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April 25, 2009
Sailing from Venice
by Todd McGrath
This was my 1st cruise and it was truly wonderful. All crew staff
were very friendly and helpful especially the Stateroom Supervisor
Marcus, the Stateroom attendant Angelique on deck 2, and the Chief
Housekeeper. The food was exceptional and the Waiter, Assistant
Waiter, and Head waiter in the King and I dining Room were great. We
had table 77 for the 6.30pm sitting. The Entertainment Director and
his staff were very helpful (especially Vicky) and the DJ Savio was
Fantastic. Poolside attendants were also great, especially Kalish.
We booked a Junior Suite for 2 adults and one child. The stateroom
was adequate. There was plenty drawers and wardrobes although the
wardrobes were very dark inside and could do with an internal light.
The bedding, carpets, sofa and chairs were clean and fresh. The
dressing table was large with plenty of mirrors and storage space
but they were looking rather tired. I can cope with that as long as
everything is clean, which is was.
We were on deck 8 and did get lots of noise from people walking
above. We also had a couple nights when high wind whistled through
the balcony and made a huge racket keeping us all awake. However if
we hadn't had the balcony we would have missed the dolphins and a
fantastic lightening storm and pouring rain on our last night. We
could have got any other view from the deck above. When the rain
came, the public were told to go inside and not allowed back on deck
until it had stopped
The pool in the Solarium and outside were both salt water. There are
2 jacuzzi tubs outside and 2 in the solarium. We used the gym which
although small had a good selection of equipment. For a charge of
$10 you could do spin class which was always busy.
The pitch and put was well worn and bland but we still played. The
rock climbing wall was busy at times but the staff were very
encouraging and didn't hurry anyone. The wall was open many times
during the week and once a week they open it at night which was a
totally different experience - great fun.
The entertainment was good in 42nd Street and the bands that played
in the lounges and on deck were very good.
My 15-year old son was rather bored as there wasn't really that much
for him to do.
I met some truly interesting people on the cruise and made a few
friends. It was nice to see that the crew members were so
multi-cultural and all the passengers. I can truly say I had a dream
cruise and would recommend this cruise to all my friends. Thank you
all once again
Shore excursions were available, although quite expensive. For some
of the port calls like Santorini and Kusadasi we booked private
tours in advance, contracted with local tour operators.
Ports of Call
Venice, Italy: The highlight was Venice and I would
advise anyone sailing from Venice to go out a couple of days early
and have a good look around, it’s wonderful.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Dubrovnik is easy walking round the old town
although the walk round the old city walls is worthwhile but quite
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey: Our group of six toured Ephesus with a
guide that Denizhan (www.transbalkan.com) has arranged. We had the
best tour with him than in any of the other ports. The guide took
many pictures of us with stunning views as backgrounds.
Santorini, Greece: We had a fabulous time on our tour in Santorini.
Booked a private tour from Anna (www.santorinidaytours.com) Our
guide took some great pictures and she did a terrific job in
tailoring the tour around our needs while at the same time making
sure we saw all the island's highlights. We truly enjoyed it.
Corfu, Greece: We took the Paleokastritsa and Corfu town tour which
first took us to the resort area of Paleokastritsa where four
busloads of tourists visited a small 12th century Greek Orthodox
monastery. We saw the Greek Orthodox church of St. Spiridon in
Corfu. People commented that Corfu didn't look like Greece. It
doesn't have those old whitewashed buildings, and it has a strong
Italian and French flavor. There is a picturesque old town and a
great old fort jutting out into the sea.
In all the cruise was fine - a small, clean, if tired ship with
There isn't much for teenagers to do so I wouldn't really recommend
it for older families.
You do feel the engine and movement on this ship.
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