Have just returned (4/4/08) from our second cruise on the Island Star and had a brilliant time once again. Have not done the Med Isles Cruise, but a year ago on the Star we did stop at Ajaccio, Civitavecchia and Mahon which I see is part of your itinerary. Our first stop was Ajaccio and we woke up to brilliant sunshine, palm trees and snow capped mountains in the distance! Ajaccio is a lovely little town and we just wandered around window shopping and stopped for coffee. The ship was so near to the town that we went back to the ship for lunch and then went back into town after! Civit is not so pretty, we wandered up the main street and found a market but it was a bit like visiting our £1 shops in the uk - which is not what I'm after when I'm abroad! The next time we stop there we will take an excursion to Rome or somewhere else (lots of reviews suggest the train to Rome). Mahon is a nice town and have been there a couple of times but on the day we stopped there last year it was Good Friday so not many shops were open. When I holidayed in Menorca a couple of years ago there was a big market (high up in the town I think) but I dont remember what day that was. We will do more excursions next time we cruise, but on our first visit to a port it's nice to look around the local area (unless I get told its not worth the look!). I hope you like the Island Star. She has a laid back atmosphere, and the casual cruise is more up my street as my wardrobe is not full of cocktail dresses and ball gowns! The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent and the Island Restaurant is lovely - worth having your breakfast there too as it has a more relaxed feel to it than eating in the Beachcomber and the coffee is much nicer! I am very envious and would gladly jump in your suitcase to be back on board again. Will be booking our next cruise with them later on this month when the prices are released - cant wait! This answer is from newly converted cruisers whose Island Star cruise last year was our very first and now we are hooked! (Cruised with Royal Carribbean in August last year too and that too was good). Happy Cruising!
Ive done island cruises 5times done star in 2006 when she first came out was on escape last year we will be doing star this year again we went june 2006 we usally go about 15th may any other year so dont know what like your weathr will be like have done this itineraries you are better if you can do them alone cheaper but if you have got cash to splash do it with them also if you go alone you must make sure your back on ship 1HOUR before you sail cause they wont wait on you we were on coral deck room5039 NEAR LIFTS IT WAS QUITE ITS NICE SHIP TRY STEAK HOUSE ITS AMUST WE PAID 25.00 FOR 3 COURSE MEAL WITH BOTTLE OF WINE IF YOU GO THERE YOU MUST BOOK EARLY ALLSO I READ OTHER REVIEWS THEY HAVE PUT PRICE UP TO 35.00 NOW WELL HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR CRUISE SWE WILL WATCH FOR YOUR REVIEW.