Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Change In 2015 Vacation Plans

Veronica and I were talking about how much we enjoyed last years vacation to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and the Greek Isles that we would like to go back again.
I checked the various itineraries that Norwegian Cruise Line offered for 2015 and I could not find the same itinerary that we had last year.
The offered the same itinerary for this year but we weren't about to give up our 2 week vacation in Paris for this October.
I did find a similar itinerary and we decided to cancel our previously booked cruise for the following cruise which departs and returns at Venice. We also decided to fore go our aft balcony for a ocean view cabin that is in the aft portion of the ship, which will be same ship as last year...the NCL Jade. We enjoy being in the aft because of the engine and propeller noise helps us sleep and drowns out my once in a great while snoring.
Below is our itinerary for this new cruise:
DayLand Tours And Cruise PortsArriveDepartBooked
SatVenice, Italy----6:00 pm0
SunDubrovnik, Croatia2:00 pm9:00 pm0
MonAt Sea--------0
TueAthens (Piraeus), Greece7:00 am5:00 pm0
WedKusadasi, Turkey8:00 am5:00 pm0
ThuAt Sea--------0
FriSplit, Croatia11:00 am6:00 pm0
SatVenice, Italy8:00 am6:00 pm0
SunAt Sea--------0
MonCorfu, Greece8:00 am3:30 pm0
TueSantorini, Greece1:30 pm10:00 pm0
WedMykonos, Greece8:00 am6:00 pm0
ThuOlympia (Katakolon), Greece9:00 am6:00 pm0
FriAt Sea--------0
SatVenice, Italy8:00 am----0


MAP IMAGE COMING SOON

We plan on spending a couple of nights in Venice prior to our cruise starting and we are planning on staying at the same hotel that we did last year. Along with the 2 days and nights prior to departure, our ship stops in Venice at the halfway point of the 2 week cruise. 
We plan on going into some building that we did not get to go into during our last visit along with plans on spending a whole day on the island of Burano. 
Last year we went on a ship excursion that included stops at both of the islands of Murano and Burano but unfortunately we were only on Murano for about 1 1/4 hours and Burano for about 35 minutes. We were really disappointed with the lack of time we had to spend on Burano. This time we plan on arranging or locating transportation services that would allow us to spend the whole day there prior to our cruise starting. This way we don't have to worry about getting back to the ship on time before it departs Venice. If for some reason we get back real late, we will only be late getting back to our hotel. 
We plan on trying to do the same excursion on the Greek Isle of Santorini as we did last year. That excursion was a trip to the town of Oia and then to Fira, when we enjoyed an evening meal as the sun was setting ...a really beautiful and photogenic sight. 
Like the last cruise we were on, this one should be equally as enjoyable. 
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