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Sail Date: August 2012
We sailed on the Istanbul to Athens cruise around the Greek islands. This is our 3rd cruise on this boat in 3 successive years. We enjoyed it immensely. The informality of a small ship and the ease of getting aboard in each port is hard to ... Read More
We sailed on the Istanbul to Athens cruise around the Greek islands. This is our 3rd cruise on this boat in 3 successive years. We enjoyed it immensely. The informality of a small ship and the ease of getting aboard in each port is hard to beat. The food was excellent, even better than previous years. One of the nicest things about this line is the fact that excursions are included in the price. Over time you get to know the other passengers in your group as you tend to go with the same group each port. Most of the passengers have the same interests and there is an emphasis on museums and ancient sites. The lectures are excellent and the sites visited are well chosen. The staff are delightful and extremely helpful. There's a small pool with a number of loungers but it never seems to be overcrowded as people use the other rooms and the library. the ship is small enough to get in to the smaller ports and in many of these they use their own tenders. This is a bit of fun especially if there is a little chop to the water. You are never going to have all the facilities on a small boat that you have on some of the massive ships but everything that you need is on board. The small cabins are pretty small but you tend not to spend a great deal of time in them. If you can afford one of the larger cabins these are certainly a great deal more comfortable. This cruise line has come in for some criticism particularly because it has chartered some of the mid-summer cruises and left some passengers inconvenienced. But for simple charm, informality, friendliness, pleasant company and great destinations it is unbeatable! If I can afford it I am hoping to be back again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2010
My eldest daughter, Sarah Saunders, a chef and lecturer on historical and contemporary food subjects, surprised me with her invitation to join her on the Aegean Odyssey cruise around the coast of Italy, Sicily and Croatia this August. I ... Read More
My eldest daughter, Sarah Saunders, a chef and lecturer on historical and contemporary food subjects, surprised me with her invitation to join her on the Aegean Odyssey cruise around the coast of Italy, Sicily and Croatia this August. I discovered the special pleasure of listening to Sarah and the other terrific lecturers which stretched both my brain and imagination. We visited classical sites early in the morning to beat the crowds led by well informed local guides and I met many interesting passengers from around the world. Delicious meals were both informal and formal, local wine was always plentiful and all the staff were incredibly attentive and charming. We even discovered mutual friends of Felice, the Italian chef on board, who ran the hotel we stayed in for many years near his home-town in Italy. As a result of his on-deck fish demonstration with Sarah, I can now prepare and cook a huge sea bass with complete confidence! Sunbathing with a book by the pool, daily swims in fresh sea water and a surprise birthday dinner on board with new friends all made this the best possible mother and daughter holiday. I will cherish late night chats in our cabin about our experiences at sea and my maiden voyage in the cruise world and I congratulate all those who worked so hard to make our trip such a total success! This small 21st century cruise ship which offers every creature comfort plus entertaining talks about the history and culture of classical sites, with occasional trips to food markets and practical demonstrations of local culinary arts, is in my view a most refreshing and important contribution to intelligent 21st century tourism! Read Less
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