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9 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

9 Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona

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  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Monaco (Monte Carlo)
  • Day 3
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 4
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 5
    Naples
  • Day 6
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 7
    Corfu
  • Day 8
    Mykonos
  • Day 9
    Kusadasi
  • Day 10
    Athens (Piraeus)

Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

Cons

Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

Bottom Line

Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new


Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise as a great way to see many cities without changing hotels nightly and coordinating transportation from city to city. We wanted to see enough of each City to be able to determine if a return visit was of interest. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a great way to see many cities without changing hotels nightly and coordinating transportation from city to city. We wanted to see enough of each City to be able to determine if a return visit was of interest. We took advantage of some of the many shore excursions offered but mostly scheduled private tours. We created quite a robust schedule and in retrospect it probably would have been better, in some cases, not to schedule anything and just wander a bit. The Norwegian shore excursions were very well organized but really there were too many people in one place and in most cases it seemed too metered and didn't allow the opportunity for really stopping in any place too long to independently shop, eat, or explore. In Croatia we wasted more time waiting for the glut of people to ascend and descend from the cable car station....too much time wasted on a short ride. Venice was amazing and a better pace. Not rushed and definitely a City worth revisiting. The food on the ship was OK. Very abundant but on day 7-8 it became a little monotonous. It would be great if new things were introduced everyday but maybe not available all 14 days. I will say that we used the suggestion box on board and the Operations Team was immediately responsive to our comments and suggestions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
After spending four very busy days in Rome, we embarked on the NCL Jade for a two week cruise of the area. Embarkation was the smoothest I've ever seen in my cruising history. Maybe it was because I'm use to going on the ... Read More
After spending four very busy days in Rome, we embarked on the NCL Jade for a two week cruise of the area. Embarkation was the smoothest I've ever seen in my cruising history. Maybe it was because I'm use to going on the larger ships, but we waited in line maybe 2 minutes before getting our stateroom cards and other information. We were in cabin 10624, which had a strange smell coming from the bathroom, but it was only noticeable for a couple of minute every time we walked in. Other than that the bed was very comfortable and the cabin was a little larger than on the newer ships(especially the bathroom). There was a dripping noise that we heard off and on while in the cabin. I think it came from a large pipe outside on our balcony, but not sure. For dining we had only one dinner in a specialty restaurant, that was Teppanyaki, which was delicious as usual. We ate a few times at O'Sheehan's, which we've always liked on previous NCL cruises. This time it didn't seem quite as good, Hamburgers and Fish very very greasy compared to other experiences we've had. Everything else was very good though especially the chicken wings.. We ate in the main dining rooms twice, service was great and food was good. Other meals while on board were in the Garden Cafe. I can always find something in there to eat. The quality of the food in there for dinner was so-so. This cruise was about the ports so the entertainment didn't measure up to what we've seen on other large ships, No Jersey Boys or Million Dollar Quartet but it was ok. Our cabin steward Dexter was one of the most attentive and caring that we've ever had. It was his first contract so maybe that explains it. But he was great. I filled out a Cruise Hero card for him. I had no complaints about any other service by ships crew. The 13 ports we visited in 14 days was why we booked this cruise. It was both exciting and exhausting at the same time. Sailing between Italy and The Greek Isles, back to Croatia and Montenegro, there was so much to see. My wife wrote down a journal every night about what we did that day so we could keep things straight. The Jade over- nighted in Venice, which gave us two chances to get out and see the city. A lot of the ports we visited would be worthy of going back to. It's very hard to really see Florence for example in six hours especially when it takes well over and hour to get there. We felt the same about some of the other ports too. We had an 11:30 flight the morning of disembarkation, which is a little tight, so we talked to Mario at Customer Service. He told us about a small group getting off the ship at 6:10 and we could join them if we carried our own bags and were there at 6:10. That was wonderful . We had a driver pick us up at the terminal in Civitavecchia at 6:45 and we made it to the airport in plenty of time. Overall for us a trip we will always remember. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We did a 14 day Greece Italy cruise in November 2019 on the jade. It was actually our second time on her, we didn’t know it but we had been on before when it was the pride of Hawaii in 2007. This itinerary was awesome, 12 cities in 14 ... Read More
