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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We got a brochure that had an excellent price and a time frame we liked. We also liked that we could fly to Houston non-stop. The tips were paid by Carnival so that was another selling point for us. We also have wanted to see Paris and ... Read More
We got a brochure that had an excellent price and a time frame we liked. We also liked that we could fly to Houston non-stop. The tips were paid by Carnival so that was another selling point for us. We also have wanted to see Paris and this was on the itinerary. The shore excursions that we went on were wonderful. The train ride from Hamburg to Berlin was excellent. The restaurant where we ate had the best food of the whole trip. For Paris we took a bus that was very nice and the countryside was beautiful. The river cruise and lunch were great. The food was good and the picture taking was the best as you could walk all the way around the boat so you could take them from all angles. Our time on the ship was great. Our dinner companions were the best ever! The ship never seemed crowded and there was lots of fun things to do. We really liked tea time and happy hour with the "buy one drink and get the second for $1". This was the first ship we have sailed on that had excellent food in the specialty restaurants that we have eaten in. The main dining room had good food, but not as good as other ships. For us there was too much bacon and pork. I have a medium allergy to pork and too much will make me sick. Also they did not have many vegetables with meals. All-in-all that was the only down part and that was workable. Princess did a wonderful job on this whole cruise, in our opinion. Highly recommend it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
Have used princess on several occasions on repositionings instead of flying. Fact that I live in Houston made it very convenient eliminating flying. Room was as expected and itenerary was interesting including stops in Liverpool, Holyhead ... Read More
Have used princess on several occasions on repositionings instead of flying. Fact that I live in Houston made it very convenient eliminating flying. Room was as expected and itenerary was interesting including stops in Liverpool, Holyhead and Germany stops not previously visited. Biggest issue was I prefer smaller ships and Carribbean Princess is very large. There was an over abundance of elite passengers, services were stretched to the max and there was an air of privilege with many of them making items such as trivia and show contentious at best. Not sure what was going on behind the scenes but crew seemed to be doing what they could to deal with the situation. Food was as expected, however, the specialty restaurant Crown Grill was on all three occasions underwhelming. Lobster was too salty and staff indicating it wasn't their issue. Going forward given that Princess has stopped servicing Houston that opens up more options since must fly to either coast anyway. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We took this cruise because it left from Houston (we live in Texas), it was a transatlantic, and it went to ports that are not on the usual transatlantic crossings. Everything was pretty much what one can expect on a 3,000 passenger ship ... Read More
We took this cruise because it left from Houston (we live in Texas), it was a transatlantic, and it went to ports that are not on the usual transatlantic crossings. Everything was pretty much what one can expect on a 3,000 passenger ship like the Caribbean Princess but there were some obvious changes designed to make more money for Princess. Laundry which is supposed to be free for Elite passengers and ready the next day was extended to 72 hours but really delivered in 4 days. This did not stop Princess from selling a bag of Laundry for $20 to any passenger. Why was this done when the laundry could not handle what is had? The cabins are beginning to show some age but still nice and the common areas are fine. Dinning was as expected with minimum repetition of menu items and usually pretty good. Service in the dinning room and throughout the ship was excellent. There was a wide variety of entertainment from production shows to comedy, singers, ventriloquist, illusionist etc. All good with an excellent production show "Bravo" with Jennifer Fair: possibly the best production show we have seen. The ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley was outstanding and quite a bit better than usually seen on cruises. As I said, the ports were unusual and not often included in a transatlantic such as Liverpool (took the Beatles Tour) and Hamburg during its annual Harbor Festival where we toured the Miniatur Wunderland a warehouse full of miniature villages with trains, cars, trucks and airplanes (check it out online as there is too much to describe here and you won't want to miss it). We also toured the Normandy beaches from Le Harve. All our tours were with others found on Cruise Critic or from info found on Cruise Critic. My rating of tours is not a rating of Princess tours; we did not take those. We did experience one major foul up by Princess when we went through UK immigration. This had to be unexpected since Princess totally screwed up the whole process. All tours were delayed a couple of hours. Everyone on board had to have a face to