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We initially chose this cruise as the lead in a back to back. The hurricanes in the fall changed the itinerary on us and it ends up being almost the same cruise twice. Not to much problem there as we had never been to the ABC islands before. The sail away from NYC was OK but to tell the truth there are better ports to sail out of. The embarkation went smoothly for us, probably better than most as I have been forced to use a cane because of a bad knee. Lets talk about the ports. The first was Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic about a hour away from Punta Cana. This is a new port and you are tendered in. The port itself has many exclusive resorts and upper end stores there. We did a tour that took us to many place, like a cigar making factory, a chocolate factory and many other sites. If you didn't do a tour from here there is little to do. The other thing was we were the first ship there and tour operators usually do things from Punta Cana. If more ships come the service will improve. On to Bonaire. We hired a cab to drive us around for half of the day. A good way to see the island. It is small enough that you could easily rent a golf cart, car, or motorcycle and see it all. The islands main thing though is scuba diving and snorkeling, that is what you should do here. On to Curacao, where we booked a tour that included the Hato caves. 49 steep stairs, so be warned. In the main port city there is a floating bridge that divides the city and the shopping districts. A beautiful city. In Aruba once again we hired a cab for half the day for a tour around to see the island. The island is only populated on one half of it as the other is in its natural state. The water sports can only be done on the populated side as the other side is to rough. Back to Miami. As we were doing a B to B we sailed though customs and went on shore for a few hours. The ship itself was remodelled in the spring and NCL did a pretty good job of it. They are still doing some upgrades and improvements such as changing chairs and art work. As I said before getting on was easy but the rooms were not ready until after supper as they were doing a major disinfection of the rooms (Flu on previous cruise). Glad they did that. Most of our meals were in the Grand Pacific dining room and happy with them. They have a standing menu every day and a menu that changes with the day. Portion size was perfect. Service was generally very good. If you want a rushed diner then do not go here. Expect a 1 1/2 hour or more meal, but what is the rush??? Sheehans is on deck 8 and a good place for some comfort food or a quick breakfast. On a cruise the pool is were to be. My only complaint is to those of you who "reserve deck chairs". Why come down at 6 in the morning then show up for 30 minutes 5 hours later?? We saw one couple who saved 6 chairs by the pool, 3 chairs on either side, plus a table. How ignorant (I am saving them for my friend she said). On the last day they started tagging chairs and removing towels. NCL start doing this on day 1 please. The shows were all very good, but do not miss Elements. Our cabin was on deck 5. I am not sure if it was a new refurbished room but it is tight but very functional. Nice bathroom with a larger shower and a separate toilet. Lots of USB plugs in the room. It was a good room for 2 but not much. One last thing. NCL is very good at having the Ships Officers wondering the ship, Good to them, ask them questions.

Repositioned NYC to Miami via ABC islands

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Stonymtncruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window
We initially chose this cruise as the lead in a back to back. The hurricanes in the fall changed the itinerary on us and it ends up being almost the same cruise twice. Not to much problem there as we had never been to the ABC islands before.

The sail away from NYC was OK but to tell the truth there are better ports to sail out of. The embarkation went smoothly for us, probably better than most as I have been forced to use a cane because of a bad knee.

Lets talk about the ports. The first was Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic about a hour away from Punta Cana. This is a new port and you are tendered in. The port itself has many exclusive resorts and upper end stores there. We did a tour that took us to many place, like a cigar making factory, a chocolate factory and many other sites. If you didn't do a tour from here there is little to do. The other thing was we were the first ship there and tour operators usually do things from Punta Cana. If more ships come the service will improve.

On to Bonaire. We hired a cab to drive us around for half of the day. A good way to see the island. It is small enough that you could easily rent a golf cart, car, or motorcycle and see it all. The islands main thing though is scuba diving and snorkeling, that is what you should do here.

On to Curacao, where we booked a tour that included the Hato caves. 49 steep stairs, so be warned. In the main port city there is a floating bridge that divides the city and the shopping districts. A beautiful city.

In Aruba once again we hired a cab for half the day for a tour around to see the island. The island is only populated on one half of it as the other is in its natural state. The water sports can only be done on the populated side as the other side is to rough.

Back to Miami. As we were doing a B to B we sailed though customs and went on shore for a few hours.

The ship itself was remodelled in the spring and NCL did a pretty good job of it. They are still doing some upgrades and improvements such as changing chairs and art work. As I said before getting on was easy but the rooms were not ready until after supper as they were doing a major disinfection of the rooms (Flu on previous cruise). Glad they did that.

Most of our meals were in the Grand Pacific dining room and happy with them. They have a standing menu every day and a menu that changes with the day. Portion size was perfect. Service was generally very good. If you want a rushed diner then do not go here. Expect a 1 1/2 hour or more meal, but what is the rush???

Sheehans is on deck 8 and a good place for some comfort food or a quick breakfast.

On a cruise the pool is were to be. My only complaint is to those of you who "reserve deck chairs". Why come down at 6 in the morning then show up for 30 minutes 5 hours later?? We saw one couple who saved 6 chairs by the pool, 3 chairs on either side, plus a table. How ignorant (I am saving them for my friend she said). On the last day they started tagging chairs and removing towels. NCL start doing this on day 1 please.

The shows were all very good, but do not miss Elements.

Our cabin was on deck 5. I am not sure if it was a new refurbished room but it is tight but very functional. Nice bathroom with a larger shower and a separate toilet. Lots of USB plugs in the room. It was a good room for 2 but not much.

One last thing. NCL is very good at having the Ships Officers wondering the ship, Good to them, ask them questions.
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Cabin Review

Family Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin O1 5042
very funtional cabin but a tigh cabin, good for 2 people. Very good shower and toilet, but beware if you are a larger person of the toilets room. Lots of storage and USB ports
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins