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#21
Ontario
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Marco Polo Dining Room




Captain's table



I usually forgot to take photos of food, but we did enjoy our meals in the dining room - service and presentation was great.

A salmon App



Prime Rib cooked to order ;-)




Apple Dessert


Delicious choc cake and ice cream
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#22
Ontario
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Misc photos from around the ship














Choir practice in the Observation Lounge



The view from our Terrace Cafe table one day at breakfast.
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#23
Ontario
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Joined Apr 2001
The Aegean Odyssey







Tendering



A cold drink and cool towel always was waiting for us before boarding. Also bottled water was always given to us at the bottom of the gangway before our tours.




Our Cruise director Richard - very personable, talented, professional and always around to greet people.
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#25
Ontario
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Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by CalmSea
Thanks for the continuing stream of picture reviews.
Glad you like it. I will continue with our hotel in Athens. I am still wading through all the photos.

Mary
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#26
Montreal
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Joined Nov 2012
We have been on the AO from Venice to Athens and stayed in the Grand Bretagne. The view of the Acropoli during breakfast was indeed breathtaking.

Do you happen to have more picture of food or any pictures of the menus in the MDR? The ownership of VTA changed in 2016. I wonder whether this change affected their menu offerings.
#27
Ontario
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Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by CalmSea
We have been on the AO from Venice to Athens and stayed in the Grand Bretagne. The view of the Acropoli during breakfast was indeed breathtaking.

Do you happen to have more picture of food or any pictures of the menus in the MDR? The ownership of VTA changed in 2016. I wonder whether this change affected their menu offerings.
Sorry, totally forgot to take photos of menus.
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#28
Ontario
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Joined Apr 2001
I have finally organized the hundreds of photos I took. If you would like to see our tours and ports for this voyage, Athens to Venice. I have included the link below.

There are 4 parts to this cruise - Greece: Dubrovnik & Bay of Kodor; Split & Trieste; and Venice. Click on a photo to open the photo blog for each part.

https://maryandnormtravel.blogspot.com/
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#31
Penticton, BC, Canada
346 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
Thanks Mary for these very nice photos that bring back fond memories to me of sailing in this nice little ship in the early nineties around the Greek Isles just after she had been rebuilt the first time, converted from a ro/ro ferry to a mini version of that great deluxe cruise ship HL's Europa, by the Greek family that owned Dolphin Hellas Cruises and called her the Aegean Dolphin. She was very pretty then, but subsequently had a very chequered career and had deteriorated until being saved by Voyages of Antiquity, rebuilt again, and is now a very smart little vessel.
#32
Palmerston North NZ
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Joined Feb 2015
Many thanks for the great photos of the ship Mary. I join her on 1 September in Lisbon to cruise to Civitavecchia. There isn't much information on the internet about her and having never done an ocean cruise on such a small ship I was second-guessing my decision to try Agean Odyssey. It was the itinerary that really attracted me and the huge outdoor dining space that many ships do not provide, even though they are sailing in wonderful sunny regions.

Can you help with two things please? One CC reviewer said there was one power point in her cabin for charging devices. I need to be able to charge my phone as I use that as my camera. Was there a USB port in your cabin to charge devices? What sort of plug did the power point take? European or US?

Secondly, your photo of the library shows a reasonably large selection of books. Was there light reading/fiction amongst these books? Were there enough books to go round or did the library empty out pretty quickly?

Your help would be much appreciated.
#33
Montreal
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Joined Nov 2012
Palmycrusier,

We will be onboard VTA too, Hope to meet you there.

Regarding electric outlets, from VTA website's FAQ on Electrical outlets: "Our cabins and suites feature European 2-pin round sockets with 220 voltage." I think the 2-pin socket is the UK version, and not the European version. I will be bringing both the UK and the European version, because in Rome, we will need the other version.

The library is well stocked with travel, history, arts and archaeology books; similar to the ones on the suggested reading list on VTA's website. Someone else may know better whether they have light reading/fiction materials.
#34
Montreal
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Joined Nov 2012
Originally posted by CalmSea

Regarding electric outlets, from VTA website's FAQ on Electrical outlets: "Our cabins and suites feature European 2-pin round sockets with 220 voltage." I think the 2-pin socket is the UK version, and not the European version. I will be bringing both the UK and the European version, because in Rome, we will need the other version.
Correction, I think the 2-pin socket is the European version. I need to bring both because we are starting from London.
#35
Toronto, Canada
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Joined Mar 2010
European is 2 round prongs. UK is 3 flat prongs in a T shape (sort of).


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#36
Ontario
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Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by palmycruiser
Can you help with two things please? One CC reviewer said there was one power point in her cabin for charging devices. I need to be able to charge my phone as I use that as my camera. Was there a USB port in your cabin to charge devices? What sort of plug did the power point take? European or US?

Secondly, your photo of the library shows a reasonably large selection of books. Was there light reading/fiction amongst these books? Were there enough books to go round or did the library empty out pretty quickly?