face with the UK immigration officers. Passengers were given a letter with a time and venue to go to. The problem, everyone wanted to get off so the majority went as soon as they were ready resulting in massive crowds. Furthermore, Princess had everyone line up to get a number and once you got that number you got in line to get into the venue you were assigned to. Interesting concept - line up to get a number so you can line up again. As I said, the majority of passengers paid no attention to the time assigned so the lines were ridiculous. Lesson learned for the future - IGNORE ANY REFERENCE TO TIME ASSIGNED, JUST GET THERE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. As I indicated earlier, there was a problem with laundry. Free laundry is a perk for Elite passengers but because this ship had so many Elite passengers were told next day delivery would now be 72 hours. Now if you think about this it is illogical. If your laundry staff that usually gets laundry back the next day will now need 72 hours IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE and TAKE LONGER and longer; as it did, eventually getting to 4-5 days. Now this is supposed to be a perk but apparently only when there aren't too many Elite passengers. That tell me not to count on free laundry, just be happy if I get it and take more stuff just in case. NOT MUCH OF A PERK ANYMORE. All in all, this was a great trip; you have to expect a few foul ups, just don't let them get to you. Remember this is Princess, not Crystal - you get what you pay for. As cruise prices go down charges for extras go up and more extras are added. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We had a blast on this cruise, before and after. Yes, the Jade is dated, but she is also do for a retrofit shortly. That said, we did not have any trouble with any systems in our cabin (5601), just things looking a bit worse for the ... Read More
We had a blast on this cruise, before and after. Yes, the Jade is dated, but she is also do for a retrofit shortly. That said, we did not have any trouble with any systems in our cabin (5601), just things looking a bit worse for the wear. The bathroom was actually one of the nicer ones that we have had, and felt far less cramped than some we've had. The ports were great (though we're rather tired of St. Thomas!) However, I find it ridiculous that a cruise company lets thousands of guests off in a foreign port without providing at least a basic port map. I know it seems to be the way things are going, but it is a bad direction, and goes along with the fact that cruise companies seem to be taking levels of communication to previously unseen lows. But we booked this cruise based on the ports and the opportunity for lots of sea days, not the company's communication skills. Ports: Houston: No longer a cruise port, so I won't waste my time. Miami: We wandered around and bought some forgotten items, then used the people mover to get to the Perez Museum of Art, which was a great choice. St. Thomas: We've been here so often we could probably draw a map, however, we had a great time at Coral World and Coki Beach. Booked through Shipmate for twice the time at half the price. Funchal: Fun and gorgeous, took a van tour, but chickened out on riding the sledge down through the city. Barcelona: One of our favorite ports on this cruise, so much so that we hope to return for a week or two. This is a gorgeous city, with some extraordinary sites if you are interested in architecture and/or history. Palma: nice HOHO, which was what we did, along with a visit to the cathedral. Valletta: we LOVED Malta, not just because some of our friends on the ship were natives and wrote a simple walking tour for us, but this tiny island has more intriguing history than almost any place you might go. Unfortunately, we found quite a few of the attractions were closed on the day we were there, but this is still a place we'd like to revisit in more depth. Venice: Venice breaks my heart, it's impossibly beautiful, and even more impossibly crowded. If you don't like crowds, you will HATE Venice. Best thing we have ever done there is jump on the HOHO (boat), and ride the loop. Get off at the stop before the port and find Campo S. Barnaba for the "Genius of Leonardo" exhibit. It was fascinating. If you must see the inside of St. Mark's or Doge's Palace, but a skip the line tour. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My wife and i had a great time on the Jade.I thank NCL our hosts, because all was first class.The food and service was top class. The shows especially Elements were outstanding, thanks to all who worked so hard to please us. Armen is a ... Read More
