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Age: 48


Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Jade

Sailing Date: 2010-12-12

Itinerary: Mediterranean

21 days cruising in Mediterranean from east to west during the Christmas and New Year holidays was a fantastic experience. On New Year's eve, the ship was full of joyful people happily singing and dancing away the year 2010 and welcoming the arrival of a new decade. Freestyle crusing made kids and families most enjoyable as they don't have to care about dressing up and their manners when they have to go to restaurants.

A variety of good entertaining programmes occupied most times in the evenings.

The food in general is good and tasteful. Restaurants provided better choices however the buffet type of freestyle gave people more leisures and freedoms. Specialty restaurants (chargable for covers) enjoyed their incomes as some of them were solidly booked in many evenings.

It is a bit too small when it is compared with our last cruise with Norwegian Sun. However it is manageable as the pullman bed does not take spaces.

There were always quite a few activities going on around the ship at any given time, even at 1 o'clock in the morning. However, some of the activites were not very interesting and some of the activities only appealed to certain age groups/types of people.

During celebration days (e.g. Christmas, New Year's), there were always a lot more going on than usual and that appealed to a wide variety of people.

The first port of Civitecheva, we took the Tarquinia excursion. Overall the value for the shore excursion is really poor, not worth of money. The contents of the tour were inadequate so we had to spend more than one hour for wine tasting. The guide is knowledgeable but not clear in explaining things in proper English – this tour is not recommended

A very good tour would be the Highlights of Alexandria. Another good tour would be Imperial Rabat and Casablanca.

It was a 21-day relaxation during when we avoided one of the worst snow storms in Europe in late December and one of the coldest days (-18C) in Stavanger Norway where we temporarily lived. Because we booked the trip early we only paid $5000 for the whole thing (three family members for three weeks). Sea days could be boring if it were consective sea days.

Back to back cruise is a solution if you have a long holiday period.

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