I chose this itinerary from Athens to Rome because there were so many cancellations in 2021 due to COVID, but I had an inkling that this might be a "go" because Greece was one of the first countries in Europe to open to tourists due to its dependency on the tourism industry.
Although we did not get to go to some of the ports that were originally planned, including Israel, I had no real expectations, understanding that I would be traveling during a pandemic. Two stops in Turkey were on the itinerary when I left home, but during the cruise they were nixed because the Italian authorities reportedly informed NCL that we would not be able to dock in Italy if we traveled to Turkey. Instead, we got to explore more of the Greek Islands that were not on the original itinerary, including Mykonos and Crete, and that suited me just fine.
NCL followed EU COVID protocols, requiring passengers to wear masks where social distancing was not possible, especially in elevators. Because the census was under 1,500 passengers, the elevators were rarely crowded and the hallways were not either.
I spent 11 days in cabin from Nov 24 to Dec 5 2021 as a solo traveller. Our itinerary took us from Athens to Rome. There was more than adequate storage for one or two people, but adding additional people would stretch the limit, in my opinion. The coffee maker, which is the old motel standard that uses a slide-in paper-enclosed filter, was hidden at the back of the closet. I had to ask my steward for the coffee packets. The quality was mediocre but better than what is served at the buffet. A better cup of coffee can be found at O'Sheehan's with no charge, or you can go to Starbucks and pay for your favorite concoction there. The hair dryer was located beneath the desk.
Hot water was plentiful, and the bed was comfortable enough.
The balcony is small, just large enough for two chairs and a small table.
The cabin is located mid-ship and was closer to the forward elevators than the aft elevator lobby. The amount of rocking in high seas was not bothersome to me, but instead lulled me to sleep.
Because the number of passengers was less than 1,500, the hallway was seldomly crowded, and it was generally quiet with few sounds of doors opening and closing. I had an outstanding room steward named Jack who was friendly and attentive to my needs.
All passengers were required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and were subsequently tested at the port prior to embarkation with rapid antigen tests. There were no children onboard.