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The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan crossroads. It’s often said that Istanbul is the meeting point of East and West, but visitors to this city built over the former capital of two great empires are likely to be just as impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new. Office towers creep up behind historic palaces, women in chic designer outfits pass others wearing long skirts and head coverings, peddlers’ pushcarts vie with battered old Fiats and shiny BMWs for dominance of the noisy, narrow streets, and the Grand Bazaar competes with modern shopping malls. At dawn, when the muezzin's call to prayer resounds from ancient minarets, there are inevitably a few hearty revelers still making their way home from nightclubs and bars. Most visitors to this sprawling city of more than 14 million will first set foot in the relatively compact Old City, where the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires can be seen in monumental works of architecture like the brilliant Aya Sofya and the beautifully proportioned mosques built by the great architect Sinan. Though it would be easy to spend days, if not weeks, exploring the wealth of attractions in the historical peninsula, visitors should make sure also to venture elsewhere in order to experience the vibrancy of contemporary Istanbul. With a lively nightlife propelled by its young population and an exciting arts scene that’s increasingly on the international radar—thanks in part to its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2010—Istanbul is truly a city that never sleeps. It’s also a place where visitors will feel welcome: Istanbul may be on the Bosphorus, but at heart it’s a Mediterranean city, whose friendly inhabitants are effusively social and eager to share what they love most about it.
Put firmly on the map by Jackie O in the 1960s, Mykonos remains the Saint-Tropez of the Greek islands. The scenery is memorable, with its whitewashed streets, Little Venice, the Kato Myli ridge of windmills, and Kastro, the town's medieval quarter. Its cubical two- or three-story houses and churches, with their red or blue doors and domes and wooden balconies, have been long celebrated as some of the best examples of classic Cycladic architecture. Pink oleander, scarlet hibiscus, and trailing green pepper trees form a contrast amid the dazzling whiteness, whose frequent renewal with whitewash is required by law. Any visitor who has the pleasure of getting lost in its narrow streets (made all the narrower by the many outdoor stone staircases, which maximise housing space in the crowded village) will appreciate how its confusing layout was designed to foil pirates—if it was designed at all. Most cruise ships dock in nearby Tourlos, around one mile outside of Mykonos Town. Some ships will anchor at sea and tender their passengers direct to Mykonos Town.
For better or worse, it can be difficult to reach Patmos—for many travelers, this lack of access is definitely for the better, since the island retains the air of an unspoiled retreat. Rocky and barren, the small, 34-square-km (21-square-mi) island lies beyond the islands of Kalymnos and Leros, northwest of Kos. Here on a hillside is the Monastery of the Apocalypse, which enshrines the cave where St. John received the Revelation in AD 95. Scattered evidence of Mycenaean presence remains on Patmos, and walls of the classical period indicate the existence of a town near Skala. Most of the island's approximately 2,800 people live in three villages: Skala, medieval Chora, and the small rural settlement of Kambos. The island is popular among the faithful making pilgrimages to the monastery as well as with vacationing Athenians and a newly growing community of international trendsetters—designers, artists, poets, and “taste gurus” (to quote Vogue’s July 2011 write-up of the island)—who have bought homes in Chora. These stylemeisters followed in the footsteps of Alexandrian John Stefanidis and the English artist Teddy Millington-Drake who, in the early ’60s, set about creating what eventually became hailed as one of the most gorgeous island homes in the world. The word soon spread thanks to their many guests (who included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) but, happily, administrators have carefully contained development, and as a result, Patmos retains its charm and natural beauty—even in the busy month of August.
Whilst the busy resort town of Kusadasi offers much in the way of shopping and dining – not to mention a flourishing beach life scene, the real jewel here is Ephesus and the stunning ruined city that really take centre stage. With only 20% of the classical ruins having been excavated, this archaeological wonder has already gained the status as Europe’s most complete classical metropolis. And a metropolis it really is; built in the 10th century BC this UNESCO World Heritage site is nothing short of spectacular. Although regrettably very little remains of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), the superb Library of Celsus’ façade is practically intact and it is one of life’s great joys to attend an evening performance in the illuminated ruins once all the tourists have left. The history of the city is fascinating and multi-layered and it is well worth reading up on this beforehand if a visit is planned. Another point of interest for historians would be the house of the Virgin Mary, located on the romantically named Mount Nightingale and just nine kilometres away from Ephesus proper. Legend has it that Mary (along with St. John) spent her final years here, secluded from the rest of the population, spreading Christianity. An edifying experience, even for non-believers. For the less historical minded amongst you, Kusadasi offers plenty in the way of activities. After a stroll through the town, jump in a taxi to Ladies’ Beach (men are allowed), sample a Turkish kebap on one of the many beachfront restaurants and enjoy the clement weather. If you do want to venture further afield, then the crystal clear beaches of Guzelcamli (or the Millipark), the cave of Zeus and the white scalloped natural pools at Pamukkale, known as Cleopatra’s pools, are definitely worth a visit.
