Family cruising mediterranean loves Rome: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by sharonblk

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Family cruising mediterranean loves Rome

Sail Date: March 2009
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
The Norwegian Jade has a wonderful itinerary including Malta, Athens, Rome, Izmir and Alexandria.  It is definitely one of the cleanest ships I have been on, everywhere you go there is antibacterial spray, including on the elevators and a person to spray your hands when entering the buffets.  The ship itself is beautiful with lovely appointed public areas.

The food on the ship was disappointing. I feel there are too many restaurants with an extra cover charge.  The food in all the locations for the most part is disappointing.  The room service menu was boring and overall the chef's are very heavy with their use of salt.  Personally I do not like the open dining as you have different wait staff each evening, so you never developed a relationship with your servers, compared to other ships where your needs are anticipated after the first night or two. 

The staff was not the friendliest.  The front desk and tour More desk need to organize their lines better, as you can be standing in one line for a lengthy period and the next line breezes on.  There is only two shops on board, with a 12 night cruise additional venues would be interesting.

The cabin was very comfortable, the air conditioning wonderful and the beds extremely comfortable.  Our cabin steward kept our room immaculate the entire trip. 

We had the occasion to visit the medical clinic and their staff was personable, professional and extremely efficient.  I felt that we were in very capable hands which when travelling so far from home is very comforting. Less

Published 05/02/09

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Port and Shore Excursions

We hired a private tour which took us to Cairo for the day. It is a 3 hour drive to the city. Seeing the pyramids is a experience not to be missed, and entering them is magnificent. But Cairo is a very busy, dirty city and I would not suggest going on your own. We saw three fights in the roadways by irate drivers! They look at the lines on the road as suggestions, not as any indicators as to where to drive. The paper institutes are interesting and everywhere you can bargain over the price of your purchases. The King Tut exhibit is not to be missed. You can spend weeks going through everything in the museum.

The city of Alexandria is wonderful, again the same drivers! The new library is a must to see and is the home of the king. Be prepared for all the beggars and haggling over prices!

We hired a private guide to take us to Ephesus for the day. This is a trip not to be missed. The one down side, both times I was in Ephesus once on a ship's tour and once on our own, the guides always try to take you to carpet or leather shop, probably of someone they know, hoping you will buy something.

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Wonderful clean, safe and interesting city. We felt very comfortable wondering around on our own. We took a horse a buggy ride around the city, and stopped to see some of the sites. Stopped for a light lunch at an outside cafe, everyone spoke English. Managed to pick up some wonderful tableclothes and silver jewellery at great prices. The prices of the shops nearest the cruise line port are much higher than those in the city.

We were a group of 7, 2 of which were in wheelchairs, so we decided it would be cheaper and more interesting to design our own itinerary for our day excursion in Rome. Happily we found Aldo Monti, owner/operator of We booked an 10 hour tour covering many of the "must sees" in Rome.

Aldo met us at the port at the designated time in a sparkling clean mini bus. As we zipped our way to Rome he answered all of our questions. His historical and geographical knowledge was impressive along with his command of the English language. As our interests were varied (our group included a meteorologist, train engineer, former logger, teacher and a bookkeeper) we covered the whole spectrum of topics.

At lunch we had him take us to one of his favorite restaurants, and to our surprise he brought us Italian pastries to eat on our trip back to the ship. The day was extremely enjoyable, the price of the excursion competitive, and Aldo a most engaging young man. He also has tours available from other cities in Italy. I would definitely recommend his company to any who ask. You can see his web site at

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