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Chose the ship due to the itinerary as we have never cruised in Asia before and wanted to visit Thailand and Malaysia and it fitted with our work commitments This was our 15th cruise and our third with NCl we have also sailed with Royal Caribbean and P and O but have also been on MSc, Carnival and Holland America. Overall the entertainment is aimed at a more international audience but the acrobats,magician and the last night show were all excellent some of the other acts just average. The bar entertainment was very good but service levels varied by waiter some better than others. Usual mix of daytime activities and quizzes and the entertainment team were enthusiastic. The ship is small but there were always sunbeds available on the upper decks something you don’t always see on royal Caribbean. Did a few excursions the highlight being the James Bond island from Phuket which was excellent.Highlights of Langkawi was woeful, the best of Kuala Kumpar was better than average. The food in the buffet was below average and probably the worst we have had on any cruise with the choice being limited and everything lukewarm at best- more so than on other ship’s. Main dining room was very good although the dress code was not enforced at all. We tried three specialty restaurants and the service and food was good in all of them. We had an inside cabin which was well appointed but the cabin steward lacked attention to detail compared with other ships Overall NCl do not match Royal Caribbean for food but there ships are not as crowded and we like the freestyle element when not cruising from Southampton.

Lovely small ship buffet disappointing

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by oldhamchris

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Inside
Chose the ship due to the itinerary as we have never cruised in Asia before and wanted to visit Thailand and Malaysia and it fitted with our work commitments

This was our 15th cruise and our third with NCl we have also sailed with Royal Caribbean and P and O but have also been on MSc, Carnival and Holland America.

Overall the entertainment is aimed at a more international audience but the acrobats,magician and the last night show were all excellent some of the other acts just average.

The bar entertainment was very good but service levels varied by waiter some better than others.

Usual mix of daytime activities and quizzes and the entertainment team were enthusiastic.

The ship is small but there were always sunbeds available on the upper decks something you don’t always see on royal Caribbean.

Did a few excursions the highlight being the James Bond island from Phuket which was excellent.Highlights of Langkawi was woeful, the best of Kuala Kumpar was better than average.

The food in the buffet was below average and probably the worst we have had on any cruise with the choice being limited and everything lukewarm at best- more so than on other ship’s.

Main dining room was very good although the dress code was not enforced at all.

We tried three specialty restaurants and the service and food was good in all of them.

We had an inside cabin which was well appointed but the cabin steward lacked attention to detail compared with other ships

Overall NCl do not match Royal Caribbean for food but there ships are not as crowded and we like the freestyle element when not cruising from Southampton.
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Very well appointed but the steward was lacking attention to detail
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

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