In the span of a two and a half months I had the opportunity to sail on the Norwegian Jade twice. With all of the ships that there are out there some may wonder why, the answer it’s pretty simple: the people. I enjoy traveling and there are many places that I hope to visit over and over again. There are many places that I have visited over and over again. The Jade happens to be one of them. I find all of the cruises that I’ve taken with Norwegian to be filled with some of the most pleasant, friendly people that you’ll meet anywhere. Who wouldn’t want to be on a vacation like that?! I’ve had a chance to sail on 5 the Jewel, Jade, Gem, Epic and Star and it’s really hard to pick a favorite ship, so I’ve no intention of doing so. I’ll create a short write up of highlights for each of the ships I’ve been on starting with the Jade.
Beautiful Ports of Call
In just two cruises on the Jade I’ve visited Egypt, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Portugal. I cannot think of a more economical way to spend a couple of days in Egypt or just about anywhere else for that matter.
Dinner with the Captain
I’ve only been cruising for a little over two years, and since that first sailing on the Jewel I’ve wanted to be able to have this opportunity. NCL has a program called “Dine with an Officer” that I sign up for nearly every time I sail. In you’re picked you get to have dinner with an officer and a few other guests. In having the privilege to do this a few times not only have I met some other guests that I’ve made friends with but have also been able to dine with quite a few amazing people that help make these floating city run, however I still hadn’t had the chance to have dinner with a Captain. So on my second Jade trip I applied to the program again and this time received an invitation in the mail to dine with the Captain!
I’d had the chance to meet Captain Kim Karlsson on a sailing the year before and at a couple of previous events that were on board and he was really pleasant and charming, so I was really looking forward to the dinner. Like a true girly-girl despite having a plethora of outfits with me I suddenly had “nothing to wear”. After trying on everything I had, I went with black slacks and a blue sweater.
Don’t laugh at the visible bra strap (well actually go ahead and laugh) but I didn’t pack a strapless bra and it would have been a decidedly more embarrassing wardrobe malfunction had I not worn one at all and the sweater shoulder slipped down.
The dinner was tasty, the company delightful (7 other guests) and I had a wonderful time.
The people who work on each ship are truly what make each sailing very enjoyable. No matter their job, making passengers feel welcome and providing the means of having an enjoyable vacation is something that they all take seriously. One my second Jade trip nearly everyone that I’d run into a couple of months before remembered who I was a few months later, which I had to say really surprised me. I booked a stateroom a few doors down from the one that I’d stayed in previously and was assigned the same stateroom steward. We had a great reunion and I hope to see him again on future sailings as well as so many others.
This one might surprise some people. The Jade used to be the Pride of Hawaii and the decorations around the ship still reflect this. A few people will complain that it doesn’t make any sense to keep it there because the Norwegian Jade now sails the Mediterranean. To be honest initially I had mixed feelings on it, but realized that all in all it’s a pretty cool look. After all be it Maui or Tenerife it’s all about having a relaxed vacation feel. What says relaxed more than a subtle feeling of the Hawaiian islands. Frankly it’s relaxing and festive all wrapped up into one package and I hope that they keep it. It’s now a trademark of the Jade.
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