Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by j jake
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Stability:Norwegian Jade is small and the ship seemed to sway even with the small waves. I have been on The princess in much rougher seas and not felt it rock like this ship. It could not dock in Costa Rica which was disappointing.
Cruise Itinerary;The 11 days had far too many sea days and just a few hours in each port of the 5 ports we saw on 5 of the days .The sea days did not include many interesting topics but instead seminars just appeared focussed on selling excursion ,diamonds or art.
Restaurants:We were given fresh cutlery with old food stuck on it more than once .
Hair in the food in the buffet as well as in sit down restaurant.
We liked the Alizar restaurant the best. The Jasmine disappointing.O sheehans good for 24 hr food.Waiters were excellent.I would rate food as better on Princess . Norwegian maybe equal to or slightly better than Carnival in regards to food but worse in regards to cleanliness,You could find drinking water only when restaurant is open no containers of drinking water anywhere else unlike Princess or carnival that had areas where lemonade and water was available.
Evening Entertainment was excellent better than Princess.
A lot of staff were from other countries and some had limited fluency in English.
Princess had better items on sale in the ship stores at better prices
Shore excursions; Prior to embarkation; cruise consultant and pre board shore excursion staff had limited knowledge .You were put on hold hung up on several times and they appeared uninterested and even slightly rude unless you were buying without asking questions.We booked the excursions before we got on the ship and avoided long lines on board ,We were allowed to cancel 48 hrs before the excursion.
Belize stop was Harvest Caye a Norwegian privately owned area -seemed artificial to me.Similar for Costa Maya port in Mexico both did not make you feel you saw the country.
Some of the excursions in Roatan snorkeling in Westbay was enjoyable -Glass bottom boat in Belize was interesting not a lot of colourful fish to see but if you don't snorkel this is at least an option to see the coral etc.
The ship going through the Panama Canal was interesting. Gatun lake a long drive and saw a few animals but atleast saw a little bit of the country during the few hours stop .
Hop on Hop off in Cartagena gives a quick view of the city.
Shore excursion are available in most ports even if you have limited walking ability so this is a big plus.
Would I recommend this cruise as value for money - probably not
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Cons;The cabin service was poor sheets were not changed frequently sheets had stains carpet seemed to have hair not vacuumed.A contrast to Princess where beds turned down towel arrangement and chocolate welcomed us daily.Toilet paper thin like a cheap motel . Not even body lotion in cabin.
The mattress was soft and gave me back pain so I slept on the floor. I heard a similar complaint from others. I did complain but they had no spare mattresses.
The water in the sink is drinkable I found out from someone who did a ship tour but this is not mentioned as they try to sell you bottled water .
The bathroom is small you have to sit sideways on the toilet if you are average height
Towel racks appear flimsy and cheap.
The safe did not work and had to be replaced.
No laundromats unlike princess and Carnival where you could wash.Te special sale was $20 for housekeeping to wash a bag of clothes
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Cartagena (Colombia)hop on hop off gives you a quick tour on a bus if you cannot walk much but also an optional walk for the same price with a guide or to get off at various stopson your ownView All 719 Cartagena (Colombia) Cruise Port Reviews
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Gatun Lake Toursee a little of the countryside and drive inside the rainforest national park to the lake.Animals were not plentiful as they are sleeping midday but did see mnkeys iguana and some birds sloth etcView All 32 Gatun Lake Tour Reviews
Costa MayaFelt sorry for the dolphins who have to repeatedly entertain tourists like slaves. Even heavy tourists grasping their fins and they have to swim with cruisers gripping their fins several of them in a small area in a pool fenced in next to the ocean i did not want to encourage this cruelty by paying for this excursion.Imagine their entire life doing this to hordes of cruisers all day.View All 2,517 Costa Maya Cruise Port Reviews
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Harvest CayeHarvest Caye is a private island owned by Norwegian,you dont feel like you visited Belize disappointing,View All 1,121 Harvest Caye Cruise Port Reviews
Glass bottom boat is a good experience if you cannot snorkel but only a few fish not very colorful not worth it if you cansnorkel
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Roataneven a newcomer can do this corals just a few feet away .island is beautiful the highlight of the entire cruise.View All 2,825 Roatan Cruise Port Reviews
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