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Flew into Tampa the day before. Stayed at TownPlace Suites Westshore that offered free airport shuttle. Used Uber to get to get to port. Embarkation was a little confusing, especially in finding the right spot to drop our bags off. Process after that went smoothly, although lots of lineups at different areas. Our family included young adults and we all had the unlimited beverage package. A great bonus to our cruise and we made sure we tipped a couple of the bartenders early in the cruise and they made sure they looked after us when we showed up at their bar. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants, but did switch our meals up between the buffet, main dining room, Alizar and Blue Lagoon restaurants. All food met our expectations and we certainly weren't left hungry. Service in the restaurants varied from average to exceptional. We were disappointed on this cruise that there was no offer to enter into a draw for a dinner with an officer. Entertainment was exceptional, with the cruise ship entertainment singers and dancers being some of the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship. The cruise director's staff did a good job with different types of entertainment, however I think they may have been a little short-handed as they did not offer as many trivia contests as we have experienced on other cruises. Harvest Caye was open for our cruise however the weather did not cooperate at all to allow us to explore it fully. Early arrival and early departure at this port as well. Disembarkation was smooth, although we had a late flight and did not get off until the last group. We had a relatively late breakfast in the buffet and then we went to the card room and played cards until our group was called. The number of bags in the warehouse had decreased tremendously and made ours easier to find. Lineup to immigration was about 15 minutes.

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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by coachjohnp

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
Flew into Tampa the day before. Stayed at TownPlace Suites Westshore that offered free airport shuttle. Used Uber to get to get to port. Embarkation was a little confusing, especially in finding the right spot to drop our bags off. Process after that went smoothly, although lots of lineups at different areas.

Our family included young adults and we all had the unlimited beverage package. A great bonus to our cruise and we made sure we tipped a couple of the bartenders early in the cruise and they made sure they looked after us when we showed up at their bar.

We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants, but did switch our meals up between the buffet, main dining room, Alizar and Blue Lagoon restaurants. All food met our expectations and we certainly weren't left hungry.

Service in the restaurants varied from average to exceptional. We were disappointed on this cruise that there was no offer to enter into a draw for a dinner with an officer.

Entertainment was exceptional, with the cruise ship entertainment singers and dancers being some of the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship.

The cruise director's staff did a good job with different types of entertainment, however I think they may have been a little short-handed as they did not offer as many trivia contests as we have experienced on other cruises.

Harvest Caye was open for our cruise however the weather did not cooperate at all to allow us to explore it fully. Early arrival and early departure at this port as well.

Disembarkation was smooth, although we had a late flight and did not get off until the last group. We had a relatively late breakfast in the buffet and then we went to the card room and played cards until our group was called. The number of bags in the warehouse had decreased tremendously and made ours easier to find. Lineup to immigration was about 15 minutes.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OC 5600
Cabin close to stairwell in a dead-end corridor, so not many folks walking through the area. Room is below the kitchen area of the dining room on 6th floor and there is noise throughout the night. Room has adequate space for amount of time we spent in cabin, as well as adequate storage space.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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