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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
9 Night Canary Islands & Morocco (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 08, 2011
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

The ship was very nice. There were plenty of speciality restaurants to choose from, but the food at the included places was nice. There was not enough deck space to accomodate all the pool people in high times, but plenty of room on the sun decks.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We tried three of the specialty restauarants and they did not disappoint. They offered a reduced cover charge for the first hour which we took advantage of. The buffets were great for the kiddos.


5 out of 5
The shows were the best part of the whole trip. We didn't miss one and several were family friendly.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My kids never wanted to leave the kids zone. When at sea, free activities were available from 0900-2230 every day!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
I couldn't imagine a more talented or professional crew. We were amazed at their talents and energy.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was very tidy and fun.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
As good as could have been expected for interior stateroom. No complaints except it was hard to manage the temperature.
3 out of 5
We did the Imperial Rabat excursion. The guide was good but one stop at the carpet store was very disappointing. It was a chance to buy something but it was all very expensive and no one was interested. The vendor came down 200% from initial offer before I even made an offer. It was crazy. We spent more time at the shop negotiating a non purchase than at the mosque that Casablanca is famous for.
Don't Miss: The magnificent mosque
3 out of 5
A bus runs you to the city and there is plenty to see with the fortress/palace and shopping in the city center. Also, very good beach for relaxing
Don't Miss: The fortress in the center
3 out of 5
Very clean city, and tourist friendly. We sat on the beach and did some shopping. Every thing is within walking distance of the boat in Las Palmas.
Don't Miss: Relax on the beach
1 out of 5
The beach was nice and there was a little free zoo to walk through in the city center. The ruined fortress on the hill was worth a trip but we were accosted by all manner of vendors there trying to force baby sheeps in my kids hands, putting my children on camels without my permission, and wrapping snakes around them expecting payment. It was not fun and not worth arguing over price with the cab driver for the view and attack of cute animal peddlers. Shopping downtown was much easier.
Don't Miss: The beach is close and nice for relaxing
5 out of 5
This was the most beautiful island I have ever seen. (not too many in my experience, but this was great). We did the Taste of Madeira tour and it was great. Got to see the sea cliff, 2000 feet down to the sea and some of the remarkable scenery. Also a little wine and cheese tasting as well as opportunity to shop. All travel close to ship so there was still time to get back and explore Funchal or relax on the ship after the excursion
Don't Miss: Standing on top of the sea cliff

Pros: The Shows, The Kids Activities

Cons: Morroco

Recommends Norwegian Jade? Yes!

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