Noordam Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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5 out of 5

Overview of Ancient Mystery Cruise

Sail Date: August 15, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

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 Quality
Med. Size. Well Maintained.
Food and Dining
Very good to excellent, Bread is always stale.
Cabin / Stateroom
Small, but nice
Service and Staff
Very good, not always forthcoming.
Excellent shows
Children's Programs
Not used
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Always a treat. Athens is great.
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Plateau tour OK, narrow roads for large buses.
Ashdod, Israel
Educational and Interesting
Haifa, Israel
Sea of Galilee, Jordan Rive Interesting
Rhodes, Greece
Old walled City and Lindos neat.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Crowded but great place to visit.
Mykonos, Greece
Fun spot.
Cruise Dardanelles
Too much hype
Istanbul, Turkey Nice to have the 2nd day.


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.

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