Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Okay, but not great

Sail Date: February 20, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 15066

We picked this cruise because it was the only one that worked with our large family's schedule, and not for the ship, the cruise line, the itinerary, or anything else.  We had a great time, but we probably wouldn't cruise NCL again.  This is our 9th cruise overall, 2nd cruise with them, and we just haven't been impressed with NCL.  My daughter and her husband cruised last year with Carnival for their honeymoon, and they said they preferred Carnival over NCL.  That's rather a sad state of affairs.  The ship needs a makeover, the menus need a makeover, and we'll spend our money elsewhere next time.

Cabin / Stateroom
Nice cabin. Nice balcony. Nice bathroom with a door to the toilet and a door to the shower--best bathroom we've had on a cruise. Curtain held together with safety pins made things seem in need of repair.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Super--fast & easy!
Ship Quality
The ship just seemed "tired". The decor was garrish in my opinion. Our curtain was held together with multiple safety pins.
Destinations and Excursions
Loved Belize, Cozumel and Roatan
Onboard Activities
Ok, but we've have more choices on other crusies
The dining room was so slow that we only made it to 2 shows in a week. We usually go every night to the show, so that was a disappointment to us.
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward was wonderful.
Food and Dining
Food seemed so-so. Steak was tough. Not many shrimp choices over the week. Lobster was available for $24.99 every night in the "free" dining room. Some of the family went to the Brazilian restaurant and raved about it.
Houston, Texas
Cozumel, Mexico
Belize City, Belize
Excursion to Goff's Caye was awesome! We booked with an outside vendor for $45 each, so a great price too.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Enjoyed the kayaking at the West End shore excursion through NCL. The snorkeling there had to go through a lot of sea grass before you got to the snorkeling, so that wasn't the best snorkeling. Then the guides wanted you to stay away from the reef for safety, yet that's where the pretty fish were. The kayaking and snack at Cannibal Cafe was great.

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