My partner and I sailed on the Norwegian jade on the 6th Nov on its East Med cruise and it was our first experience of the Freestyle Cruising Concept. We were aware that some cruise ships had introduced some freestyle options and having sailed on more formal ships in the past we were apprehensive of how the totally relaxed format of the Norwegian freestyle cruising concept would work in practice. Our fears were quickly dispelled by the friendliness and cooperation that we received from all staff, form the most senior to junior members and nothing was too much trouble. Whether you wanted to formally dress and take the more casual approach each passenger was treated with the same courteous response one would expect from the top cruise lines. We would consider Norwegian Jade to be up there with them all and we have previously sailed on P&O, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. For us what makes Norwegian special is that all customers are afforded the same quality of service regardless of their class of accommodation. Meals in all restaurants were good and varied with special mention being given to the speciality restaurant Le Bistro whose food was superb. Other guests also told us that Teppanyaki and Cagney's were equally as good. Plus, there was an excellent varied entertainments programme throughout the day and particularly in the evening's. All in all as novices to Norwegian we would heartily recommend that cruisers give them the benefit of the doubt and try Freestyle Cruising.
A good sized balcony cabin with all that was required to ensure we had an enjoyable cruise. The cabin was close to lifts and staircases as well as being located close to the Spinnaker Lounge on Deck 13 and the Spa facilities on Deck 12.