First trip to Southeast Asia

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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Norwegian Jade

12 Night Southeast Asia (Singapore To Hong Kong)

Sail date: January 13, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 10000

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

If you haven't been to SE Asia, this is a great introduction. Each port is SO different and worth visiting.


4 out of 5
Embarkation is never great, but this went fairly smoothly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining rooms were just OK, buffet was just OK, but specialty restaurants are good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
This was not a large ship, so not as many activities. We did enjoy the pool area.


3 out of 5
Since this wasn't a larger ship, we didn't get the best performers, but the shows were, in large part, entertaining.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
With only a couple of exceptions, excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the ship. Layout was fine.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We were disappointed in the size and the "bedroom". In particular, the bathroom wasn't much different from a standard cabin. For us, the bathroom makes a big difference.

Ship tip

If you want a Suite experience, don't book a Penthouse.

Ports of call


5 out of 5
Loved Singapore. We booked a private tour and were able to see quite a bit of the city the day before we departed.

Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand

4 out of 5
Other than the fact that getting back from Bangkok took three hours, this was a great day.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

2 out of 5
So depressing. I wish we had been able to see something other than Sihanoukville.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

4 out of 5
OK. I didn't realize Saigon was another long bus ride. My mistake.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

5 out of 5
Good excursion. Liked seeing how a Vietnamese family actually lives.

Da Nang, Vietnam

5 out of 5
Good excursion. Lots of variety.

Hong Gai (Hanoi), Vietnam

3 out of 5
Didn't go into Hanoi as we were tired of buses. We took a shorter excursion to see Ha Long Bay. The embarkation was a disaster - truly - but the bay excursion was fine.

Hong Kong

5 out of 5
Loved it. Great guides both our first and second excursions. I would go back to Hong Kong. No question.


4 out of 5
Good - except we were forgotten in the reception area. Luckily, I saw people with tags saying they were going on the same "airport destination" excursion and ran to join them. Although, being in a suite, we were first off the ship, we ended up in bus 5 of 5!
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