Fun Ports on NCL Jade: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by AVAD

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Fun Ports on NCL Jade

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Africa
Embarkation: Barcelona
We booked this cruise for the ports--Morocco,Granada, Canary Islands and Portugal and were not disappointed. We loved all the ports and were so glad that our sailing visited Morocco--unlike a previous cruise.

As far as the NCL Jade, we enjoyed our balcony stateroom--there was plenty of room and we love the glass doors on the shower. Everything was clean and maintained. The Ship's decor is desperate for change, as everything is Polynesian, which is very out of place in Europe. The ship's layout leaves much to be desired in my opinion, as there is no large multi-storied foyer and there are too many specialty restaurants taking up room that could be better used as common areas. The regular restaurants fill up fast, so we ate early each night.We have no complaint with the food, as we thought it was good with a good variety. They have a great chocoholic buffet one night.

We think the staff and service was wonderful--everyone was friendly and smiling and went out of their way More to be helpful. The entertainment was good, not outstanding except for the "Elements" show, but we attended each night and enjoyed it.

They try their best to keep germs at bay and were told they were "sanitizing the ship" between sailings. They had people spraying your hands before you go to the buffet and hand sanitizers everywhere. The first few days we were "served" at the buffet so we couldn't touch the utensils, but the virus was still active. My husband and at least two of the people we knew (which was not that many) developed either food poisoning or the virus. I don't know the answer to that problem, but it does tend to color your view of the ship.

Since Morocco isn't listed on the port review section, I'll add that they were our favorites. Casablanca was great with a free shuttle to the main square of town within walking distance of the souk and shopping. We took a taxi to the Hussein II Mosque which was our favorite site. We had an hour tour and loved it, then did some shopping. The prices are very cheap in the souk if you know how to haggle. I wish we had bought more as the prices were the best on the cruise. We took a private excursion to Taroudant in Agadir and enjoyed it too. Taroudant is interesting and about an hour and a half away. The Kasbah in Agadir is not to be missed for the views and camel ride if you want one.

I'll write more about the other ports, but we loved all of them. Less

Published 03/30/11
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Cabin review: B29144 Family Balcony

Our cabin 9144 on NCL Jade was quiet, nice location, near the elevators and stairs and a nice size. It has a loveseat that would make another bed. We like the balcony and was on the "port side" of docking on 2 of the ports.

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We stayed in Barcelona 3 days pre cruise and although it rained one day, we loved each minute of it. Barcelona is such an easy city to navigate with the metro and so many attractions within walking distance of Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. We enjoyed a runnerbean tour one day and highly recommend them.. We stayed at the Hotel Continental on Las Ramblas, so spent most of our time in that area.
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Our port was actually Malaga, Spain rather than Grenada, which is about a 2 hour drive away. We took a private excursion to the Alhambra and Granada from the port with and I would highly recommend them.You can google them and write them for info. From the initial e-mail to the actual tour, they are professional, friendly and so much cheaper than the ship's excursions to Alhambra. We love the small group too--they take a small group in a van rather than waiting for everyone on a big bus. We enjoyed the Alhambra and Granada and are so glad we saw it. WE had about an hour free time in Granada but wish we could have spent more time there--it is beautiful.
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We loved Las Palmas for the beauty, cleanliness and ease of getting around. We took the hop on hop off bus around the island for 15 euro each and it was at the end of the port. We hopped off at the Santa Anna Plaza where we visited the Cathedral and the Christopher Columbus Museum which was free. It was the best free museum we have ever visited and well worth the visit. If you didn't want to do the HOHO, there is a big shopping mall at the end of the pier and you can walk to the beach, boardwalk and shops in about 10 minutes. It was a delightful stop and could be as relaxing or active as you wish. The prices at the shops and mall were very reasonable as there it is duty free.

We loved Madeira Portugal as it was a very clean and beautiful port. We walked about 30 minutes to the town center along a waterfront promenade and took the cable car up to the cute town of Monte. The church there is beautiful and well worth a visit. The cable car ride (15 min) was great and the views are spectacular. We bought a round trip ticket since we didn't want to take the sleds down and walked to the market, around the pretty town and enjoyed the walk back to the ship. Our friends took the HOHO bus (12 euro) and enjoyed it.

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