scolp1951

scolp1951
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Norwegian Jade

February 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade

Another Wonderful Experience!

Since this was our second Jade cruise, I was expecting to be "delighted," and NCL delivered the same quality and cleanliness standards we have come to expect. A few of the cruise staff remembered us from previous trips on other ships, making us feel like family reunited.  I hope NCL will decide to again offer lobster dinner at the complimentary restaurants for at least one night.  That would definitely earn them my 5-star rating.

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Huatulco, Mexico - Nice port. Make sure to arrange an excursion to get away from the ship. The town has so much to offer!
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile - Stayed at a Marriott hotel near Las Condes so we were near the big mall. Arrange for a city tour to maximize your time in this beautiful city.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - The ship is docked away from the town, so you will need to ride the ship's tender for about 15 mins to get to town. There is a big building walking distance from the dock, with lots of stores.
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - We rented a van from the dock to Antigua, a 1-1/2 hour ride. When we got to Antigua the roads were all bumpy (cobblestones). Not much to see in the town square but the people are friendly.
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - Bring something to read and games to play! TV has limited shows/movies. Also, the ship is older than most and not digitalized. You cannot view your stateroom bill on TV. Photos from the gallery are all on paper. On other ships, the photos are in digital format and available by room number.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - If you like to listen to good music, go to the Atrium to watch the Melodic Trio perform.
Sanya, China - Avoid public restrooms. Especially for women, carry packets of Kleenex and wipes. Public restrooms are not supplied with paper products.
Hong Kong - Definitely recommend the Hong Kong highlights with airport drop off. We were taken to Kowloon, Aberdeen and New Territories. We rode the tram to Victoria Peak and had dim sum lunch at a floating restaurant after a short sampan ride. This is the best way to see the most important attractions in a short time.
Ko Samui, Thailand - Thailand ports were cancelled. How disappointing. Thailand was one of the main reasons we booked this cruise.
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Study the ship layout before boarding as well as the reminders for making reservations. It would have helped us tremendously if we had taken action to make dinner and show reservations before boarding the ship.
Helsinki, Finland - Heard it rains almost everyday, so it would be a good idea to wear a hooded jacket or bring an umbrella.
Copenhagen, Denmark - The Hop On, Hop Off tour bus was excellent. If time permits, take a walk in the town square near where city hall is located. Lots of shops and pedestrian friendly sidewalks.
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - This being our second trip on this ship, surprisingly not much had changed, and that is good. I was somewhat disappointed that NCL did not use technological advances to go a step farther in recognizing that we were repeat Jade passengers.

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