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Norwegian Jade

December 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Caribbean - Western

NCL Jade Christmas Cruise

This was our 7 cruise and our second NCL cruise. My wife and I love the activities on the ship and the opportunities to learn about other countries first hand. The Jade met all of our expectations. The service was excellent.  The food was great. The entertainment was exceptional. I think NCL does the best job of providing exceptional talent to entertain their guests. It seems to be better than the other lines we've been on.

What we do love are the art auctions on board. We've become collectors and we've learned a lot about artists of today.

This was a Christmas cruise. The ship was well decorated with lights, garland, and gingerbread houses. They played lots of holiday music. I was impressed that they didn't shy away from playing Christian Christmas songs. Most of the cruisers seemed to be families traveling together in groups.

The only thing I was disappointed in was that the ship didn't encourage table sharing in the dinning room.  We asked several times and only one person ate with us at one dinner. We missed meeting people in the dining room.

My wife did come down with a high fever and she was treated in the ship hospital. They did a full assessment and diagnosed her with pneumonia. After several IV's of antibiotics, they handed us a $3,300 bill. We will have to submit this expense with our insurance company. So, if you need to go for medical treatment. Make sure you ask what the costs are. They  will charge them against your ship account.

The Jade is in very good condition and we were pleased with the decor and cleanliness.

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Caribbean Princess

November 2015 - Caribbean Princess to Caribbean - Western

Good Trip

This was our sixth cruise and second on a Princess ship. We were not disappointed. The food was above average. The service was good. The entertainment was terrific. We only had one problem and that was with the stateroom toilet as it didn't flush. It took us the first 3 days and 4 phone calls to get them to fix it.


We'd been to most of the ports so we were not interested in what they offered. We are art lovers and spent time at the art auctions. The auctioneer, Jason, and his staff were excellent.

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Norwegian Jewel

April 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Panama Canal, Central America

Great 19 Day NCL Panama Cruise

We booked our NCL cruise 1 year before the sailing. We'd been waiting for a Panama cruise from Houston for years so we had to take it when it came available. We had never taken a cruise as long as this before (19 days) and so we were a little unsure about the length. Also, we were unsure about the Jewell as it is 10 years old.

After completing our cruise, all of our concerns were not issues. We enjoyed the long cruise as we saw and did a lot for the money. The ports were well spaced out so we were at sea for days on end and then hit all the ports. We are now interested in taking 10+ day cruises. I think we could even look at a 30 day cruise.

The ship, the NCL Jewell was well maintained. Everything was kept up and very clean. I had seen prior reviews were some people said the furnishings were well warn but I did find anything that looked warned. I believe the whole ship has been refurbished.

The ports of call were all good and the excursions we went on were good too. We did have a problem with the bus air conditioning on our Butterfly tour in Huatulco, Mexico but considering all we did that is not much to complain about.

The ship food was excellent. We liked the menu choices and it provided us a wide variety. We did not go to any specialty dinning opportunities and ate most all of our meals in Tzars at the back of the ship. The service in this dinning room was good. I did feel that they could use more wait staff at times. Tzars has large windows which provided good views.

The ship entertainment was the best we'd experienced on a ship. We had a good variety and the talent was excellent.

Nancy and I liked the on board activities. We went to all the art auctions and many of the other events offered. We did wish that they'd done a better job with bridge. The newsletter did cover the bridge activities very well and the ship didn't provide the bridge teacher with a good room to teach bridge.

Our stateroom met all our needs. It could have been larger but it was sufficient for what we paid. Our room steward was excellent. 

Thank you NCL. Good job. We are happy.


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Royal Princess

March 2014 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Spirit

July 2009 - Carnival Spirit to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Carnival Conquest

March 2005 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Spirit

June 2002 - Carnival Spirit to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

rmiller99's Tips

Huatulco, Mexico - Butterfly tour offered had a bus with a bad air conditioner and it was hot that day.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - Skip all of the dinning opportunities and eat in Tzars on the back of the ship.

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