Early travellers described Rhodes as a town of two parts: a castle or high town (Collachium) and a lower city. Today Rhodes town—sometimes referred to as Ródos town—is still a city of two parts: the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreading away from the walls that encircle the Old Town. The narrow streets of the Old Town are for the most part closed to cars and are lined with Orthodox and Catholic churches, Turkish houses (some of which follow the ancient orthogonal plan), and medieval public buildings with exterior staircases and facades elegantly constructed of well-cut limestone from Lindos. Careful reconstruction in recent years has enhanced the harmonious effect.
Having been controlled by Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman empires over the years - it's no surprise that Heraklion is a diverse patchwork of exotic cultures and historical treasures. Celebrated as the birthplace of the Spanish Renaissance artist, El Greco, you can visit to explore the storied ruins of the Minoan empire's capital, and unearth the rich cultural treasures that Crete’s bustling modern capital has to offer.
Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it's necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travellers. Fira, the capital of the island, is a busy city packed with shops, museums, bars, tavernas, resorts, and nightclubs. Cruise ships anchor at sea and tender their passengers to the base of the Caldera Cliffs in Fira – warning: it's a steep walk up, many opt for the cable car instead!
Oraia (beautiful) is the word Greeks use to describe Nafplion. The town's old section, on a peninsula jutting into the gulf of Argos, mixes Greek, Venetian, and Turkish architecture; narrow streets, often just broad flights of stone stairs, climb the slopes beneath the walls of Acronafplia. Tree-shaded plazas surround neoclassic buildings. The Palamidi fortress—an elegant display of Venetian might from the early 1700s—guards the town. Nafplion deserves at least a leisurely day of your undivided attention, and you may want to spend several days or a week here and use the city as the base from which to explore the many surrounding ancient sights.
Athens is the birthplace of the modern western world, home to magnificent wonders including the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Temples of Olympian Zeus and Athena Nike, and the most impressive collection of ancient artefacts at the Archaeological Museum. Athens effortlessly blends its ancient historic landmarks with a youthful, modern energy with chic rooftop bars, eclectic shopping destinations and a bustling art scene. Piraeus is the gateway to Athens for cruise visitors, which is easily accessible by public transport.
Resort-style cruising with a choice of 16 dining venues and 13 bars.
Enjoy a four-course meal and a great bottle of wine. Or grab a burger hot off the grill. Dress up. Dress down. Sit with your friends or make new ones. Dine inside or oceanside along The Waterfront. Norwegian offers the freedom and flexibility of Freestyle Dining, which means no fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating. With expert chefs cooking with only the freshest and finest ingredients, you can enjoy more delicious dining options than days of your cruise – whenever you like. So follow your mood, not a schedule.
Enjoy classic cruise-style dining in a more intimate atmosphere with views of the sea and sky.
Welcome to Windows, where you can enjoy delicious menus served in a beautiful room with, as its name suggests, a fabulous panoramic... Read more
Going down to the pub takes on new meaning at Henry's Pub, a traditional English-style pub featuring dartboards, large screen TV's, fish... Read more
Serves frozen coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, teas, pastries and cookies.
Friends, fun and an international selection of beer. What more could you want? How about amazing views and Bavarian dishes like knackwurst?... Read more
In honour of the midnight snack, we bring you Blue Lagoon open round the clock. You'll find comfort-food favourites like potato skins,... Read more
Enjoy pasta, pizza and other traditional fare in this casual Italian Trattoria. Dress code is comfortable.
Steak is the standard at the American-style steakhouse. Select from choice cuts of Black Angus perfectly prepared like our traditional T-bone or... Read more
From the theatrical Art Nouveau décor to the menu, which offers modern and classic gourmet cuisine, Le Bistro is an ode to... Read more
Choose from a delicious selection of ready-to-cook omelettes, waffles, fruits, soups, ethnic specialties and pasta in this buffet-style indoor/outdoor restaurant.
Available 24 hours a day, simply pick up the phone and order breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night munchies. A convenience charge of... Read more
Enjoy a complimentary Asian Fusion dining venue featuring freshly prepared noodles, delicious wok fried dishes, authentic soups, and more.
