Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Eastern Mediterranean Norwegian Cruise review - April 2014

Sail Date: April 02, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

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.      

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Ship Quality
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.
Food and Dining
We ate at 3 of the upgrade restaurants, all good, with the French one the best.
Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Service and Staff
Both our guys, Noel and Willie, were excellent. We couldn't have asked for more from them.
Entertainment
We say many shows, and the entertainment quality was excellent. Bingo was fun too.
Children's Programs Not applicable
Onboard Activities
We didn't partake in many, but the sun deck was lovely.
Destinations and Excursions
As said before, NCL sponsored tours were great.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Port of Civitavecchia allows you to see Rome in 90 minutes.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Olympia interesting and worthwhile.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Unless you pay extra to walk to the Acropolis, Athens isn't much to see.
Izmir, Turkey
As said before, Ephesus excellent.
Istanbul, Turkey
Could use more time here.
Naples, Italy
Pompeii and Almalfi coast were great tours.

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.



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