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Thomson Calypso Review

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Reviewer Name: PJBCAB
Date Of Birth 18/9/43
Past Cruises: TSS Topaz in med TSS Topaz around Canary Islands
About Reviewer: Small
Destination: Greek Islands
Reviewer Country: Essex
Sailling Date:
30th June
Ship: Calypso
Review Date: Jul 20, 2008
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Aegean Wonders Cruise 30th June to 7th July


A week cruising around the Greek Islands at the beginning sounds idyllic when reading the tour operator’s glossy brochure back on a cold February winter day in England does it not. Being a born pessimist and not having cruised for 5 years I thought that my expectations would be dashed as soon as I boarded the ship. Wrong !!!!!!

As soon as my wife and I boarded Thomson’s MV Calypso in Thessaloniki I started to be impressed. It was a small ship, the smallest in the current fleet but it had everything we were looking for. The warm welcome, the personal attention by the staff and although we only had a standard inside cabin and it was on the lowest deck it was spacious and very well appointed. I had read previously on holiday websites of a lack of hot water - we had an abundance throughout our cruise.

We did all our dining in the very comfortable L’Orchidee restaurant and chose waiter service even at breakfast, as the quality of service was superb, the choice was comprehensive and the food hot. We had purchased the all inclusive drinks package and once again were not let down. The house wine in the restaurant was good and the drinks waiters in all the bars onboard never kept you waiting serving and taking time to get to know their customers.

The entertainment was first class with a team lead by an extremely competent ,enthusiastic and likeable Cruise Director “Keef”. There were superb song and dance shows, game shows, a light classical group, an elderly but very talented popular music band and a comedian from the UK who delighted the audiences whenever he appeared. Later in the evenings those young entertainers who had acted as reps during the day and appeared in the evening shows often appeared solo in concert showing how much talent there is around.

The ports of call were all delightful and as we do not like coach travel, where the ship docked meant we were able to have a morning walking tour and be back on the ship to enjoy lunch.

Aghios Nickolaos Crete :- Visited the locals market on the road towards the hospital

Santorini :- Tender to shore, cable car up to town, then walked down avoiding the crazy donkeys and their droppings. This down hill walk is not recommended for the unfit or those not wearing proper footwear. Beware of the restaurant on the way down, his speciality non alcoholic cactus juice cost 10 euros.


Rhodes :- A walking tour of the old town followed by a short walk to the beach to dip our toes in the Aegean.

Kusadasi (Turkey) :- A walk around Pigeon Island then back into the bazaar area of town where they advertise genuine “fake” designer everything.

Mykanos :- A courtesy bus took us to the edge of this charming town where our walk took in Little Venice, the little churches and the windmills.

Thessaloniki :- A seafront walk to the White Tower and back via the main shopping street (which includes an M & S)

In our cabin (excellently serviced by our man) we were provided with all the info on every port with a detailed maps at the beginning of the cruise and on a daily basis we had the Cruise News which gave on board and shore details.

Having taken morning exercise and lunch, afternoons were spent up on the sunshine bar deck ,which offered sun and shade and where much reading was done - plus just the occasional cocktail.

Evenings :- A first class meal followed by Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment.

Did we enjoy YES

And a by the way This cruise is Adults only - say no more.

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