Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by craftygran
- Sail Date: August 2017
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
- Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Balcony
The cruise from Southampton to Iceland and return was aboard the Norwegian Jade in an Aft Facing Mini Suite(#11654) which is wheelchair friendly so very roomy for those without the need for a wheelchair.
The embarkation in Southampton was the swiftest yet but once aboard we were unable to access our cabin until almost 2pm. We heard many passengers expressing their annoyance about this delay.
We have sailed on the Jade before and again found her to have sufficient room for most passengers to move about freely. On the days it was too cool to use the pool, we did notice however that the inside public spaces became congested with the atrium area filling up quickly.
As previously we found there were always enough places to eat and we used the outside Market Cafe area on most days for meals and snacks enjoying the view as we ate. The complimentary restaurants can be pre-booked and there are plenty of options if a table is not available when you wish to eat without a reservation.
We celebrated our 20yr Wedding Anniversary on this trip and we ate in the Le Bistro that evening. After finishing our delicious meal, the Maitre 'D', Tapera and two waiters approached our table with an anniversary cake and serenaded us with a lovely rendition of "Let me call you sweetheart" - just the perfect finish to a fantastic Anniversary day.
On another occasion we went to eat at Moderno (which we have done on previous cruises) but all the meat was dusted with pepper which affects me quite badly so the asst Maitre 'D' Derwin McLean Charles organised with the Chef Tournant, Christopher C Jorge to make me a delicious meal of fillet steak and prawns with no pepper - this was so appreciated and was absolutely delicious!
We only went to a few shows as the magicians, jugglers & comedians are not what we enjoy but the shows we did see were quite good.
Our stateroom stewardess Jobelle Sario was just terrific - our cabin was always quickly attended to and she noticed a leak even before we did & had it repaired promptly by the maintenance crew member. Jobelle is pleasant, friendly and always appropriate in her interactions with us. Her work is thorough and efficient.
On this trip we joined 2 excursions, in Reykjavik and Akureyri - both were good but could have had more time to see the sights on offer which were quite amazing hence our desire to spend more time there.
After a wonderful 2 weeks we were back at Southampton and the disembarkation also went quite smoothly and we were on our way by 9.30am.
Thank you to al the Norwegian Jade Crew for an amazing holiday!
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