My wife and i had a great time on the Jade.I thank NCL our hosts, because all was first class.The food and service was top class. The shows especially Elements were outstanding, thanks to all who worked so hard to please us. Armen is a good entertainment director, and works hard. We dined in Alizar mostly and the steaks were so good, no room for pudding.Upstairs buffet was also good,All the bar staff were very friendly, and good at their jobs, so well done NCL Jade.We boarded in Houston, T Bone Toms is great, got the Shuttle to the ship, embarkation easy. Miami was interesting , Bus Hop on , Hop Off.Please wear a hat if on the top deck ,i got sun burnt. Then to St Thomas,we went to the local market, and brought some loud shirts for fun,it a bit hot and humid so dont walk to far, and we tried the local beer, and caught up with Wi -Fi news.That night i had Surf and Turf in Alizar, what a treat.Then Madeira , nice walk into Funchal, lovely day there, brought some Port. Last night on board we dined in Cagneys, the wife had New York strip steak, and i had Fillet, it was the best meal we have ever had thank you, and this after the Elements show ,so what a night, we we always remember. We had to fly Durban to Dubai and Dubai to Houston to get on board, for us its a long haul from South Africa, but you know what, it was worth it, and we met and made some lovely friends as well.Do it all,or do nothing, but remember, all you have to do is enjoy, you beautiful people,Armen. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to say except it was outstanding. I cannot image anything better. The people, the games (LRC), and the rooms were large and comfortable. That being said, The food was great, but not up to my ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to say except it was outstanding. I cannot image anything better. The people, the games (LRC), and the rooms were large and comfortable. That being said, The food was great, but not up to my standards, especially at the french restaurant. For example, the snails were not washed well (grit and sand) and they were soaked in plain butter without garlic. Also, the food was too much. They should offer smaller portions because we can get a second one if we want in most cases. So my only complaint is too much food and too much waste. I like wearing T-Shirts and jeans. I did dress up for a dinner or two, but I also went in a collared polo shirt.......very nice. I was not bored, but I could have done with more free activities. I like Bingo, but not gambling.I have many pictures of people whose email addresses I did not remember to get which makes me sad. I am a less is more kind of guy so I could have done without the towel animals, the refrigerator full of over priced booze, and the plate sizes. Next time I think I may just rest more instead of running around and meeting people. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We had a fun time on this ship. It appears there is a TA crowd that we plugged into from cruise critic and we had a blast getting together on sailaways, a daily game of LCR which grew larger (and louder) every day, the cabin crawl and met ... Read More
We had a fun time on this ship. It appears there is a TA crowd that we plugged into from cruise critic and we had a blast getting together on sailaways, a daily game of LCR which grew larger (and louder) every day, the cabin crawl and met some wonderful people. We would definitely do it again. The ship accommodated our cruise critic crowd as we grew larger and needed more space. We were even served refreshments in the Medusa lounge in one of our gatherings. My drawbacks were that they shut off the ice cream machine every evening at 11,there was no midnite snacks or Earl Gray tea. The average age was about 70. Perhaps they thought we all went to bed early? Washy-washy/smiley-smiley was most welcome in this age of norovirus. The staff from cabin attendants to food staff were very courteous and friendly. We will definitely be back...but keep the ice cream machine open and serve Early Gray tea! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Being Platinum Latitude members, we have sailed quite often to the Caribbean and Alaska, but our first transatlantic repositioning cruise on the NCL Jade out of the Houston port was simple and easy. Taking this cruise for the first time ... Read More
Being Platinum Latitude members, we have sailed quite often to the Caribbean and Alaska, but our first transatlantic repositioning cruise on the NCL Jade out of the Houston port was simple and easy. Taking this cruise for the first time was a great adventure. Some surprises, for example,how calm the waters of the Atlantic remained for most of the trip, made for an enjoyable crossing. The Jade is in need of some refurbishing in the public areas. Some of the chairs in the atrium are very uncomfortable and broken. In the Spinnaker lounge there are sectionals that come apart too easily. But the ship is clean and the staff is exceptionally dedicated and friendly. Our mini suite was spacious with plenty of storage. We were able to store all clothing and luggage easily. Our steward, J.B. was efficient and willing to do anything we needed done. All venues around the ship offered a variety of entertainments. We enjoyed going to the productions in the theater. Most were typical cruise ship entertainment, but they were enjoyable. There were two complementary main dining restaurants. The menus remained the same for the most part, either a few entree changes each night. We ate some of our meals there, but chose to eat in the speciality dining venues more than half of the time. There is also a buffet that is available, but we usually prefer to sit down to a quite meal in the evenings. We only ate at the buffet one time for breakfast. The food choices there were good and the quality of food choices was excellent. Some of our shore excursions were enjoyable. Our Funchal, Madiera, "Best of Madeira" was fun and enjoyable. Our tour guide made the excursion enjoyable. The activities chosen gave us a good idea of the life in Funchal. Taking the sky lift to the top of the mountains of Funchal and the 2km toboggan ride down the steep street was fun and exciting. So glad we were able experience that adventure. The excursion we chose to tour Malta was not as enjoyable. Too many drive-bys with no chance to get out and explore the historic places. We did get to spend some time at the Blue Grotto for some photo opportunities, and we did stop at a fishing village with an opportunity to buy souvenirs. Our guide talked too fast, and we didn't get much out of this excursion. We chose a private tour in Barcelona sponsored by Baecelona Day Tours. