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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,011 Reviews

Wonderful Cruise - Better than Expected

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by 123Nobunaga

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

We initially chose this cruise because of the itinerary although we were not sure about the Norwegian Jade as the reviews were very mixed. However, we did enjoy the smaller ship (approx. 2,400 passengers) and it was easy to get around the ship. Embarkation was surprisingly smooth and felt we were onboard and having lunch within minutes. We decided to avoid the busy buffet and went to O'Sheehan's which was quieter and order from a menu. Our cabin was mid-ship balcony and was quite comfortable for 2 people with plenty of storage. For 3-4 people, I would think it would be somewhat tight but again, you are there to sleep only. Enjoyed the "freestyle dining" and found there was sufficient choice of complimentary restaurants and menus. For specialty restaurants (additional cost), reservations are recommended as it seemed they were booked every night. If you wanted a quiet dinner, the Garden Cafe buffet was very busy and noisy. Choose the Grand Pacific or Alizar. We would rate the food anywhere from fair to very good depending on what you ordered. There are a variety of Bars/Lounges with entertainment on the Jade. We did not attend any of the shows as we had a number of early morning excursions. The shore excursions booked through NCL are little more expensive than some of the other online excursions or port offerings. We decided to book 7 of our 10 excursions with NCL as we did not want to worry about the ship not waiting for us if there was a transportation issue or unforeseen delays. Our pre-cruise excursions were booked independently and one non-NCL excursion was in a port city where we could walk to and from the ship. Overall, we did enjoy our NCL shore excursions. We picked mostly shorter excursions (3-4 hours) except for one (7 hours) to allow time to explore some of the port cities and try the local cuisine. Finally, we were fortunate to have experienced polite and courteous service staff and our steward was excellent and looked after our daily needs. Would travel on Norwegian again.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 9578

Our cabin was mid-ship balcony on deck 9. For 2 people, the room was quite comfortable and there was plenty of storage. Being an older ship and viewing it on Youtube, you get an idea of the size of their cabins compared to some of the newer ships. For 3 - 4 people, I would imagine it would be tight.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Oia Village

Knowledgeable guide and had a chance to sample the local cuisine. Had a chance to see some of the island during our bus ride to Oia.

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Fortunately, our excursion to the Acropolis was in the morning and we beat the crowds to the top. We also had the opportunity to try the local cuisine in Athens and see some other highlights of Athens by bus. Overall, did not think we got our money's worth on this tour.

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Enjoyed the tour of the island and the beautiful views. Our guide was informative and gave some interesting insights about the island. This tour was relatively short which gave us the opportunity to try the local cuisine and of course, do some shopping.

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Had a wonderful private tour of Valletta. It was well worth the 3 hour tour as we had a chance to see the major highlights of Valletta and learn a lot about this beautiful city and the Grand Harbour. Our guide was very passionate and had a great deal to share about the sites and history of the City. His insights to the the blending of the old and the new architecture gave us a better understanding of the past, present and future of this island and this city. Would love to return to Malta as there is so much more to see and learn.

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This was one of the better tours as we loved the visit to Taormina and all its beauty and character. We also had a view of Mt. Etna and had the opportunity to hear about the stories of this island town including the "Godfather". We had time to do some shopping and taste the local cuisine. The bus ride also gave us chance to see some of Sicily and its countryside.

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Had an entertaining tour guide with a great sense of humour. He pointed out some of the highlights of Naples as we travelled to Pompeii. Once at Pompeii, he provided us with an informative tour of Pompeii and we had views of Mt. Vesuvius. With Naples being a port city, after our tour, we had a chance to do a bit of sightseeing and sample the local cuisine.

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This tour was about 7 hours and gave us a chance to see Pisa and tour some of the Tuscany area. Our guide was excellent and pointed out some of the highlights of the region while travelling to Pisa. In Pisa, we were joined by another guide who provided an informative tour of the major sites in Pisa including the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There was some time to shop and go on your own until our next stop at a farm where they had vineyard as well olive trees. This was a very enjoyable place where the owners gave us a talk about making wine and olive oil. Following the talk, we had a chance to have a pasta lunch and antipasto. There was also ample bottles of wine to be shared including a dessert wine. Although the tour was a bit pricey, we felt it was well worth the experience.

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