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Norwegian Cruise Line “Norwegian Jade” Star Trek the Cruise II - Voyage I, January 5 – January 11, 2018 Impressions ________________________________________ SHIP As this was our first time cruising, we were in awe of how beautiful, comfortable and elegant the Norwegian Jade was. The ship was breathtaking and majestic. Once we has boarded, we were present to the beautiful atrium felt very open even with the amount of passengers that had boarded before us. For a mid-size ship that was refitted a few years ago, we were very surprised by just how tall, large and wide it was. Moving throughout the ship was not bad once you get your bearings and figure out a pattern. ITINERARY Since this was a Star Trek theme/convention charter cruise by Entertainment Cruise Production (www.startrekthecruise.com) the itinerary was slightly different while similar to a standard NCL Western Caribbean cruise with the exclusion of one port. The Star Trek cruise was a 6-days cruise beginning and ending in Miami, FL while visiting Roatán, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize (NCL Private Island); and Costa Maya, Mexico. For this cruise, the Norwegian Jade was the only ship to visit Harvest Caye, Belize at the time and was the only ship to dock at the port in Roatán, Honduras which allowed us to enjoy both ports without much hassle from large groups and having to be tendered back and forth between the port and the ship. At Costa Maya, Mexico we were also docked at the port but with 2 other cruise ships. We found this cool as we were able to see the other ships and how they compared in size to ours. It was also fun to have 2000+ Trekkies disembarking at each port. At Roatán, Honduras, our first port of call, we shopped around Coxen Hole before visiting Gumbalimba Park for our excursion. Gumbalimba Park was a great experience as we had learned a lot about the history of the island as well as of the animals that make this island home. After returning back to Coxen Hole, we decided to do a little bit more shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Honduras. At Harvest Caye, Belize, our second port of call, we decided to make this a relaxing beach and water excursion day. At Harvest Caye we began the day at beach to soak up the sun and enjoy the water as soon as we disembarked before it got too late to enjoy. Our first excursion was non-guided kayaking on the island’s lagoon to take in the scenery which was nice since we’ve never been kayaking. Our last excursion was on the electric float boats that also share the same lagoon as the kayaks and stand-up paddle board excursions. We did the electric float boat to just coast and relax as we went around the lagoon taking in the scenery again as well as looking at the wildlife that was around the lagoon. For lunch, visited the Landshark Bar & Grill, the food was great and had a lot of flavor. After lunch we visited the pool which was very spacious even for having a large amount of guest in and around it. We were able to find a perfect spot near the zero force entrance of the pool were we could rest up before going into the pool. The pool water was great and it even has a swim up bar with chairs and tables in the water which was cool. After enjoying the pool, we began to do a little shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Belize. At Costa Maya, Mexico, our third and last port of call, we decided to make this a resting day and relaxing shopping day for gifts and souvenirs since there were a lot of smaller shops at this port. One thing we notice was that if you speak Spanish well enough to hold a conversation when shopping around then the vendors tend to not both you too much and let you look around at what they have to sell. Plus, it helps in haggling when buy some gifts and souvenirs. After shopping, we decided to have lunch at Cantina Latina which was a good choice since they had a live DJ and we were able to see one of the shows being performed around the port. The food at Cantina Latina was good. After lunch, we went back aboard ship to our cabin to relax and unwind for the rest of the day while most of the guests were still at port. CREW The ship’s crew were excellent for this cruise. Because of the crew we have an impressive opinion of NCL. The crew worked hard on addressing any issues that we had whether it was with our cabin, booked excursions, ship services, mobile app, bill and food. COMMUNICATION & NOTIFICATIONS The communication and notifications between the ship’s crew and the guest was very good as most of the information was provided by the daily paper and the room’s television. If there was any issues that needed to be addressed or questions that needed to be answered any of the ship’s crew was available and able to answer and address it. STATEROOM Our cabin for this cruise was a Family Oceanview on deck 5 Mid-Forward. For the size the cabin was surprisingly very comfortable and spacious. We had enough outlets and USB ports to charge our devices. We also had enough room and storage to put our clothes away as well as store our luggage out of the way. SHORE EXCURSIONS When it comes down to excursions we did a total of 3 shore excursions between the 3 ports of call, 1 in Honduras and 2 in Belize. We would recommend the Gumbalimba Park when visiting Roatán, Honduras since it is very informative. We would recommend enjoying any of the excursions in the lagoon area of Harvest Caye, Belize as a relaxing way to look at some of the wildlife. OVERALL IMPRESSION Our final impression with NCL and the Norwegian Jade is that the ship has an excellent crew and NCL has an excellent ship and crew. NCL, as whole, has impressed us and has made us lifelong NCL cruisers.

