Hi all. We have just returned from a delightful Norwegian Fjords cruise aboard the NCL Jade. I will post a detailed review of this cruise soon. We did a similar cruise on the Eclipse two years ago. Until this cruise all of our cruises have been with Celebrity (the Eclipse) and I was quite nervous as to what the differences might be between the two lines. I found that it was not easy to find a comparison – and so here is mine. I stress that these are our experiences only, and of course your experiences might well be different. I have grouped this review into a variety of categories. Apologies for a long post!
Embarkation, muster and debarkation
Leaving from Southampton we found no real differences between the embarkation processes for Celebrity or NCL. We are Select with Celebrity and newbies on NCL, but didn't miss priority boarding. We were checked in quickly. With Celebrity it is then straight on to the ship where you get a welcome drink. For NCL we then had to wait about 20 mins in the terminal before boarding, and no welcome drink. We didn’t miss the welcome drink (we had a drinks package). Muster was similar on both lines – no videos to watch on NCL, so muster seemed quicker. Debarkation was smooth on both lines.
Very easy walk from the port to the UNESCO world heritage site. Lovely views - we had great weather and a lovely day.
We tendered this port. A tiny place, but it has grown since we visited 2 years ago. An easy place to wander about in. We recommend the railway!
No need to take an excursion - we got off and wandered through this lovely village. The fjord itself sailing in and out is the highlight.
Again we walked off and wandered about. This year we braved the 408 steps up to the observation point. Not for the faint hearted or those with vertigo, but the views from the top are stunning! (The road train and the Ho Ho bus take you there as well)
Easy embarkation and debarkation. Efficient as always.
Free buses run from the port into the town. A nice place to wander. The gin distillery is worth a visit.