nolatravelgirl Posted September 6, 2015 #1 Share Posted September 6, 2015 Just thought I would start a trip report on my recent 12 day Grand Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Spirit. I have never cruised NCL and was interested in trying a more mainstream line. My previous experiences were all on Seabourn and I will try to not to make this too much of a comparison as it is comparing apples and oranges in many regards but I will make commentary occasionally between the two for those that wonder whether luxury cruising is really worth it to them. I have very little exposure to the Med and was really interested in hitting all the highlights. I checked out the luxury cruise itineraries and none were calling out to me considering I still was missing so many of the “big” sights so I started looking at the mainstream lines and this itinerary along with the dates was absolutely perfect. If I recall correctly we booked this sometime in the February/March timeframe when NCL was offering two options with every booking so we were able to book the ultimate beverage package (UBP) and the ultimate dining package (UDP) inclusive with our booking. I am not super picky about cabin location so we just booked an ocean view guarantee. We also pre-paid our gratuities just before they went up so as to avoid that additional small upcharge. We received our cabin assignment in the July timeframe and ultimately decided to upgrade to a balcony cabin. It was $400 per person for the upgrade so not insignificant but I was happy to have the balcony and the light in the room. Our itinerary was as follows in case NCL were to change it in the future. I will detail out each stop with my thoughts and photos and will answer questions along the way. I am sure some will turn up their nose and say I can’t believe you did this/that or whatever and can’t believe you missed X/Y but I was really happy with my choices and if I wasn’t I will be sure to tell you all so you can learn from my mistakes! I did not do any ship’s tours as I prefer a more intimate experience. Some may not be comfortable doing that but I used reputable companies who frequently host cruise passengers so they are well aware of getting you back to the port on time. Sometimes our choices are cheaper/more expensive than the ship’s tours and most of the time more expensive than the DIY option. Make the choice that is right for you! I am a well-traveled person and have stopped counting number of cities/states/countries visited but suffice it to say I needed to add pages to my last passport. I am traveling with another single female traveler and we frequently split up and do separate things but I never felt unsafe in any of these ports. This is certainly an itinerary I would recommend to someone even if they are not comfortable traveling abroad. Tuesday, August 25, 2015------Barcelona, Spain (EMBARK)Wednesday, August 26, 2015----Provence (Toulon), France Thursday, August 27, 2015-----Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy Friday, August 28, 2015-------Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Saturday, August 29, 2015-----Naples, Italy Sunday, August 30, 2015-------At Sea Monday, August 31, 2015-------Mykonos, Greece Tuesday, September 01, 2015 --Istanbul, Turkey Wednesday, September 02, 2015-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Thursday, September 03, 2015--Athens (Piraeus), Greece Friday, September 04, 2015----At Sea Saturday, September 05, 2015--Venice, Italy Sunday, September 06, 2015----Venice, Italy (DISEMBARK) Pictures and the fun stuff to come! Just as fair warning I am not a professional photographer and I didn't lug around some DSLR just to detail out every inch of the ship or the ports. I tried to capture the things that I couldn't readily find info on so hopefully others will find it interesting. My photos are all taken with an Iphone 6 and were no retouched because I ain't got time for that! My goal is to write the first installment this evening on my flight to Frankfurt. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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