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  • Writer's pictureChrystle Jones

The Trip of A Lifetime: The Norwegian Jade Review

Cruising is hands down my new favorite way to vacation! If you are a couple monitoring spending but in need of a few days away, a single who wants to easily meet new people on a trip or family looking to take the kids for a getaway without blowing the budget you should definitely look into cruising!

What can make or break your cruise experience is the boat. I have cruised on some of the more popular cruise lines including Norwegian (NCL), Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney and Celebrity cruise lines. Recently we cruised on the Norwegian Jade and this is my review.

The Norwegian Jade is in the NCL Jewel class and originally launched in February of 2006 and underwent revitalization in 2017. The refurbishment included new flooring, room renovations that included new USB charging outlets and upgraded artwork. The ship does include a Haven which is the most luxurious class of rooms available on a Norwegian ship and is secluded from all the other rooms. Rickey and I cruised in the suite class, read here to find out how we got a $7,000 room for $500! Our Suite came with a personal butler, concierge, free room service, two specialty dining areas for breakfast and lunch, complimentary laundry services, dedicated check in for boarding the ship and deportation during excursions as well as the opportunity to eat at 3 of the specialty dining restaurants onboard.

Our cruise was a 7 day Greek Isles cruise to Greece, Israel, Turkey and Cyprus. We had 6 ports of call and although our Santorini stop was canceled the trip was overall still very enjoyable. With so many ports of calls we ended up only having two days at sea. Some of the highlighted activities included the art auctions, couples trivia, a variety show as well as discounted spa packages.

The speciality dining included Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Cucina, Sushi, Moderno Churrascaria ( a Brazilian Steakhouse), and the Atrium Cafe. Rickey and I dined at the Teppanyaki and Cagney’s. Although we had onboard credit to try another restaurants reservations were hard to get at times even with our priority booking because of our suite. However, we had been enjoying the regular dining options so much such as the Garden Cafe, the Jasmine Garden and Grand Pacific dining hall we hardly felt like we missed out on anything.

The specialty dining options we tried are definitely worth a try even if you only get to experience one of them. Between the two we tried I would recommend the Cagney’s because it gave an intimate date night experience while we sailed the sea. The second night of the cruise I ordered a bottle of wine and they kept it for us and brought it to whatever restaurant we dined in on future nights until we completed the bottle. This can be done at the speciality dining or regular dining options.

Overall our experience on the Norwegian Jade was great. The service was top notch, which is to be expected when cruising on a Norwegian ship, the food was excellent and there was plenty to do on the boat while when we had days at sea. If you want to see the vlog of our trip including what we did at each stop check out this short vlog. You can also read about our experience int e city of Ephesus here!

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