Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Nelson: NCL Jade - 9th June 2012 - 7 Nights - Venice/Greek Islands
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NCL Jade - 9th June 2012 - 7 Nights - Venice/Greek Islands
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
NCL Jade - 9th June 2012 -- 7 Nights -- Venice/Greek Islands/Venice
Recent reviews... "Food fantastic, bar prices great, entertainment fabulous" yeah right!
Flew easyjet (package deal) London Gatwick to Venice at 08:25 (2 Hour Flight), I'll never mock easyjet again, absolutely first class, even arrived early, transfer to Jade was faultless, bags arrived 3 hours later to 9 Deck balcony cabin, walked around ship, so far cant fault a thing
First nights evening entertainment was an introduction show as expected as most are still unpacking/familiarising the ship/tired etc and that's when GARY the Cruise Director first appears, gives the spiel in English then repeats it in 6 foreign languages .. zzzz, this is every night/every tannoy broadcast .. zzzz, in fact GARY's like a cut-out cardboard character on every deck.. 'Here's GARY'... zzzz, and there he was to wave us of the ship on debarkation morning... There's GARY zzzz
The 2 main restaurants are OK, More basic with the idea to drive you to use the paid restaurants, the 24 Hour (Blue Lagoon) is also OK, simply with '8 choices like Burger, Hot Chilli Wings etc were you are seated and have to wait for 30 minutes for a simple snack that take 4 minutes to reheat, this I reckon is to dissuade you from using it.. and it did as each night there where at most a dozen diners wondering where their quick burger is, oh and 25 Dollars to use the Steak restaurant, empty every night, in fact don't bother pre-booking your alternative restaurants online, with the exception of Teppanyak, they were empty
The shows are 2 sittings - 19:30 and 21:30 so work your dining around that, we found the 2 main restaurant did the job for us at eating 19:30 for the 21:30 show then straight up to Spinnakers for the later entertainment, all OK really but don't get to the show 5 minutes before it starts, you will be watching it standing at the back, incredible how the majority all turned up at the show start time
Drinks are a flipping RIP-OFF the bar and restaurant wine staff are adequate with most of them not having a clue (cheap labour) and 15% added for NO SERVICE given, one bar waiter even moaned in the theatre when I asked for a Pint of Lager, "I will have to go to the Tankards bar for that" so I got up and went myself, lazy sid
If you do this cruise get a starboard balcony cabin as the 06:00 sail into Venice is on the right side of the ship, dressing gown, coffee... you got it! .. Lovely 1 hour whisper into Venice
Cabins OK, toilet position is a joke, if you over 6 foot or fat you have to swing your legs sideways. If you want your beds separated (twin configuration) then you have to turn the sofa sideways and bung all other furniture on the balcony or under the 2 beds, it works. Fridge big enough to fit a Sainsbury 2 litre wine box in OK. Cheap Coffee percolator in cabin, took with us a cup emersion heater/coffee/whitener (cartons milk/sugar available from buffets), worked OK, you will need a European adapter
First and last day at sea a flipping joke for deck chairs so DON'T LIE IN BED TILL NOON, they only 'blue tag' the chairs if someone complains, get up there for 09:00 and enjoy the sun and 2 pools, forget the hot tubs they are nothing but KIDS PLAYGROUNDS. Poolside bands are great as was the fun silly poolside games but it worked OK
As sailing from Venice ship was FULL of Italian families with loads of pram pushing... even the Gym was full of kiddie climbers... Ho HUM that's life
DO NOT PRE-PAY FOR TIPS... on the last night you'll se a queue for tips to be removed... nuff said
All in all, we got this cheap online 4 weeks before travelling and after doing some 18 cruises we won't be returning to the Jade, may try the Epic though if its as cheap as this was
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