2 independent reviews for Sicily small ship cruise, food & culture

Reviews for Sicily small ship cruise, food & culture

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review 5 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The ambiance of the ship and seeing stromboli from afar as it erupted

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take sea sickness pills. be prepared for changes to the itinerary. dont expect local food onboard.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

mmm, not obviously.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I have never done a cruise before, and on the Monet I felt like I was in an Agatha Christie novel! The nostalgic and romantic feeling whilst onboard was really a delight. The tours on-shore didn't allow this feeling to continue unfortunately - they were beautifully thought through but could have been executed with more consideration and warmth. They were enjoyable, but at times stressful because the attitude was quite cold. I was not disappointed that the overall onboard experience was Croatian, rather than Sicilian. However I know most of my fellow passengers didn't feel the same way as they expected a full ’Sights and tastes of Sicily’ experience. Maybe if the Croatian crew and Croatian dishes/wine served weren't an unknown before taking the cruise this wouldn't be the case.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Myvanwy. Thank you for your feedback on your recent cruise to Sicily. It seems there was some unusual weather that meant your itinerary had to be changed a little so you didn'tget to eat ashore as much as planned. I am sorry you felt that your vacation didn't benefit the local community, and a little surprised. On that cruise you would have been ashore most days visiting a wide variety of small independent producers -vineyards, bakeries, street markets and enjoying picnics - all providing some financial support to local businesses and employees. I understand your comments about The onboard service and will speak to the captain about this point. The trip was designed to allow as much time ashore as possible but the itinerary changed altered this a little. I hope you enjoyed your trip, and once again thank you for the feedback.

review 2 Oct 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All the winery lunches excursions... great food and wine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Sicily was a lot of fun... the excursions are worth it, though you need to be in shape and able to walk up steep hills and stairs... but the food on the boat was mediocre ... a Croatian crew and the boat was stocked with food and wine and water from there. I ate out every chance I could.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We definitely benefitted the local businesses... not much for the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fair... didn’t think the ship experience was anywhere near where it should be... room and daily service was fine... breakfast... the same food every day... never ate lunch because we were out everyday... dinner was average but certainly not Sicilian or Italian... and the Croatian house wine was undrinkable. Not anywhere close to getting my moneys worth.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review, and I am sorry you were disappointed with the food on board. Unfortunately due to some itinerary changes precipitated by the weather you did not get to eat ashore in the evenings as much as we had hoped. The main focus of the local food was during the days excursions, including the shopping in Palermo market in conjunction with the cooking class.

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