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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by jrd450: Another fabulous cruise with NCL


jrd450
11 Reviews
Member Since 2009
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Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Another fabulous cruise with NCL

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Middle East
Embarkation: Other

This was our 13th cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line and our fourth time sailing on the Jade. We keep returning to NCL for two reasons: their free-style concept and the excellent service given by each and every member of crew and staff on board their ships.

This cruise took us to Turkey (Antalya rather than Alanya since the sea swell and winds were too high to go there), Cyprus (Limassol), Israel (overnight in Haifa as Ashdod cancelled), Iraklion (Crete, Greece) and Naples (Italy). The main purpose of taking this cruise was to visit Israel.

Israel was most impressive. We had chosen tours that took us to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We were able to visit each of these cities, and many more along the way. Each city brought its own special aspects to light. It was interesting to hear about the religious historical importance that each place held and still holds to this day.

Having been to Turkey on a cruise once before, we decided to see this port on our More own. We simply walked around and enjoyed the sites. It is an ideal spot for purchasing all manner of leather goods, but bargains must be hunted for, if you are so inclined. Of course, you must sample -- and perhaps later purchase -- Turkish Delight which is more or less a form of candy that is available in several flavours, all of which are natural products.

In Cyprus and Iraklion, we took tours which informed us about history and archaeology. We visited a few museums of history in Cyprus to learn about its past and its development. We also heard about the Turkish Invasion of 1974 and how it divided the island. In Iraklion, we had a tour which focused on the ruins of a great castle/fortress at Knossos. It was interesting to learn how such a structure could have been planned and built, and about how it was used and how many people lived there. An interest in history and archaeology is absolutely essential and would not go amiss for such tours.

We had been to Naples three times before this cruise took us there. We spent our time there just walking around and taking in the sites, particularly places we'd never taken the chance to see before. It was pleasant to sit at a sidewalk cafe, watching people and traffic go by while we enjoyed an espresso and pastry.

Having been on the Jade for 3 previous cruises, there is not much to add about the ship. It started its career as the Pride of Hawai'i (2006) and was re-furbished to become the Jade in 2008. Although it has been re-furbished, it still carries much of its original decor which includes artificial Hawai'an and Polynesian flowers at the elevator banks and similarly themed artworks both inside and outside of the ship. The Aloha Bar in the Atrium and the Bali Hai bar, among others, remind us of its origins. At first, this seems quite out of place on a Mediterranean and Holy Land cruise, but then you get used to it. After all you are on a cruise to see different lands, so the decor of the ship becomes something of least important.

We had good service from our stateroom attendant who kept our cabin clean. The restaurant staff couldn't do enough to make sure we had fantastic dining experiences, offering to bring more of the foods we'd ordered. Everyone on board went out of his/her way to ensure that we had a wonderful cruise. Every request was honoured, every question answered, and all with a smile. Many of the staff and crew took time from their very busy schedules to help us and to speak with us. It was like seeing good friends and family again.

We already have 2 cruises planned for 2013, both which we are looking forward to doing. Less


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Cabin review: Norwegian Jade 10148

Standard family stateroom for 3 guests. We had a balcony which was adequately large. It was a quiet location, not far from the aft elevator bank. There was very little noise in our section. Exiting our stateroom we faced a wall so there was not really any problem meeting others exitng their staterooms.

Port and Shore Excursions


Bethlehem Walking Tour

(5.5)
Although not truly walking tours, they did involve a good deal of walking at specific points, particularly visiting various churches connected to religious aspects with a lot of time standing, and walking surfaces are not always even. In some places it is required to go up and down stairs which are often narrow and not even to complete the tour. Many of the churches and other sites may be poorly lit or very dark. Several locations have large crowds visiting.

Jerusalem Walking Tour

(5.5)
Although not truly walking tours, they did involve a good deal of walking at specific points, particularly visiting various churches connected to religious aspects with a lot of time standing, and walking surfaces are not always even. In some places it is required to go up and down stairs which are often narrow and not even to complete the tour. Many of the churches and other sites may be poorly lit or very dark. Several locations have large crowds visiting.

Nazareth and Galilee

(5.5)
Although not truly walking tours, they did involve a good deal of walking at specific points, particularly visiting various churches connected to religious aspects with a lot of time standing, and walking surfaces are not always even. In some places it is required to go up and down stairs which are often narrow and not even to complete the tour. Many of the churches and other sites may be poorly lit or very dark. Several locations have large crowds visiting.

City Tour

(4)
Interest in history and/or archaelogy is rather essential. An excellent guide who really knew city and the island and made the tour rather intersting.

A lrge city with lots of traffic. Care must be taken when crossing streets especially those without traffic signals as traffic slows but doesn't completely stop and you will find yourself crossing moving traffic. If there is enough space for a vehicle to pass in front of you they will do so and if you happento walk infront if a vehicle they will slow down and then move out as soon as you've cleared the space. Other ports were: Antalya, Turkey (not listed) which is a rather large city. We visited this port on our own, walking around the town just enjoying. More is expplained inmy review. and Iraklion, Crete, Greece (not listed) where we did a shore ex. Interest in history and/or archeology is essential for the tour we took.
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Check in was very fast, beginning less than 10 minutes after arriving. Boarding th eship was also very easy.

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