Archive for June, 2012

Mediterranean Trip Roundup (Summer 2012)

Travel Log Entries IAD-AMS Amsterdam Layover Venice: Arrival Venice: Art Venice: Touristy Stuff Venice: Departure Cruise: Welcome Aboard Cruise: Dubrovnik Cruise: At Sea Cruise: Athens Cruise: Ephesus Cruise: At Sea Cruise: Split Cruise: Disembarkation VCE-CDG-IAD Photos My photos Amy’s photos Videos Venice Grand Canal Venice cruise departure timelapse NCL Jade balcony stateroom Dubrovnik Cable Car […]


Two things I never want to do again: go through Venice Marco Polo Airport on a Saturday, and fly Air France. With thick crowds and long lines in the terminal, plus crashy Air France check-in machines (without ground staff at a desk for backup), by noon I wish we’d stayed an extra day or two […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 8: Disembarkation

The night before arrival, we fetch colored tags from the atrium to indicate our disembarkation time: light blue for 9:20 AM. These go on our bags left out in the hallway after 10PM, for claiming in the terminal after getting off the ship at port the next day. (NCL cruises out of Venice don’t offer […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 7: Split

Full Split photoset on Flickr Muzej Grada Splita World Heritage Centre: Palace of Diocletian Discover Split Last port of call on our cruise is Split, Croatia, another popular summer destination on the Dalmatian coast. NCL Jade is a bit too big for the cruise port so the ship anchors a mile offshore and tenders […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 6: At Sea

Another day at sea as the ship returns across the Aegean from Turkey back to Croatia. Highlight of the day is a Behind-the-Scenes ship tour with officers and crew of Norwegian Jade. The tour doesn’t come free, though: it costs $55 per person in onboard credit, kind of a shipboard excursion.

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 5: Ephesus

Full Ephesus photoset on Flickr No-Frills Ephesus Tours Efes Sultan Restaurant Ephesus Site Map After a night crossing the Aegean Sea, we arrive at Izmir, a sprawling port city on the Turkish coast — but our real destination is a bit farther south: the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus. Uncertain of our transit options I’ve […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 4: Athens

Acropolis of Athens Acropolis Museum Matt Barrett’s Athens Guide Cruise Critic Port Profile: Athens The port suburb of Piraeus is a chaotic, bustling mess. It takes a while to figure out which pier we’ve docked at, and how to get to the Athens Metro on foot (about a 20 minute walk). At the Metro I […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 3: At Sea

Day at sea between Dubrovnik and Athens. Another morning doing about a mile around the jogging track. Later in the day, ship’s officers host a Cruise Critic member meet-and-greet in Le Bistro, the ship’s French specialty restaurant.

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 2: Dubrovnik

The next morning I go for a few rounds around the ship’s jogging track and reward myself for this accomplishment with three breakfasts on the ship’s Lido buffet deck. Today we visit our first port of call: Dubrovnik — an old medieval walled town on the Dalmatian coast, now one of Croatia’s most popular summer […]

Norwegian Jade Cruise, Day 1: Welcome Aboard

Norwegian Jade Venice Cruise Port Cruise photoset, part of the full Europe trip collection Video: Timelapse of Venice Departure Video: NCL Jade Balcony Stateroom 9506 I have no wry or cynical David Foster Wallace-ish observations on this cruise other than what I mentioned about pre-boarding unpleasantness before departing Venice. Once aboard the ship we had […]