Norwegian Jade cruise review
More amenities and activities
On a large ship like Norwegian Jade, it's hard to describe the daily range of activities without having it read like a laundry list, so we'll just present a sampling of what we observed during our cruise:
were surprisingly popular, despite the July heat.
Traditional cruise-ship activities such as and , were on the menu, and passengers who needed to depreciate their assets could visit the during evenings and sea days.
Some activities did double duty as entertainment: Passengers could attend demonstrations in cooking or how to make towel animals, and a "Battle of the Cake Masters" between the ship's executive chef, the pastry chef, and a passenger named Kathy drew a large crowd in the Atrium.
One of our own favorite activities was to go walking on thewith its lifeboats, views of the sea, and deck games of chess and shuffleboard. (Smoking was allowed on the Promenade Deck, but only in a designated area.)
Norwegian Jade has a non-denominationalon Deck 13, near the Spinnaker Lounge. It can be reserved for weddings or vow renewals, but most of the time it's just a quiet place for prayers or meditation.
We visited theon Deck 12 fairly often during our cruise. The Library has a reasonable selection of hardcover books, comfortable chairs for reading, a collection of memorabilia from the S.S. United States, and desks facing the water (some with computers, some for laptop users). A is next door.
Theis next to the on Deck 12. Its exercise machines face large windows overlooking the bow and the sea. One deck up are a and .
Durant visited theon Day 8 of the cruise. He was treated promptly and came away with a selection of pills and a receipt for USD 247. (The Medical Center can handle most routine complaints; seriously ill or injured passengers are sent ashore for treatment--by ambulance if the ship is in port, or by Coast Guard boat or helicopter in emergencies at sea.)
Thedisplays pictures of passengers taken by the ship's photographers, which are available for purchase. Photo services and items such as photo frames are also available.
Next door, theoffers satellite Internet access (by the minute or in packages) and will print documents from your computer.
Internet access at sea is much slower than on land, and some services--such as Skype--aren't practical or aren't available. If Wi-Fi performance in your cabin is unacceptable, try a public area with stronger Wi-Fi coverage, such as the Library or the Spinnaker Lounge.
Finally, we'd be remiss if we failed to mention Norwegian Jade's. The main shop, at the stern of the ship on Deck 7, carries everything from toiletries and candy to ship souvenirs, clothing, and jewelry. Another shop is located aft of Guest Services on the same deck.
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