Spectacular Fjords!

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
Norwegian Jade

10 Night Norwegian Fjords (Hamburg To London)

Sail date: July 30, 2017

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10853

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Norwegian Fjord cruise has so many beautiful places on the itinerary - you can't go wrong with these ports. There isn't really enough time to do some of the more distant hikes, like Pulpit's Rock, but if the ship wasn't going north-south-north-south, perhaps there could be? I wish there was more time in the towns where the excursion options involved distance places (like Flaam).

Embarkation

5 out of 5
This process was so smooth - we got in fairly early and the lines moved swiftly, plus they had ice water (it was a hot day). The attendant was super friendly!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
I enjoyed the main dining room - very nice decor, friendly staff but the windows on the sides were so opaque you couldn't really see through to enjoy the scenery. The back windows were very large and provided much nicer views. The buffets were good and the coffee was great (a nice surprise). The soft ice cream was too soft. We loved O'Sheehans!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
I loved the spa and spent most of my free time there, but wish the library was staffed more often than an hour or two. The pools were nice, but it would be better to have the Adults Only part actually enforced. Not all of us want to share a hot tub with little kids diving for treasure. I had hoped for a nighttime movie in the open air section, like on Carnival or even able to rent a DVD for the cabin.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We only went to a few of the shows but they were terrific! The one the 2nd to last night was the best show I've ever seen - land or sea. Kudos! I wish there were comedy shows however, that was a missing piece. The 80's music show was a lot of fun.

Children's Programs

My son is 23

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The buffet room staff were super-friendly as were the spa staff. Thanks for having some great people!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I thought the ship was in great shape and i enjoyed the layout, especially as I wasn't forced to walk through a smoky casino. I liked having a full ship promenade.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was very nice - good decor but it was kind of dark even with the lights on. I liked the use of mirrors to open up the space and the layout gave more space than I expected. I liked the shower setup better than on other cruise ships. The AC barely worked, so it was a good thing we brought a fan.

Ship tip

Get a spa pass early!

Ports of call

Hamburg, Germany

2 out of 5
Did not like Hamburg - graffiti all over and people are not very friendly towards Americans. That's my take. The Hafen City part was nice and we saw an open air concert. We really enjoyed the Miniatur Wurld exhibit.

Kristiansund, Norway

5 out of 5
We loved this seaside town - we took a tour of the islands and saw the most beautiful and colorful houses. They love their boats here! We enjoyed some waffles at one of the islands too - reminded me of my growing up time on another island thousands of miles west!

Haugesund

4 out of 5
Haugesund is a pretty town with a quay where locals pull up for a drink. There was a great IMAX like movie of the area that showed area waterfalls & mountains in helicopter spinning visuals. Apparently it was supported in large part by local energy companies, as they discussed the energy picture almost as much as the scenery of the region.

Alesund, Norway

5 out of 5
My favorite city! So beautiful! The Art Nouveau area is exquisite - I love beautiful buildings and this was a joy to walk around! The city is walkable, but to get to the far reaches, like the aquarium and its beach area or to the Sunnemore Museum, you will need to use a bus. Mt Aksla is on the bus routes but they aren't one way roads, so that can be an experience! The walk down is easier than up (418 stairs) but the view from the restaurant area are amazing and shouldn't be missed.

Bergen, Norway

4 out of 5
I had always wanted to visit Bergen and I wasn't disappointed. The funicular brings you up to a beautiful overlook of the city and the walk to the lake is very quieting. The moss seems to soak up the sound, making for a peaceful day in the city. The old wharf area of Bryggen reminds me of what life along the quay in old Norway must have been like - even today, having a fish market so close to the quays reminds us of its heritage and the sea that made this City so important historically.

Flaam, Norway

4 out of 5
The train ride is truly one of the most scenic anywhere! The village is small but really pretty and many walking trails to enjoy. This is where we had the least amount of time (back by 2:30 pm) but needed the most amount of time in order to do the famous "Norway in a Nutshell". A big disappointment with the scheduling - we really had wanted to do this full tour of fjord boat/bus up to Voss/train to Myrdal and then down to Flaam.

Hellesylt, Norway

3 out of 5
Only those who had booked the overland excursion to Geirganger were able to depart the cruise ship. It was a beautiful site to see the waterfall in the center of the town upon arrival.

Geiranger, Norway

4 out of 5
The fjords into Geiranger were breathtaking!! Such sheer cliffs with water cascading off. Very serene with the quiet water of the fjords. Once in town, the Hop On Hop Off bus allowed you the opportunity to visit several places without the extreme hiking it would require without transportation.

Southampton (London), England

2 out of 5
I did not do an excursion, but rented a car to see southwestern England before my flight. The cruise quay is far from pretty much everything. We took a cab versus walking 1.5 miles in an industrial area. There wasn't an ATM anywhere near the cruise port either.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Very easy. Took minimal amount of time. But there isn't much information for how to get to transportation once you are off the ship. The terminal could use an update and include basics like an ATM.

Traveler Photos

along the fjord A walk along the bay Bryggen views By Sunnemore Museum An Island Without Cars Sailboat along the Quay Islands of Kristiansand Along the main quay Washy-Washy!
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