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I took this cruise after having taken my first cruise last year to Alaska on the Ruby Princess. I was hesitant to try a new cruise line, as I really enjoyed my Alaska trip. However, a good friend highly recommended Norwegian, so we took a chance on the nine-day itinerary through Northern Europe on the Norwegian Jade. I'm so glad we did. When we first booked, I was a tad turned off by all of the photos of the ship, as it appeared outdated and worn. However, shortly thereafter, I learned that the ship was being refurbished in early 2017. The ship ended up being beautiful. All of the finishes were clean and modern, and it had a very elegant feel to it. There was nothing super extravagant about the ship, but it was clean and well-done down to the last detail. We were in a mini-suite on deck 11 and it was great. The room was well laid out and the bathroom was really nice sized. It had a separate toilet and shower, so it felt bigger than what you would expect. Our steward was good, although we didn't interact with him too much. You hear stories of people who become best friends with their steward, but apparently I'm doing something wrong because I didn't find a lot of opportunities to chat other than in passing. Nonetheless, the room was always clean and he provided and/all information promptly and efficiently. The food was great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and most lunches, and for dinner we either ate in the Grand Pacific (which has great views off the front of the ship) or in one of the specialty restaurants. We did the Hibachi restaurant (Tepenaki (sp)), which was great fun, La Cucina, which was surprisingly delicious, and the sushi bar, which was just fine (although, being from California, I'm a little spoiled with good sushi). The ports were all handled really well, embarkation and disembarkation were quick and smooth. There were no problems to report at all. This was a great trip. The ship was beautiful, the food was nice, and there was not ever a time where it felt too crowded. Also, check out Zoe in the piano lounge every night. She's the best and she made the evenings very special with her smooth toons.

Exceeded Expectations on the Northern European Capitals Court - September 2017

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by yochaz99

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I took this cruise after having taken my first cruise last year to Alaska on the Ruby Princess. I was hesitant to try a new cruise line, as I really enjoyed my Alaska trip. However, a good friend highly recommended Norwegian, so we took a chance on the nine-day itinerary through Northern Europe on the Norwegian Jade. I'm so glad we did.

When we first booked, I was a tad turned off by all of the photos of the ship, as it appeared outdated and worn. However, shortly thereafter, I learned that the ship was being refurbished in early 2017. The ship ended up being beautiful. All of the finishes were clean and modern, and it had a very elegant feel to it. There was nothing super extravagant about the ship, but it was clean and well-done down to the last detail.

We were in a mini-suite on deck 11 and it was great. The room was well laid out and the bathroom was really nice sized. It had a separate toilet and shower, so it felt bigger than what you would expect. Our steward was good, although we didn't interact with him too much. You hear stories of people who become best friends with their steward, but apparently I'm doing something wrong because I didn't find a lot of opportunities to chat other than in passing. Nonetheless, the room was always clean and he provided and/all information promptly and efficiently.

The food was great. We ate in the buffet for breakfast and most lunches, and for dinner we either ate in the Grand Pacific (which has great views off the front of the ship) or in one of the specialty restaurants. We did the Hibachi restaurant (Tepenaki (sp)), which was great fun, La Cucina, which was surprisingly delicious, and the sushi bar, which was just fine (although, being from California, I'm a little spoiled with good sushi).

The ports were all handled really well, embarkation and disembarkation were quick and smooth. There were no problems to report at all.

This was a great trip. The ship was beautiful, the food was nice, and there was not ever a time where it felt too crowded.

Also, check out Zoe in the piano lounge every night. She's the best and she made the evenings very special with her smooth toons.
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