Overall, we made the best of our vacation but it was not the cruise for us. We were surprised to find everything on the ship in English with the majority of guests being from the U.K., then America, then Asia. But with a long overseas trip, almost everyone was over the age of 65. The service was poor, the food was poor, the cruise director Dave was terrible, and the activity schedule was poorly planned.
We booked this cruise because of the itinerary and are very happy we did this. Great itinerary. HOWEVER, we had two very rocky days at sea. We had 17 foot waves for over 36 hours. I'm not sure this ship was designed for these type of waves and swells. On the second night at sea, many passengers said they had difficulty not being rocked out of their beds.
This is a great cruise for history lovers. Every port has some very interesting venues to see and learn something new. Since I went in December, this was not a typical go to the sun type vacation, but the history and culture more than made up for the low temperatures. Still managed to come back with a tan.
The ports of call were good...places we hadn't been to before. The ship was just ok...old...and entertainment we had seen before. We were surprised how many smokers there were on the ship. Cigarette smoke wafted down one stairwell/elevator area in particular.
Highly recommend this cruise! We bought the beverage plan and may rethink that going forward, especially if taking as many excursions as we did. The average drink is $10., you do the math. Do not splurge for the wi-fi, it is nice to disconnect. Not to mention we heard from those who did and they had terrible coverage.
We had a fabulous time on the ship and at each port. This is a great cruise to both relax and explore. I would recommend that if you love history or are looking for an exciting vacation, do this cruise while you're young. As young adults, we came back from each port exhausted. There is so much to see and most of the old towns you visit require a lot of walking - and walking on uneven steps and cobblestone streets. I also believe we got lucky with the time of year. We went during the first two weeks of November which resulted in fewer crowds and lower prices at flea markets. If each port was filled with another 6,000 people, I believe my review would probably be a bit different. I would highly recommend this cruise to others!
Although we missed out on Malta and got pick pocketed in Naples we had a great time, we are looking forward to visiting these ports in the future and hopefully on Norwegian as we had a relatively good time.
This cruise is absolutely worth it. The smaller ship, the amazing staff, and the ports were just incredible. There is so much to see and do - you won't be bored. I would definitely recommend this cruise for someone wanting a taste of the Mediterranean.
Overall a great experience. Committed to take at least two more cruises with Norwegian. Staff was very attentive, shows were entertaining, and the ports were worth seeing. Wished we had more time in several of the ports but got to see highlights in most.
Great ship, outstanding staff & very clean, and interesting ports.
Food was only average or less, especially dinning room food. Recommend you improve it or turn it into another buffet / modified to be a combination of buffet and dinning room (service).
For destinations you could not beat this cruise!!!!!! But for accommodations it was bad. Also it felt like we were being "nickeled and dimed" to death. This ship is old and not clean and this made coming back on the ship discouraging. The best place was the "Raffles Terrace". It was clean, beautiful views and the crew was awesome.
*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.
Every Wednesday you'll receive the latest articles, deals, and news from the Cruiseline.com team, plus tips and photos submitted by our vibrant community of diehard cruisers. You'll also get a free gift — a downloadable, printable PDF of our guide to cruising!
Sign up for weekly cruise deals.
Join other subscribers and get the best cruise deals of the week in your inbox every Thursday.