Excellent cruise on the NCL Jade: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by vtgumby

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Excellent cruise on the NCL Jade

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
We just got back from our ten day Mediterranean cruise and it was fabulous.
The Jade was lovely and much like its sister ship Gem...nice layout and a nice spreading out of all the people onboard.
GREAT food and amazing quality at the buffets with a nice international flair.
The specialty restaurants we tried, Papa's and Le Bistro and Cagneys were all quite good with excellent service and a nice ambience, worth the extra cover charges we felt but having said that, the 'free' food is really good at both the two dining rooms and also the buffets.
We've cruised many times with NCL and the whole freestyle thing is why they get our business, so easy to eat when you want and not to have an assigned time or table. Plenty of opportunities abound to meet others if you wish so it works for both social and asocial folk.
ELEMENTS was an excellent show so don't miss it, the last night at sea.
We only did a few other shows and they were all very good so if you don't have the More opportunity to see shows you should make the attempt.
Happy hour at the bar was a nice drink price reprieve and you meet other folk there too!

Regarding our balcony room, excellent size and our steward Clark kept it clean and anticipated our needs (glasses for wine/port) and kept us happy.

Completely happy with our cruise and hope NCL adds Egypt back to their itinerary because it was completely safe and they need our tourist money. We found them to be very pro-America and for Cairo, a city of 20 million, there will be some troublemakers but it isn't the way the country feels (every country has its nuts and haters) and we shouldn't be scared to travel there. The Pyramids and Sphinx alone are worth the trip, an amazing and only remaining ancient wonder of the world, not to be missed. Less

Published 11/15/12

Cabin review: BA9120 Mid-Ship Balcony

Mid ship and perfectly located to elevator/stairs. Nicely sized room with a fabulously comfortable bed. Balcony was nicely sized and good chairs but suites have MUCH nicer furniture both inside and out! Need to update to flat screens and also provide a menu to access the movie schedules on your tv instead of coming into the middle/end of them.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Cairo Day Tour

EXCELLENT one day tour we booked privately with Ramses tours and we did pyramid sites only (no shopping) because we wished to just photograph the ancient wonder still remaining. Unbelievable and a must do for anyone...absolutely great and you need to hire a driver cuz the traffic is crazy in both Alex and Cairo, not for the weak hearted and we were glad to have someone else do the honking for us!

Easy to get to the metro, either by walking or by the 843 bus which takes you right to the metro...then take the train in 6 stops of so to get right into the middle of the Athens and it was great.

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

excellent site and worth the visit!

Church of St. John

nice place to see

House of Virgin Mary

Izmir is a big port and House of Mary was no biggie unless you're religious

small and friendly so if you don't go to Olympia then just kick back and enjoy some great food and ouzo!

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