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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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A very relaxing but exciting journey

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Sharonscruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window

We chose this cruise because it fit in to our schedule, they offered free drink package, reduced airfare and 5 free dining upgrades.

We were flown from Boston to Miami on a premium airline nonstop. We got their free shuttle from the airport to the ship terminal building. Once there, check in was immediate. We were on the ship at 12:06pm... 6 minutes after boarding had begun!

Once on board, the staff welcomed us at every juncture. The buffet was open so we stopped there first to wait for our rooms to be ready at around 2pm.

There are 3 free restaurants and 5 restaurants that you pay for but we had the 5 included in our package. We however, chose only to go to two of them. We found the other free ones quite nice.

We have been on many cruises but this by far was the most “laid back”. We really could eat any time with anyone or just alone. The people cruising were very friendly. The entertainment was very good and the excursions were extremely well done.

We chose an 8th deck cabin with ocean view which suited us fine. We saw many awesome sunrise and sunsets from our cabin.

We especially liked the Tabyana snorkeling excursion and the one to the Miraflores locks because our tour guide was excellent showing us all the air bases and explaining the history.

We would definitely recommend this cruise. We have been on other cruise lines (4 Royal Caribbean and 1 Carnival) and are traveling without kids (I think the other cruise ships have more for kids) this is a great cruise. It is not as fancy as some of the other ships we have been on, but the flexible schedules makes it truly a pleasure.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OA 8104

The cabin was clean and quiet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Very interesting tour of Miami. We saw a lot in two hours and killed some time before getting to the airport. The tour guide was very good

Cartagena (Colombia)

This was a good tour. We got to see the fort from the distance and do a little shopping.

This tour was very good as the guide was extemely knowledgeable. Her name was Giovani (JOJO) and she really explained everything during this long tour. We had plenty of time at the locks but if you have seen the Gatum Locks then this was the same.

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Harvest Caye

Nice and relaxing day. No need to pay for any chairs or tents, there are enough for everyone. Owned by Norwegian, it felt very safe.


Snorkeling was great here, we had never done it before. The guides were awesome!

Costa Maya

We had been to Mexico a few times before so just did the marketplace which was safe.

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