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would use this company again. The tour had a small group, and this made the tour more personable. This tour also included a tour to Montserrat monastery. It was beautiful with a breathtaking view. All places chosen by this tour company were educational and interesting. I would definitely use this tour group again. As the cruise ended, the only negative side would be the 6 times we had to move out clocks forward. It did cause our sleeping habits to change and we slept later each day, making us miss some shipboard activities during the mornings. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Even though the Jade is going in for remodeling, we loved the old Hawaiian decor. We thought it was really elegant and not gaudy. Service was excellent. The staff remembered our names and greeted us everywhere. Grand Pacific main dining ... Read More
Even though the Jade is going in for remodeling, we loved the old Hawaiian decor. We thought it was really elegant and not gaudy. Service was excellent. The staff remembered our names and greeted us everywhere. Grand Pacific main dining room had excellent food. All the specialty restaurants were also excellent. I have a severe food allergy and this is the FIRST time cruising that I did not get sick! Kudos to the Maitre Ds and special chefs! We loved having the beverage package. The only negative: We thought that there were not enough variety of things to do. The cruise director's comment was that it depends on what fellow cruisers bring with them--wrong! (But thank goodness we had a great Cruise Critic group that did add some activities.)This is our third Atlantic crossing and it is the first time we didn't find enough to happily occupy our time. (We got a lot of reading in!) Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our first cruise with Norwegian and the first freestyle one. We liked it very much. No overly dressy clothes to pack, just some nice pants/slacks, shirts/blouses did the job for dining. The rest was vacation clothes. However, ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Norwegian and the first freestyle one. We liked it very much. No overly dressy clothes to pack, just some nice pants/slacks, shirts/blouses did the job for dining. The rest was vacation clothes. However, people who had no sense at all and tried to have lunch in the restauranst in bathing suits were stopped at the door and asked to put on some clothes. We liked that very much as freestyle does not mean tacky. The Jade is a bit dated, has knick and knacks here and there but the overall layout is very nice. It is big but not too big. Plenty of outdoor space, Nice library, card room, enough elevators just like a ship this size should be. Our cabin was a family suite. The age showed here also but as the Jade is going into dry dock in the winter to get an overhaul, we did not really mind. We know that she will be nice and shiny again next year. The balcony could have been a bit larger for this size cabin so that we could have had a lounge chair there. The master bath made up for it however. The spacious shower with the window to the sea was just amazing. We didn´t know what to expect from the butler service and were pleasently surprised. We were looked after by Omar and his crew very well, spoiled a little bit but we were not pampered. After the first day, we just enjoyed the quiet, friendly, extra service. Really nice. Dining was a pleasure. We had the "special dining every day package" and tried them all. Cagneys Steak House was for us the most exclusive one but they all had excellent food and nice specialties. With friends, who did not have the dinner package, we went to the open restaurants 3 times and dinner was very nice there too. It was a bit noisy and kind of dark in Alizar and Grand but we have no complains about the food. We did not participate in the entertaiment except going to the shows. The shows were all right, some good, some better, but that is really a matter of personal liking. What we missed and had on all our previous cruises was a lecture about the next town/country. Some of these lectures went on for several days and gave not just a view of the port or tour destinations but also about history, current situation, language, money etc. That was always very interesting and informativ. As everything, the entertainment on TV was dated also. It should be possible to show more that the same 2 movies, shows, series every day again and again. The service on bord was very good. We liked the cheerful "washy washy" and were immediately "happy happy" when we heard it. One thing to complain about was the stiff attitude when we did our cabin crawl. At the very last minute, the guy who had the inside cabin got an upgrade. When we asked to have a look at the now empty cabin, we were told that