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Join my Greek Islands cruise 2022!

Have you got the Greek Islands on your bucket list?


Would you love to cruise around the Med but just need a lovely group to travel with?

If you need a gorgeous trip to look forward to, I’m excited to let you know that I have put together this glorious Greek Islands cruise including 2 nights in Athens – with an option to add on 10 days in Italy – in September 2022!

16-25 September 2022


Stunning Santorini. Pic NCL

Save over $3,000 in free add-ons if booked before 30 November 2021

We are also currently working on an 8-day land tour of Italy starting in Naples where we’ll visit the ruins of Pompeii and other notable sites, then stay in Rome, Florence and end in Venice. This will be sold separately to the cruise but will be run to work seamlessly.

Here’s the Greek Islands cruise

Imagine this: starting in Athens we’ll arrive two days before the cruise to explore ancient Greek history, eat the delicious food, visit the Acropolis, shop at local boutiques, take too many photographs, then board our cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jade, for a fabulous 7-night cruise.

The ship sails at night and as everywhere is nice and close we get the full day in these ports.

Norwegian Jade

Explore Athens

We’ll stay two nights in the 5-star Hotel Electra Palace Athens, located in the heart of Plaka, famous for dining and shopping, with outstanding rooftop views of the Acropolis.

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and two breakfasts included. Plus private sight-seeing tour including VIP entry into Acropolis and Pathenon.

Then on September 18th we’ll transfer to the ship.

Hotel Electra Palace, Athens
Hotel Electra Palace, Athens

NCL Jade cruise ship

We are holding 10 balcony and ocean view cabins on NCL’s Jade ship. A medium-size ship with a guest capacity of 2,400 (assuming every cabin has 2 people) and was refurbished in 2017.

As with all large ships you have a lot of choice onboard.

Read my post comparing big ships vs small ships to see the pros and cons of both.

I’ve chosen Jade because it has two dining rooms for our main meals, plus cafes, a pub and various kiosks to satiate any appetite. But they also have 6 specialty restaurants serving Italian, French, Japanese, a steakhouse and a Brazilian steakhouse.

Then there are 11 bars and cafes, but we will find our favourites and rendezvous for pre-dinner drinks.

There is a spa, library, casino, a theatre and shopping too. Plus a fitness centre, 4 spa pools and a large pool on the top deck surrounded by sun chairs to catch those Mediterranean rays.

Norwegian Jade balcony cabin
Norwegian Jade ocean view cabin


If you book now with a deposit of just NZ$300 per person
(the balance is not due until May 15, 2022 and fully refundable if you choose to cancel)
you get a huge amount of savings:

  • Free onboard drinks package including cocktails, wine and spirits valued at NZ$145 per day
  • US$50 off each shore excursion
  • Free onboard wifi valued at NZ$37 per day
  • Free dining at specialty restaurants valued at NZ$215 each restaurant

Dine in a different specialty restaurant each night if you wish!

Cost based on single person in own room and cabin:

Ocean view cabin: NZ$6,950. Bring a friend and they come for $2,550!

Balcony cabin: NZ$8,900. Bring a friend and they travel for $2,950!

These prices include port taxes and gratuities (totalling $1,340)

  • What’s included:
  • 9 nights accommodation: 2 in Athens, 7 on ship
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners
  • Private guide in Athens
  • Skip the line tickets in Athens
  • Daily activities and excursions as detailed above (I will also look into private shore excursions in some ports)
  • All alcohol on ship with free drinks package
  • Transfer to ship from Athens hotel
  • Transfer from ship to Athens airport on final day
  • Your host Megan Singleton
  • What’s not included:
  • Airfares. We know many of you have airline credits so we can help you with making arrangements.
  • Transfers from airport to Athens hotel. These can be arranged for you or you might be comfortable taking a taxi.
  • One evening meal in Athens is not included.
  • Full shore excursions not included. $50 credit available as per special saving deal above.


This tour requires a minimum of 10 guests to go ahead.

Refund policy:
If NCL cancels the cruise due to Covid you will receive a full refund or a credit, your choice. If you choose to cancel for whatever reason, you have until 120 days before departure to cancel and receive a full refund. If you cancel within 120 days for reasons other than Covid-related your insurance company will pay the penalties. (Check the conditions of your insurance policy.)

Cancellation Policy – 90 day Cancellation Structure

  • 119-91 days before commencing travel: 25%
  • 90-61 days before commencing travel: 50% + NZD$100 per cabin
  • 60-31 days before commencing travel: 75% + NZD$100 per cabin
  • 30 days or less before commencing travel:  100% of fare per person

No Show/Cancellation:
In the case of a no-show or cancellation 100% of fare will be charged by Norwegian Cruises.

Requirements for travel:
Proof of vaccination
Proof of travel insurance
Possibly negative Covid-19 test (to be advised closer to the time)
Valid passport

What to expect cruising post-Covid:
A vaccine passport will need to be presented (don’t worry at this stage, as we don’t have them yet in NZ)
Expect possible daily temperature tests by your cabin attendant
Masks may be required on board in public spaces
Hand sanitiser will be everywhere
Shore excursions will be in smaller group bubbles

Click here to read more in-depth details about NCL’s cruise safety measures and protocols.

This video was shot 10 September 2021 just before NCL Jade went back into service. Have a look for what to expect on board as far as protocols are currently. Good insights to the dining and entertainment onboard too.

Add 10-day Italy land tour

The Italy tour will begin on 25 September 2022 in Naples and include Rome, Florence and Venice. For those on the cruise we will fly to Italy, others can meet us there.

See the Italy tour itinerary and costs here >

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Megan with tour guests
On tour in New Zealand with some gorgeous guests!

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!