March 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade
5 of us went on the Norwegian Jade for our Senior Spring break. We made so many friends (both crew and other cruisers) and couldn't have asked for it to go any better. I have never been on a cruise as an adult (only as a 10 year old with my mom and dad) and this was such a great first cruise! We stayed on the 4th floor in an interior cabin. The price was unbeatable. I'm sure staying in a suite with a balcony or window would be awesome, but we didn't really want to spend any time in our room, and we really didn't! The club upstairs (Spinnaker's) was very fun and we frequented it every night (Special shout out to Roy, our favorite cocktail server!) Our second favorite activity on board was watching Carlos play the guitar in the lounge. Carlos is FABULOUS and was by far the most talented person we met on board. (Another special shout out to Oliver the bartender at the Martini bar for being awesome and fun!)
The food was extravagant as well. As college students, you can imagine we spend a lot of time trying to stay fed, and this was an awesome experience because it was always unlimited! (Unlimited food in college is equivalent to an "I love you" from your significant other :P) Our favorite appetizers included the Brie sticks from Alizars, the french onion soup (to die for) amongst many others. Favorite entrees include Prime rib from Alizars and Lamb from Grand pacific. Desserts: Tiramisu and Warm chocolate volcano (available every night :P). We also greatly enjoyed that the Blue Lagoon was always open for the late night post-club food run. Over all, the waiters were all so friendly and very deserving on the service tip. The only thing I could've asked for is that the tip fee be included in the initial payment, because by the time you visit 3 countries and drink all the delicious drinks on board, your budget has been WAY overshot!
The room was always very nice and clean, our stuff never tampered with and a cute little towel animal waiting for us! the itineraries were given out in a timely fashion for everyone to make decisions about the next days activities.
We wish we would've made it to karaoke, it sounded very fun, but the trivia offered was great (shout out to Ricky!!), and so were all the shows! we only made it to a couple, but I heard they were all great.
The only things we weren't too fond of was how long it took to get off the boat at ports. It took a solid hour - 2 hours to get to where you were going and if you didn't book an excursion through the cruise, you could very well miss it.
These things didn't at all take away from our experience though. We would definitely book another cruise with the Norwegian Jade staff and crew.
We hope to see you all again!
Love, The CSU girls!