Norwegian Jade cruise review
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ABOVE: A Norwegian Jade tender boards
passengers during a port call in Cannes, France.
Norwegian Jade: the ship
Norwegian Jade was the second of four Jewel-class ships when it entered
service as the Pride of Hawaii with NCL America, a
subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line that operated in the Hawaiian Islands from 2006 to 2008.
At the time,
the Jade and its sister ships were the largest vessels in Norwegian's
fleet, but today they're merely an "M" compared to the "L," "XL," and
"XXL" of Norwegian's newer and future ships.
Jade has a gross register tonnage of 93,558, with a nominal
double-occupancy capacity of 2,402 and a maximum crew of 1,078. (Because some
cabins have three or four berths, the total number of passengers during school
vacations can exceed 3,000.)
the ship is big, it doesn't feel huge, and it seldom felt crowded during our
voyage except on the pool and sun decks (which attracted crowds of mostly
European sun-seekers) and occasionally in the buffet at breakfast or lunch.
Norwegian Jade by the numbers
The official Norwegian Jade Fact Sheet is loaded
with fascinating trivia. For example:
The ship took two years to build at a cost of
US $510 million. (It was completed on April 19, 2006 at the Meyer Werft
Shipyard in Papenberg, Germany.)
Norwegian Jade has a total engine
output of 72,000 Kw or 97,920 horsepower, delivered through two ABB Azipod
fixed propellers and two bow thrusters. (The Azipods rotate 360 degrees for
steering, and the ship has no rudders.)
All charts are electronic, and all planning,
route calculation, ploting, and updates are done electronically.
The ship has its own garbage incinerators (for
dry garbage), balers (for recyclables), water-purification system (with a
capacity of 739,762 gallons or 2.8 million liters daily), and sewage-treatment
Safety features include 22 life boats, 22 life
rafts, and two "man overboard" boats, for a total capacity of 5,670 persons.
Norwegian Jade carries 8,098 life jackets, plus another 200 special life
jackets for infants.
The ship also has 417 fire hydrants (including
40 in the engine room) and four trained fire-fighting teams, plus medical
teams for health emergencies and evacuations.
Other numbers for Quiz Night enthusiasts:
Norwegian Jade has 810 miles (1,303 km) of electric cable, 65 miles
(105 km) of pipes, 835 exterior windows, and 1,834 interior doors, and more
than 25,000 light bulbs.