The Shogun Asian Restaurant also has a Sushi and Sashimi Bar where you can enjoy the very best sushi and sashimi expertly... Read more
You won’t believe your eyes or even your ears. Norgwegian Cruise Lines have brought Broadway to sea with blockbuster shows, music, dancing, cabaret, comedy and more. You can party all night, grab some great casino action and find your favourites among up to 22 bars and lounges, from electrifying nightspots to cosmopolitan bars and easy-going pubs. Every night is a night on the town.
A musical voyage around the world! Feel the percussive beats of Irish tap dancing, the soulful cadences of New York City street... Read more
No matter how far you are from home, having access to the internet is always nearby at the Internet Café.
Come and experience ELEMENTS! From mesmerising magic to the visual feast of flying to exciting music and dance, this dazzling show will... Read more
Rock the night away with this high energy party that celebrates the sounds of soul to the raw force of Rock ‘n’... Read more
This could be your lucky night! Try your hand a one of 158 slot machines. Or play Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Caribbean Stud... Read more
It's showtime! And there is always a really big show for you at the Stardust. Enjoy Broadway and Vegas-style shows with cocktails... Read more
Here is one room where playing games is not just encouraged, it's expected. Find another couple and play bridge or test your... Read more
There's a lot of fun to be had here. Stop by and capture a few aliens, win a car race, play pinball... Read more
Sit back and take in the beautiful colours of the sea and sky as the sun sinks into the ocean with a... Read more
Dance the night away at this Bollywood-style lounge and nightclub.
Just your typical sports bar, with an Asian twist. Enjoy a wide selection of premium beers and pub snacks while catching game... Read more
This friendly, outdoor bar serves snacks and premium beers.
Decorated with a classic Art Deco motif, you can enjoy a full range of premium champagnes, accompanied by caviar and foie gras... Read more
You'll find a well-stocked selection of things to read in this excellent library with a superb ocean view.
Feel free to follow your spirit, whether that takes you to a superb fitness centre, a sun lounger by the pool or to the serenity of a luxurious spa. Get the adrenaline soaring by conquering the climbing wall or ropes course high above the ocean. Flex your muscles on the sports court or treat yourself to something special in the boutiques. Catch a fun, informal lecture. Take the plunge in the Aqua Park.
Fore! Take your clubs out for a drive at one of two Golf Driving Nets onboard, because there's no such thing as... Read more
There are four outdoor hot tubs onboard Norwegian Spirit near the Tivoli Pool. Plus, there’s plenty of deck space and lots of... Read more
Run circles around the other guests or get your daily walk in before breakfast on the outdoor track.
This full service hair and beauty salon offers a range of hair and beauty treatments. Oscar wouldn't have it any other way.
If being pampered is your idea of a holiday, the Roman Fitness Centre is for you. This full service beauty salon and... Read more
The main pool aboard boasts four hot tubs and lots of deckchairs and sun beds.
Shoot some hoops at the net-enclosed, outdoor Basketball Court.
Families play better together on Norwegian. From dodgeball to cupcake decorating, there are lots of activities all over the ships. Plus, with complimentary youth programmes, kids can learn to juggle at Circus School in Splash Academy and teens have the coolest themed parties in Entourage. Add exclusive NickelodeonTM entertainment at sea for kids of all ages – even the grown up ones – and your family holiday gets awesome. While the kids are having fun, so can you, indulging in a spa treatment, enjoying a leisurely meal or just switching off. And when it comes to bedtime, family-friendly accommodation gives everyone the elbow room they need. Night, night.
Kids will love Buccaneer's Wet & Wild pool complete with slides, paddling pool and a hot tub just for kids.
Get down and get funky at this disco. It's the hottest spot on the ship for the hip teen crowd complete with... Read more
Walk through and purchase beautiful pieces in the Photo Gallery, listen and learn in a lecture held by a guest speaker. Norwegian Cruise Line ships have much to offer to enhance your learning and senses.
A collection of beautiful photographic prints is worthy of any wall. Be sure to check them out at the Photo Gallery.
Guests who have mobility impairments should travel with someone who will take responsibility for any assistance needed during the cruise and in... Read more
If you are on a low calorie diet, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature low calorie, haute cuisine dishes. Sugar-free and fat-free... Read more
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Norwegian Cruise Line permits young adults between 18... Read more
Public areas throughout all ships are smoke-free. If you smoke cigarettes, you can do so on your balcony, in the casino or... Read more
When it comes to what to wear, you can go resort casual or get decked-out and look your best - it’s your... Read more
We understand that protecting our environment and our oceans is not only vital to our industry but also to our planet. Our... Read more
Onboard our vessels, water is primarily used by our guests and crew in their staterooms for showers, bathtubs and sinks but... Read more
Our ships call on sensitive areas of the world, and we strive to lead by example as we strive to continue to... Read more