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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 35

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Jade

7 Night Greek Isles (Venice Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 05, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 11060

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

My family and I really enjoyed this cruise.  We have not been on a cruise in 10 years and were worried that it wouldn't be family friendly initially and that we'd sepnd 7 days in cramped state room.  Instead, our balcony suite was perfect and we were pleasantly surprised that there was something for everyone.  This ship's cabins were more spacious than others I've seen.  Additionally, there were plenty of dining choices for my daughter who has a peanut allergy, I enjoyed the spa and evening entertainment, and we all liked the liveliness of the ship.  As for the ports and itinerary, I highly recommend that you book the shore excursions instead of trying to wing it on your own so that you can really see and enjoy each of the destinations.  I wish that Norwegian would add Athens to their itinerary without removing any of the other destinations.   Venice, Olympia, Santorini, Mykenos, and Corfu were each beautiful in a different way.  We will definitely take another cruise.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Many dining options and food was good (not fabulous, but good)

Onboard Activities

Just too much happening at once. We did feel a bit overscheduled


3 out of 5
There were too many choices

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Wish there were more teen programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
They are very sanitary and go the extra mile with attention to detail

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Pool could have been a bit larger, but everything else was great

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
My cabin steward (Wilson) was excellant. There were 3 of us and I was surprised when my husband who is 6'6'' and over 280 pounds did not feel the least bit cramped. Sunsets on the balcony were amazing!

Ship tip

Book a suite! The stateroom are a nice size if you can't afford a suite, but otherwise go for the suite.

Ports of call

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
Book a gondola ride, go to the opera, and have dinner. Venice is expensive so careful not to blow the bank here.

Corfu, Greece

5 out of 5
Corfu is most green and least expensive of the ports on this cruise. It's most traditional. Don't do the horseback riding excursion if you're an experienced rider. Most of the day is on the beach.

Santorini, Greece

5 out of 5
Stunning location. You must book the Norwegian winery tour! It's excellant and right mix of shopping, touring, etc. Tour does not stop at black sand beach but should going forward!

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5
Very cosmopolitan location. Boat should dock here longer. Be sure to have a gyro at one of the restaruants along the beach. Hold your purse tight however! Children beg and grab bags here.

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

5 out of 5
Very historic location with many photo ops. Be sure to buy a book that tells you what the ruins are at the archeological site and museum because the maps and signs are nonexistent.
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