New Year's Mediterranean NCL Floating Petrie Dish: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by ejingermany

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New Year's Mediterranean NCL Floating Petrie Dish

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Cruise started out OK from Barcelona, but after returning from Rome (Citivechia Port of Call), the entire ship had been put on alert for a nasty virus that was spreading rapidly throughout the ship. I find it hard to believe that NCL did not know that someone with an illness had set sail from Barcelona.

Cabin attendents were very nice and polite, but just not very on top of things. Several times the sign on the door was set to "make up room" or "turn down room", but they did not get to it prior to our return.

On several nights crew cleaners were vacuuming outside our stateroom at 2AM--the rooms are hardly soundproof, and this was not acceptable!

NCL did not inform passengers of the spreading novo-virus and only took steps to increase the hand-sanitation.

NCL adds a $12/day/passenger service charge onto the bill. This was excessive based on the quality of service and the comforts afforded an inside stateroom.

Amount paid for the cruise More was commensurate with the value received, but the quality of the food was average and the service provided was below average. I would not recommend the Norwegian Jade or NCL to a friend. Less

Published 01/16/10

Cabin review: IC10647 Inside

Cabin 10647; good location but noisy when crew working outside. closet was fine, pillows were too hard, but they did offer both American and European styles.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Considering the city and that you are in the 3rd world, the port is very nice. Security was good and the local venders are screened well and most were polite and provided a good value for the goods offered. I don't recommend wandering out of the port without a taxi, which will be an experience you will never forget.

Do not drink anything but bottled water. Local McDonalds and BK were ok.

Very nice port of call; poor signage to get out. The taxi drivers are very aggressive about offering rides for cruise passengers, and are not overly friendly.

Bus to port only runs every 20-30 minutes and costs 2 Euro. Taxis are very expensive and cost 20-30 Euro from airport or downtown.

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Valletta is a great port of call! Excellent public transportation outside the passenger terminal; moderate walk (uphill) to the downtown area. Locals are not overly friendly. Taxi fares are rather steep (10 Euro for a 10 minute ride).

Good security and a free shuttle from the ship to the port entrance. Easy to get to the railway station. Nice area. 45 minute train ride to St. Peters; 50-minutes to Tramini Station in DT Rome.

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