Overview of Ancient Mystery Cruise

Noordam Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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11 Night Ancient Mysteries (Athens To Istanbul)

Sail date: August 15, 2013

Ship: Noordam

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

Very nice cruise. Israel was subsitued for Egypt do to civil unrest in Egypt. Cruise ship food and was very good to excellent. Entertainment was excellent. Israel destinations were educational. Greece destinations are always fun. Istanbul, Turkey was the best surprise. Even though it was obvious I was a USA westerner, the islamic people were warm and very friendly. Shipboard: Wish front desk was more truthful. If you wish to change rooms, forget it. Exchange rate was not that great, but convenient. Internet service was poor quality and expensive. This is due to the crew using the same satellite. Probably little will happen because this is a Gold Mine for the cruise industry. Overall ship was very good for median size cruise ship. Clean and well maintained.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Very good to excellent, Bread is always stale.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5
Excellent shows

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Not used

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very good, not always forthcoming.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Med. Size. Well Maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Small, but nice

Ship tip

Best breakfast is in the dining room. No need to deal with other aggressive passengers in the Lido, but food there is good. Unlike other larger ships, there are times that food is not available in the Lido.

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
Always a treat. Athens is great.

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete

5 out of 5
Plateau tour OK, narrow roads for large buses.

Ashdod, Israel

5 out of 5
Educational and Interesting

Haifa, Israel

5 out of 5
Sea of Galilee, Jordan Rive Interesting

Rhodes, Greece

5 out of 5
Old walled City and Lindos neat.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
Crowded but great place to visit.

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5

Cruise Dardanelles

3 out of 5
Too much hype

Istanbul, Turkey Did not visit port

Nice to have the 2nd day.
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