Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Very good time

Sail Date: September 04, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We really had a good time on the Dubrovnik, Athens, Izmir, Nafplion trip. Good amount of time in port, nice crew.

Pros: Destinations

Cons: One day of bad weather

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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Cabin / Stateroom
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We didn't need an paid excursion for this. We just walked to the train station (1 euro per person) and took it in to the city then used the simple map that we got from the ship to circle around and see the acropolis and all the little sites along the way. Long day of walking but a ton of fun. There were a ton of cab drivers trying to get us to spend the whole day with them when we got off the boat.
Izmir, Turkey
If you want to get to Ephesus, which was very interesting, we took a guided excursion for this one. It's about an hour away from Izmir, so it'd be tough to get to on your own. We were taken to a Turkish rug making school. But be warned to salesman were VERY pushy.
Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece
If you head southeast from the marina, there is a path that will either take you up to a structure at the top of a cliff or you can go to a nice pebble beach.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Head to the maritime museum to get up on the city walls for free. We went on the croatia rivera tour and it was great.

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