8-Day Greek Isles Cruise
on Norwegian Jade, with 1-Night Pre-Cruise in Athens
Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 22, 2023
Cruise Features Included:
Bus transportation - from Salisbury to and from our nearby international airport (likely Washington-Dulles but perhaps Philadelphia or Newark depending upon our group flight arrangements).
International Flights - round trip to Athens, Greece (exact airline and itinerary to be determined in December 2022). The estimated cost of air fare is included in your Total Package Price.
1-Night Deluxe Hotel in Downtown Athens - staying at the Melia Athens or the Wyndham Grand Athens in downtown Athens and including full American Breakfast in the morning.
Transfers to and from the hotel and ship - from the airport to the hotel and then to the ship in Athens before our cruise and from the ship to the airport after our cruise.
Tour of Athens - we will tour the highlights of Athens by bus upon our arrival and before we check into our hotel with the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own. On Sunday, before boarding the ship, enjoy a guided tour of the Acropolis with free time to explore the surrounding area and shops.
7-Night Cruise on Norwegian Jade including meals, entertainment and activities onboard the ship. The Norwegian Jade was completely refurbished in 2017 and has a maximum guest capacity of only 2,402 passengers.
Bonus Amenities During Our Cruise including a Free Premium Beverage Package ($831 value) and a Free 2-Meal Specialty Dining Package ($95 value) for each guest. In addition, each cabin receives $100 onboard credit, while balcony cabins also receive a $50 Excursion Credit in each port and 250 minute Internet Package ($105 value).
Access to Exclusive Customized Tours with Salisbury Cruise Club - We plan to organize at least one custom tour in each port-of-call which will be offered at cost to our group. Additional tours will be available to book with NCL.
Tour Hosts (Kelly and Tracy Shannahan, Sal and Colleen Chavez) with you from start to finish.
Several free gifts and mementos of your cruise from the Salisbury Cruise Club.
Friday, October 13, 2023 - Travel Day
Bus departs from Salisbury to Airport - (Exact Time TBA)
Fly overnight to Athens - (Exact Times and Flight Itinerary TBA)
Saturday, October 14 - Athens, Greece
This is the cradle of civilization, the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, It is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine and shopping. After arriving at the airport, our guide will take us on a tour by bus of the highlights of Athens. This will provide excellent orientation for your free time to explore Athens on your own in the afternoon and evening after we check into our downtown hotel. (Average Temperature - 73/58)
Sunday, October 15 - Athens, Greece - Acropolis Tour and Embarkation
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and travel a short distance to the base of the Acropolis where we will meet our guide for a tour of this magnificent landmark. The term acropolis means upper city and many of the city states of ancient Greece were built around an acropolis where the inhabitants could go as a place of refuge in times of invasion. It's for this reason that the most sacred buildings are usually on the acropolis. It's the safest most secure place in town. Following our guided tour, you will have free time for exploring and shopping in the Plaka - the area surrounding the base of the Acropolis with its neoclassical mansions and houses with roofs from red tiles, its small winding roads with their steps, balconies with bougainvilleas, geraniums and jasmines. Plaka is called many times in the Greek literature as the neighbourhood of the Gods. We then transfer to the cruise ship terminal to board the Norwegian Jade by 12 noon and prepare to sail at 5:00 pm
Monday, October 16 - Rhodes, Greece - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - (10 hours)
This Greek island just off the coast of Turkey exudes beauty and history. Take a walking tour of the old fortified city and stand in awe of the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. See where the Colossus of Rhodes, a onetime Wonder of the World, once stood and savor the charm of this remarkable walled town. Along the scenic coast lies the whitewashed town of Lindos with its ancient acropolis and stunning views. (Average temperature - 76/62)
Tuesday, October 17 - Bodrum, Turkey - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - (10 hours)
Bodrum defines what makes the Aegean coast of Turkey so amazing. The ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are said to have provided some of the building materials for Bodrum Castle. Hidden within the medieval fortress is an Underwater Archaeology Museum featuring exhibits on shipwrecks and Turkish nautical history. When you’re not relaxing on the beautiful beaches, take a walk down Cumhuriyet Street, aka Bodrum Bar Street, to enjoy the many shops, clubs, and street food vendors. (Average temperature - 78/62)
Wednesday, October 18 - Mykonos, Greece (tender port) - 7:00 am - 9:30 pm - (14.5 hours)
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most popular island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4 x 4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos. (Average temperature - 72/64)
Thursday, October 19 - Paros, Greece - 7:00 am - 6:00 pm - (11 hours)
Considered one of Greece’s best kept secrets, Paros is situated in the heart of the Cyclades. The Greek Isle’s iconic white marble was once mined here, which you can marvel at while strolling through the island’s picturesque towns. Most any Greek Isle daydream you’ve had can be found in Paros. Wineries, pristine beaches, turquoise waters, delicious local cuisine and historic sites dot the island. Or take to the water for some surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and more while enjoying a different view of its incredible coastline. (Average temperature - 70/61).
