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Our first cruise

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
We are a family of four 2 adults and 2 children age 15 and 8. We left Venice and went on a Eastern Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Jade. I don't have any comments on how to get to Venice or information about hotels because we're military and are stationed near Venice for the next 3 years.

The ship is a nice size and our room was at mid ship so we were close to everything. The decor was also really nice.

The ship offered non-stop activities for every age and the daily shows were great.

Service was great and the crew was very nice and helpful also everybody spoke English.

We went ashore in Dubrovnik, Athens, Izmir and Split. We loved all the locations though I think a sailing earlier in the year would be better because all the locations were extremely hot already in June.

We didn't take any of the excursions offered by the ship because for a family of four and our 15 year old counting as an adult it was simply to expensive. We took the More local buses and at one location a taxi and it was just fine and much cheaper. Though make sure that your taxi driver actually speaks English because our driver in Izmir didn't at all. Thankfully I speak German and he did a little bit as well. The problem is that the people that approach you at the port are not the drivers but representatives of the taxi companies.

We had a stateroom with balcony and it was an OK size because you don't want to be in the room for most of the day anyways but I was glad to have opted for a balcony because the views were incredible and it gave us a bit of privacy from the kids when we needed it.

Speaking of children it was a mess getting our 8 year old checked into the club every day. Not all of the childcare providers spoke English and long lines formed. The program was good and our son always had fun. The same goes for the teens even though most of them just hung out in groups on board. We received a great tip from someone on cruise critic and that was to make sure your teen doesn't miss the first activity because this is the time the groups form and you'll never see these teens in the teen club again...

All in all we loved our experience with Norwegian and we're looking forward to our next cruise. Less

Published 07/18/11

Cabin review: BA9100 Mid-Ship Balcony

We were in cabin 9100 BA we had a balcony and the room is pretty much in the middle of the ship so we could get to everything pretty easy. Even though we had the elevator right in front it never got loud. Bring extra clothes hangers because there aren't enough and the ones they have are the big wooden ones that take up all the closet space. I took them out and just used ours. There was plenty of space under the bed to store all of our luggage. The steward came twice a day to lower a bed that was in the ceiling for one of our children the other slept on the pull out couch. The steward had it all done every night and morning despite our wacky schedule of coming and going.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We took the hop on hop off bus right outside the port. It's almost a hour ride to get to the Akropolis and it was extremely hot in the bus but we got there before the cruise excursion did and beat most of the masses. We got the feeling though that we didn't have enough time in Athens.

Totally fell into a tourist trap there. All started out very well, our non English speaking driver took us out to Ephesus and the house of Mary and then he was supposed to drive us to the bazar. Well, when we got to the bazar we saw a swarm of cabs in front of one large store where we were right away ushered in and I have to admit pressured into buying something. Next time I would just tell him to leave and walk around all the shops because the port is just a 15 minute walk from the bazar. I was kind of relieved though to see so many other people from our boat in that store as well.

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Wonderful town. The only time we actually got tendered from the ship into port and everything is right in walking distance. There isn't that much to see though so I wouldn't recommend to take the Excursion offered by Norwegian.

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