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Get away on the Norwegian Jade enjoying 10 relaxing nights aboard the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise to Africa & Middle East. The voyage starts out from Rome (Civitavecchia) and visits 6 ports in 3 countries before returning to Rome (Civitavecchia). Your 4 star cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line has 8 forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Wed 12 Mar 2014 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Rome, the capital, and largest city of Italy, is full of unending possibilities. It can be reached from the port of Civitavecchia in approximately ninety minutes either by train or coach. Rome greets visitors with a multitude of faces, such as the Ancient City with ruins like: the Colosseum; the seven hills; the Roman Forum; and the Sacred Way, the path used for triumphal processions. There is Renaissance Rome, full of winding streets and sun-dappled piazzas, and the Vatican, home to the Pope. Also popular are the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco, and his masterpiece, La Pieta, at St. Peter's Cathedral.

Art is everywhere, with masterpieces often hidden in tiny, nondescript churches. Organised tours, with strictly controlled numbers, are regarded by many as the ideal way to 'see Rome', as they generally result in more prompt access, without lengthy queues. However you can explore Rome at your own pace, perhaps with a city's Roma Pass, on an extensive hop-on hop off itinerary, including 17 stops, through the heart of Rome. You have the choice of a 24 or 48 hours ticket, in especially appointed tourist friendly buses. The 48 hours ticket also allows for an interchangeable hop-on hop-off Rome cruise.

Rome has at least 40 underground burial places - catacombs - under or near the city. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards and continued until recent decades. Most visitors don’t forget to visit the Trevi Fountain, to throw in their coins and make their wishes! If you have already visited Rome, the surrounding countryside offers many fascinating choices, including the picturesque hill towns of Orvieto, Viterbo, and Bagnoreggio which are just an hour away from the port.

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2 Thu 13 Mar 2014 At Sea
3 Fri 14 Mar 2014 Katakolon, Greece 8.00am 4.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise The scenic seaside Greek town of Katakolon, with a population around 3,000, is your typical small-town cruise port with delightful cafes along the waterfront, shops that sell T-shirts, hats and jewellery, and a small beach that draws swimmers and sandcastle-builders. But that's not why ships make the town a destination. They arrive because Katakolon serves as the cruise gateway to ancient Olympia, just 40 km away, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. More than 3 million people annually visit the site and its companion facility, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, a treasure trove of pieced-together sculptures and statues that once adorned the ancient structures.

Here visitors can also explore the fascinating ruins of the stadium, athletics track, the actual place where the Olympic flame was lit, and indeed the structure where athletes were instructed by philosophers, poets and mathematicians, as they believed it was necessary to have a healthy mind as well as body. You will also find the fifth-century BC Temple of Zeus, an excellent museum displaying amazing marble statues from the temple, some rebuilt Dorian columns, as well as an early Christian church. In town visit the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical instruments.

As an alternative, you could hire a car or take a taxi and visit many places of interest. There’s the Castle of Chlemouts, a very antique construction with an amazing view of the surroundings. Observe the vegetation and rocky formations that have been witness of the history of its construction for many centuries. Also visit the thermal baths at Kylini, the beautiful Foloi Oak Forest, and the Merkouri Winery. At the Domaine Mercouri winery, about 3 km from Katakolon's dock, you can sit in the shade of centuries-old cypress trees, sipping noted red and white wines.

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4 Sat 15 Mar 2014 Athens, Greece 7.00am 5.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, is also one of the world's oldest cities with an unparalleled history that spans around 3,400 years. Experiencing long periods of sunshine throughout the year, and known as "the cradle of Western civilisation", it is a 'must-see' destination for world travellers. The city contains a fascinating variety of different architectural styles, ranging from Greco-Roman through Neo-Classical, to Modern. They are usually all found together in the same areas, as a walk through the old neighbourhoods of the famous historic triangle will reveal. All this together with fancy restaurants and traditional taverns ensure a delightful visit. Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building!

The Acropolis hill, or the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is one of the most recognisable monuments of the world. It includes the glorious marble structures of the Parthenon built in honour of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, the monumental entrances to the sacred area called the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike dedicated to the winged maidens who attended to her, and the Erechtheion "Porch of the Maiden". The Byzantine, Archaeological and Historical Museums, the Municipal Gallery, and the Athens Concert Hall are among many other sites worth viewing. Numerous tours are available, or you could hire a car.

Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a large number of small private galleries, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists, are spread. For shoppers, the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops as well as innumerable chic boutiques and specialty shops provide for every taste and budget. Many families visit one of the fun parks and enjoy the many activities they offer. Wild life lovers shouldn’t fail to pay a visit to the Athens Zoo, which hosts amongst others one of the biggest varieties of birds.

