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Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Jade Cruise Review

Our cruise on Norwegian Jade was a mixed success, but definitely not without its upsides.

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Introduction

Dividing her time between Venice and Rome as homeports for year-round cruises through the Greek Islands and winter forays to the Holy Land, Norwegian Jade lives the good life. A Mediterranean base wasn’t in Jade’s original plans when the vessel entered service in 2006—in fact, the ship was originally named Pride of Hawaii and was designed to be part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s three-ship all-Hawaii fleet. But when NCL’s Hawaii strategy proved unable to support three ships year-round, Pride of Hawaii was renamed, taking up residence in the Mediterranean in 2008 as Norwegian Jade; the painted leis that adorned the ship were replaced with green streaks flying off her bow. But amusingly, Jade’s Hawaiian Island-themed interior décor remains, and while the hibiscus and aloha elements feel a bit out of place in the Greek Islands, the ship nonetheless has more character than most (we love being welcomed to breakfast in the main dining room by a statue of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha!).

Second in the four-ship Jewel Class, Norwegian Jade is almost identical in design and layout to Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem. Like those vessels, Jade hums with activities on all decks, often sailing with more Europeans than Americans—the nimble cruise director issued fluent announcements in four languages. But that’s not to say we couldn’t find room for an enjoyable, American-style cruise experience.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Inside Cabin
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Sports and Fitness
  13. Retail
  14. Other Activities
  15. Shows and Other Entertainment
  16. Nightlife and Shows
  17. Pools and Decks
  18. Pools
  19. Decks and Sun Areas
  20. Services and Staff
  21. Staff and Ship Policies
  22. Health and Safety
  23. Conclusion
  24. Grand Pacific and Alizar Main Dining Rooms
  25. Garden Café and Kid’s Café
  26. Jasmine Garden, Shabu-Shabu and Sushi Bar
  27. Teppanyaki Room
  28. Le Bistro
  29. Cagney’s Steakhouse
  30. Blue Lagoon
  31. Papa’s Italian Kitchen
  32. Moderno
  33. Topsiders Bar and Grill
  34. Bali Hai Bar and Grill
  35. The Great Outdoors
  36. Magnums Champagne and Wine Bar
  37. Tankards Beer and Whiskey Bar
  38. Mixers Martini and Cocktail Bar
  39. Medusa Lounge
  40. Spinnaker Lounge
  41. Star Bar
  42. Stardust Theater
  43. Jade Club Casino
  44. Internet Café and Art Gallery
  45. Atrium Bar
  46. Galleria Boutiques
  47. Photo Gallery
  48. Promenade Deck
  49. Sports Deck
  50. Sun Deck
  51. Bridge Viewing Room
  52. Ying & Yang Health Spa and Beauty Salon
  53. Main Pools
  54. Tree Tops Kid's Clubs and Wipe Out Teen’s Club
  55. The Library, Card Room, Life Style Room
  56. Lobby, Guest Services, Shore Excursions
  57. Chapel
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