Bedbugs and Wild Kids on NCL Jade: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by redtag
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Bedbugs and Wild Kids on NCL Jade
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We took a cab to the port about 11:30 on the day of the cruise and hundreds of people were already there even though departure was scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Signing in was disorderly and we waited in line for about half an hour for our turn at the counter. We boarded the ship, found our cabin and spent some time looking around as this was our first and we discovered later ourf last on NCL. The Jade has numerous extra charge dining rooms that take up a lot of space on the ship. On this sailing the ship was full and it was very difficult to find a table in the buffet which is too small for the size of the ship. The ship seems poorly organized and difficult to navigate compared to the 3 Princess ships we've cruised on.
This particular cruise was at least half maybe two thirds Spanish people. Jade must have given them a big discount for children as there was a very large number of children running wild around the ship, pounding up and down the halls at all hours. I don't know why, but they didn't seem to be participating in ship programs for children. There was always translation of announcements and programs in 3 or 4 languages which is time consuming and annoying when it happens all day every day. We also discovered that Spanish people are not used to waiting in line. Pushing and shoving your way to the front seems to be the custom.
The third day out I discovered to my horror the BEDBUG BITES! It can only be bedbugs when the bites are in certain places that are always covered during the day, and my itchy welts were exactly as described on the internet. On arrival home we emptied our bags in the garage so as not to take a chance on bringing the bugs in our house. I had read that some good hotels are having bedbug problems, but I didn't expect to encounter them on the cruise. Also, the Jade has no self-service laundries. I guess there isn't enough money in that activity.
NCL prides itself on advertising "freedom and free style" Near as I can tell that means freedom to cater to a class of people who are rude and poorly dressed. Overall the food, entertainment and ambience were very mediocre. Never again for us on NCL! Less
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Our cabin was 5552 mid ship, ok window and view- noise from cabin next door and kids running down the hall. so so bed-certainly not up to first class hotel standards. Low deck meant than in some ports there are walls you can't see over from that level. Worst was BEDBUGS!Read All Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window (OB) Reviews >>
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