Eastern Mediterranean Norwegian Cruise review - April 2014

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 40

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Jade

10 Night Eastern Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 02, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8130

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

Our 10-day Mediterranean cruise was a wonderful trip.  The sites visited, Olympia, Ephesus, Athens and the Acropolis, Istanbul, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast were interesting places of history, and we were able to spend time in Rome before the ship sailed too.  Some of our land tours were secured through NCL, but not all.  Except for having tour guides who used headsets and radios while walking the sites, there wasn't much difference.  Personally, Ephesus is the site most memorable, and shouldn't be missed if you're planning this cruise and need to be selective.  With some research and independence, you can probably see everything in Istanbul without a guide, because there are many modes of transportation to get your around.  We paid extra for a penthouse cabin, and the extra amenities that came with that were totally worth it, expecially being able to have breakfast and lunch at Cagney's every day.      

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We ate at 3 of the upgrade restaurants, all good, with the French one the best.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We didn't partake in many, but the sun deck was lovely.


5 out of 5
We say many shows, and the entertainment quality was excellent. Bingo was fun too.

Children's Programs

Not applicable

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Both our guys, Noel and Willie, were excellent. We couldn't have asked for more from them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Jade has been well cared for, but it could be updated. The Hawaian decorating scheme should be replace if the Jade is now mostly in the Mediterranean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We upgraded to penthouse 8130, on the back (aft) of the ship. We loved being able to leave the patio window open at night and to stand on the balcony to see the sights during the day.

Ship tip

Plan your evening so you can enjoy eating at the many great restaurants and also get to one of the shows. We found that if you don't have reservations in a upgraded restaurant and go to the early show, the lines at the restaurants will be long afterward.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Port of Civitavecchia allows you to see Rome in 90 minutes.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

5 out of 5
Olympia interesting and worthwhile.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

3 out of 5
Unless you pay extra to walk to the Acropolis, Athens isn't much to see.

Izmir, Turkey

5 out of 5
As said before, Ephesus excellent.

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5
Could use more time here.

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Pompeii and Almalfi coast were great tours.

Traveler Photos

8130 Aft Norwegian Jade Ephesus Jade, from trip on Bosphorus in Istanbul Amalfi coast trip from Naples stop
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