An Affordable Family Retreat with High Value

August 13, 2013 | By | No Comments

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Drawn to the exotic ports that dotted Norwegian Jade‘s Eastern Mediterranean itinerary, member niteowl1 felt she found the ideal cruise for her group of six — which included her husband, two history buff sons, a daughter-in-law and her eldest son’s baby. The price was reasonable, and the anytime dining style pleased their foodie palates; the only downside was settling for two connecting cabins – a two-bedroom suite and a mini-suite – rather than the one large space they desired.
Ironically, the unavailability became a blessing. Everyone lucked out with his or her own private room, and even then there was still plenty of space for luggage and toiletries — something niteowl1 (who admits that she’s a notorious over-packer) hasn’t seen in more than 40 years of traveling. After settling into their new abode, it was time to part ways with Venice for a few days.

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First stop: Dubrovnik. Niteowl1 and her family kick-started their land adventures meandering through the Croatian city. Athens soon followed, where a privately booked tour allowed them to explore Acropolis, the Parthenon and Temple of Olympian Zeus at their own pace — though under the Mediterranean sun, even a steady trek became exhausting. Without a sea day to spare their tired limbs, they continued the next day with another active tour — this time in Ephesus in Izmir, Turkey.
The ship eventually made its way back to Croatia, where priority tendering afforded the opportunity to sleep in, recharge and make their way into Split with ease.
Back onboard, their discerning taste buds were pleasantly surprised by Norwegian Jade’s buffet and some of the alternative offerings (with the exception of a sushi let-down). Compared to the European resort they had originally considered, the ship’s attractive agenda, cozy cabin and free-spirited vibe gave them a holiday to remember. Read niteowl1′s full review for a detailed scoop on the staff, her cabin and other onboard discoveries.
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