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5 Sun 16 Mar 2014 Kusadasi, Turkey 8.00am 6.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the centre of the seaside district of the same name. While best known as a starting point for visiting Ephesus, once one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a history dating from 3000 BC, there’s also a delightful range of activities in town. Places of interest include: the City Walls, of which one gate remains to-day; the peninsula at the end of the bay with its castle and swimming beaches; several aqua parks with wave-pools and white-water slides; Ladies Beach, once segregated but now open to all; and Dilek Peninsula National Park. See all this in a pleasant walk.

If visiting in summer take time out for a swim. Scuba diving is a popular activity and a visit to the local markets will provide some interesting bargains. You could visit the Greek island of Samos, just an hour and a quarter away by ferry. It is an island with green mountains, breath taking beaches and rich archaeological sites. There are abundant opportunities for walking, mountain biking and windsurfing. For those who would rather soak up some history there are lots of old fishing villages such as Pythagorean and Ireon, picturesque towns, ancient sites and museums around the island.

Take a coach to ancient Ephesus, one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele, and then Artemis. It was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and left traces here. The apostle Paul spent some years in this city. e sure to tour this excellent ancient city with the Basilica of St John, and the restored Temple of Artemis, that is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Further along the road is Miletus, with its massive amphitheatre and ruins, again visited by the apostle Paul.

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6 Mon 17 Mar 2014 Istanbul, Turkey 1.00pm overnight
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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7 Tue 18 Mar 2014 Istanbul, Turkey 8.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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8 Wed 19 Mar 2014 At Sea
9 Thu 20 Mar 2014 At Sea
10 Fri 21 Mar 2014 Naples, Italy 8.00am 6.00pm
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Naples is an historic city over 2,500 years old, sitting on the west coast of southern Italy by the Gulf of Naples. Located halfway between two volcanic areas, Mount Vesuvius and Camp Flegrei and with numerous tours and cruise excursions available at the port, one may be inclined to miss out on what Naples itself has to offer. It has some of the world's best opera houses and theatres, and is often called an open-air museum because of its many historic statues and monuments. View finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, at the famous National Archaeological Museum.

An interesting feature is the cable cars that provide great views and an effective method of getting around town. The city is known for its rich history, with art, culture and gastronomy playing an important role throughout much of its existence. The historic centre of the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit the Garden of Remembrance with its splendid views over the bay and surrounding islands, the great glass-roofed arcade of the Galleria Umberto, the Piazza della Borsa, and for an alternative view of this Italian city, visit the Piazza del Gesu Nuovo, with its collection of colourful and random monuments.

Naples hosts a wealth of historical museums, indeed some of the most important in Italy. Visits to the historic Castel Nuovo, and the Palazzo Reale are of great architectural interest. Then there’s the18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex. Handicapped accessible tours in Naples are available in a variety of options: driving tours, tours by train, and tours by ferry. All tours include professionally licensed tour guides and step-free routes. All are sure to enjoy the famous guitar and mandolin music while absorbing the culture, and don't forget to taste the famous Pizzas.

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11 Sat 22 Mar 2014 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5.00am
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Rome, the capital, and largest city of Italy, is full of unending possibilities. It can be reached from the port of Civitavecchia in approximately ninety minutes either by train or coach. Rome greets visitors with a multitude of faces, such as the Ancient City with ruins like: the Colosseum; the seven hills; the Roman Forum; and the Sacred Way, the path used for triumphal processions. There is Renaissance Rome, full of winding streets and sun-dappled piazzas, and the Vatican, home to the Pope. Also popular are the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco, and his masterpiece, La Pieta, at St. Peter's Cathedral.

Art is everywhere, with masterpieces often hidden in tiny, nondescript churches. Organised tours, with strictly controlled numbers, are regarded by many as the ideal way to 'see Rome', as they generally result in more prompt access, without lengthy queues. However you can explore Rome at your own pace, perhaps with a city's Roma Pass, on an extensive hop-on hop off itinerary, including 17 stops, through the heart of Rome. You have the choice of a 24 or 48 hours ticket, in especially appointed tourist friendly buses. The 48 hours ticket also allows for an interchangeable hop-on hop-off Rome cruise.

Rome has at least 40 underground burial places - catacombs - under or near the city. Though most famous for Christian burials, they include pagan and Jewish burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together. The first large-scale catacombs were excavated from the 2nd century onwards and continued until recent decades. Most visitors don’t forget to visit the Trevi Fountain, to throw in their coins and make their wishes! If you have already visited Rome, the surrounding countryside offers many fascinating choices, including the picturesque hill towns of Orvieto, Viterbo, and Bagnoreggio which are just an hour away from the port.

