Whether your interests lie in history, beaches, or delicious food, Greece has it ALL!
Cruise Travel Guide for everything from dress code to tipping etiquette!
Departure Day - Leaving Venice
In order to see the most on our first visit to Greece, we decided to go by cruise ship on board the Norwegian Jade in early May. Our four ports of call included Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, and Olympia.
- Corfu is known as a luxury destination for European royalty and elite.
- Santorini, a popular honeymoon destination, famous for its cozy, cliff-hanging villages and the bests sunsets in the world!
- Mykonos, the self-described "party town" of Greece boasts some of the best nightlife and shopping boutiques.
- Olympia, an archaeological site where the first Olympic games took place.
Departure day, as always, is a crazy day of hauling luggage to the pier, standing in line, and waiting for your number to be called. Once on board, cruise staff will be advertising shore excursions, spa services, specialty restaurants, and drink packages... at an additional cost of course!
While most cruisers will be heading straight for the lunch buffet, now is the perfect time to explore the ship and take pictures! If the main dining room takes reservations, introduce yourself to the Maître D' or head hostess and make reservations for dinner each night of the cruise... request a window seat or your own private table. Remember to leave a nice tip at the end of your cruise!
Bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag for lounging by the pool. Unpack your bags when they arrive and make sure you go up on deck at departure time to enjoy the view!
Leaving by cruise ship offers a birds-eye view of Venice's buildings, canals, and bridges as it makes its way out to sea. Arguably this may be one of the best and most relaxing ways to see Venice! Once you're done taking in the views, check out the daily cruise itinerary for shows and events taking place in the evening.
The next day was a "day at sea" as we cruised our way to Corfu. The daily cruise itinerary was jam-packed with activities of morning Zumba, BBQ's by the pool, and an amazing acrobatic show in the evening. Don't forget those daily drink specials!
That evening also happened to be "Norwegian Night Out", aka everyone gets dressed up for dinner. While Norwegian's formal night is less formal compared to other other cruise lines, some people still dress to the 9's! Dress pants and a nice dress shirt will do for men and a classy cocktail dress is perfect for the ladies! The night is usually followed by a dance party in the Spinnaker Lounge, but save up your energy we'll be in Corfu in the morning!