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May 2015 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Mediterranean

First European Experience

We chose this cruise upon the request of our daughter to see Europe as a graduation gift. She wasn't sure where she wanted to go so we decided to visit multiple countries with the idea that after this trip she would better know where she would like to return in the future for another visit.  Her goal was accomplished. We had an awesome overview of each port and close cities and now anxious to return to several for another visit.  

As always we found Norwegian's freestyle cruising perfect for us. We were able to plan our itinerary ourselves or allow them to do it for us.  There was plenty of entertainment provided, but also lots of quiet zones.   Having a daily choice of eating times and venues is awesome compared to being assigned a time to eat as we have experienced with other cruise lines.

We found the crew to be extremely helpful and personal. Our cabin steward knew our first names the first day. Great job Conrad!

For us, twelve days proved to be a little to long. We would probably chose a shorter cruise if we did it again. Possibly staying in the embarcation and debarcation ports extra days.

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Istanbul, Turkey - We are not big city people and this is a huge city with lots of people and poor signage. I would book an excursion here if i returned.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Very good knowledgable guide on Norwegians Ephesus and terrace houses tour. Expect a carpet demonstration at the end . it was informatve and not pushy.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - We chose corinth canal excursion 5.5 hours thinking we could catch some of athens when we returned . This was not possible . They are in different directions and there is not enough time. Corinth was good. Our guide had lots of knowledge and liked to talk. Being were the apostle Paul had been was exciting.
Venice, Italy - If you are on your own consider 48 hr pass for actv transportation . This made using public transportation easy and non stressful .
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Be careful of pickpockets they work in teams and are very good at what they do . Beware of anyone offering you something as a gift. It may be a distraction while someone else gets in your bag. Enjoyed eating at an outside cafe in Pisa.
Mykonos, Greece - Beautifil views. if you take a taxi I would make a deal in advance to not pay until they pick you up and return you to the port . Their public transportation can not handle the masses that arrive.

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