Star Trek the Cruise II on NCL Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by dbear360

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window
Norwegian Cruise Line “Norwegian Jade” Star Trek the Cruise II - Voyage I, January 5 – January 11, 2018

Impressions

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SHIP

As this was our first time cruising, we were in awe of how beautiful, comfortable and elegant the Norwegian Jade was. The ship was breathtaking and majestic. Once we has boarded, we were present to the beautiful atrium felt very open even with the amount of passengers that had boarded before us. For a mid-size ship that was refitted a few years ago, we were very surprised by just how tall, large and wide it was. Moving throughout the ship was not bad once you get your bearings and figure out a pattern.

ITINERARY

Since this was a Star Trek theme/convention charter cruise by Entertainment Cruise Production (www.startrekthecruise.com) the itinerary was slightly different while similar to a standard NCL Western Caribbean cruise with the exclusion of one port. The Star Trek cruise was a 6-days cruise beginning and ending in Miami, FL while visiting Roatán, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize (NCL Private Island); and Costa Maya, Mexico. For this cruise, the Norwegian Jade was the only ship to visit Harvest Caye, Belize at the time and was the only ship to dock at the port in Roatán, Honduras which allowed us to enjoy both ports without much hassle from large groups and having to be tendered back and forth between the port and the ship. At Costa Maya, Mexico we were also docked at the port but with 2 other cruise ships. We found this cool as we were able to see the other ships and how they compared in size to ours. It was also fun to have 2000+ Trekkies disembarking at each port. At Roatán, Honduras, our first port of call, we shopped around Coxen Hole before visiting Gumbalimba Park for our excursion. Gumbalimba Park was a great experience as we had learned a lot about the history of the island as well as of the animals that make this island home. After returning back to Coxen Hole, we decided to do a little bit more shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Honduras. At Harvest Caye, Belize, our second port of call, we decided to make this a relaxing beach and water excursion day. At Harvest Caye we began the day at beach to soak up the sun and enjoy the water as soon as we disembarked before it got too late to enjoy. Our first excursion was non-guided kayaking on the island’s lagoon to take in the scenery which was nice since we’ve never been kayaking. Our last excursion was on the electric float boats that also share the same lagoon as the kayaks and stand-up paddle board excursions. We did the electric float boat to just coast and relax as we went around the lagoon taking in the scenery again as well as looking at the wildlife that was around the lagoon. For lunch, visited the Landshark Bar & Grill, the food was great and had a lot of flavor. After lunch we visited the pool which was very spacious even for having a large amount of guest in and around it. We were able to find a perfect spot near the zero force entrance of the pool were we could rest up before going into the pool. The pool water was great and it even has a swim up bar with chairs and tables in the water which was cool. After enjoying the pool, we began to do a little shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Belize. At Costa Maya, Mexico, our third and last port of call, we decided to make this a resting day and relaxing shopping day for gifts and souvenirs since there were a lot of smaller shops at this port. One thing we notice was that if you speak Spanish well enough to hold a conversation when shopping around then the vendors tend to not both you too much and let you look around at what they have to sell. Plus, it helps in haggling when buy some gifts and souvenirs. After shopping, we decided to have lunch at Cantina Latina which was a good choice since they had a live DJ and we were able to see one of the shows being performed around the port. The food at Cantina Latina was good. After lunch, we went back aboard ship to our cabin to relax and unwind for the rest of the day while most of the guests were still at port.

