December 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade
The NCL Jade was usually very clean and well kept (just a few areas I noticed). The entertainment was great! We really enjoyed The Tenors of Rock and the Elements show!
Just a couple of small things:
The Blue Lagoon could use a good buffalo sauce on their buffalo wings. The current sauce seems like it is ketchup based and sub par to many out there in restaurants.
I enjoyed the Jasmine restaurant, being a regular dinning area now (you do not have to pay extra for it), I totally understand the wait time because it is a small area and many people want to dine in this area. The appetizers were great!!! The entree's were not great! Entree's could use work to look and taste more like authentic asian cuisine. It opens at 5:30pm so have a member of your party arrive at 5pm (or earlier!) to wait in line. After that, there seems to be a wait for most of the night.
The restaurants, Grand Pacific and Alizar, were pretty good, we could always find something that we really wanted to try out. We miss the Lobster night! I wish NCL could bring that back. One major complaint is that a majority of the nights dinner lasted almost 90 to 120 minutes. A two hour dinner? Really? That means if we sit at 5:30 (which is when it opens) and want to go to the first show at 7:30pm in Stardust Theatre, we will not make it! We had to tell our waiter not to bring dessert out on two dinners of our seven night cruise because of that. This is consistent with NCL, my last three cruises with NCL, dinners were too long!
I really, really liked our Ultimate Beverage Package, very much worth paying extra to add it on during booking (try to catch one of the deals that are offered).
I didn't see as many spa promotions this time around, I was looking for a good one to take advantage of, but that wasn't my main focus of the cruise so I did not end up doing a spa treatment this time.
We encountered a very rude casino employee (at the help desk), she was not very courteous to a couple people of my group. Maybe she was having a bad week?
Other than that, we had a fantastic time on NCL Jade!