Our Alitalia flight to Venus was not as comfortable as other flights we've been on; but we got there. We stayed at a comfortable hotel in Sant Elena. We loved Sant elena. It wasn't touristy, like St. Mark's Plaza. It was near a beautiful tree-filled park, where we ate dinner at an outside cafe a couple of times.
The highlights of our exploring of Venice were the walks along the grand canal to St. Mark's plaza, the gondola ride, taking pictures at sunset from the top of the clock tower, and seeing the little shop and the canal where Kathryn Hepburn had fallen into the water in the movie, "Summertime" in which she and Rosonno Brazzi had starred.
Our Norwegian Jade cabin was comfortable, but not luxurious. I had ordered a celebration cake to surprise my daughter for her first cruise. The cabin was beautifully decorated and the cake was delicious, but there was no room in the tiny fridge to keep it from spoiling. Most of the cake had to be thrown out.
In comparison with the Princess and Crystal Cruises I've been on, Norwegian Jade did not measure up. The food in the dining room was repetitious and not that tasty. The entertainment was repetitious and not that entertaining. What we did enjoy was sleeping with our balcony doors open listening to splashing water before falling asleep, the gorgeous views from our balcony, and the excellent room service, which included cute animals made from towels that were left in our cabins each night.
We did not go on any excursions provided by Norwegian Jade. We either had arranged our own tours or explored on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed every port we visited.
At Corfu we visited the Achillon museum, which was previously an Austrian princess's summer palace.
We explored Santorini at sunset and got gorgeous photos.
We ate at the water's edge at Sunset Cafe on Mykonos after exploring unusual varied-shaped architecture and uniquely paved narrow roads and admiring the clear, clear, clear water on the beaches.
We visited the remains of ancient greece at the Olympia village and wondered at the ancient artifacts in its nearby beautiful museum.
All in all, we had so much fun. It was a trip of a lifetime and neither of us will ever forget Venice, Italy, or the various ports we'd visited in Greece.