(11 a.m. EDT) -- Built in 2006 as part of the Jewel Class, Norwegian Jade isn’t exactly brand-new -- but you'd never know it. Thanks to a three-week-long dry dock in March, the ship is looking like new, with a vibe that's decidedly more swanky than garish. Cabins look and feel modern, and variations of beige and black are accented by pops of color in many public spaces, lending a more sophisticated air than that of the ship's previous tropical (read: cheesy) decor.
Additionally, the revamp left the vessel with expanded space for some of its most popular restaurants, as well as a couple of brand-new ones. Check out our recap of the top five things you'll love about Norwegian Jade, post makeover.
A favorite among Norwegian cruisers, O'Sheehan's, a free 24-hour Irish sports pub, has made its way to Norwegian Jade. The space resides in the atrium area on Deck 8 midship, where Moderno Churrascaria used to be. (Moderno has been relocated to Deck 13, near Cagney's.) Although it's smaller than its counterparts on other ships in the fleet, it offers the same tasty menu items like fish 'n' chips, burgers, avocado and spinach dip, and shepherd's pie.
2. Pit Stop
This alfresco bar and eatery overlooks the ship's main pool. On sea days, it serves up a small selection of burgers, chicken, hot dogs and French fries in a setting straight out of a 1950s diner, complete with checkered flooring, red vinyl chairs and tables topped with license plate screenprints.
3. Cabanas in The Haven
Among other upgrades, The Haven -- Norwegian's exclusive "ship within a ship" concept -- received new decor in the form of furniture, carpeting, drapes and artwork. But the most talked-about addition is the set of four new cabanas that are featured in The Haven's private pool area. Outfitted with comfy cushions, they're great for lounging.
4. Bedside USB Charging
Welcome and essential additions for tech-savvy travelers are USB charging outlets, located on the undersides of the reading lamps by each bed. Now passengers who like to use their phones before bed or set them as alarms for the following morning don't have to walk across the room to power up.
5. Bliss Ultra Lounge
This ultra-modern, centrally located lounge and bar has taken the place of the Medusa lounge on Deck 7 forward. What used to be three private karaoke rooms are now seating enclaves with comfy couches, chairs and tables. Bliss is often the scene for onboard trivia and live music, and we just love its metallic divider "curtains" and bright orange accents.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor