We chose the Jade because of the ports visited. The freestyle dining was ideal because of so many ports and never knowing when you would return from the tours and sightseeing or how tired you would be as far as your choice of dining. The times we dined in the main dining we had approximately 30 minute waits until the beeper went off but once seated we, again felt the service was slow and the food was mostly average. The buffet had a large selection with a pasta and asia station cooked on the spot and because of no waits we ate there many nights. My favorite would be The Bistro which was french dining for an additional $15 per couple but was well worth the price and service.
We stayed on the 11th floor in a mini suite which was very nice. It had a nice balcony, small refrigerator, coffee maker, desk area, couch and a bathtub with shower. It also had nice warm bathrobes which came in handy on the balcony. Room service and the room stewart were very efficient. The ship was very nice and had plenty of choices for lounges, activities, nice casino (I won over $8,000 on the penny machine!!)art shows, spa,pool table, sports bar, etc. It was too chilly to use the pool area but we stayed so busy with the ports, etc that we would not have had much time anyway. Getting on and off the boat was fast and easy. We did not attend all the shows but the ones we attended were average for ship entertainment.