it has to be occupied for a cabin crawl. We (that is 60 of our roll call) felt, that somebody of the crew could just have occupied it for the 15 minutes that we wanted to look at it. It was the first cabin on our list, we would have been in and gone but several attempts were just denied. We could, of course, have gone to some other inside cabin, there were enough offers in our large roll call group of nealy 130, but our route would have been a lot more back and forth, so we skipped the first cabin. However, we all felt that it was a strange reaction to our request. The shore excursions were like on all the other ships, a bit pricey with a stop at some winery or souvenier shop or so but well organized, on time, friendly and interesting. We did one in every port and would do it again. All together, we had a wonderful time with our fantastic roll call group, with freestyle cruising and the friendly crew of the Jade. Oh, one last suggestion to who ever is in charge at Norwegian... Please do the changing of time from 2p.m to 3p.m like HAL does it. Everybody who experienced it before likes it much better than the short night, including us. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose the transatlantic cruise out of the Houston port on NCL Jade because it was the last time NCL would be embarking from Houston. The embarkation was fast and easy. My DH and I took the transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. The Jade ... Read More
We chose the transatlantic cruise out of the Houston port on NCL Jade because it was the last time NCL would be embarking from Houston. The embarkation was fast and easy. My DH and I took the transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. The Jade could use some updating, as it used to be a ship that toured the Hawaii islands and it is Hawaiian themed. Some of the chairs in the atrium are very uncomfortable and one even had a broken arm. One good thing, the ship is to go into dry dock in October and will get updated. Our trip across the Atlantic was wonderful. Even though there were a total of 12 sea days, it didn't seem that long and the time passed by quickly. Stopping in Miami, St. Thomas, and Funchal broke up the days and it didn't seem like a long time. We were never bored on the ship. There were always activities to keep us busy. We met several nice people and we visited with them in the spa, atrium and various bars throughout the ship. The ocean was calm and the trip was so relaxing. We stayed in a mini suite that was spacious with plenty of storage. It had a nice size closet, large drawers, and shelves. There was a desk and a full size couch. Our bathroom had a tub/shower combination and was a nice size. We didn't feel cramped in it. The deck had a lounge chair and 2 other chairs with one small table. Our steward was available and was quick to attend to any need that we had. The ship was clean and the staff was so wonderful. Everyone was friendly and courteous. We purchased the Thermal Spa package and we could go in to steam rooms, Jacuzzi and thermal pool whenever we wished. Also the heated lounge chairs were so relaxing. We purchase a dining package and ate in all the specialty restaurants, along with the complementary restaurants. There were several complementary restaurants and ones that had charges, including a steak restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a French restaurant. If we had not chosen to eat in specialty restaurants, we might have tired of the menus because they stayed about the same each night except for a few entrees that were different each night. Entertainment was good. The piano artist in the atrium each evening was more than outstanding. We enjoyed stopping and listening to him each evening. The production shows were good as were the magician/illusionist, and the gymnasts. Also each bar had excellent entertainment each night. We took time to leave the ship at Miami and St. Thomas just to explore the area. The ship excursion at Funchal, Madeira was excellent. We had a great guide and had so much fun riding the wicker toboggan 2 km down the hills of Funchal. It was a beautiful island, and had a great view as we took the sky lift to the top of the mountains. When we were in Barcelona we took a private tour with Barcelona Day Tours for an all day excursion into Barcelona and up to the monastery at Montserrat. Our guide was excellent and I would recommend this tour company for any tours in Spain. The only negative part of the cruise was the 6 times our clock was set forward. It was quite an adjustment to our bodies, and we would sleep longer and miss the morning activities. I would love to go again, but might consider flying over to Europe and returning to the United States on the cruise ship due to the many hours we had to advance our watches everyday. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
My transatlantic cruise on the Jade was a lot of fun. I met some really great people the first day at the solo cruiser group as well as at night at bar city. Speaking of bar city, I thoroughly enjoyed having cocktails down here. The ... Read More