Friday, October 20 - Heraklion (Crete), Greece - 7:00 am - 6:00 pm - (11 hours)
Although it's on the Greek Island of Crete, Heraklion offers a wealth of Venetian architecture from their rule in the 13th century, including magnificent fortified walls. Don't miss the Minoan Palace of Knossos, immortalized in Greek Mythology by the legend of the Minotaur. (Average temperature - 74/62)
Saturday, October 21 - Santorini, Greece - (tender port) - 8:00am - 9:30pm - (13.5 hours)
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis. (Average temperature - 75/60)
Sunday, October 22 - Athens, Greece - Travel Day
Norwegian Jade arrives Athens at 6:00 am
Transfer to the airport for our flight home
Bus from the airport to Salisbury
Norwegian Jade Features:
Refurbished in 2017 - (Built in 2006)
965 foot length, 125 foot beam/width
2,402 passengers with 1,037 crew
12 Dining options - (6 complimentary and 6 specialty restaurants)
13 Bars and Lounges
Action-packed activities - Pool, 4 Hot Tubs, Spa, Fitness Center, Jogging Track, Golf Driving Net, Basketball Court, Theater and Casino
And Much More
Group Booking Bonus
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is currently offering the following Group Booking Bonus on this itinerary if registered by November 30, 2021 and while cabins in our group allotment are still available:
Free Premium Beverage Package (free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the cruise) for the 1st and 2nd passenger in each cabin
2-Free Meals in the Specialty Restaurants on the ship for the 1st and 2nd passenger in each cabin
$100 Onboard Credit per cabin to use however you wish
$50 Shore Excursion credit in each port per balcony cabin
250 minute Internet Package per balcony cabin
Please note that we currently have 50 cabins (for 100 passengers) on this cruise. However, we have already received interest from more than 100 members, so this cruise may sell out quickly. If you are interested in joining us, please register as soon as possible while cabins are still available and no later than November 30, 2021 to qualify for the Group Booking Bonus.
Cost and Payment Schedule:
Total Cruise Package Prices - includes Transportation, Hotel and More
Inside Cabin - (138 square feet - no window) - $3,200 per person.
Ocean View Cabin - (138 square feet - with picture window) - $3,400 per person
Balcony Cabin - (200 square feet - plus 38 square foot balcony) - $3,900 per person
Total cruise package price is based on double occupancy (2 people in the cabin). Please email for single occupancy prices.
$1,000 per person Deposit (plus Travel Protection Premium) Due Upon Registration
Half of Remaining Balance - Due on January 31, 2023
Final Balance - Due on May 31, 2023
Group Travel Protection Plan (Optional) - We’re offering a Group Travel Protection Plan for which the premium is based upon your Total Trip Cost. The cost is $233 per person for Inside or Ocean View cabin passengers, or $290 per person for Balcony cabin passengers. This recommended Group Travel Protection Plan will protect your trip in case of cancellation, interruption, trip delay, missed connection, baggage loss or delay, accident/sickness medical protection, and emergency evacuation. See separate handout for details. To protect against unforeseen problems, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Travel Protection Plan. If interested, please purchase the Plan at time of registration so you will automatically qualify for Pre-Existing Conditions coverage. If you decline the Plan, please sign to confirm that you waive the protection and understand that you are assuming all potential costs and losses which may occur before or during the trip.
Download the Group Travel Protection Plan summary here.
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View the Group Excursions presented at our meeting on June 8, 2023.
View the Group Excursions Power Point presented at our meeting on June 8, 2023.
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