Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

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Sail Date: October 11, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

We enjoyed the cruise very much. We enjoyed the shore excursions even though there was too much to see/do in the limited amount of time. We felt pressed to get off the bus and then back on. The cruise was enjoyable, but we could tell that this was a "training" cruise for the majority of the crew members. Service wasn't as refined as we have had on other cruises. Announcements and the Freestyle Daily would provide certain information and then when it was to happen different details were given. Dining rooms did not have enough staff compared to  other cruises. We always had a head waiter, an assistant, beverage person and separate busing people. And then there was the hand washing advisory (clean hands!), but crew members who worked the dining rooms and buffet cleaned AROUND the condiments on the table instead of moving everything and wiping all surfaces clean.

We had a great time, but NCL needs to pay attention to details.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Food was good, but wasn't outstanding.
Service and Staff
Rene Mercardo did an outstanding job.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Did too much in the prescribed time.
Cabin / Stateroom
First time cruising with a balcony and we loved it.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Enjoyed the Old City and the wine tasting.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We enjoyed to the Piraeus, but found Athens to be very dirty with litter and graffiti.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Lots of history, but our tour guide talked too much.
Split, Croatia
We went to shore and walked around the city. Enjoyed sitting and taking in the surroundings.
Venice, Italy
Not an excursion for us. We spent two whole days in Venice and loved it.

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