February 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade
Had a great time, the embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and quickly, and was well organized. We were a little concerned about several things after reading lots of reviews. But I will say, the ship was in great condition, very clean, and there were always crew everywhere cleaning. They were very careful about passenger hygiene, so there were hand sanitizer everywhere. And like at the buffet there were always ( washy, washy ) crew members with squirt bottles and big smiles and made it a part of the eating.
And I will say, the main crew member with that duty, got to be quite the celebrity during our trip. The cabin stewards were also great. We were very impressed buy all the crew, they all seamed to be having a good time, and had great attitudes.
Our cabin was very nice, we had a balcony room, and it was well worth the few extra hundred dollars. We had the door open the entire trip, once we left Houston, it was so great to sleep and wake up to the sight and sound of the water rushing by. I highly recommend it, you will sleep like a baby.
The entertainment was top notch, and there was a lots of variety, the singers and dancers were fantastic with big routines with lots of choreography and they never missed a beat and the singers were truly stellar. They also had an illusionist couple that did a big show, and also another couple that did acrobatics, they were also great. and comedian Dave Naster who did 3 very different programs, which were all very thought provoking and yet very entertaining, and should be heard by a much bigger audience. And then another comedian/ juggler, also very entertaining.
We got off the ship at all 3 stops, and did 2 snorkeling excursions, the first at Belize, A tendered stop, so the boat picked us up right off the ship. took us out to the reef. The water was spectacularly clear and the excursion boat was very nice with a great crew and very nice equipment, lots of different fish and coral, even a ray swam by, very cool. and then they took us to a private island ( starfish island ) and then took us back to the ship. It was a great day.
We also snorkeled in Roatan, but the weather was a little choppy where we were going, so before leaving the ship the excursion director handled it very well, with lots of excursions impacted he did great. He got us another excursion on the other side of the island, that particular tour was a little disorganized ( not run by NCL )
Overall a great trip, we would get right back on the ship now and go again and the couple we went with ( first timers ) also enjoyed themselves a lot.
A word of warning about the corkage fees, we thought we would be smart and bring a big bottle of wine as we knew about the corkage fees $15 per bottle, but they charge more for the big bottles $30 so plus the cost of the cheap wine $11 it winds up being $41. You can bring on your own water and pop which we did. But you do not really need to there is always drinks available juices and such. But the water was nice to have.
Anyway we had a great time, and would highly recommend NCL to anyone, and we cannot wait until we can go again.
Darryl & Robin