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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Jade

7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 20, 2016

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 11062

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was my 14th cruise so I have a lot to compare this cruise to.  The good:  the staff was very attentive and courteous, the ship seemed clean, and the entertainment was good.  The bad:  The pools were freezing cold (there were only 3 or 4 adults in the pool at any given time) and the dining room had inferior food and service.  There are many specialty restaurants on this ship and am wondering if this is by design to encourage you to spend more $ in the specialty restaurants.   We landed up eating at the buffet most nights.  The food was way superior but that's not why I cruise.  Love the whole dining room experience.  

 

We were the first cruise ship to visit Harvest Caye, their new private island in Belize.  It was very well laid out in a Disneyesque sort of way - lots of things for kids of any age including a huge pool with many lifeguards and an awesome splash pad.  The nature preserve is not completely set up yet since there was one lone toucan, but I have hopes it will give everyone a glimpse of the flora and fauna of the area.  There are lots of other activities offered as well.  Food may be purchased on Harvest Caye as opposed to the lovely free cookouts offered by other cruise lines.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The decor was a little dark for me, but it was clean. The bed was comfortable. The lighting was inadequate since the room was already rather dark. Switches weren't anywhere near the lighting in some cases. We had a tub on this mini-suite which was nice.

Ship tip

A word of warning: It was stated on their website that they accept travelers checks. They have changed their policy, but not their website. You may use travelers checks ONLY to pay on your shipboard account, not for cash.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

3 out of 5

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

2 out of 5

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

3 out of 5

Harvest Caye, Belize

3 out of 5
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