Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Super Itinerary

Sail Date: September 27, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Good ship. Not as elaborate as others we have cruised on but OK. Clean and well maintained. Crew was extremely friendly, to the point of taking time to just talk about themselves and wanting to learn about us.

Pros: Ports visited

Cons: Freestyle

Corfu, Greece
Istanbul, Turkey

Don't Miss: Blue Mosque
Izmir, Turkey
Turkey is a modern clean country that appears afluent.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt
Super to see the pyramids but the "tourist trinket" vendors made it almost impossible to view the sites. We were constantly harrassed by young kids and adults wanting to sell us something or to take a picture. Made the whole visit very uncomfortable. Not sure why, but everywhere we went the locals waved to us and seemed to be glad that we were there. Overall, Egypt seemed very poor. Even in downtown Cairo and Alexandria there were wagons being pulled by donkeys or horses. Goats were kept in small vacant lots. Many homes and buildings were incomplete. Our guide explained that people do not complete there homes as their taxes don't start until the final construction is complete. Many were left unpainted to keep from have to start paying taxes.
Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt
Super to see the pyramids but the "tourist trinket" vendors made it almost impossible to view the sites. We were constantly harrassed by young kids and adults wanting to sell us something or to take a picture. Made the whole visit very uncomfortable. Not sure why, but everywhere we went the locals waved to us and seemed to be glad that we were there. Overall, Egypt seemed very poor. Even in downtown Cairo and Alexandria there were wagons being pulled by donkeys or horses. Goats were kept in small vacant lots. Many homes and buildings were incomplete. Our guide explained that people do not complete there homes as their taxes don't start until the final construction is complete. Many were left unpainted to keep from have to start paying taxes.
Santorini, Greece
The one place we want to go back to. Beautiful island with super views from the cliffs. Villages are quaint and perfect for picture taking. Would like to return for a week or two.
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Izmir, Turkey
Turkey is a modern clean country that appears afluent.
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Istanbul, Turkey

Don't Miss: Blue Mosque
Mykonos, Greece
Santorini, Greece
The one place we want to go back to. Beautiful island with super views from the cliffs. Villages are quaint and perfect for picture taking. Would like to return for a week or two.
Mykonos, Greece
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Corfu, Greece


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