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4 Norwegian (NCL) Italy Cruise Reviews

I cruise quite a bit and found the Jade to be consistently a great experience. If you read my other ship reviews you can see I am critical. Very clean and excellent service, I'd take another cruise on this ship. Technology is not the ... Read More
I cruise quite a bit and found the Jade to be consistently a great experience. If you read my other ship reviews you can see I am critical. Very clean and excellent service, I'd take another cruise on this ship. Technology is not the same as newer ships, can't check your bill on line. The food was fine. The French restaurant was outstanding for taste and service, very impressive. Cagneys was painfully slow and the waiter (same one two different nights) would not give us clean silverware between courses. The buffet staff was the best I have seen. No conditioner provided so bring some if you use it. The spa was amazing. Clean, great view and relaxing. The band at the pool left us running for a peaceful escape and found the spa's therapy package to be pampering and well worth the money. Loved all the ports. Would like to return to Kotor, so much to see and do we ran out of time. Did private tours in each port with great success. Great cruise, great ship and staff. Hats off to the Jade team. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
A belated but useful review of the 2 tours that our group of 18 made in Italy were: Luccalimo, (office +39 3206066859) with our excellent guide Valter (Alias Giovanni) Roman to Lucca, Italy and an excellent tasting tour of the winery ... Read More
A belated but useful review of the 2 tours that our group of 18 made in Italy were: Luccalimo, (office +39 3206066859) with our excellent guide Valter (Alias Giovanni) Roman to Lucca, Italy and an excellent tasting tour of the winery complete with 4/5 red wines, 1 white, and a sumdilly-iscous meal by the owners wife and helpers. It was paradise on Earth. Our last tour to the Amalfi Coast, Italy by the most handsome & informative driver, guide, & part owner of Lovelyamalfitours.com (+39 339 82458) by Giovanni Buonocore was complete with even an Italian serenade By Giovanni. Although only 31, he was informative & charming way beyond his years. Even Sheryl (sitting in the front passenger seat) was taken to a far-away, delightful realm by Giovanna. And when each of us was given a hug and our spoken name was cited, we all had delightful daydreams of G. that lasted way beyond our trip to another scrumptious meal & a drive back to our ship. There were so many excellent memories formulated that day. TY gentlemen for your service, information, and a rather full set of tummies!!! As to Freestyle cruising on the Norwegian Jade: I really believe that it lost a personal touch with not having the same waiter/helpers each evening. Since we had trouble with service to 6 of our group of 18, we were able to have the same waiter: Alan & his helper Rita for all our evenings in the dining room. The dining room "commander" Ivan (from Slovakia) always checked on our service and meals each evening. That was the "selling point" that he earned from removing the utterly, useless Freestyle Cruising from our agenda. TY, Alan, Rita & Ivan for all your help!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Went on nowergian jade for an 11 night cruise for my 50th birthday!! Excursions to Florence, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Valencia, Toulon, and Naples. Loved the wine tasting and the sites of the ports. Even went tendering which was an ... Read More
Went on nowergian jade for an 11 night cruise for my 50th birthday!! Excursions to Florence, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Valencia, Toulon, and Naples. Loved the wine tasting and the sites of the ports. Even went tendering which was an interesting time! The Jade crew was absolutely awesome and made my birthday very special!! Archie our cruise director was great. A very huge shout out to the captain for keeping the crew and passengers safe during the storms,always was well informed of what was happening. Truly going to miss them all. The entertainment provided was just awesome. The 4 station singing group outstanding. Had the pleasure of having them bring me on stage and sing to me. The acrobats and the Mexican ballet was so wonderful. Enjoyed the evening parties. Had a great time at the white out party!! This cruise wants me to go norwegian again!! WASHY WASHY HAPPY HAPPY DIANE TURNBAUGH Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Cruise left 02/05/2014 for 7 days . As this was our first cruise we had no expectations . Left Civitavecchia ( Rome's port ) and arrived in Venice . We had a great time . Our room steward , Edwardo kept our very comfortable room ( ... Read More
Cruise left 02/05/2014 for 7 days . As this was our first cruise we had no expectations . Left Civitavecchia ( Rome's port ) and arrived in Venice . We had a great time . Our room steward , Edwardo kept our very comfortable room ( with balcony ) clean and tidy with towel animals at night . We ate in many of the restaurants with all staff helpful and the food varied and enjoyable . Breakfast on the back deck looking over a new port each morning is hard to beat . One hint is to go up to the Bali Hai Bar ( over looks the pool ) at the forward end to watch the ship leave port each afternoon . Great photos of the country you are leaving plus sunsets . Here you can talk to the best Head Barman on the ship in Julian from St. Lucia . Many thanks to him for his wonderful company . We had many discussions about him becoming Captain but finally decided the Bali Hai could not survive without him . Hint 2 - the ship was moored at the last wharf in Civitavecchia . We caught a taxi ( 5 Euro ) which was a 10 minute ride . People who walked pulling their luggage took up to an hour . Peter & Michelle from Australia   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
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