We did a 14 day Greece Italy cruise in November 2019 on the jade. It was actually our second time on her, we didn’t know it but we had been on before when it was the pride of Hawaii in 2007. This itinerary was awesome, 12 cities in 14 days including an overnight in Venice (luckily just a week before it flooded). The refresh was nice, everything looked new and clean and it was great to have usb outlets in the room. But there was nothing “wow” about the whole experience. Like always our stateroom attendant was great, ice twice a day, always spotless, very quick turn down at night, he was probably the spotlight. We didn’t do many shows as they didn’t seem too interesting. Vox Fortura was featured twice and they were excellent. Did the female singer once (from Holland) but no Broadway or country western or acrobats. The food was pretty plain too. We had reservations in the main dining room every night, but it was frustrating. You still have to check in and you don’t always get the same table. If you want the same table you have to ask and even then you don’t get the same people. We’ve met so many great people at dinner, why would you want to do it this way? And then the food just wasn’t great. First trip pasta was cold. Next everything was just plain, no real flavor, not even the fish. After the third night we gave up. We either did the irish pub or the buffet. The pub has a good selection and if you want a beer or drink with your dinner, they’re much faster getting it for you. The buffet had a lot of the same stuff each night but there was enough variety it was fine. It also has a bar so you can walk up and get any beverage asap. The outside buffet was also pretty good and tended to have foods that weren’t in the other buffet. It had good cookies every day. We didn’t starve, but I know I didn’t gain much weight over 2 weeks. The bars are pretty good. Think we went to each. Never a service problem or delay, but never a talkative bartender either. We didn’t have the drink package because it was massively expensive. The cruise was $250 per person cheaper with no “perks” included, and on the drink package you still had to pay a 20% gratuity. For 2 weeks that was nearly $300 per person! So getting “free” drinks was over $500 per person. Even with $8 beers and drinks every night, we spent $350. I don’t think people realize you can get an NCL cruise with no perks for a way lower price, they’re always pushing the perk price and no wonder, makes them a lot more money. Also, it’s worth mentioning the ultimate drink package does not include soda, coffee that’s not from a machine in a dining room or juices or WATER! Nothing ultimate about that. I read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of photos to see if an outside was actually bigger than an inside. NCL shows the same layout but shows it as more square feet. Well it is bigger and it’s not the same layout. Pictures attached. It’s about 2 feet deeper and very similar layout. You get more table space and more storage space. The added depth is because they have to accommodate a door to have adjoining rooms. So this was worth the extra in my opinion. With 12 stops in 14 days we weren’t spending a lot of time in the room, but the inside I poked my head into was definitely cramped. A few downsides to this room. The window, though huge, was useless to see out of it was so scratched. We had a family outside which meant it could hold 4. it does this with just one fold down bed. The other is a trundle so when that’s out you’re sleeping 3 in a row. Don’t know how comfortable that would be. But if you have more than 2 large suitcases, there’s only one bed to put them under, not two. So our second bags had to be in the room the whole time. Other big downer is the toilet. There’s no room in front of it. If you’re tall, your knees will hit the wall and forget any kind of leaning over. It’s so cramped that we just went to a public toilet for anything other than #1 the whole cruise and I’m only 5’7”. But we did enjoy ourselves. Nothing was ever bad enough to ruin the fun. We met a lot of great people and despite a full ship it didn’t feel cramped. With the exception of tenders in Kotor it was all smooth sailing. As for NCL and/or the Jade, this was our fourth time with NCL and we chose it for the itinerary not the line or ship, so that’s why the rating. We’d certainly go NCL again if the stops were right, but if it’s just a cruise to get away or for a first timer, probably not. Maybe one of their newest ships though…. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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