Beautiful ports, comfortable ship
Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Sail Date: September 24, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Jade
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9514
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 months ago
Favorites: Ship staff; food choices; great shower in cabin; high quality entertainment (though heavily oriented to pop/disco); quiet hallway due to being in front of ship and very few kids on ship.
Less satisfied with: constant emphasis on selling (tours, art, shops, raffles, drinks, etc.); minimal educational content about ports, other than as part of selling tours (other cruise line had educational seminars before each port that were then replayed on TV); despite the few children on board, most movies in English seemed to be aimed at that audience (Angry Birds, Jungle Book, etc.); prohibition against bringing liquids on board (only diet soda was Diet Pepsi which is awful, while other drinks were heavy on sugar); buffet area was always very crowded and quite noisy.
Worst disappointment: insufficient incentives for back-to-back cruisers (incredibly slow wi-fi used up the "free" minutes in first week, no extra excursions for second week) despite constant email bombardment with offers to get 2-5 freebies per cruise. The few dollars saved by buying back-to-back didn't compensate for the lack of incentives for the second week.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Expect to share tables with others in the buffet due to over-crowding. Not all bad as you get to chat with folks from other countries, most of whom speak better English than my Spanish & German.