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Voyages to Antiquity cruises

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Has anyone recently been on a cruise run by Voyages to Antiquity? They offer some cruises that look very interesting, maybe a bit quieter and more educational than some (party-type) cruises, but I have read very mixed reviews about them on other forums. But perhaps they had teething problems after refitting their ship the Aegean Odyssey back in 2007, and have overcome most of these by now. I've found advice on this forum to be very reliable, and wondered what anyone can tell me about these cruises, the ship, the shore tours, and anything else that may be helpful.

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    Sorry, my OP may have been too general. It might be helpful if I explain what I have already managed to find out from the Voyages to Antiquity website, from Tripadvisor and from a 2010 Berlitz Guide.

    The ship (‘Aegean Odyssey’)
    Old, small, tastefully refitted as a cruise ship in 2007, holds up to 378 passengers, 1.8-1 ratio of passengers to crew, 6 decks plus a small upper observation deck.

    Cabins
    Multiple types, some confusing, spread over 3.5 decks. Inside, outside and balcony are clear enough descriptions, but each description has several categories on different decks. For example, some outside cabins have windows and some have portholes; the website photos show twin beds with no mention of double or queen-sized options (other than in pricier staterooms).

    Restaurants & Bars
    A ‘formal’ restaurant on the bottom deck, a café and a tapas bar/restaurant 3 decks up, a bar above that, and a piano bar/lounge in the observation deck. Reviews of the food range from ‘ordinary’ to ‘excellent’. Website photos of the ‘formal’ restaurant show the men dressed casually but all wearing jackets. Should I take that as a hint?

    Entertainment
    Not a party ship! Piano and string music in the piano bar, mainly classical and show tunes. A library plus gym, pool, spa etc. The cruises tend toward the educational, with on-board lectures about history etc of places being visited. Apparently geared toward older ages – but how old? (We like a bit of fun too)!

    Shore excursions
    Mostly included (which perhaps explains higher price against other Mediterranean cruises). Some Tripadvisor reviews thought some of these were too short. For example, 2.5 hours touring Pompeii. I haven’t been there – is that too short?

    General
    Onboard currency is the Euro, but ‘final bills’ can be settled in UK£’s or UD$’s. I assume that means you can pay as you go (if you have euros) and avoid a big final bill? Would they do a nightly tab, settling up at the end of each night with a UK£’s Lloyds Cashpoint (debit) card, do you think? Or alternatively, simply pay-as-you-go with a UK£’s Lloyds Cashpoint (debit) card?

    Grateful for any feedback we can get about these cruises, food quality, dress code, cabin configurations, shore trips, on-board spending and anything else that might be helpful. Many thanks.

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    Twoflower
    I suggest you click on the little yellow triangle near your name and ask the moderators to move your post to the "cruise" forum, you may have more of a chance to getting an answer.

    Just to the left of the search box, in blue, is "change forum" use the drop down to pick the cruises option where you may also find answers to your questions.

    Good luck.

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