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Norwegian Jade is based year-round in the Mediterranean. Cruises range from 7 to 21 nights. Until October 2014 she sails from Venice to the Adriatic and Aegean Seas as far as Athens and the holiday coast of Turkey. Two 7-night cruises can be joined for a 14-night holiday. From November 2014 10- and 11-night itineraries head east to Greece and Turkey, staying overnight at Istanbul, and west to France, Spain and Tunisia. All ports have great historical and photographic appeals.

Accommodation
All cabins have tea/coffee making sets, TV channels and movies, mini-fridge, separate toilet and enclosed shower, and European duvets. Two single beds can combine to make a double bed. Cabins have bunk beds to accommodate four (though crowded), and some have inter-connecting doors for families. The ocean-view (two to four guest) cabins have a rectangular window or a porthole. Balcony staterooms accommodate a third or fourth person on a sofa bed. These rooms are larger with a sitting area and full height glass doors opening to a private balcony. There are no single cabins, and 27 cabins and suites are wheelchair-accessible.

Food and Dining
The ship has 16 dining options, and Freestyle Dining means you can eat anywhere, anytime, and with whomever, in formal or casual dress. The two main dining rooms are Alizar and Grand Pacific. Check the video screens to find out how busy each venue is, make a reservation, and find out the wait time. Alternative restaurants include: Cagney’s Steak House serving steaks in a 30s setting, and carved meats at Moderno Churrascaria. Blue Lagoon for trendy fast food, Le Bistro with classic French gourmet, Papa’s Italian Kitchen for traditional Italian fare, and Jasmine Garden Asian Restaurant for authentic Japanese/Thai/Chinese. Specialty restaurants have a surcharge and may need reservations.

Entertainment
The three-deck Stardust Theatre offers Las-Vegas-style razzle-dazzle production shows and cabaret acts. Many bands and solo musicians provide dance music and entertainment throughout the ship. The ship also features library, internet cafe, games room, a cinema with moving seats, a casino, and really comfortable cards and writing rooms.



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Get away on the Norwegian Jade enjoying 10 relaxing nights aboard the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise to Africa & Middle East. When: Ship: Norwegian Jade Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

Cruise summary

Cruise: Eastern Mediterranean Cruise
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Star rating:
Departs: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Returns: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Ports of call: 6
Forward departures: 8

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Shopping arcade
  • The Haven Suites & facilities
  • Weddings and packages
  • FREESTYLE DINING
  • Main dining venues (2)
  • Open seating, anytime
  • Specialty dining, cover charge (7)
  • Dietary needs, pre-order
  • Casual buffet in/out-door
  • Grill
  • Pizzeria (with delivery, pay)
  • Kid’s café
  • Room service 24 h menus
  • Coffee Bar & patisserie
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show theatre (shows, cabaret)
  • Bars & Lounges (13)
  • Live music, dancing
  • Nightclub, DJ
  • Library
  • Card Room
  • Chapel
  • Casino
  • Conference/business centres
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (3)
  • Adults only pool
  • Whirlpools (6)
  • Spa & beauty treatments
  • Fitness centre & rooms
  • Sports courts
  • Jogging track
  • Internet café (pay)
  • Wi-Fi in cabin (pay)
  • UNDER 18 SUPERVISION
  • Youth Program welcome social, booklet
  • Children’s water park
  • Children’s centre
  • Splash Academy (6mo-2,3-5,6-9,10-12)
  • Entourage Program for teens
  • Port-day supervision (pay)
  • Late night child care (pay)
  • Teens’ centre, disco
  • Video arcade (pay)
  • Family Activities
  • OTHER
  • Elevators (12)
  • Wheelchair access good
  • Cabin current 110 V
  • Medical centre

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Welcome bottle of wine in Suite
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (2-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Butler, valet & concierge services (Suites & A Staterooms)
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi (common areas, cabins)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
  • Casino gaming
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge: USD 12 pp/night (can be pre-paid with fare) if over 2y. Adjust at Guest Services Desk.
  • Gratuities to beverage staff welcome.
  • Service charge for spa & salon 18% charged
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Babysitting in groups (2-12 yr)

Recent testimonials

"Ultimately it came down to attitude and the service from you was genuinely impressive so I rewarded that with my business. Price is very important but that good old thing called Service is hard to find these days."
William H from Melbourne


"The cruise was wonderful and I have recommended it, and you, to all my friends! I really appreciate the time you took to assist and advise me, and I will have no hesitation in using your services to book my next cruise holiday."
Cheryl W from Perth


"We have returned after enjoying such a great first cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire cruise and hope to take another one at some time. We just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for us and we valued your assistance greatly."
Amelia from Melbourne