Norwegian Jade Cabins
Cruisers are spoiled for choice on Norwegian Jade, with cabins ranging from entry-level insides to $10,000-a-week Garden Villas that seem more like something you'd find at a five-star resort than on a mainstream mega-ship. Sixty percent of the 1,080 standard cabins are outsides, and of those, 54 percent have balconies. Best of all, for families, interconnecting cabins are available in a range of categories from standard insides to suites. And it's not just apples to apples: Different grades of cabins can be interconnected -- balcony to suite or suite to penthouse, for example -- to create two- to five-bedroom combos for small or large clans.
All cabins have a richer feel due to cherry wood finishes, and boast mini-fridges (you can have it customized or emptied), safes and in-cabin coffee facilities.
Standard inside and oceanview cabins (143 and 161 square feet, respectively) are very small by industry standards, but they're functional, with a sitting area, two twin beds that convert to a queen, and partitioned bathrooms with sliding door shower stalls on one side, a separate toilet compartment on the other and a central sink area. The oceanview cabins with balconies are slightly roomier (167 square feet, with a 38-square-foot balcony); 134 mini-suites are larger still (231 square feet, with a 54-square-foot balcony) and include a full-sized sofa and a small bathtub.
If you're booked in a balcony or mini-suite, Norwegian will add small touches like bathrobes.
Those looking to splurge should consider booking one of the 48 suites, which include pillow-top mattresses, down comforters and Euro pillows. Suite passengers receive a free bottle of Champagne, evening canapes, private breakfast and lunch in Cagney's Steakhouse (with steak and eggs, eggs Benedict and French toast rounding out the menu; at lunch, try the Caesar salad with chicken or steak); and MP3 connections.
The 375-square-foot Romance Suites (there are four) feature a balcony, full tub and shower, and living and dining areas. The 341-square-foot Penthouse Suites (there are 24) feature a living area, balcony, dining area, separate bedroom with queen-size bed, and bath and separate shower with massaging heads; most have a "spare" bedroom (slightly bigger than a big closet and outfitted with two twin beds -- great for kids). The living and dining areas are equipped with a mini-fridge (stocked with complimentary waters and sodas). There are three flat-screen TV's -- one in the living area, one in the main bedroom and one above the tub; the first two have CD/DVD players.
The exclusive 14th deck is where you'll find the 10 440- to 572-square-foot Courtyard Villas -- a concept introduced on Norwegian Jewel. They are essentially larger versions of the Penthouse Suites (save for the fabulous tub set against a window with a birds-eye view), but what's extra is that they surround a private courtyard shared by all Courtyard Villa guests. The space is gorgeous, with a sleek pool, a Balinese bed, a Jacuzzi, a treadmill and a Stairmaster; one deck up is an exclusive sun deck with wicker loungers and a hammock. Included in the mix are Family Villas, which add another bedroom and accommodate five.
The only categories above Courtyard Villas are the Owner's Suites on Decks 9 and 10 (there are five) and the Garden Villas (there are two), on Deck 14 with the Courtyard Villas. The Owner's Suites offer king beds, BOSE entertainment centers, a whirlpool tub and walk-in closets; guests booked in these cabins are granted access to the courtyard. But the kings of all cabins are the Garden Villas, each with a private roof terrace and garden for open-air dining, hot tubbing and sunning. These complexes include three separate bedrooms -- one with a whirlpool tub -- and BOSE accouterments.
All suite passengers (including the penthouse and romance cabins) also have a concierge and butler at their disposal to arrange restaurant reservations, expedite room service orders, stock diet Cokes in the mini-fridge, etc. Elemis products in the bathroom are replenished daily. The in-cabin coffee maker is also upgraded to a fancy espresso and cappuccino machine, and balcony furniture improves from plastic found elsewhere to teak.
All cabins on Deck 14, as well as the owner's suites on Decks 9 and 10, have Wi-Fi; otherwise, in-cabin Internet access is available shipwide, but don't forget your Ethernet cable. TV programming includes a selection of movies, plus CNN, Fox News, ESPN. The interactive Freestyle TV system can be used for ordering room service, accessing e-mail, confirming shore excursion bookings, etc.
The ship offers 27 cabins in a variety of categories for disabled and wheelchair-bound passengers.
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