May 2014 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We took a 7-day cruise to the Greek Isles on the Norwegian Jade in May of 2014. The ship and our stateroom were both clean, though we didn't spend much time in our room. We got the thermal suite package for the spa and spent time there every day. We loved sitting in the heated chairs and taking in the fabulous view.
We opted for the Ultimate Dining Package and were glad that we did. The food at the buffet was so-so, but the specialty restaurants provided a much better experience. We particularly enjoyed several dinners at Cagney's (the steakhouse). We found the Freestyle Dining that Norwegian offers to be great - we liked having the flexibility to eat when we wanted, where we wanted.
While we didn't attend all of the nightly shows (sometimes we were tired from our shore excursions!), we did see several and all were very good. We would consider them a step above the shows that we saw on past Disney cruises, as they were targeted for more of an adult audience.
We thoroughly enjoyed Corfu, Santorini, and Mykonos. We could have completely skipped Katakolon and didn't feel like we would have missed anything. In Corfu we took a 4x4 excursion, which was a great opportunity to see more of the island. We saw several small towns and saw some great views. Santorini was fantastic! We hiked the volcano and enjoyed the narrative that our guide provided. This excursion is not for those who are out of shape (and for heaven's sake - don't wear flip flops), but was well worth the hike to get some wonderful views of the caldera. We thoroughly enjoyed riding the donkeys up to Fira town - we couldn't stop laughing, we were having so much fun. We enjoyed walking through the streets and a bit of shopping. We stayed until the sun set, and got some great pics. We weren't able to make it to Oia due to time constraints, but maybe next time ;-) . We enjoyed the shops in Mykonos best. We thought the prices there were better than Santorini. It was a cute place, though the streets are definitely confusing. We saw many things a couple of times as were were wandering around - but that's part of the fun, right?
We had only cruised on Disney previously, but would definitely consider another Norwegian cruise in the future.