We chose this cruise due to the itinerary featuring ports in Israel, Turkey and Greece. We had sailed on the Norwegian Jade before and had enjoyed our previous experience.
We paid for the transit from the airport, due to the fact that we did not have a lot of time between the arrival of our flight and the sailing. The coach bus experience was fine, although the check in list at the airport did not have our names. Luckily, we had a printed record of our payment. We advise that you bring a copy of your reservation. The distance from the airport to the port is quite far - about an hour bus ride.
The worst part about our room on the 4th level (chosen to ensure less movement should the seas be rougher), was that it was located very close to, if not on top of, the bow thrusters. When we were docking - at times as early as 4 a.m. the bow thrusters would start. They were loud and made the room vibrate. Sleep was not possible at these times. On 2 port days, we never anchored (not sure why) or docked at a pier, and the captain ran the bow thrusters the entire day, resulting in an annoying sound and vibration. Luckily we were both well and able to get off the ship on those days. Norwegian should have a warning on their site about this when looking at the ship plans and/or not rent out these cabins. In addition, we would hear what can only be described as banging pipes at various times of the day and night.
Otherwise, our room was as described - a small interior cabin with basic amenities in the bathroom - soap, shampoo and body gel in pumps. The mattress was unfortunately quite firm and needed additional padding to allow for quality sleep. We discovered that there was no top sheet on the bed - just a mattress cover/sheet and comforter. We addressed our cabin steward about this and it was explained that this is what is done on the ship. Throughout the 11 day cruise, the bed was neatly made by the cabin steward, but the comforter and bottom sheet were never changed. The shower leaked quite a bit at the bottom and if we weren't careful this resulted in a wet bathmat and floor in the bathroom.