February 2016 - Norwegian Jade to Caribbean - Western
While this wasn't my first or second cruise with Norwegian, it was my 3rd. I have actually been on this ship when it was the Pride of Hawaii. I suppose it was better when I was cruising around Hawaii, I don't remember the ship being so small. First, the ship was much smaller than I recalled. I went to show my boyfriend around as it was his first cruise. Well a short walk and we had completed the tour. Not much left to see or do. The activities were lacking. The casino was small. The shop was the smallest shop I've ever seen on a ship, don't expect to find anything if you forgot to pack anything...you won't find much.
What I do like about Norwegian is the lack of 20-somthing aged Carnival partiers hanging around acting like insane fools. I don't miss the 100+ families that allow their children to act like undisciplined mongrels. I myself have 4 kids and have taken them on a cruise and they were so well behaved they got praises every meal.....I don't miss the 20-something aged party seeking people acting like children neither..... Norwegian is for those aged 30+. You will find that most are 45+ but if you enjoy quiet cruises not dedicated to a huge party you will enjoy NCL for that much at least.
It's not the large array of different aged guests quite like Royal Caribbean...RC is much more of young, family, and some wiser guests. It isn't quite the age of Princess Cruises either though. NCL is just the calmer, older crowd which I do not mind.....(we aren't talking Holland America here....calm down)
The Pro: Freestyle cruising. I still love being able to come back and eat when I like. I will say that we were so bored on this ship we ate dinner every meal first thing. No restriction on when you have to rush back to go to dinner or eat really really late was still a plus.
CON: NCL still has some of the worst food of any cruise line I have been on. Dessert? NO thanks, everything tastes like sponge cake with color. Snickerdoodle pound cake? why sure I love snickerdoodle cookies and cinnamon! Oh wait....hold on...where's the cinnamon? No cinnamon or sugar? sooooo it's just regular pound cake with a scoop of ice cream? what kind of trickery is this????
Oh but the crepe bar was nice. Could be better, but was delicious considering our meals most of the cruise.
My favorite: bananas foster....don't get your hopes up here. It only resembles the dish being that it had bananas and a sauce similar in color to bananas foster....who forgot to order cinnamon????!!!
Again, no cinnamon on the bananas foster, no cooked bananas, the sauce was a mixture of butterscotch and some sort of citrus flavor mixed with sayyyy passionfruit??? I don't even know what to call that conglomerate of a dessert that I ate 2 bites of....only to try to figure out what the freaking heck it was made of.
PRO: You are on vacation!!! You are in peaceful serenity!!
CON: you chose this over that awesome Royal Caribbean ship with more activities.
If you find yourself choosing this cruise based on the great price.....enjoy yourself and go into it knowing you must bring board games to occupy yourself and just kick back with your smuggled booze and relax......