My transatlantic cruise on the Jade was a lot of fun. I met some really great people the first day at the solo cruiser group as well as at night at bar city. Speaking of bar city, I thoroughly enjoyed having cocktails down here. The entertainment that would play in the evening (they had two really talented guitarists) was very good. The main showroom entertainment as usual was hit or miss. Different strokes and all that. The casino was smaller, but was virtually empty the whole time so I did my very best to fund their staff for a few days. I didn't really win. I think my favorite place to hang out outside was the Bali Hai bar. It has a great view over the pool deck and is an excellent place to people watch or just listen to the music. And the burger bar at lunch time, even though I know it uses the same ingredients, just tastes better. My balcony room was nice. Rooms were smaller than Epics. But that is ok. Since it was just me there was no shortage of storage space and I had room to stretch out. My cabin steward Benson was amazing. He was on top of things and any time I had a request he too care of it but there is only so much that he can do. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the Jade is showing her age a bit. Some of the paint in my room wasn't looking so hot, my shower had some broken tiles, and god help you if you had an inside cabin with two people in it since they looked like shoe boxes. I'm only hald joking since the insides were quite small. My friend had an aft suite and I think I may book one if I can for next year. I understand that the Jade is going into dry dock soon so I expect they will address the smaller issues like pain and tiles. Not much can be done about the insides though. Food! Yes, there is a lot of it. On my previous cruise I had only eaten at the upgraded restaurants. This time I had 4 nights of fancy restaurants and the rest were at the normal dining room. The two main dining rooms, Alazzar and the Grand Pacific, were very good. I don't think I had a bad meal in these places the whole cruise though I know some of my dining companions did but they were picky. Bravo. Great job. However, our upgraded dining took between 2 and 3 hours at both Cagneys and Le Bistro. It wasn't like it was torture since it just meant more time to enjoy our little groups company, but it was a bit on the long side. However, as usual, the staff was very accommodating and placated us with wine and drink while we had interesting and fun discussions and the food was fantastic. We only had 3 ports we were stopping in over this 16 day cruise. Miami, Charlote Amalie, and Funchal. I didn't get off in Miami since I had been there plenty and there wasn't anything I wanted to do. I did a tour in Charlotte St. Amalie of the whole island which was beautiful. In Funchal, myself and a group of the other solo cruisers took the cable car up to the top and road baskets down. It was.....memorable. I don't think I'd do it again. Btw, if you do this, take the taxi down unless you want to be walking for quite a while. It's a bit of a haul and all downhill. Really I only had two complaints beyond spending too much in the casino. :) They have to do with the beverage package and the bars closing very early. Let's start with the bar close times. I believe the first night they all closed around midnight. Now I understand that if there are only a couple of people having drinks it doesnt' pay to stay open but there were around 15 of us up in the Spinnaker lounge. But ok, I had been partying it up pretty good so I placated myself with some chicken wings and complained. The next night we had the same thing happen. The following night? 1 am I believe and so on. There was a growing group after we picked up more passengers in Miami that wanted to stay out late. Thankfully around day 5 or 6 they started staying open later and later still after as we lost hours because of the crossing. I guess my point is that for us night owls, it would have been nice to keep at least one of the bars or lounges open. It was suggested we go to the casino as they stayed open later. However the casino, due to a lack of business, also closed very early so we couldn't even go there for a drink so there was nothing. My second complaint has to do with the beverage package. Now, I am very much so a mixed drink and beer guy. Some of our group not so much. They were wine drinkers. When NCL came out with the beverage package last time I paid out of pocket for it. It was around $440 for a one week cruise but did include everything one the ship that cost less than $12 but for some reason excluded some types of liquor. I understood that as some liquor costs more but just price things accordingly. But I digress. At the time that $12 covered almost any drink on the ship except for some of the really high end stuff. This included almost every type of wine that was available by the glass. Fast forward a year and 3 months it now includes virtually every type of liquor and beer on the ship (good job) but cuts the bottom off the wine limiting it to only a few choices. Specifically their house brand wine. This made all the wine drinkers sad. Other than those two items I had a fantastic experience on the Jade. I am looking forward to next years April transatlantic on the Epic. I'm sure I'll need another vacation by then and look forward to hopefully seeing some of the people from this cruise on that ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
A fantastic deal was offered through Travels with Alan. It included all transfers, specialty dining and a beverage package. We could not resist. This was my 9th cruise and it was the BEST ! The ship is not as grand as some of the newer ... Read More
