Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

Relished And Delighted in Jade Cruise

Sail Date: May 09, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

We had a pleasant surprise and time in our cruise with Jade. I was expecting an average food and service in Jade because of my previous trip with Epic but lo and behold buffet food was better, room housekeeping is excellent as in Epic and some of the entertainment is quite good, to mention 'Shout Out' is exceptional. Jade is considered mid-size compared to Epic and thus manning and managing the ship is more efficient. From embarkation to disembarkation, traffic went on smoothly and efficiently. Seating in the buffet for both ships can be full at times especially at breakfast but you can sit in 'Cucina', an adjacent restaurant. Besides all restaurants serve breakfast if you want to avoid crowds. The Suckling Pig and Paella were excellent in the launch pool area.

I also had a trip with Celebrity cruise. Jade's main buffet at dinner time has a variety of 'theme' of food, 'Indian, 'Greer', etc. something to tap at dinner time, just like Celebrity.  There are complimentary restaurants at Jade, Grand Pacific, Alizar and Jasmine. Jade compared to the sit-in meals with Celebrity, the latter, Celebrity,  is rated 5-star to 3-4 star with the former.

The waiting service and housekeeping are excellent for all the ships mentioned.

The destination ports are all worth the visit. Breath taking views in Dubrovnik and fascinating ruins in Acropolis and Ephesus.

Let me mention and thank these guys who went out of their way or have done excellent job on what they are doing:
Archie Achibald, daily morning orientation help in planning our day's activities and itinerary. Jorge al Deck 9 adept housekeeping, Alma's smile greeting at Jasmine Garden, Alan's waiting at Alizar, Rose Ann Genario's excellent waiting at buffet and Alizar and Alex Pagtagnan's stopping to converse with us.

All personnel in the main reception were also very helpful.

 

 

 

 

Ship Quality
Old but well-maintained, considerably clean, except some glass windows
Food and Dining
Buffet is very good; Crepe was very good
Service and Staff
Jorge - housekeeping Deck 9, Alma - reception at Jasmine Garden, Alan, Rose Ann at ALizar, Alex Pagtagnan - exec housekeeping
Entertainment
Shout Out is the only one we like, could be depending on taste, we do not like acrobatics
Children's Programs
N/A for us
Onboard Activities
Karaoke is fun
Destinations and Excursions
Must treck the wall of Dubrovnik
Cabin / Stateroom
Jorge took very good care of us.

Tip

You should not miss the crepe at the buffet and the desserts at Jasmine Garden.
Leave space for daily lunch specials at the pool.



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