Great way to get a taste of Western Europe.: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by AaroniusLives
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Great way to get a taste of Western Europe.
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We booked an inside cabin, which was quite large at around 150 square feet. We never felt cramped, and never had a moment wishing for a window. The space is remarkably well organized, and the bathroom is flat-out cavernous for a cruise ship. Considering how close you are to decks that overlook the sea, it's foolish to spend on a balcony, especially if the purpose of the cruise is not "rest and relaxation" but More "discovery and exploration."
We bought their $50 soda program. I highly advise on doing so, in that you'll easily drink its worth in 3 days.
We ate at both main dining rooms, the buffet, the poolside BBQs (when held,) and at the three Asian pay restaurants. The food was great at all of them, with a notable exception being the breakfast buffet's eggs (truly gross.) Teppanyaki was awesome. I highly recommend a visit.
We didn't really enjoy the entertainment revues on the ship, however. As expected, none of these kids are going to Broadway anytime soon. What WAS unusual involved a meager interaction from the singers and dancers with the rest of the boat. We might be more invested in the shows if you put in a little effort to be more invested in us (like the rest of the staff was, or pretended to be.) It was really remarkable: they gave, at most, 15 minutes to a dance party or karaoke event and then split. As a former performer myself, that's bonkers. They have the easiest jobs on board, by far, and their interaction is the difference between a good vacation or a great one for many. If just one of them went into the crowd and invited a wallflower to dance...that more drinks sold and more ROI, no?
The rest of the crew was fantastic, however.
All in all, highly recommended. Less
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