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I found this 10 day Southern Caribbean Curse just average at best from the ship, food and amenities standpoint. Ports of Call were good and the best part of this cruise. Cabin (outside) small, especially the bathroom and toilet areas, storage adequate for the 10 days. Keep in mind NCL is pretty much casual for dining, shorts allowed in all area with the exception of the main dining room. We tried going on this cruise without booking extra packages to see what it was like. I will be the first to admit it did not go well. The dining in both main dining rooms and buffet was mediocre and the menu repeated over-and-over again. Entertainment in the lounges was just so-so with a couple of the main shows very good. Pool Deck - If you did not put a towel on the chair early, prior to 9:00 am, you were simply out of luck. After several cruises it appears as if the industry is going towards "Pay For Service". Our original cruises (much earlier in life) were great, food and service extremely good, entertainment very good for a ship with drink pricing reasonable. Now if you want a dining experience you need to pay an up charge; that is if you can get a reservation. Drink prices are outrageous not to mention the mandatory 20% service/tip fee added to total. Now, while in port an additional sales tax is added to the price.... If you are a limited drinker as I am; then you have no option except to pay the price. A plus on this cruise was a very limited amount of children running around. In addition, the ship was very clean. Per ship personnel - The ship was docked for a week for an engine repair and all the crew did was clean, it showed. Long line to board at 12:30 pm, disembarkation went well, line getting off the ship but once off things moved quickly. Sorry to say, after several NCL Cruises, this will be my last, I am going back to Royal Caribbean and/or Celebrity for future cruises. By the time we purchase the package upgrades they are really not any more costly.

Just OK - Nothing Special

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by cpannette

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
I found this 10 day Southern Caribbean Curse just average at best from the ship, food and amenities standpoint. Ports of Call were good and the best part of this cruise. Cabin (outside) small, especially the bathroom and toilet areas, storage adequate for the 10 days. Keep in mind NCL is pretty much casual for dining, shorts allowed in all area with the exception of the main dining room. We tried going on this cruise without booking extra packages to see what it was like. I will be the first to admit it did not go well. The dining in both main dining rooms and buffet was mediocre and the menu repeated over-and-over again. Entertainment in the lounges was just so-so with a couple of the main shows very good. Pool Deck - If you did not put a towel on the chair early, prior to 9:00 am, you were simply out of luck.

After several cruises it appears as if the industry is going towards "Pay For Service". Our original cruises (much earlier in life) were great, food and service extremely good, entertainment very good for a ship with drink pricing reasonable. Now if you want a dining experience you need to pay an up charge; that is if you can get a reservation. Drink prices are outrageous not to mention the mandatory 20% service/tip fee added to total. Now, while in port an additional sales tax is added to the price.... If you are a limited drinker as I am; then you have no option except to pay the price.

A plus on this cruise was a very limited amount of children running around. In addition, the ship was very clean. Per ship personnel - The ship was docked for a week for an engine repair and all the crew did was clean, it showed. Long line to board at 12:30 pm, disembarkation went well, line getting off the ship but once off things moved quickly.

Sorry to say, after several NCL Cruises, this will be my last, I am going back to Royal Caribbean and/or Celebrity for future cruises. By the time we purchase the package upgrades they are really not any more costly.
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