10 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 26, 2011 Ship: Norwegian Jade Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
The Norwegian staff was great--all said hello and have a good day. Those who took care of your cabin knew your name and always asked about your day. We didn't eat in any specialty restaurants but had great meals and service in the Grand Pacific main dining room. The buffet had a variety of food for all 3 meals and the morning staff would serve coffee and bring juice for you. If your hands were full they helped carry your plate to the table and find a place for you to sit if the eating area was full.
Cairo, Pyramids & Tombs was the trip we selected and it was a pretty good trip. We didn't seem to spend much time at the Pyramids and just drove by the largest of them all. It is a very long day with a lot to cover. The vendors are a little aggressive so listen to your tour guide when they tell you to ignore them. We had an excellent buffet lunch at 5 star hotel. The stop at the end of the day at the papyrus institute was a little long because you are just ready to get back to the ship.
Magnificent Ephesus was a decent tour. We didn't feel we had enough time on our own to see the area. This was a long tour and no snack was provided so take along a granola bar or some food. The carpet store stop was a little too long because they really want you to buy but they did give everyone a choice of drink and offered packaged crackers which was a good thing.
Seeing Olympia was worth doing. We booked online with Eco-Travel for 10 Euros each round trip. You don't get a guide just the transportation to and from with 2 hours to wander through the site. When you return from the Olympia site there are lots of little restaurants along the ocean front with great prices on a bottle of beer! Also, on Main Street there are a lot of shops with lots to buy!
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