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Always wanted to visit Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Picked the time of year as it was decent weather and the price was right. Been with Norwegian twice before and although not the best they do seem to give value for money. Boarded, very easily, in Singapore. Got to our balcony cabin, not the biggest but OK. Ship seemed fine. Travelled two days to the port which hosts Bangkok for an overnight stay. Back on board and sailed to a dump in Cambodia called Sihanoukville. Looked as though it had been bombed. Lots of building going on and in 15 years time it’ll be fine and populated by Chinese and casinos. On to Saigon. Waited nearly 2 hours, from 07.15, to board our coach for their Delights of Saigon tour. How disappointing both the tour and Saigon. We must have visited all the wrong places. Nah Trang next, I think, where we waited over 2 hours to be tendered ashore by only 4 lifeboats. Had a good day on the beach before waiting, in the sun, on the dockside for over a hour, in a queue to be tendered back aboard. The rest of the cruise was OK. Found the staff in Magnums bar to be good. The singer Azalea was dreadful. Seemed as though she had to finish every line of a song with a wail. Her electric guitar effort was embarrassing. Randon, was excellent. Both polished as a singer and guitar player, and an great range of music. Nothing that took our fancy in the way of shows in the theatre but I’m sure they are OK. The main dining room staff were great. Something that can’t be said for the Alizar, where we had to ask twice for drinks, finally getting one during main course. Overall it was a OK cruise let down by what could have been avoided, namely, waiting, queueing and Sihanoukville and Saigon.

Good overall but let down by waiting, queuing, and organised trips.

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Badger Brookes

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Always wanted to visit Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Picked the time of year as it was decent weather and the price was right. Been with Norwegian twice before and although not the best they do seem to give value for money. Boarded, very easily, in Singapore. Got to our balcony cabin, not the biggest but OK. Ship seemed fine. Travelled two days to the port which hosts Bangkok for an overnight stay. Back on board and sailed to a dump in Cambodia called Sihanoukville. Looked as though it had been bombed. Lots of building going on and in 15 years time it’ll be fine and populated by Chinese and casinos.

On to Saigon. Waited nearly 2 hours, from 07.15, to board our coach for their Delights of Saigon tour. How disappointing both the tour and Saigon. We must have visited all the wrong places.

Nah Trang next, I think, where we waited over 2 hours to be tendered ashore by only 4 lifeboats. Had a good day on the beach before waiting, in the sun, on the dockside for over a hour, in a queue to be tendered back aboard. The rest of the cruise was OK.

Found the staff in Magnums bar to be good. The singer Azalea was dreadful. Seemed as though she had to finish every line of a song with a wail. Her electric guitar effort was embarrassing. Randon, was excellent. Both polished as a singer and guitar player, and an great range of music. Nothing that took our fancy in the way of shows in the theatre but I’m sure they are OK.

The main dining room staff were great. Something that can’t be said for the Alizar, where we had to ask twice for drinks, finally getting one during main course.

Overall it was a OK cruise let down by what could have been avoided, namely, waiting, queueing and Sihanoukville and Saigon.
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A little jaded (joke) but large enough for 2. Bed was fine. Balcony big enough. No milk for tea. Had to use coffee whitener. Cabin lad wanted to turn the beds down at 7.15 while she was still getting changed to go out. Bit of a pain every night. In all, nothing to complain about.
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