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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,011 Reviews

Interesting itinerary, very good entertainment

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by scheest

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We chose this cruise because it fit to our availability and because we liked the extraordinary itinerary with lots of highlights.

We knew this ship from a previous cruise. The ship is huge but not as huge as other ships. Entertainment is perfect and above the average. Free dining options are very good, especially in the a-la-carte Grand Pacific restaurant. Special dietary needs are perfectly handled.

The variety of food is amazing; in 21 days we hardly had to choose the same dish twice. However it must be said that the way how dishes are prepared is very much American style with lots of cream everywhere. Taste is lacking. Pizza and pasta quality does not match ordinary European standards.

Probably you can cruise with this ship not paying too much but if you ask for more they charge you a lot. This is the case for all kind of extra beverages. Alcohol is overpriced. For us it was a perfect way to stay away from alcohol which, when at home, we enjoy on a regular basis.

However what made us really suffer were the totally overpriced excursions. Unless you are well-prepared and able to organize yourself your shore excursions, you hardly have any chance to avoid their way of charging you. The alternative would have been to onboard. But would you do this when it comes to a once-in-a-life visit to Luxor or Petra?


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Cabin Review

Balcony

Nothing to object. It met our expectations. Very well serviced also


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Athens (Piraeus)

You have to walk to the pireus metro station from where you can easily reach Athens

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Our departure port. We stayed the night before in Rome.

Kusadasi

I was not sure whether to disembark because of the political situation. But there were no controls. The highlight Ephesus we knew from a previous trip.

Limassol

You have a direct bus to Nicosia from the pier.

Haifa (Tel Aviv)

We did everything on our own. Very good train connection to Jerusalem. Lots of buses ti Nazareth and lake Galilee.

Cairo (Port Said)

Never done before the Suez channel. A highlight

makadi Water Park

We booked a aquadome excursion. From the 4 hours scheduled we saw about an hour-long some fish and some turtles.

Nice but totally overpriced

View All 1 makadi Water Park Reviews
Valley of the Kings

Luxor and Valley of the Kings! What should i add?

View All 17 Valley of the Kings Reviews
Petra Walking Tour

At the entrance we decided to go on our own as it was clear from the beginning that the guide will never be able to touch all major sites. So we rushed through on our own.

Nobody told us that it will be extremely chilly up there. So we were constrained to buy, as many others, extra pullovers. Probably it was made on purpose to make the guide make extra money.

View All 92 Petra Walking Tour Reviews
Samhurum Walking Tour

Not familiar with the place we had to book a tour. Everything wad done in a huge hurry.

View All 1 Samhurum Walking Tour Reviews

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