Cruise Ship/Cruise Line:Norwegian Jade/Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Destination/Date of Cruise:Western Mediterranean - Nov 2010
When we were planning our vacation for this year, the only thing we knew was that we wanted to visit Italy. I looked into land tours and cruises and finally made the decision to book a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line for many reasons. This was not our first cruise with Norwegian, and we will sail with them again. We thoroughly enjoy the freestyle cruising. What this means is, “Freestyle Cruising is all about giving you the freedom of choice to have your style of vacation. Relax or be adventurous. Eat a burger or filet. Dress up or go casual. And never have a fixed schedule or restriction to slow you down. It's your vacation, so make sure it's exactly what you've been daydreaming about. “ NCL really goes against the grain in this respect. You eat where you want, when you want, what you want and, most importantly, you can wear what you want!
-Ship is laid out very well, made for easy navigation.
-NCL adds a $12 per person per day service charge to your on board account, with the option to pay in advance. I feel this amount is very fair for the quality of service received. In fact, our room steward/stewardess did such a fantastic job; we tipped them in addition to this service charge.
-Great staff always friendly and efficient.
-You will never go hungry; if you do…it’s your fault!
-The bridge observation room is awesome. It is open every day from sunrise to sunset and you are provided with a view of the crew on the bridge.
People sometimes say they feel "nickel and dimed" on cruises. I never once felt pressured to purchase anything above the cost of my cruise. I chose to book excursions and I chose to book a specialty restaurant. Usually my husband and I visit the spa frequently on cruises, but didn’t this time because of how port intensive it was.
If you read a review that has anything other than glowing comments on this ship and her staff, the person looked for problems. I don’t know how anyone could go on a vacation like this and not be left happy and rejuvenated.
Cruise Ship Cabins
We booked a balcony on the starboard side near the aft. The room was always quiet.
Cruise Ship Dining and Cuisine
Food was always delicious whether we ate in the buffet, the main dining room, or a specialty restaurant.