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We wanted to visit friends in Hamburg and this cruise left from Hamburg, so we were able to combine a nice visit of a few days followed by an enjoyable cruise. This was our first NCL cruise and we felt the crew members on this cruise were very friendly and helpful, more so than on previous cruise lines we have used. Food was generally very good, although we were not fully aware that "dress up" nights were not scheduled and totally optional, so we would not bother packing those bulky clothes next time. Our major complaint would have to be that we often experienced many of the food items in the buffet lines were often not hot, especially at breakfast. The company needs to find a better way to keep food hot and appetizing. This was not true for everything, but certain items were nearly always lukewarm at best, and as usual scrambled eggs were not "done" as we would have preferred. We also felt that excursions were rather pricey considering what was offered. I would recommend buying the drink package, as drinks were, I thought, very expensive. Be aware, however, that you must pay $192 up front for tips. We thought that was a pretty high price for tips. At 20%, that's tips for almost $1000 worth of drinks, which for moderate drinkers, seems rather high.

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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Willis48

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We wanted to visit friends in Hamburg and this cruise left from Hamburg, so we were able to combine a nice visit of a few days followed by an enjoyable cruise.

This was our first NCL cruise and we felt the crew members on this cruise were very friendly and helpful, more so than on previous cruise lines we have used. Food was generally very good, although we were not fully aware that "dress up" nights were not scheduled and totally optional, so we would not bother packing those bulky clothes next time.

Our major complaint would have to be that we often experienced many of the food items in the buffet lines were often not hot, especially at breakfast. The company needs to find a better way to keep food hot and appetizing. This was not true for everything, but certain items were nearly always lukewarm at best, and as usual scrambled eggs were not "done" as we would have preferred. We also felt that excursions were rather pricey considering what was offered.

I would recommend buying the drink package, as drinks were, I thought, very expensive. Be aware, however, that you must pay $192 up front for tips. We thought that was a pretty high price for tips. At 20%, that's tips for almost $1000 worth of drinks, which for moderate drinkers, seems rather high.
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Cabin IC 11145
We felt our "inside" cabin needed a sitting area of some sort other than just a padded little backless seat or stool. Other cruise lines' inside cabins we've used had, at least, a small sitting area; love seat or chairs.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins