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We chose this cruise for its unique itinerary to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) with 4 full sea days for utmost relaxation. The ship was recently refurbished and - although we cannot compare with the "before" - we thought the decor and finishes were excellent. Tasteful yet fun and modern, not gaudy or too glitzy. This is the largest ship we have cruised on and think it's perfect for familiarization over 7-8 days. We actually knew where we were going after Day 3! Embarkation was well organized, just had to wait about an hour in cruise terminal. Debarkation was smooth with pre-booked transportation to MIA airport. Just waited awhile for the bus to fill up. Appreciated the priority given for the earliest flights. We were off the ship by 8:30am and easily made a 12:30pm flight departure with plenty of time to spare. We had a mid-ship balcony cabin and am now convinced that the mid-ship location is worth a little extra $$. You can zip down to the room to grab something without having to traverse the length of the ship. The cabin was large enough and thoughtfully configured. We really appreciated and utilized all the shelving, drawers, desks, and cubbies throughout. The bathroom was no exception - the shower and toilet have sliding glass doors for privacy and there is plenty of space to put all those little travel bottles. Three glass shelves by the sink and a larger under-sink shelf hold all the stuff. The shower has a handheld sprayer and several metal wire shelves for more bottles. It's actually larger than my "phone booth" shower at home! The ship's crew were lovely, with some impressive bartenders. We didn't have to wait a long time for a drink. The sushi cooks were awesome! Loved the espresso bar - that barista knows how to make a great cappuccino!! Enjoyed the Garden Cafe indoor/outdoor buffet and Grand Pacific dining room. The Alizar dining room was fine, pretty basic but great for a no-frills meal. We used the Specialty Dining Package for Cagney's (1) and Sushi Bar (2). Both were excellent, we were very happy! Karaoke at night was popular so that was fun - I purposely sang a non-country song to mix things up a bit (come on, people). The casino was really hot and smoky for the first 2 days but they resolved the issue and it was tolerable the remainder of cruise. The Stardust Theater is very nice with fun "Venetian Carnival" decor. The entertainment was great and got better each night. The aerialists - WOW!! Everyone in the theater was turned on LOL. The comedian Alvin was also excellent - enjoyed the adults only show on the last night. We did not book any shore excursions through the ship, but loved the cold, refreshing towels and welcome dance party upon our return! The only point of criticism is for the organized activities during sea days. Not everyone likes to spend all day at the pool or on a chaise lounge, so it would have been nice to have some more fun or interesting activities that you don't need to go poolside for during sea days. The evening Pub Trivia on the first sea day was awful and we couldn't wait to get out of there. This was for idiots! It was multiple choice and every answer was D. Are you kidding me? Pub trivia is supposed to be challenging and (somewhat) raunchy. Make it fun! We're day drinking, after all :) We also participated in Movie Trivia, Shout out the Lyrics Gameshow, Deal or No Deal, and Bingo. Bingo is expensive ($50ea) with small pots (~$200). Not worth it IMO. Overall, this was a great cruise and we had a BLAST!! Norwegian does a great job with everything they have to deal with. We can't wait for the next cruise with Norwegian!!

Loved the layout of ship and balcony cabin

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by elfaye11

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
We chose this cruise for its unique itinerary to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) with 4 full sea days for utmost relaxation. The ship was recently refurbished and - although we cannot compare with the "before" - we thought the decor and finishes were excellent. Tasteful yet fun and modern, not gaudy or too glitzy.

This is the largest ship we have cruised on and think it's perfect for familiarization over 7-8 days. We actually knew where we were going after Day 3!

Embarkation was well organized, just had to wait about an hour in cruise terminal. Debarkation was smooth with pre-booked transportation to MIA airport. Just waited awhile for the bus to fill up. Appreciated the priority given for the earliest flights. We were off the ship by 8:30am and easily made a 12:30pm flight departure with plenty of time to spare.

We had a mid-ship balcony cabin and am now convinced that the mid-ship location is worth a little extra $$. You can zip down to the room to grab something without having to traverse the length of the ship. The cabin was large enough and thoughtfully configured. We really appreciated and utilized all the shelving, drawers, desks, and cubbies throughout.

The bathroom was no exception - the shower and toilet have sliding glass doors for privacy and there is plenty of space to put all those little travel bottles. Three glass shelves by the sink and a larger under-sink shelf hold all the stuff. The shower has a handheld sprayer and several metal wire shelves for more bottles. It's actually larger than my "phone booth" shower at home!

The ship's crew were lovely, with some impressive bartenders. We didn't have to wait a long time for a drink. The sushi cooks were awesome! Loved the espresso bar - that barista knows how to make a great cappuccino!!

Enjoyed the Garden Cafe indoor/outdoor buffet and Grand Pacific dining room. The Alizar dining room was fine, pretty basic but great for a no-frills meal. We used the Specialty Dining Package for Cagney's (1) and Sushi Bar (2). Both were excellent, we were very happy!

Karaoke at night was popular so that was fun - I purposely sang a non-country song to mix things up a bit (come on, people). The casino was really hot and smoky for the first 2 days but they resolved the issue and it was tolerable the remainder of cruise.

The Stardust Theater is very nice with fun "Venetian Carnival" decor. The entertainment was great and got better each night. The aerialists - WOW!! Everyone in the theater was turned on LOL. The comedian Alvin was also excellent - enjoyed the adults only show on the last night.

We did not book any shore excursions through the ship, but loved the cold, refreshing towels and welcome dance party upon our return!

The only point of criticism is for the organized activities during sea days. Not everyone likes to spend all day at the pool or on a chaise lounge, so it would have been nice to have some more fun or interesting activities that you don't need to go poolside for during sea days. The evening Pub Trivia on the first sea day was awful and we couldn't wait to get out of there. This was for idiots! It was multiple choice and every answer was D. Are you kidding me? Pub trivia is supposed to be challenging and (somewhat) raunchy. Make it fun! We're day drinking, after all :)

We also participated in Movie Trivia, Shout out the Lyrics Gameshow, Deal or No Deal, and Bingo. Bingo is expensive ($50ea) with small pots (~$200). Not worth it IMO.

Overall, this was a great cruise and we had a BLAST!! Norwegian does a great job with everything they have to deal with. We can't wait for the next cruise with Norwegian!!
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10604
We had a mid-ship balcony cabin and am now convinced that the mid-ship location is worth a little extra $$. You can zip down to the room to grab something without having to traverse the length of the ship. The cabin was large enough and thoughtfully configured. We really appreciated and utilized all the shelving, drawers, desks, and cubbies throughout.

The bathroom was no exception - the shower and toilet have sliding glass doors for privacy and there is plenty of space to put all those little travel bottles. Three glass shelves by the sink and a larger under-sink shelf hold all the stuff. The shower has a handheld sprayer and several metal wire shelves for more bottles. It's actually larger than my "phone booth" shower at home!

The balcony has 2 chairs and a little table. The TV pulls out and pivots for positioning. There is a little desk and vanity with stool. The vanity has lighting and hairdryer - perfect for getting ready in the evening! My husband utilized the little desk so we both had our own spaces. We used the little sofa to put our stuff on, didn't sit on it much. The king bed is super comfy! I didn't really expect a true king bed but I was not disappointed :)

Next time, we would book a mid-ship cabin that is more forward than aft. Only reason is you can smell the smoke stack when the ship is idling. This only happened one time and was not a big deal.
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