Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

10 day Norwegian Jade Cruise

Sail Date: March 27, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

We loved the cruise. Although we'd done the Mediterranean before this held some new ports for us. It also had the best and quickest life jacket drill we'd ever experienced.

The food was probably the worst we'd had on a cruise ship. All the white fish was mushy and the desserts were too sweet. The food was standard. That said it still was good enough to have us filling our plates and I don't know how my pants would be fitting now if the desserts were better. They had a great selection of fruits and vegetables and all was fresh. At the more formal dining rooms the service was excellent as well as the number of menu choices.

My biggest problem with cruise ships now is the specialty restaurants you have to pay to eat at and the number of them. Has the food gotten worse at the free restaurants so you'll want to pay for something better?

We went on the cruise ship believing there would be washing machines as there were last time. Nope. We had to pay to have our washing done, not that we didn't hand wash and continually had wet clothes hanging in the shower. If I'd have known we'd have brought more clothes because having clothes laundered is spendy.

The best part for our children was the kids club they have which was truly amazing. The kids were begging to stay and wanted to go back to it as soon as they left. They had so much fun and the club had better hours than the last time we cruised with Norwegian. The kids learned circus skills and put on a show for the adults. The staff were the ones that really made it so wonderful for the kids and us.

It was our last experiences with the Norwegian Kids Club that influenced us to choose this cruise over another cruise line.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Could have been better, some was quite good.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Excellent
Entertainment
Children's Programs
Excellent
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
It was usually cheaper to book our own activities
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Need a cab to get out of it
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
Beautiful port, cute town next to it
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Took an excursion out of this one.
Izmir, Turkey
Easy to walk around in and see the sights.

Tip

The spa is wonderful and the views from it are amazing. Research before you go because sometimes expensive excursions are just a short walk from the ship. There some excursions they offer they you wouldn't think of. All but a few ports we were able to walk out of without needing a cab.



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