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The Jade is a great ship. It was easy to get around, and we didn’t find it to be crowded. We were able to get a chair on the pool deck without much searching. We liked the Great Outdoors on non-windy days. The Spinnaker lounge was a great place to watch the ship come into port. We liked visiting the Bridge viewing room. We didn’t care for the smoky smell in the casino. We discovered the Blackjack machine with the machine dealer in the Spinnaker , but it was full of players each time we checked, so we never got to try it. We never had to wait for a table for 2 at dinner in the Grand Pacific. (We usually went between 5 and 5:45). We also had most breakfasts and lunches there as well, and were always taken care of. We were disappointed that our Belize tour was cancelled (not enough people signed up for it) and we didn’t receive notice till we returned to our room the night before. We had to scramble to study the other tours, and the Shore Excursion Team squeezed us into another tour that turned out not to be full after all. All of our excursions were through NCL, so we had priority tendering. Our Steward was Wyvon (Charli) and he took good care of us. The buffet is set up with many smaller stations so you do not need to stand in long lines to get a full meal. Before the cruise we stayed 2 nights at the Springhill Suites in Seabrook. They have a $10/person shuttle to the Houston port (run by Al Austin) that leaves every half hour starting at 10:00. The hotel was nice with a good complimentary breakfast. There are several places to dine within ½ mile (Mario’s Flying Pizza was great) and many that deliver. The Walgreens and Krogers are about a ½ mile away. Excursions: Cozumel – San Gervasio Mayan Ruins, Beach and Lunch - This was a very informative tour, which in our case was led by a young man of Mayan descent. This made it more meaningful since he was very proud to share his heritage with us. The tour took about 1.5 hours once we arrived, and contained a complete history. It included a bottle of water. They took our photo with a Mayan girl when we arrived and it was ready when we left. ($20 framed or $10 unframed. ) At the beach, we bought yummy fish tacos and then we had time to play at the beach. Belize- Wildlife River Tour – We enjoyed this 2 hour river tour, which included cups of water and later a cup of punch (with or without alcohol). We saw a few alligators, lots of birds, a sea lion, bats, etc. We boarded the boat right at the dock. Roatan Honduras – Maya Key Private Island- This was a very nice area. We tendered in from the ship and then got on the boat for the island which is about 5 minutes away. We had a guided tour of the animals and birds, took a self guided tour of the Mayan Ruins Museum, and played on the beach which had plenty of chairs in and out of the sun. Lunch was included and was chicken, fish, salad, rice and beans, fried banana, water and tea. There is also a cash bar and a gift shop. There is a pier with snorkeling at the end with equipment for rent. We sat at the pier and watched a pelican dive for his lunch. Sodas in one of the port stores were only $1 for 20 oz.

Everything was good!

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by oregonian123

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
The Jade is a great ship. It was easy to get around, and we didn’t find it to be crowded. We were able to get a chair on the pool deck without much searching. We liked the Great Outdoors on non-windy days. The Spinnaker lounge was a great place to watch the ship come into port. We liked visiting the Bridge viewing room. We didn’t care for the smoky smell in the casino. We discovered the Blackjack machine with the machine dealer in the Spinnaker , but it was full of players each time we checked, so we never got to try it.

We never had to wait for a table for 2 at dinner in the Grand Pacific. (We usually went between 5 and 5:45). We also had most breakfasts and lunches there as well, and were always taken care of. We were disappointed that our Belize tour was cancelled (not enough people signed up for it) and we didn’t receive notice till we returned to our room the night before. We had to scramble to study the other tours, and the Shore Excursion Team squeezed us into another tour that turned out not to be full after all. All of our excursions were through NCL, so we had priority tendering. Our Steward was Wyvon (Charli) and he took good care of us. The buffet is set up with many smaller stations so you do not need to stand in long lines to get a full meal.

Before the cruise we stayed 2 nights at the Springhill Suites in Seabrook. They have a $10/person shuttle to the Houston port (run by Al Austin) that leaves every half hour starting at 10:00. The hotel was nice with a good complimentary breakfast. There are several places to dine within ½ mile (Mario’s Flying Pizza was great) and many that deliver. The Walgreens and Krogers are about a ½ mile away.

Excursions:

Cozumel – San Gervasio Mayan Ruins, Beach and Lunch - This was a very informative tour, which in our case was led by a young man of Mayan descent. This made it more meaningful since he was very proud to share his heritage with us. The tour took about 1.5 hours once we arrived, and contained a complete history. It included a bottle of water. They took our photo with a Mayan girl when we arrived and it was ready when we left. ($20 framed or $10 unframed. ) At the beach, we bought yummy fish tacos and then we had time to play at the beach.

Belize- Wildlife River Tour – We enjoyed this 2 hour river tour, which included cups of water and later a cup of punch (with or without alcohol). We saw a few alligators, lots of birds, a sea lion, bats, etc. We boarded the boat right at the dock.

Roatan Honduras – Maya Key Private Island- This was a very nice area. We tendered in from the ship and then got on the boat for the island which is about 5 minutes away. We had a guided tour of the animals and birds, took a self guided tour of the Mayan Ruins Museum, and played on the beach which had plenty of chairs in and out of the sun. Lunch was included and was chicken, fish, salad, rice and beans, fried banana, water and tea. There is also a cash bar and a gift shop. There is a pier with snorkeling at the end with equipment for rent. We sat at the pier and watched a pelican dive for his lunch. Sodas in one of the port stores were only $1 for 20 oz.
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Cabin BX 9104
Our Balcony cabin 9104 was in decent shape and had plenty of storage. We upgrades 2 weeks before sailing and this one was assigned to us.
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