Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
17

4 out of 5

Absolutely Awesome!

Sail Date: May 14, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The ship was clean (as you might expect from a new ship), embarkation, disembarkation processes were orderly and well managed.

Pros: Freestyle Cruising

Cons: Paying for Soft Drinks

Messina, Sicily

Don't Miss: Taormino
Messina, Sicily

Don't Miss: Taormino
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
We heard all the tourists were heading to Florennce and Pisa, so we rented a car (available from Hertz right at the pier) and went to Sienna and toured the Tuscan countryside where tour buses don't go. Will do Florence next time. After Rome and the Vatican fill of art, we opted for a change of scenery! Ran out of time to tour a Vineyard, but it still rocked!
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
A real disppointment. As the only non-pierside port, we didn't have enough time to do anything. Couldn't get off the ship until 9:00AM and had to be back by 2:30! I think we would have preferred a day at sea.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Did this on our own as well. There will be buses standing by right outside the pier for 20 Euros (each) roundtrip. Do it! The Shore excursion goes for $199 each and covers the same ground. We hooked up with a free tour once at St. Peter's that was very good!
Don't Miss: The Vatican
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
We heard all the tourists were heading to Florennce and Pisa, so we rented a car (available from Hertz right at the pier) and went to Sienna and toured the Tuscan countryside where tour buses don't go. Will do Florence next time. After Rome and the Vatican fill of art, we opted for a change of scenery! Ran out of time to tour a Vineyard, but it still rocked!
Naples, Italy
We took a hydrafoil ferry over to Sorento straight from the pier we pulled in to, rented scooters and drove the Amalfi Coast. Unbelievable! Then we returned to Naples and had "real" pizza from a restaurant right around the corner from where the ship parked. Get their version - it's unlike anything in the states. Way good!
Don't Miss: Sorento!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Did this on our own as well. There will be buses standing by right outside the pier for 20 Euros (each) roundtrip. Do it! The Shore excursion goes for $199 each and covers the same ground. We hooked up with a free tour once at St. Peter's that was very good!
Don't Miss: The Vatican
Naples, Italy
We took a hydrafoil ferry over to Sorento straight from the pier we pulled in to, rented scooters and drove the Amalfi Coast. Unbelievable! Then we returned to Naples and had "real" pizza from a restaurant right around the corner from where the ship parked. Get their version - it's unlike anything in the states. Way good!
Don't Miss: Sorento!
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
A real disppointment. As the only non-pierside port, we didn't have enough time to do anything. Couldn't get off the ship until 9:00AM and had to be back by 2:30! I think we would have preferred a day at sea.


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