We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony stateroom - there is nothing like being able to wake up and enjoy spectacular views while still in your pajamas...or taking in that fresh breath of ocean air right before you drop off to sleep at night! The stateroom was lovely, although the bathroom was much tinier than others we've had in past. Everything you need is there and lovely, but a bit cramped in the toilet and shower stalls. The other big issue we had was with the bedding! The bottom sheet was not fitted, so we continually were waking up finding ourselves on the bare mattress and having to remake the bed (sometimes several times a night!) This sounds minor, but was really disruptive to our sleep over the course of a week. Also, we did get cigarette smoke from the cabin next door through the vent in the closet and from the balcony, which was horrible. We tried to cover up the vent which helped somewhat.
Overall, we loved the balcony cabin and were quite comfortable there for the week.
This ship is lovely and seems kept in pristine shape. The staff are lovely and helpful and the entertainment was very high quality. We loved the flexible style.
Our biggest disappointment on the Jade was with the food. Wow. We are food lovers, though not food snobs by any measure. The two main dining rooms were gorgeous and we loved being able to sit at our own table for two by the window almost every time (we are early-ish diners, around 6:30pm). The food was well presented but OH MY what a shame that it just didn't seem to be freshly prepared. Our food came extremely quickly and tasted like it had been pulled from a row of waiting plates. Even salads didn't seem to be freshly tossed before coming to the table - the lettuce was wilted and soaked in dressing like it had been sitting there for a while waiting to be ordered. We ordered steaks
a couple of times (I guess we just couldn't accept it!) and they were really not flavourful or tender. That's just one example. We did have a few dishes that were quite nice, but overall the food in the dining rooms was nowhere near the quality it should be, or near the quality we've had on other cruise lines. Very disappointing. There were some paid dining options, but given this experience in the formal dining rooms we were reluctant to try them.
The buffet offered a large selection of food and much of it was very, very good flavour and quality for a buffet. But the big drawback of the buffet is that it is not well set up - it is noisy and over-crowded and you have to walk around with your plate searching for an emptying table so you can sit and eat. Again, this is such a shame, as it makes it really more like a noisy school cafeteria than a comfortable place where you can enjoy a meal.
I REALLY hope Norwegian can fix up this food situation for its guests! It really is a shame, given that overall, the rest of the cruise was most enjoyable.
But sadly, for this reason, likely next time we will try another option. But this is mainly because we are such food lovers and really like to enjoy our meals.
I really should stress that other elements of the cruise were great - embarkation and disembarkation were perfectly smooth and flawless, for example.
p.s. - The ports were wonderful - Venice, Corfu, Santorini, Myknos and Izmir. We did each port on our own and really enjoyed the sights and views of each to the fullest! It was nice to avoid the crowds getting off and on at each port, and go
at our own, relaxed pace. I would do it this way again for SURE. It was always easy and cheap to find either a free shuttle or a taxi to get where we wanted to go.