NCL - not the life of the party
Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Sail Date: October 04, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 2 years ago
Someone told me - that because I had been to Italy - to expect to be underwhelmed by Greece. I have to say - sadly - they were correct. Greece is most certainly beautiful but I will not return. Italy on the other hand ... I will continue to go and never get tired of it. Santorini and Mykonos were definitely the highlights of our trip. Olympia was a tad boring and Corfu we never saw as there was a horrible storm.
As far as NCL - it was our first time using them (have been on 4 previous cruises with other lines) and it will be our last. Not impressed at all. NCL is a cruise line for the 60+ crowd. Boring food. Boring entertainment. Boring shops. Bugs in our stateroom. We suspect they were bed bugs. Complained several times and to NCL'S defense they did what they had to do (remove bedding and thoroughly inspect the room).
Onboard activities - well this ship is certainly not meant for anyone who doesn't go to bed at 9pm. I remember walking around the ship and it being absolutely deserted at 10pm at night. Most nights, we were the only people in the "DJ" room. If you're looking to meet people, unwind by dancing and having a few drinks - this is not the cruise line for you. We were utterly BORED the entire cruise upon return from our excursions. No entertainment/music on at sea days and the asian band they had were absolutely HORRIFIC. Every time they played they literally cleared out the room.
Food - not up to par. After the 2nd night we stopped dining in the main dining area's and stuck to the buffet area's. The food was bland, undercooked or overcooked. Menu's were not very descriptive of what you were getting. The 2 nights we did eat in the main dining area our waiter was a bit of a douche. Couldn't/wouldn't go into more detail about our food and didn't really have much information on drinks either.
Staff - our cabin attendant was superb. Aside from him - we were underimpressed with other staff. From the main dining hall to bartenders, NCL staff leave little to be desired. I actually witnessed a bartender pick his nose as he was pouring someone a drink. Disgusting.
Room service breakfast was great. Arrived on time and hot. I think they were the only meals we really enjoyed.
Excursions - we enjoyed thoroughly EXCEPT for the Corfu but that was because of the weather. I can't believe NCL allowed passengers to go into the tender boats in a storm. People almost fell overboard and the last tender to arrive back at the ship was stuck as it was too rocky to get people out of it. Unreal! The Olympia excursion was pretty boring.