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This was our fourth Norwegian cruise. We are never disappointed with the ship. We have been on the Epic and 3 of the smaller ships. There are pros and cons to each. The entertainment was better on the Epic, as was the Christmas feel with ice sculptures and so forth. The Jade is in need of the refurbishing it is scheduled for. Still our service was good and we enjoyed the food. Cagneys and Teppanyaki were excellent! Skip the Italian restaurant. While the ambiance is good, the food is not. Do NOT book your excursions ahead of time on line. The choices are limited. There were many more choices available once we were on board. We enjoyed the Atlantis submarine in Cozumel and the Lagoon and Mangrove in Belize. The Guatemala stop was depressing. The water was filthy! We took a water tour called Discover Rio Dulce. Getting on the boat was very dangerous, especially for the Elderly among us. They also need to warn that there is an uphill walk into the town that was also difficult for many of the guests. Everyone was wondering why this was a stop for NCL. It was terrible! We had other excursions planned but were rained out. The tour of Tampa was simply a disaster! Our bus had no air and it was hot. They basically took us around the block twice and then to a burger joint for a two hour lunch before dropping us at the airport. Save your money. The aquarium is right at the port. If you are waiting for a flight, tour the aquarium and then shuttle to the airport. Much better value for your money.

Love Norwegian, but not my favorite

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Pepper282

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our fourth Norwegian cruise. We are never disappointed with the ship. We have been on the Epic and 3 of the smaller ships. There are pros and cons to each. The entertainment was better on the Epic, as was the Christmas feel with ice sculptures and so forth. The Jade is in need of the refurbishing it is scheduled for. Still our service was good and we enjoyed the food. Cagneys and Teppanyaki were excellent! Skip the Italian restaurant. While the ambiance is good, the food is not.

Do NOT book your excursions ahead of time on line. The choices are limited. There were many more choices available once we were on board. We enjoyed the Atlantis submarine in Cozumel and the Lagoon and Mangrove in Belize. The Guatemala stop was depressing. The water was filthy! We took a water tour called Discover Rio Dulce. Getting on the boat was very dangerous, especially for the Elderly among us. They also need to warn that there is an uphill walk into the town that was also difficult for many of the guests. Everyone was wondering why this was a stop for NCL. It was terrible! We had other excursions planned but were rained out. The tour of Tampa was simply a disaster! Our bus had no air and it was hot. They basically took us around the block twice and then to a burger joint for a two hour lunch before dropping us at the airport. Save your money. The aquarium is right at the port. If you are waiting for a flight, tour the aquarium and then shuttle to the airport. Much better value for your money.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11534
We enjoyed this cabin, but it is noisy. It is located under the pool area and there is constant noise from the entertainment and the chairs above you. We are early risers, so the noise of setting up the chairs each morning at around 5:00 didn't bother us, but it would a light sleeper.
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