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We did the back to back cruise starting from Barcelona: consisting of a 2 week Trans Atlantic cruise followed by a 1 week Western Caribbean cruise. Emarkation in Barcelona wasn't that well organised, we had a very long wait with no seating available for the less able guests. The disemarkation in both Miami and Tampa was a nightmare but this was due to the customs and immigration rather than NCL. We really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the Trans Atlantic part of the cruise and would highly recommend it as a relaxing care free holiday. NB the average age on board for this part of the cruise was 64 years . The Western Caribbean part of the cruise was good, however the atmosphere on the ship changed dramatically - surprisingly as the average age of the guests on board was much lower the ship was quieter in the evenings after 9.30pm - apart from the casino, which must have tripled the turnover of the previous 2 weeks... We found the food and the wine on board to be of a nice if not amazing standard - even the buffet was very acceptable. The staff were very helpful and polite and most were friendly. We were grateful we had a drinks package as part of our deal, as the price of drinks on board are very expensive for those without a package. We found the bar staff in city bar area to be very friendly and extremely knowlegeable about their trade. The staff in the Spinnaker bar didn't appear to take the same pride in their work, to be honest I am not sure if it was down to the waiters misunderstanding the order or the bar staff taking less care but lets just say when the order arrived it was often surprising but not always delighting. Overall we really enjoyed our time on the Jade and we would certainly sail with NCL again.

Lovely relaxing cruise on the NCL Jade

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Lady Ann Marquis

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Inside
We did the back to back cruise starting from Barcelona: consisting of a 2 week Trans Atlantic cruise followed by a 1 week Western Caribbean cruise. Emarkation in Barcelona wasn't that well organised, we had a very long wait with no seating available for the less able guests. The disemarkation in both Miami and Tampa was a nightmare but this was due to the customs and immigration rather than NCL.

We really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the Trans Atlantic part of the cruise and would highly recommend it as a relaxing care free holiday. NB the average age on board for this part of the cruise was 64 years .

The Western Caribbean part of the cruise was good, however the atmosphere on the ship changed dramatically - surprisingly as the average age of the guests on board was much lower the ship was quieter in the evenings after 9.30pm - apart from the casino, which must have tripled the turnover of the previous 2 weeks...

We found the food and the wine on board to be of a nice if not amazing standard - even the buffet was very acceptable. The staff were very helpful and polite and most were friendly.

We were grateful we had a drinks package as part of our deal, as the price of drinks on board are very expensive for those without a package. We found the bar staff in city bar area to be very friendly and extremely knowlegeable about their trade. The staff in the Spinnaker bar didn't appear to take the same pride in their work, to be honest I am not sure if it was down to the waiters misunderstanding the order or the bar staff taking less care but lets just say when the order arrived it was often surprising but not always delighting.

Overall we really enjoyed our time on the Jade and we would certainly sail with NCL again.
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Cabin ID 5057
We don't spend much time in the cabin so normally book an inside cabin - however, this was the smallest cabin we have every had. Although it is a very small cabin it was adequate once we got the beds split into two singles - it was a real nightmare set up with a double bed it was very difficult to get in and out of bed as there was little or no floor space, so if you aren't happy with single beds - trust me - book a bigger cabin!

The hanging space is very limited - we took extra hangers but even so we found the space was inadequate for a 3 week cruise but would be fine for a week. The cabin is next to the stewarts trolley storage room so maybe not suitable for light sleepers as the stewarts start fairly early in the morning. On the plus side no noisy neighbours at night and the very comfy beds and the full size walk in shower made for a very comfortable stay.
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