May 2015 - Norwegian Jade to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We had a pleasant surprise and time in our cruise with Jade. I was expecting an average food and service in Jade because of my previous trip with Epic but lo and behold buffet food was better, room housekeeping is excellent as in Epic and some of the entertainment is quite good, to mention 'Shout Out' is exceptional. Jade is considered mid-size compared to Epic and thus manning and managing the ship is more efficient. From embarkation to disembarkation, traffic went on smoothly and efficiently. Seating in the buffet for both ships can be full at times especially at breakfast but you can sit in 'Cucina', an adjacent restaurant. Besides all restaurants serve breakfast if you want to avoid crowds. The Suckling Pig and Paella were excellent in the launch pool area.
I also had a trip with Celebrity cruise. Jade's main buffet at dinner time has a variety of 'theme' of food, 'Indian, 'Greer', etc. something to tap at dinner time, just like Celebrity. There are complimentary restaurants at Jade, Grand Pacific, Alizar and Jasmine. Jade compared to the sit-in meals with Celebrity, the latter, Celebrity, is rated 5-star to 3-4 star with the former.
The waiting service and housekeeping are excellent for all the ships mentioned.
The destination ports are all worth the visit. Breath taking views in Dubrovnik and fascinating ruins in Acropolis and Ephesus.
Let me mention and thank these guys who went out of their way or have done excellent job on what they are doing: Archie Achibald, daily morning orientation help in planning our day's activities and itinerary. Jorge al Deck 9 adept housekeeping, Alma's smile greeting at Jasmine Garden, Alan's waiting at Alizar, Rose Ann Genario's excellent waiting at buffet and Alizar and Alex Pagtagnan's stopping to converse with us.
All personnel in the main reception were also very helpful.