go back as there isn't much to see unless you're on an excursion Classica crew not as slick with the luggage as other operators, being on the ship by 2pm, we didn't expect to wait over 5 hours for our luggage. We had to go into dinner wearing our travelling clothes which was uncomfortable. Crew were excellent, good service all round. We were on deck 7 which was an ideal position for all the public areas. Went to a couple of shows which were good. Dining options are varied. Breakfasted in the buffet, alfresco on the stern deck - the Trattoria - bit manic first thing but once seated not a problem. Dined every night in the dining room. Can't praise the waiting staff enough, they were excellent, it's the first cruise we've been on that we danced in the dining room with the staff!! Italian night. Plenty of choice and the menu changed every night, would have to be really picky to starve. One request - could 'HUSH' notices be put up in cabin corridors please. Some guests with their children were woefully unaware that some people do go to bed before midnight, especially if there's an early start the next day!!!! Children running up and down and adults having four way conversations is not good. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
As a regular and loyal Fred Olsen cruiser I would like to add my comments about this cruise. I chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Aniversary. It was booked last year at the full brochure price. Embarkation was smooth and the ... Read More
As a regular and loyal Fred Olsen cruiser I would like to add my comments about this cruise. I chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Aniversary. It was booked last year at the full brochure price. Embarkation was smooth and the itinery was fantastic with excellent weather. We were last on this ship 10 months ago and in our opinion it has changed not for the better. Gone has the happy feel good factor and it does seem that corners and cuts are being made. In the main restaurant the food was mixed with mundane boring starters and sweets, quantity varied every night. Lunches were not to previous standards and gone was the lovely fish dishes, although breakfast was up to the usual high standard. Entertainment was very mixed. The live orchestra has gone so there is no atmosphere in the theatre ( this does not include the Braemar Show Group who where fantasic). Drink prices have been hiked up and we think the reason for this is to subsidise the free or £10 drink packages. At times the drink waiters became a nuisance pushing drinks. The last week of the cruise was ruined when we were informed that a few cars had suffered minor damage on the car park on Dovers cruise terminal. (this turned out to be approx 118 alone from this Ship.) Although this was nothing to do with Fred Olsen Cruise Line it did have a big impact on the holiday mood as information only dribbled through about the situation. When sailing from Dover I usually use Reylon for parking but having recently bought a nearly new car I decided to pay the extra £60. Dover Port flout their Park Safe status. No where does it mention the exposed location and that it could be subjected to sea water damage. The disembarkation was chaotic due to faulty gang way equipment. Eventually we got off to be faced with the carnage of our cars. The holiday was finally ruined when the Insurance company met us to say that our car was a total write off leaving us thousands of pounds out of pocket. My warning to anyone sailing out of Dover. DO NOT USE THE PORT OF DOVER'S CAR PARK as it is not fit for purpose and you may also feel mugged as we and many more felt. They claim that you park entirley at your own risk. Finally we still have 2 more cruises booked with Fred so will make up our minds to see if the standards that we have enjoyed on previous cruises return. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We fly into Rome and spend 3 jam packed days walking and seeing and walking and seeing and etc, etc. We were tired and the eye balls hurt from looking. We stayed at a cute little hotel - Hotel Trevi- just around the corner from the ... Read More
We fly into Rome and spend 3 jam packed days walking and seeing and walking and seeing and etc, etc. We were tired and the eye balls hurt from looking. We stayed at a cute little hotel - Hotel Trevi- just around the corner from the fountain. It was a most convenient place to walk and see all the sights. The staff at the hotel were very nice and helpful. The hotel is small, but the people are big hearted. We could not believe what it cost to get a car to take us to the port - Civitavecchia. But we found everything in Rome expensive, but we still ate our share of the gelato (YUM). It was really good to board the ship and know that we were going to be well taken care of by the staff. The spa was a first stop for a massage. We took advantage of the wine tastings and really enjoyed and appreciated the Cellar Master Sam and all the trouble he had gone to get local wines for us to sample and enjoy. He was very friendly and that was great after some really stuffy ones we have run across on HAL. We were off every stop, but what was most annoying was that we had to tender at so many of the ports that were not scheduled for tenders. I felt like we were not wanted in some of the ports or HAL had not paid it's port TAX. We had a veranda cabin and very much enjoyed it. Our Cabin Stewards were quick and very capable of all their duties. Our Table steward Putu and the wine steward Anjin were the best we have ever had on a HAL trip.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
The latest Solstice Class ship from Celebrity is beautiful in appearance, but with some design flaws which Celebrity considers to be improvements. The service by the crew is extraordinary as is the food in the dining room and other ... Read More
The latest Solstice Class ship from Celebrity is beautiful in appearance, but with some design flaws which Celebrity considers to be improvements. The service by the crew is extraordinary as is the food in the dining room and other venues. There is really no need to use the many extra pay dining options unless one wants to be treated like a king and enjoy really fantastic cuisine. Definitely celebrate a special occasion in one of these. The entertainment is above average for a cruise ship with the cast giving their all in their performances. There is a problem with the choice of performances the company has chosen to present. They are (2 of the 3) not age appropriate and would be more suited to crowds in their early 20s rather than the older crowds on the ship. Hip hop and rap type songs just do not fit the elegance of the ship. Also, the music was so loud that it hurt the ears. Again the singers, dancers, and other artists gave excellent performances. Celebrity saw fit to add additional cabins to the design found in the other Solstice ships with the following effects: 1. The Grand Foyer dance floor across from guest relations is 12 to 15 feet shorter than on the other ships. 2. The main dining room is smaller in length by a matching 12 to 15 feet. 3. The new Reflection Suite has reduced the size of the Sky Lounge by 50 %. This is where the Elite and above passengers meet for drinks before dinner. 4. The Gym is smaller (by 50%) to make room for a larger Persian Garden rooms. The warm up room is tiny. 5. An improvement is that the discotheque is gone (I have never seen it being used by more than 6 people on the other ships) and has been replaced by moving the conference rooms to that spot. 6. The Lawn Club is smaller and now has a charge for usage as do the swinging, curtained chairs in the solarium area. 7. If the urge for a hot dog or a hamburger strikes you, then head to the Mast Grill on deck 15. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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