computerworks Posted November 5, 2013 #1 Share Posted November 5, 2013 NCL Jade 7-Day Greek Isles- Oct 12-19, 2013 - Review and Pictorial We have sailed several times with Norwegian in Europe and have always enjoyed the experience. The Greek Isles were a destination that we had never done before, so we anxiously awaited this trip for more than a year. The Jade was an old friend and we looked forward to a chance to sail on her again. The middle sister of the Jewel class ships, the Jade is very similar to the Jewel, Pearl and Gem in design. The Hawaiian influence when she sailed in that area as the Pride of Hawaii still exists; she was "exiled" to Europe in 2008 and will continue to sail there year round. This trip was extra special... we invited my sister-in-law to join us. She had recently recovered from a bout with illness and surgery and this trip was our recovery gift. She had never been to Europe...and had never cruised before. This would be great! She invited her childhood friend and we planned the trip as a foursome...with the intention of showing her the good life on Norwegian. Originally booking a 2 bedroom Penthouse, which would have been just fine, we had the opportunity to switch to the Garden Villa, and didn't look back. How cool would this first sailing be for her? (I have posted another thread with a Photo Tour of the Garden Villa...) http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1938484 The plan was to arrive two days before the cruise, and sightsee in Venice. We planned one day for a trip up North of Venice to visit relatives, again, something my sister-in-law never dreamed of doing. Then, to board the ship and visit Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Katakolon (Olympia)... four new ports for me! We all were excited for the various reasons... this would be one of the best we've done. I like to make a review that gives you the sense of our experiences and a timeline of our travels...so, we'll do it day by day. I hope the port information I discuss will help some of you that are planning a similar trip. This may take a few days to get all of the trip posted; being back in real life has it's demands. ...but I promise it will be an entertaining read. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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