Great Expectation's: Norwegian Jade Cruise Review by Dorothy Mitchelmore

Norwegian Jade 5
Dorothy Mitchelmore

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Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
We have just returned from our 1st cruise on the Norwegian Jade. Having read much about her before hand we were a little apprehensive. We arrived in Venice and although we had not booked transfers to the ship were allowed to join the other travellers on the NCL coach for $30 each. Had I done more research before we travelled I could have saved us some money and gone by public transport. Our fault.

The embarkation was very smooth and we were settled on board by 11.30 that morning. We were greeted by a very professional welcome party.

On board, the Jade was beautiful. She gleamed,and the famous glass flowered ceiling and decor was not as awful as I thought it would be,having read so much about.In fact we actually liked it.

Meals on board were generally good and we didn't feel the need to use the speciality dining options.

Breakfast in the Garden Cafe we a little hectic at times and in reflection we would use the MDR instead.

The Blue Lagoon More was a lovely place to visit last thing for those with the munchies and to listen to the solo singer who played every evening in the Atrium. He was really talented and had his audience spell bound.

We really enjoyed the live entertainment each evening in the Stardust Theatre and were surprised by the standard of the acts. We had two sea days during our cruise and felt there could have been a little more content during the day to keep us entertained that didn't involve trying to sell us something. The live music in the pool area was far to loud and should be changed to soft back round music to create a more relaxed feeling around that pool/sun bathing area's.

We enrolled with the Cruise Critic Roll Call a few months before we sailed and joined a small group of people who booked an independent tour of Ephesus. The was a great success and saved us a small fortune, We also made some new friends and enjoyed a few group gathering for cocktails during the sea days.

Overall our first cruise was a great success and we will be re-booking with NCL again.

NCL promote this as Freestyle cruising and that is what it is. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere very much and this is all we were looking for in a holiday.

We spoke to many people on board during the week and whilst it didn't appeal to all the people we spoke to,we really enjoyed the whole experience. Less

Published 09/26/11

Cabin review: IC11645 Inside

Enjoyed our cabin 11645 as we were at the end of the corridor and it was very quiet. It was small but beautifully formed. Well equipped with all we needed. Would improve the look with a flat screen TV.

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Port and Shore Excursions

If you were not going ashore the port is not the prettiest to spend the day looking at. The visit to Athens was marred as there was a taxi strike and a demonstration planned the day we were there. Lots of concern about getting caught up in the disruption. Athens looked very tired and run down in area's with lots of graffiti that spoilt the total look of the city.

A really nice place to walk around. Nice little wine bars to enjoy the local brew.

Booked a private shuttle service to do the Ephesus and had lunch in a mountain village. No Turkish rug factory tour to deal with.

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Very pretty safe place to enjoy exploring. Very scenic as we sailed towards Split. Great to pick up souvenirs for home.

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An amazing place to visit. Very expensive though.

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