Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

This cruise is one step away from separating itself from all the others and earning five stars

Sail Date: March 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Norwegian "got it right" with freestyle dining and smooth boarding and debarking, but let's see if they are willing to take the next step and make "freestyle excursions" or at least–"freestyle information"–a part of there signature. So far, my experience with all cruise ships has been the same when it comes to helpful information for shore excursions: The "suits" are rude if you ask them about shore information. They say:  "No information" unless you sign up for a "ship" excursion. But here's the deal, to many of us, "freestyle excursions" are the most important part of the trip. Like others, I spent a lot of time researching, reading, checking Trip Advisor, and watching videos etc. but I needed a city map of each port which was not attainable until I left the ship. Norwegian could take a step forward and have those maps available on board, or at the very least, they could have one "displayed" so people could look at them the night before reaching each port. I realize the cruise is trying to sell "their" excursions, but I they would sell more once some people see the difficulty in getting around. Those of us determined to walk would be happy to see the layout of the city in advance so we could plan ahead. It's a small request that would go a long way. If you want five stars, offer what no one else does: "Freestyle Information."

 

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Ship Quality
Friendly staff, Clean facilities, easy layout.
Food and Dining
Good variety of restaurants; open seating/reserve seating available.
Service and Staff
Roy Silero was friendly, funny and interesting.
Entertainment
Thought the stage productions were not as good as others I've seen, the lounge/dance areas were the best I've seen.
Children's Programs I don't know anything about these programs.
Onboard Activities
The Zumba was fun. Deal No Deal was a boring way to get your money.
Destinations and Excursions
The one we took was okay. We like to go on our own and no one was willing to give us information unless we paid for a ship excursion.
Cabin / Stateroom
Excellent, and worth every penny. Because we were on a budget, we saved money doing our own excursions so we could book the balcony.
I took daily pictures of entering and exiting the harbors from our balcony.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Absolute favorite, walking the streets of Rome with a street map in hand.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
An excursion here is a must if you want to see Florence and Pisa: both were wonderful.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Hop on hop off was crowded and slow. Once we made it to the castle, we hopped of and started walking. We enjoyed watching the changing of the guards. By the time we found out how easy it was to take the train to Niece, we thought it was too late. It is an easy 15 minute trip. Too bad we couldn't get that information in advance.
Toulon, France
We enjoyed the sashaying around the waterfront and meandering through the city.
Barcelona, Spain
We spent most of our time at the Maritime Museum and on the waterfront. The museum is a must do for anyone interested in the early history of maritime.
Valencia, Spain
The old city is an easy bus ride and an enjoyable walk.
Cagliari, Sardinia
Hands down the best experience of the trip was riding the Segways through the tiny streets of Cagliari. Also, there are two Marine ships down on the waterfront that produced flags and nautical treasures for my collection.
Palermo, Sicily
The historic district, the people and the music made this independent venture enjoyable.
Naples, Italy
Again, the historic area was an easy walk through the streets with eye-catching shops and historical views.

Tip

The Sunday Brunch with musicians was wonderful and worth the extra $15. The lounge acts and offerings were unusually fresh and engaging.



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