Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Eastern Med Experience

Sail Date: February 04, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Great first time trip to Greece and Turkey.  Could spend a week or more in Istanbul alone.  We did learn that weather in that part of the world can be unpredictable, just like back in the states.  We had to skip one port in Greece due to high waves in the port.  One nice thing about NCL was that any time a port was missed the captain had staff hand out free rum punches for about an hour.  Nice little extra that other cruise lines could learn from.


Ship Quality
Nice size ship, not too big that you get lost.
Food and Dining
NCL offers the best dining options among lines we have tried.
Service and Staff
For folks that work 70 hours a week for up to nine straight months they manage to keep smiling.
Wish they didn't repeat shows as often. Over 300 guests did a back to back like us and were treated to multiple performances of same shows.
Onboard Activities
Some are corny but they keep trying.
Destinations and Excursions
Weather was an issue but not NCL's fault.
Cabin / Stateroom
Too close to Medusa night club - loud at night.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We did a free walking tour that lasted over 2 1/2 hours and the guide was terrific. He gives tours on the weekends on his own and works just for tips. Check: website before booking through cruise line.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Blown away by size and details of ruins. Check: for an indepedent tour which includes Istanbul.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
A train to Pisa only cost 10 Euros round trip and you can see all you want.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Very walkable city.
Toulon, France
Ship anchored 30 minutes away from actual city and a water taxi ride was required to get to starting point of all tours.
Barcelona, Spain
Hop on/hop off bus is worth taking. Reserve your tour ahead of time for LaSagrada Familia since they are scheduled every 15 minutes and if you are late you are out of luck.
Valencia, Spain
Poor city but lots of green areas. Porcelein tour was neat and no pressure to buy afterwards.
Cagliari, Sardinia
We just walked around this hill city and took pictures.

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