CREW

The ship’s crew were excellent for this cruise. Because of the crew we have an impressive opinion of NCL. The crew worked hard on addressing any issues that we had whether it was with our cabin, booked excursions, ship services, mobile app, bill and food.

COMMUNICATION & NOTIFICATIONS

The communication and notifications between the ship’s crew and the guest was very good as most of the information was provided by the daily paper and the room’s television. If there was any issues that needed to be addressed or questions that needed to be answered any of the ship’s crew was available and able to answer and address it.

STATEROOM

Our cabin for this cruise was a Family Oceanview on deck 5 Mid-Forward. For the size the cabin was surprisingly very comfortable and spacious. We had enough outlets and USB ports to charge our devices. We also had enough room and storage to put our clothes away as well as store our luggage out of the way.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

When it comes down to excursions we did a total of 3 shore excursions between the 3 ports of call, 1 in Honduras and 2 in Belize. We would recommend the Gumbalimba Park when visiting Roatán, Honduras since it is very informative. We would recommend enjoying any of the excursions in the lagoon area of Harvest Caye, Belize as a relaxing way to look at some of the wildlife.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Our final impression with NCL and the Norwegian Jade is that the ship has an excellent crew and NCL has an excellent ship and crew. NCL, as whole, has impressed us and has made us lifelong NCL cruisers.
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Cabin Review

Family Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin O1 5030
Our cabin for this cruise was a Family Oceanview on deck 5 Mid-Forward. For the size the cabin was surprisingly very comfortable and spacious. We had enough outlets and USB ports to charge our devices. We also had enough room and storage to put our clothes away as well as store our luggage out of the way.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Costa Maya
    At Costa Maya, Mexico, our third and last port of call, we decided to make this a resting day and relaxing shopping day for gifts and souvenirs since there were a lot of smaller shops at this port. One thing we notice was that if you speak Spanish well enough to hold a conversation when shopping around then the vendors tend to not both you too much and let you look around at what they have to sell. Plus, it helps in haggling when buy some gifts and souvenirs. After shopping, we decided to have lunch at Cantina Latina which was a good choice since they had a live DJ and we were able to see one of the shows being performed around the port. The food at Cantina Latina was good. After lunch, we went back aboard ship to our cabin to relax and unwind for the rest of the day while most of the guests were still at port.
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  • Harvest Caye
    At Harvest Caye, Belize, our second port of call, we decided to make this a relaxing beach and water excursion day. At Harvest Caye we began the day at beach to soak up the sun and enjoy the water as soon as we disembarked before it got too late to enjoy. Our first excursion was non-guided kayaking on the island’s lagoon to take in the scenery which was nice since we’ve never been kayaking. Our last excursion was on the electric float boats that also share the same lagoon as the kayaks and stand-up paddle board excursions. We did the electric float boat to just coast and relax as we went around the lagoon taking in the scenery again as well as looking at the wildlife that was around the lagoon. For lunch, visited the Landshark Bar & Grill, the food was great and had a lot of flavor. After lunch we visited the pool which was very spacious even for having a large amount of guest in and around it. We were able to find a perfect spot near the zero force entrance of the pool were we could rest up before going into the pool. The pool water was great and it even has a swim up bar with chairs and tables in the water which was cool. After enjoying the pool, we began to do a little shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Belize.
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  • Gumbalina Park
    At Roatán, Honduras, our first port of call, we shopped around Coxen Hole before visiting Gumbalimba Park for our excursion. Gumbalimba Park was a great experience as we had learned a lot about the history of the island as well as of the animals that make this island home. After returning back to Coxen Hole, we decided to do a little bit more shopping for gifts and souvenirs before heading back to the ship and our cabin to end our day in Honduras.
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