To cruise or not to cruise: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Lanny01

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To cruise or not to cruise

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
My husband was very keen to go on a cruise for our 25th anniversary trip. I was ambivalent, because I do suffer from sea sickness and I did not want to spend my holiday over a toilet bowl, or asleep in the cabin ( side effect of the motion sickness medication). I did many hours of research. Thank you fellow cruisers, your reviews helped me a lot. So we finally booked our cruise ship, over 90,000 tonne, mid ship room ( not too high up, to minimise the movements), 7 days only, somewhere calm (hence the mediterranean-eastern). We narrowed it down to the Norwegian Jade.

So here's our experience, what I loved :
The shore excursions, loved Izmir( Ephesus), Dubrovnik, Split, Athens.
The evening entertainment.World class acrobatics, musicals etc.
The fitness centre and the running track, where else can you exercise with views like Venice passing by? magical.
Our son loved the kids club.
We slept so well on the ship ( I was told by the staff, that this was due to More the constant rocking movement)

What I didn't like:
The crowd !! 2000 people seemed to converge into the pool area, crazy! two small pools, standing room only!Witnessed people fighting over lounge chairs. The main dining room was so crowded, again people fought over tables and chairs!We ended up going on the specialty restaurants to escape the crowd.

The long sea days, seemed to drag on. I felt nauseous the whole day,reading made it worse. Could not go to the spa area ( front of the ship), it was worse there.The patch made me drowsy, the ginger tablets helped with the nausea.

Would we go again? I am not sure, maybe not, a river cruise maybe.

By the way, my husband did not enjoy the cruise as much I he thought he would. He doesn't normally get sea sickness, but he felt dizzy on those sea days too!
We were both glad to finish the cruise. Some lovely memories there. I must add that the staff on the ship worked so hard ( 9 months straight, with no days off!), those extra tips meant a lot to them!!They were all fantastic! Less

Published 07/30/12

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Port and Shore Excursions


Acropolis was fantastic. Plaka, not enough time.

City Tour

Cable car was fantastic, best view to take photos.

Trogir Walking Tour

Trogir is fantastic, forget about the Dalmatian village tour. Do your own Split walking tour.

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