Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Mac4YYZ
- Sail Date: February 2016
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
Embark - We made our own way to the port this time around and were on board around noon. Our cabin was ready and the steward introduced himself and helped out a little with bedding. I found the mattresses and pillows on Jade to be uncomfortable on both cruises this winter. The steward did manage to add a mattress pad and find a few fluffier pillows. The beds have acquired a hollow in the middle. It was cool outside so we watched the sail away from the Spinnaker Lounge. Interesting to watch the ship navigate the Houston shipping channel.
Dining - Buffet was the same as last cruise. The food was decent with ample choices. Lunch and dinner in the main dining rooms was good too but nothing overly inspiring. The Aisan noodle bar is good too. La Cucina, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all very good. Well worth having a dining package or better yet if it was a promotion.
Bars - The entertainment on this ship was outstanding. All the live music was exceptional and karaoke in Medusa was fun. On Mardis Gras, the jazz band played some New Orleans classics that were fantastic.
Entertainment - As I mentioned above the live music in the various venues was very good. The shows in the theatre were all quite good too. The acrobat couple were very good, the magic show is good fun and David Naster was outstanding. The extra talks he gave in the theatre were very enjoyable. Didn't see the juggler the last night or the Broadway style show.
It's too bad Jade is leaving Houston and that will be the end of Bayport apparently after NCL and Princess pull out. It isn't very conveniently located and the Texas laws about booze and gambling don't help.
It really was apparent on the last sea day that this cruise could have easily added another port of call. Although another tender stop in Grand Cayman may have been too much the ship was back into the Houston area by 9 pm on the the last day. And they were plodding along for most of it.
A tip for cruisers with the UBP. If you don't want to pay for a coffee in the atrium from the premium coffee selection (espresso based drinks), just ask to them to add a splash of Bailey's and voila, it's a part of the bev package.
All in all a good cruise, it seems that most of the kinks have worked out since the Jade made the trip from Europe in the fall. The Jade is a nice sized ship and is well laid out.
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