Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by retiring soon
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
Embarkation in Rome was smooth & fast. I had stayed overnight at the Hilton Garden Hotel near the airport so I could take the NCL shuttle to the port & it worked out well. I really liked the hotel which included a nice breakfast, had a free shuttle to the airport & a nice restaurant so I would stay there again.
The safety drill was held inside so that was good. I had obstructed oceanview cabin 8558 (easy number to remember) which was in a good location except for one possible negative which was the noise from Bliss could be heard in the cabin but only until 11:00 pm. It was nice to have O'Sheehans just along he hall & the theatre & Bliss just down one flight of stairs. My steward, who left in Valletta, was great & supplied me with lots of towel animals which I'd requested & ice every day. I use the water from the ice bucket to fill my water bottle each day.
The meals on the ship were very good. I ate some breakfasts & lunches at O'Sheehans, but mostly used the MDRs , room service breakfast once & the buffet a couple of breakfasts. I like to be served. I preferred the smaller Alizar dining room to the Grand Pacific & asked for seating for 2 in the back part which I find less noisy. The tables were close enough that I could converse with people beside me if they wanted as I was travelling solo. Oh that reminds me there was a hosted solo meeting the 1st 2 nights of the cruise but not after since it was so port intensive. I did meet a couple of ladies who I shared my platinum meals with & attended shows together along with a solo male a few times.
One strange thing this cruise was there was never a line at the internet cafe. The man there was helpful so I stopped by a few times. I always get internet as my perk as I travel solo so want to keep in touch with DH back home & post pictures on social media.
That brings me to entertainment which was not as good as on other bigger ships I've been on IMO. I enjoy the production numbers but don't care for individual acts like magicians, singers & aerialists. There was no comedy at all on this cruise. The CD Dave & his staff were good. Oh another thing lacking was Dancing with the Stars which is usually such a hoot! There also wasn't much in the way of tv.
I enjoyed the shore excursion presentation where Barbie mentionned to go out on deck port side around 8:45pm when leaving Messina to see the volcano erupting. I did & it did about every 6 or so minutes. I enjoyed the trivias except when Geo did them lol, they were too hard. It was fun to watch him leading the exercise class before 9:30 trivia. On the Jade they use the card system for events were you get signatures instead of prizes which you decide at the end depending on how many points you earn.
I did buy a couple of FCCs & booked a TA cruise for April 2021, another cruise with an amazing, to me, itinerary. I also bought a couple of photos & liked that this small ship had the folder system so you didn't have to look all over the place for your pictures.
This was a very port intensive cruise with only 1 sea day so busy busy! I got a sore throat so took it easy cancelling a couple of shore excursions & not getting off at a couple of places I'd already been to saving myself for the last day when I would visit Cinque Terre on a 9 1/2 hour tour. This is a place I've really wanted to see for ages & finally have!
I chose purple luggage tags for disembarking at 9:15 but it was so smooth we got off the ship an hour before! I had purchased a private transfer to Rome airport with a Cruise Critic member & that worked out well.
Must shout out to Darla & Rick who ran a really fun & efficient Meet & Greet supplying us with magnets of our trip. She also arranged several private excursions which turned out really nicely.
After the cruise I spent one night at Fiumicino AIrport Deluxe 47 B&B which was cheap, offered a breakfast & a low cost shuttle. It was in a residential area & close to some shops so that was nice for finding a pizza place.
This was the 1st time I'd had airport lounge access at both Toronto & Rome & was impressed with what they offered even though both were a little hard to find.
This was an amazing cruise & I'm so happy I got to do it.
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O'Sheehans was on the same floor & Bliss & the theatre, guest services etc just one deck down.
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