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JLU917's Port Reviews of Katakolon (Olympia), Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Istanbul, Naples
Norwegian Jade cruise in March 2013
Member Name: JLU917
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: JLU917's Norwegian Jade Review
Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Unfortunately, there was a strike and we were not able to get a full tour of Olympia, so our experience was something less than optimal.

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Athens (Piraeus)
Acropolis Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our tour guide, Rina, was fabulous. She did not rush us, was so full of information, told us what we would be doing next at every stop. Acropolis climb was a life-altering experience.


Old Olympic Stadium Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Also part of our all-day Athens excursion.


The Plaka Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Plaka was included as part of our all-day excursion. Coming at the end of the day, after we had climbed up to the Acropolis, it was nice to take our time and walk around, find an Internet cafe, have a cup of Greek coffee, and do some shopping.


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Izmir
Archaeological Site of Ephesus Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Ephesus may have been the highlight of our trip! Great tour guide (Serdar), great tour, great site.


House of Virgin Mary Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
A little crowded, but very inspirational for Catholics.


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Istanbul
Grand Bazaar Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Not my cup of tea. Too big and overwhelming. And we really dislike merchants' "in your face" salesmanship.


Hagia Sofia Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Gorgeous! Great tour guide (Umit).


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Naples
Mt. Vesuvius Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
This portion of the tour was cancelled due to snow on Mt. Vesuvius and NCL didn't tell us until AFTER we boarded the bus. Other excursions that were cancelled due to weather (e.g. Capri) were announced BEFORE departure and passengers were allowed to get refunds or another tour. Of the $149 cost, we were refunded $20 -- outrageous!!


Pompeii Walking Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Tour guide was too fast -- not enough time to see or take photos. We could have and should have stayed several hours longer, particularly since Mt. Vesuvius portion had been cancelled.


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