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Norwegian Jade Review

4.0 / 5.0
2,010 reviews

9-day Morocco, Canary Island, Madeira, Spain

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Jade
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Mar 2011
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony

I have to say, my husband and I have cruised quite a bit, but no cruise has been like this one. One word...AWESOME!This was our second mediterranean cruise leaving from Barcelona. The first time we took the metro and the bus to the cruise ship. This time we took a cab and it was expensive. Embarkation was uneventful. We arrived at the terminal at 12pm. We stood in the line with other latitude members. We picked up a few things from the little shops within the terminal. I bought some ginger tablets because I forgot my Dramamine at home. We also bought more bottled water. The first thing I noticed once we arrived on the ship was no champagne. Budget cuts I guess. Our next priority was to buy our wine package. A bartender told us to buy our wine package at 9pm because no taxes would be applied. That was a great tip.Lunch was great. We had burgers. I loved the fact that the servers served us at the buffet. I think some people needed to be taught how to do it. I was disappointed when it ended after our second day on the ship.Our rooms were ready pretty early. I think we had access at 2pm. We had a balcony on the 10th level. A coffee maker was included but we never used it. The bathroom was spacious. The storage was great. The bed was really soft. The lighting was dim at night. The television needs to be updated. The furniture was nice. The full size mirror made me happy. The balcony view was spectacular. We made it a point to eat at the specialty restaurant as often as possible. We always took advantage of the two-for-one cover charge. We tried the Grand Pacific Dining Room for dinner and breakfast one day. I think the buffet was better than the dining room. Actually, the food at the buffet was REALLY good. Like I said earlier, my husband and I have cruised many times but we have never had quality food at the buffet before. Every night had a different theme. The Greek theme was the best. There was lamb everywhere!We made sure to make it to the Jazz Brunch at Le Bistro. That was really nice. I wish that would have been offered at least three times on the cruise. The Blue Lagoon Cafe is a great restaurant. I always had the vegetarian lasagna and the brownie a la mode. Unfortunately, their menu changes between lunch and dinner.The game shows and trivia on the cruise ship were funny. The bingo team was funny also. The show Elements was enjoyable. I would have liked to have seen that twice. The chocolate buffet made adults turn into the children from Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I have to say, the champagne in the chocolate rimmed glasses was delicious. Good Gracious!I am not going to give very many complaints during my review because if a reader is genuinely interested in reading this post, the last thing they should endure is bickering.Our first day on the ship was at sea. I signed up for four cycling classes. It was a lot of fun and it was my first time. I'm glad I signed up because we did a lot drinking, eating and sleeping the first day on the ship. Ports of Call:Casablanca was great. My husband and I did the Casablanca Highlights excursion. Our tour guide could have skipped the market, but it was an experience so plenty of pictures were taken. The Hassan II Mosque was really beautiful. Our tour also visited a hotel near the beach and some royal residences. Our last stop was shopping. I tried to buy ever single thing I could get my hands on. I had a personal shopper helping me and he was as patient as Job. The heat was on in Casablanca so after we returned to the cruise ship, I took a shower and put on a bathing suit. I think this was one of the hottest days at port. Agadir is a diamond in the rough. My husband and I did the Fantasia Horse Show and Camel ride. The first destination for our tour was the kazbar. We took some great pictures from that location. The next stop on our tour was a visitor center where we watched a snake charmer, belly dancer, horsemen shoot guns, African dancers perform, drank tea, and rode camels. My husband and I thought it was all pretty interesting. Our last stop on the tour was a ride downtown for some shopping. I refused to use my debit card at the ATM and the shop did not take credit cards. Cash was all we could use. I spent every thing I had and whatever my husband tried to hide from me :-). Unfortunately, some cruisers were late getting back to the ship and we left them at the pier waving at the bridge. It was really sad. I felt bad for them. Great times in Morocco!Next stop..Las Palmas. My husband and I took the Native Gran Canaria tour. We took a bus downtown; went on a walking tour; visited a museum; entered the building where Christopher Columbus stayed before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean the first time; visited a botanic garden; and drove to the top of a crater. I can't even describe the drive and the view of the crater. I wouldn't do it any justice. We have never seen anything like that in our lives before. Next stop...Funchal, Madeira. My husband and I took the Best of Madeira excursion. We took a short bus tour in the beginning; rode a cable car to the top of a mountain; visited a church; and then rode a toboggan. That toboggan ride was so much fun!! It was crazy and fun and funny at the same time. Next, we took the bus to a location where we were suppose to get fabulous views of the island. Mother Nature had other plans, so all we saw was fog. After looking at the fog for five minutes, I decided that shopping would take my mind off of the view we were missing. Tablecloth was next on my list. Our tour also stopped by a wine museum/store. We made sure to pick up some souvenirs. The next day at sea we rested. Cycling class was at 5pm so we slept late. We stuck with our previous at sea routine (sleep, eat, drink).Next stop...Malaga. We skipped out on doing an excursion because I had a great tour book. That trek to the top of the hill was what we needed after eating tapas like crazy while we where there. We visited Picasso's childhood home and a couple of his museums. The only shopping we did in Malaga was for wine. Malaga is a beautiful city. We spent the entire day exploring all that we could see. The market was really nice. This is a city to take all pictures related to architecture. The last day on the cruise ship was at sea. We stuck to our regular routine minus cycling.Disembarkation was pretty fast, but really early. I was not mentally prepared for that ordeal. Other than the fact that it was really early, it was really easy. The weather was awful when we left the cruise ship but by the afternoon it was warm and sunny. Too bad NCL only had one more cruise like this (April 8th). Morocco is off of their itinerary for the next 2 years. I'm glad we had he opportunity to enjoy what this cruise had to offer.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin BA

Our cabin was great. I loved the storage. We had two robes. I picked a balcony room on the left side of the ship because I wanted to see us coming into port from the bedroom. The televisions need to be updated. The bathrooms are a great size. I think less things in the refrigerator would allow more space for personal items.

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