Great value option for family who like to visit new places: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by foxfourontour

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Great value option for family who like to visit new places

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Barcelona
Our seven and four year old children loved this holiday. We really enjoy travelling as a family. This provided us with an affordable tour of the ancient world - including Rome, Athens, Ephesus and Temple of Artemis - one of the ancient wonders of the world - Istanbul, and Malta's Valetta - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All our food and entertainment was included. We were even able to pack snacks and fill our water bottles before exploring off ship. Staff all work really hard - we were very impressed that the staff knew the childrens names by day two. The children loved the restaurant staff and housekeeping staff. On days aboard the ship we enjoyed activities such as napkin folding, pizza making and the dance classes. I packed wet suits for the kids so that even if the pool was a little cool - they could swim. These came in very handy! We had researched the ports - which made it cheaper for us as a fmialy of four to visit the incredible sites. Ephesus Tours - which we More booked on line - gave us a great day out - the tour guide was passionate about the history and geography of Turkey - which we really enjoyed. We had worried about taking our four year old to Ephesus - but he thoroughly enjoyed climbing over the ancient ruins - amazing. We took the train into Rome ourselves - getting off at Termini for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The train station is five mins walk from Pireaus and you can literally get off at the stop for the Parthenon - THissio - this lets you walk up the beautiful Plaka area of Athens to the Parthenon - which was stunning.

We got to stop in Istanbul which was incredible - people very friendly. Five minutes from the port you can catch a tram - head to Sultanamet - and get off at the Blue Mosque and Haggai Sophia - stunning. There is a lovely park area between these two world class buildings - local vendors sell fresh toffee which our children enjoyed. We ate in a great nomad style restaurant - local ladies are baking bread in the window - great family experience - the children got to put on traditional clothes - food good too. Last stop Valetta - again fifteen minutes off the ship takes you into the city main square. Great shopping town - best value on trip. Visit the St John's Co-Cathedral to view some of Caravaggio's best works.

WE didn't eat in any of the restaurants on the ship that had a surcharge - we simply felt that we had enough choice in the 5/6 restaurants including. Quality was really good - our children ate off the adult menus at dinner too.

Staff were really friendly and really good with the children

Our room was small - but that was because we were on a budget - so we had an inside cabin. But the housekeeping staff took the fourth bed away every morning to give us extra space. Room kept immaculate - as was the rest of the ship.

A great value holiday for us during the Easter break. Not too hot for the children to tour. We would cruise with the children again. They loved it! Less

Published 05/31/11

Cabin review: I111633 Family Inside

Small room - but we are a family of four - and to be fair we thought it offered great value for money. We were in an inside cabin - which we would do again. WE didnt spend much time in the room - just for sleep.

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It is really easy and cheap to get to the Parthenon from Piraeus - simply get the train to Thissio - and walk up through the Plaka - which is lovely - also little train runs to the Parthenon - water cheap to buy at the Partehnon - coffee not so cheap but so worth it! To sit aloong the Plaka and enjoy a coffee and lunch in Chocolate - is just one of life's moments to remember. Parthenon amazing.

we had prebooked on line to travel to Ephesus with Ephesus Shuttle - brilliant - great value for money. Ephesus again was amazing... followed by the Temple of Artemis .. fantastic We did get ripped off buying a rubbish 'boy doll' in one of the shops .. such is life.. it fell apart on the way back to the ship! Linens here were beautiful
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Visiting the Unesco world heritage city of Valetta was a great experience. Again very easy to access on foot from the ship. Malta Tourism is very organised and people getting off the ship are all given a map etc... lots of tAXIS TOO. We chose to walk we visited the Co-Cathedral and we were in awe of the art - world class. Malta offerd great shopping - we did most of our gift shopping in Valetta.

simply get train into St Peter's or Termini - low cost. so much to do in Rome. Great city for a walking tour. If you have kids make sure you visit the Pinocchio shop - beautiful wooden tours - a must do - Bartolucci near the Pantheon.

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