July 2016 - 12 Night Mediterranean Empires (Venice Roundtrip) Cruise on Eurodam
Not bad for a first cruise
Overall experience was good because I was traveling with dear friends who are seasoned cruisers and had already been aboard for 12 days by the time I arrived. They had had serious problems with their original suite, and as a result, I benefited since the hotel director and captain went out of their way to offer amenities and additional privileges - champagne, sweets, savories, flowers, Neptune Lounge access, complimentary dinner and drinks one evening in the Pinnacle Grill - that I would not have enjoyed otherwise. We were very disappointed because the stops in Istanbul and Kusadasi were cancelled, as was the cruise through the Dardanelles - and those were the elements we were most looking forward to. The best part was being at sea - and watching the full moon reflect on the water. The worst part - the wildly out-of-control children running up and down the stateroom corridors and through the Lido Restaurant. Avoid any sailing that might coincide with school holidays!