Your help would be much appreciated.
Glad you enjoyed the review and photos - looks like we are booked again for next April :-).

Here is a photo of our desk in an outside room. I do believe it is similar in the inside rooms. There is only one European 2 prong outlet. We needed the power strip with multiple outlets. The hair dryer is in the bathroom and permanently plugged there, so that was not a concern.



As for books, I think you will be fine. Looks like there were lots, but Im guessing as I brought a kobo with ebooks. I know the printed newsheets went fast on some days.
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#37
Palmerston North NZ
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Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by marysb
Glad you enjoyed the review and photos - looks like we are booked again for next April :-).

Here is a photo of our desk in an outside room. I do believe it is similar in the inside rooms. There is only one European 2 prong outlet. We needed the power strip with multiple outlets. The hair dryer is in the bathroom and permanently plugged there, so that was not a concern.



As for books, I think you will be fine. Looks like there were lots, but Im guessing as I brought a kobo with ebooks. I know the printed newsheets went fast on some days.
Many thanks Mary. I travel light.... really light......with just my cell phone so that one European power point will be fine. I won't be bringing my tablet so that's why I hope there'll be some light reading. All will soon be revealed!! Thanks again.
#38
Detroit, MI
132 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by LandC
Mary, Thanks very much for posting your review. We are looking forward to getting on board again in October for Aegean Experience 1. We have also booked the Black Sea cruise departing May 2019! Linda.
We're booked for the Grand Voyage that includes your cruise and Aegean Experience II, so perhaps we'll meet!

Bill
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#39
Detroit, MI
132 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by marysb
Glad you enjoyed the review and photos - looks like we are booked again for next April :-).

Here is a photo of our desk in an outside room. I do believe it is similar in the inside rooms. There is only one European 2 prong outlet. We needed the power strip with multiple outlets. The hair dryer is in the bathroom and permanently plugged there, so that was not a concern.



As for books, I think you will be fine. Looks like there were lots, but Im guessing as I brought a kobo with ebooks. I know the printed newsheets went fast on some days.
Is there an outlet in the bathroom, or only the hard-wired hair dryer? Thanks.

Bill
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1963 Assiniboia, Georgian Bay & St. Mary’s River;
1964 Queen Mary, transatlantic; Carmania, transatlantic
1965 Keewatin, Georgian Bay and Lake Superior; Tadoussac & St. Lawrence, St. Lawrence & Saguenay
1967 South American Detroit to Mackinac
1971 Norgoma, Georgian Bay & St. Mary’s River
1984 Carla C, Caribbean; Queen Elizabeth 2, transatlantic
1986 Daphne, Panama Canal
1988 Americanis, Bermuda
1989 Britanis, Caribbean
1992 Emmylou, Murray River
1993 Regent Sea, Caribbean
1995 Princess Jeannie, Yangtze River
1996 Sudan, Nile River
1997 Eugenie Lake Nasser
1998 Juno Göta Canal
2001 Independence, Hawaii
2002 N. V. Gogol, Northern Dvina River; Klavdiya Yelanskaya, Arkhangelsk to Solovetsky; Yuri Nikulin, Lake Ladoga, Lake Oneida, Russia
2003 Mississippi Queen, Ohio River
2005 Dalmacija, Adriatic Sea, Dalmatian Coast; Taras Shevchenko, Black Sea & Dnieper River
2006 Queen Mary 2, transatlantic; Vic 32, Caledonian Canal
2007 Andrea, Mediterranean
2008 Delta Queen, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers; Lofoten, Norwegian Coast
2009 Regal Empress, Bahamas; Marco Polo, Iceland; Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound
2010 Der Kleine Prinz, Danube
2011 Norwegian Jade, Mediterranean; Rotterdam, Panama Canal; Russ, Volga, Astrakhan to Moscow, Russia
2012 Veendam, South America; Caribbean Princess, San Juan-Southampton
2013 Toum Tiou II, Mekong River, Cambodia & Vietnam; Diamond Princess, Vancouver-Beijing
2014 Pacific Princess, Amazon; Boudicca, Iceland & Greenland; Eurodam, Quebec to Fort Lauderdale
2015 Ocean Princess, Cape Town to London
2016, Celebrity Constellation, Fort Lauderdale-Civitavecchia
2016 Queen Mary 2 New York-Southampton, LeHavre-Bruge-Southampton-New York
2017 RMS St. Helena Cape Town-St. Helena-Ascension Island-St. Helena-Cape Town
2017 Norwegian Dawn New York-Bermuda-New York
#40
Devon, UK
134 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by Steamboat Bill
We're booked for the Grand Voyage that includes your cruise and Aegean Experience II, so perhaps we'll meet!

Bill
Pleased to hear it Bill. I started a Roll Call a few months ago for Aegean Experience 1, but didn’t get any replies. I understand that nearly all the cabins have been sold. Should be a very interesting itinerary. Linda