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

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Norwegian Jade

18 Night Egypt Jordan Israel & Oman (Athens To Dubai)

Sail date: November 15, 2021

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin number: 10510

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review summary

Primary reason for taking this cruise we’re the visits to Israel, which were cancelled by Israel (not NCL’s doing) along with the cancelled stops in Salalah and AbuDhabi

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Good, considering the necessity of covid testing

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great as usual

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Lacking, ie with 6 at sea days, few movies were shown. Most of what we’re shown were kids movies. The irony of which was there no kids on board this cruise

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Average at best, with one exception. The Comedy Juggler was a five star act, the best I’ve seen.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Most important was that no matter who it was, they had the time to talk with us and we’re extremely courteous and friendly

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Mostly appreciated were the Spinnaker Lounge and aft deck dining, aft of the Garden Cafe

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin number incorrect

Ship tip

Think twice about non-USA port sailings, at this time. Unlike US sailings, all European cruises require that masks be worn everywhere but your staterooms (and while eating)

Ports of call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece Did not visit port

Had no time to visit, only to get on the ship

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
Great port and saw Ephesus

Santorini, Greece

5 out of 5
Awesome port, just went ashore on our own

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete

5 out of 5
Went ashore on our own, went into town and walked along the shore

Port Said, Egypt Did not visit port

NCL decision

Suez Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Did not leave ship, but did transit the canal

Safaga (Luxor), Egypt

1 out of 5
Port was ok, but excursion poorly set up and executed (Luxor Temple and Valley of the Kings)

Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

5 out of 5
Good port, excursion to Petra was well done

Salalah, Oman Did not visit port

Port stop cancelled

Muscat, Oman Did not visit port

Decided to not leave the ship

Khasab, Oman

5 out of 5
Nice port and the dhow excursion of the fjord was great

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Did not visit port

Port stop was cancelled

Dubai, U.A.E.

5 out of 5
Good port for tying up a ship, but too far from city

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very simple process. Kudos to NCL!
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