A fantastic deal was offered through Travels with Alan. It included all transfers, specialty dining and a beverage package. We could not resist. This was my 9th cruise and it was the BEST ! The ship is not as grand as some of the newer ships but it was pristinely clean. The venues were filled with fun people enjoying great music. The activity director offered a wonderful selection of things to occupy those beautiful sea days. All employees were beyond pleasant. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants but the food and selection in the main dining rooms was so good,the speciality restaurants were not necessary. The cruisers were a mix of Europeans, Australians and Asians which added to the richness of the experience. Our package ended with 3 glorious days a Barcelona, one of my favorite cities. The Cruise Critic Group was very active and organized. We participated in the cabin crawl and the LCR games. Great fun ! I highly recommend the NCL Jade transatlantic crossing. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I did the 13 night Atlantic Crossing joining in Miami and disembarking in Barcelona The Norwegian Jade is one of my favourite ships and NCL my favourite line from a solo traveler's point of view. Despite now being 10 years old, the ... Read More
I did the 13 night Atlantic Crossing joining in Miami and disembarking in Barcelona The Norwegian Jade is one of my favourite ships and NCL my favourite line from a solo traveler's point of view. Despite now being 10 years old, the Norwegian Jade still appears in tip top condition both in the public areas and my Oceanview Cabin. The only negative would be the fact that the Norwegian Jade is still sporting its garish bright decor from its days serving the Hawaiian Islands. My Oceanview cabin was well maintained and clean with no signs of wear and tear. Excellently kept spick and span by the friendly and hard working cabin steward Arnold. The majority of my traveling companions were on the Ultimate Dining Package as well as the Ultimate Beverage Package. I only had the UBP. The result of this was that the specialist restaurants were busier than normal and the main dining venues less busy than usual. The service in the main dining venues was very rapid with no delays in entering the restaurants or receiving the food. The menus were very good with the main problem being what to select without being greedy by ordering several starters and mains. The food was always presented well with items meant to be hot arriving in that condition. I dined one night in Le Bistro which is always a slower and more refined experience. Again the menus and the presented food was of a very high standard. I also dined in Cagney's one night. Again the menu and presented food were of a very high standard, however the service on this occasion was not so good. There was a wait to be seated despite a reservation having been made, the menus were slow to be presented as was the food once the order had been taken. The entertainment was a little disappointing compared to NCL's usual high standard. The production shows were of a very high standard as were the headline acts '4Ever', 'Carlos Nebot' and 'Graffiti Classics'. The juggler, hypnotist and US comedian were a little below par. The bands and singers around the ship were a little lack lustre again with the exception of Carlos Nebot. In fact, some of the crew in the International Crew Show displayed more talent and the ability to hit and sustain a note than some of the acts around the ship. Having said all that, really that is me being picky as once again the entertainment far exceeded that of other cruise lines (Royal Caribbean for example). Seeing the Cruise Director (Armen) was entertainment in itself, he did not need to do anything but just be there. My main reason for saying that the entertainment was a little disappointing compared to normal was the fact there seemed to be a shortage of headliner acts with several doing shows in the theatre on two separate evenings. The service throughout the Norwegian Jade was excellent whether it be in the bars, restaurants or cabin. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2016
1st transatlantic. very relaxing . very smooth seas. older crowd. very friendly. Ship was well maintained and well laid out. I believe the ship sailed more than 1500 passengers short of capacity. Our balcony cabin was functional with a ... Read More
1st transatlantic. very relaxing . very smooth seas. older crowd. very friendly. Ship was well maintained and well laid out. I believe the ship sailed more than 1500 passengers short of capacity. Our balcony cabin was functional with a comfortable bed but the cabin and balcony were smaller than average. Cabin steward was very efficient. Casino was empty-- no players. Ate in special restaurants every night-- wonderful, especially Cagney's and Le Bistro. Buffet for breakfast was very good. Last production show was one of the best I have ever seen at sea. Friendly crew. used the spa - a nice , quiet retreat but could use more of the heated lounges. Drinks and internet were rather expensive. getting on and off the ship was not a problem. There is no self-service laundry on board which would be useful on a 16 night cruise. Fill a bag laundry service was good at $20/bag. Overall a very good cruise. Read Less

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