April 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jade
My wife and I booked this cruise for my birthday. First time on Norwegian Cruise Line. On the positive side, this was the best embarking and disembarking cruise we have ever been on. From parking lot to cabin in about 15 minutes. The ship was neat and clean and the food was excellent. However, paying $27.00 per day for gratuities REALLY ticked us off. Most ship employees were fine but some were outright rude and most could not speak fluent English. NORWEGIAN JADE NEEDS MORE BARTENDERS !!!!!! It seems like we spent a lot of time waiting to get a drink, especially around the pool, where most times there was only one bartender taking care of many people. The ship's shore excursions were very expensive. NCL charged us $158 to go to a very crowded beach on Roatan. The deck chairs were placed so close to each other, we could have used a crane to seat us. Entertainment on board was 3rd class. Specialty restaurants were very expensive. No more Norwegian cruises for us.