Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
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2 out of 5

Jade sparkles but only on the outside

Sail Date: March 08, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We haved cruised many times and our last trip was in October on the Norwegian Sun. What a complete 180 this ship was. Terrible food, waiting times to eat at restaraunts, crowded buffet, lazy housekeeping and several crew members were bordering on obnoxious. The shows were very second rate and unorganized.
I would not recommend this ship. I had a great experience on the Sun, so this is not a knock on NCL entirely. Several returning "Latitude" members stated that this was the worst ship they have ever cruised on. Avoid this ship regardless of the great itinerary.

Pros: we liked the ship itself

Cons: ship too crowded and not personable

Recommends Norwegian Jade? No.

Service and Staff
I was suprised with the lack of friendliness/helpfulness of many of the crew members. I was advised the this ship's crew were new or temporary people that did not have proper visa qualifications for other ships. A manager described the crew as " a rag-tag bunch that can't make it to better ships"!
Cabin / Stateroom
Food and Dining
Food was terrible. Food was almost always cold and very "assembly line". The buffet was usually the same thing everyday and there are actually lines to eat and sit. By the time you find a seat at the buffet, the food is cold. Specialty spots are ok, but were better on other NCL ships.
Entertainment
Shows were very poor. It seemed as though the acts were put together and rehearsed the same day. They were not Vegas quality like you find on most ships. The comedian was terrible and lounge bands were lousy. Availabilty was good. Most shows ran two times and main theatre had 2 shows per night.
Ship Quality
Beautiful ship. Not one of the best I've seen, but nice and well kept.
Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt
Alexandria can be done via taxi. DO NOT do taxi or private to Cairo!
Don't Miss: many sites...Alexandria: loved the Citadel, Cairo: Giza pyramids and museum
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Can be done via train and taxi.
Don't Miss: Acroplis is under construction, but still awesome
Izmir, Turkey
can be done via taxi
Don't Miss: Do not miss Ephesus and the Agora
Izmir, Turkey
can be done via taxi
Don't Miss: Do not miss Ephesus and the Agora
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Can be done via train and taxi.
Don't Miss: Acroplis is under construction, but still awesome
Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt
Alexandria can be done via taxi. DO NOT do taxi or private to Cairo!
Don't Miss: many sites...Alexandria: loved the Citadel, Cairo: Giza pyramids and museum
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Can be done via train and taxi. http://www.romeopentour.com/
Don't Miss: seeing the coliseum when you exit the metro... breathtaking
Valletta, Malta
Nice surprise. Be sure to get out and look at the surrounding as you enter the port. Buses are cheap and better than any tour. Also on off bus here, but public buses go everywhere and you're not limited on time.
Don't Miss: Mdina is awesome.
Valletta, Malta
Nice surprise. Be sure to get out and look at the surrounding as you enter the port. Buses are cheap and better than any tour. Also on off bus here, but public buses go everywhere and you're not limited on time.
Don't Miss: Mdina is awesome.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Can be done via train and taxi. http://www.romeopentour.com/
Don't Miss: seeing the coliseum when you exit the metro... breathtaking


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