We returned from our cruise on the Norwegian Jade on April 23, 2014. I want to tell you some positives and then I will tell you the negatives. First of all, the crew is really good. They were friendly (for the most part). Our room steward was wonderful, his name is Nick. There is a server at the Martini bar named Gus that is just a hoot and will bring you a super Martini. I suggest you try the Martini sampler. Six different flavors and each very good. The shows at night are 7:30 and 9:30, each is 40 min. and all were entertaining. The ship was clean and they went to great efforts to keep things sanitized.
My first complaint was about our room. Granted it was a inside cabin, mid deck on deck 5. Not the luxury suite. Which I new. Under no circumstance should you book room 5081. It is at the end of a hallway right before the elevators (which was not a problem). The problem comes from there being a crew work area right next door. The crew is in there morning, noon, and night. It More
is their work area. The is door slamming, clanging, banging, creaking and many other irritating noises. In the 11 days I was on board I did not get a full nights sleep. So do not accept room 5081!!!! The "freestyle dining" is convenient. The Grand Pacific is the main dining room. It is so noisy and way too busy and rushed to be relaxing. The menu is a bit boring and the food is just so-so. Alizar is better because it is a bit more relaxing. If you can get a table around the corner near the windows it is the best bet. The food is about the same, but it is less noisy. The Garden Cafe is the buffet style dinning, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is not hot. It may be warm to start, by the time you get to the table it is cold. The scrambled eggs are soupy. So have them make an omellett or fried eggs fresh. The food there could be better. I am saying this as a person who is not really a finikey person. Shore time is pretty rushed. One day in some of the ports is just not long enough. They were beautiful ports for sure. All in all, I loved the ports, but would not sail on Norwegian again. Less
Norwegian Jade Cruises to the Western Mediterranean