Jade - A Pleasant Surprise: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by xo-cruzar
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Jade - A Pleasant Surprise
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
In summary, I was indeed pleasantly surprised by NCL Jade. There was a great mix of passengers from many different countries with which I feel very comfortable. On all my cruises, I always enjoyed and appreciated the crew and their nationalities. In my opinion, the crew onboard the Jade was the best I have ever encountered. This is a factor that will definitely bring me back on another sailing with NCL. Kudos to all these wonderful people!
As regards the quality of food onboard, I have no complaints whatsoever. At home, I am More accustomed to and prefers dining at fine dining restaurants at most times. I found the food on Jade's main restaurants to be good. The choices were varied and sufficient. I generally chose the fish/seafood entrees, but at times tried the beef entrees, all of which were tasty and well presented. I found the desserts not to be very sweet, which suited me just fine. I also enjoyed dining at the Blue Lagoon. It was like going to a local restaurant for some comfort food. I ate at the Garden Cafe (buffet) a couple of times as I preferred to eat at the main restaurants, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This also helped me limit the amount of food that I would have been tempted to eat if dining at the Garden Cafe.
With respect to the quality of service, I was very happy and completely satisfied with the service that I received from the restaurant and bar staff. I also appreciated the attention given by the chief of housekeeping with respect to the quality of bed that I had in my stateroom. When advised, he immediately upgraded my bed to one that was most comfortable. The service provided by my cabin attendants were acceptable, although it could be improved. However, they were both friendly and, when requested, provided what I needed (e.g., bathrobe and some toiletries).
The shows on this ship were among the best I had seen onboard cruise ships, particularly those performed by guest performers. I missed a couple of the shows which I understand were well-attended and enjoyed by the passengers. Less
Cabin review: BC Balcony
Our cabin was one of the accessible cabins. I was content with the cabin and the bathroom, having the extra space. There was enough closet space to store our clothes, as well as our luggage. However, the cabin can use some upgrade; for example, the TV, lighting and paint colour. Bathrobes were also not automatically provided, and we had to ask for them. Although there were shampoo and body gel in the bathroom, hair conditioner and body lotion are also necessary. Our cabin was located between mid- and the aft of the ship on the 9th deck. There were times that I could smell the aroma of the food coming from the Garden Cafe (Deck 12). As well, when walking closer to the middle of the ship, I could also smell the aroma of the food coming from the Blue Lagoon.Read All Balcony (BC) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay: I was traveling with a friend and we spent three days in Barcelona prior to embarkation. We stayed at the Hotel Claris, located in the Eixample district of Barcelona. It was a 20-minute ride from the airport. Our taxi fare cost approx. E25. My only complaint about this hotel would be that the airconditioning in the room did not work at this time of the year. We had a spring-like weather (15C-19C) and, coming from Canada, this weather was rather warm for me. I had difficulty sleeping only because I found the room too warm for my liking. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful hotel and we very much enjoyed our stay. The breakfast at the hotel was also very much to my liking. The hotel is situated a few steps away from Passeig de Gràcia, and an easy walking distance (about 1.3 kms.) to Plaza Catalunya that leads to the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. Passeig de Gràcia is a destination in and of itself, particularly if you are interested in some elegant and sophisticated shopping. It is lined with boutique stores with names like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Zegna, Burberry, Max Mara, and many other European names. You will also find many restaurants, including tapas bars. Make sure to try "cava de sangria" with your meals - it was an interesting twist to the regular sangria. If department store shopping is more to your liking, El Corte Ingles is also a walking distance away. Along Passeig de Gràcia you will also find two of Gaudí's famous structures, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
We took the cab from our hotel to the Cruise Terminal and it taxi fare was approx. E25.
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