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Norwegian Jade Review

2019 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Dining
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Norwegian Jade
4.0 / 5.0
2011 reviews

Pros
Cons
Bottom Line
Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

About

Passengers
2,402

Crew
1,100

Passenger to Crew
2.18:1

Launched
2006

Shore Excursions
1216
Sails To
Bahamas, Europe, Mediterranean, Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Western Mediterranean, Africa
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Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Contributor

Norwegian Jade Overview

Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the Norwegian Edge project, the cruise line has made it look and feel new throughout. Cabins have been refurbished; carpeting and furniture have been replaced; some existing restaurants have been moved (Moderno Churrascaria) or expanded (Cagney's), while new ones were added (O'Sheehan's); and the formerly garish orange, purple and pink color palette has largely been replaced with more subdued tones.

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What first greets you at embarkation is the vessel's revamped atrium area on Deck 7. It sports modern furniture in subdued hues of black, tan and cream. The neutrality of it all is nicely offset by a funky custom chandelier, which hangs overhead and features color-changing lights.

Although Norwegian has a reputation for nickel-and-diming its customers, we found the number and cost of for-fee offerings comparable to those of other lines. There were also plenty of free options, the quality and variety of which were above average. To boot, service was some of the best we've had at sea, with crew seeming to genuinely enjoy their jobs.

Entertainment on Norwegian Jade is in a category all its own. Shows included a comedian, a magician, a country music medley and an absolutely phenomenal Cirque du Soleil-type performance that included acrobats, aerialists, dancing and magic.

Above all, despite its age, Norwegian Jade holds its own among some of the newer, larger, more flashy ships in the fleet.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in two main dining rooms and at Jasmine Garden, O'Sheehan's bar and grill and the Garden Cafe buffet; also Continental breakfast room service
  • Main theater production shows and live music in various venues
  • Most onboard activities, except as noted
  • Use of the fitness center (excluding most classes and training sessions)
  • Use of the sports deck
  • Splash Academy kids club

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily service fees of $15 per person, per day for those in standard staterooms or $18 per person, per day, for anyone in The Haven, Concierge-level cabins and all suites
  • Drinks, except water, tea, coffee and select juices from the buffet
  • Gratuities of 20 percent on beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Room service fee of $9.95 (waived for suites and continental breakfast orders)
  • Most specialty dining, on an a la carte basis, plus 20 percent service charge
  • Spa and salon services, plus access to the spa's Thermal Suite
  • Most fitness center classes
  • Select daily activities including bingo, alcohol tastings,bingo, and games like Deal or No Deal
  • After-hours kids supervision programs at the Splash Academy
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet access and packages
  • Photos taken by shipboard photographers, artwork from the art gallery

Top Norwegian Jade Itineraries

Norwegian Jade
10 night europe - british isles (ams/sou)

Amsterdam, Brugge (Bruges), Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Kirkwall, Greenock (Glasgow), Dublin, Cobh (Cork), St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Southampton

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Fellow Passengers

The majority of passengers on Norwegian Jade's Europe-based itineraries are from the U.K. The rest are a mixture of people from Australia, France, Spain, North America, Mexico, Japan and Korea. The average age hovers around 55, with the largest number of passengers in the 55 to 70 range. During summer months, expect a sizable influx in families. Caribbean itineraries draw a younger, more American passenger base, including families.


Norwegian Jade Dress Code

Daytime: Norwegian Jade's dress code is relaxed, with many people adopting a casual style -- bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts and jeans -- during the day.

Evening: At night, passengers tend to dress smartly but comfortably, with most opting for slacks and blouses or collared shirts. Norwegian ships don't have formal nights, but each sailing offers at least one "Dress Up or Not Night," on which passengers can dress up if they want to. Few on our Caribbean sailing chose to do so; Europe voyages tend to be a bit dressier.

Not permitted: The only prohibitions are tank tops for men, flip-flops, baseball caps, visors, overly ripped-up jeans and swimwear. These are permitted in the Garden Cafe, though cover-ups or shirts and shorts must be worn over swimsuits and bare feet are not allowed.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Norwegian Jade Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.54.1
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment5.03.8
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation3.03.7
Family4.03.8
Enrichment3.03.3
Service5.04
Value For Money4.03.8

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Norwegian Jade won 22 awards over the years, including Best for Entertainment in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best for First Timers
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Service
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  • 2014 Best for Value
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Norwegian Jade Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Oct 2019
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Sail Date: Sep 2019
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
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Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

Norwegian Sky
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

2195 reviews

One of Norwegian's oldest, smallest ships; main attractions are the 24/7 open bar on its three-night Bahamas cruises and four-night sailings to Cuba.

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Norwegian Sun
4.0 / 5.0
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One of the smaller ships in the Norwegian fleet, Norwegian Sun offers 1,936 passengers 14 dining options, nine bars, five hot tubs, golf driving net, Mandara Spa and a walking/jogging track.

Norwegian Star
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 2001, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, which touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

Norwegian Dawn
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means lots of choice for free and for-fee dining, drinking and entertainment, and no set dining times; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Spirit
4.0 / 5.0
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Mid-sized family-friendly cruise ship carries 2,018 passengers; offers 17 dining venues, Buccaneer's Wet & Wild Kids’ Pool, Bollywood-style nightclub and large theatre

Pride of America

The year-round, all-Hawaiian island itineraries are the ship's main draw; also offers nearly a dozen free and for-fee dining options; can hold near 3,000.

Norwegian Jewel
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means two dozen free and for-fee restaurants and bars to choose from, plus no set dining times or assigned tables; holds about 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Pearl
4.0 / 5.0
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Plenty of eateries, bars and daily activities keep this 3,000-passenger ship hopping; often chartered for music and pop culture theme cruises.

Norwegian Gem
4.0 / 5.0
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More than 10 restaurants offer everything from a traditional steakhouse to Brazilian and Japanese; entertainment includes big stage shows; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Jade
4.0 / 5.0
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Family-friendly and carries 2,402 passengers; offers nine dining options, casino, Haven Courtyard, large pool deck with two pools and the Wipe Out Teens Club.

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
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19-deck mega-ship carrying about 4,500 people; features "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" stage show, the Beatle's-inspired Cavern Club lounge and solo cabins.

Norwegian Breakaway
4.5 / 5.0
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An NYC-themed mega-ship, carrying some 4,500 cruisers; highlights include outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory water slides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
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A Miami-themed megaship, holding some 4,500 cruisers; features outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory waterslides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,500 people; features Broadway-style entertainment, an expansive ropes course and 17 restaurants including the first at-sea Margaritaville.

Norwegian Joy
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has quiet areas -- such as the gorgeous and serene Observation Lounge -- the ship's character is driven more by all there is to do than anything else.

Norwegian Bliss
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Norwegian's newest ship, which will sail in Alaska and Caribbean, launches June 2018; highlights include 82 solo cabins with virtual ocean views and a massive observation lounge.

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