Posted by: Sarah Lee | March 8, 2010

NCL Jade – a whistle-stop tour

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) ship Norwegian Jade is currently running itineraries from Barcelona to Morocco and the Canaries. I’ve just come back from a trip aboard Jade, check out my fleeting tour of its main public areas (Blue Lagoon restaurant, the atrium/lobby, pool area – complete with performer Pablo Rodriguez, and pool bar) here.

My full review will be in a magazine near you soon, but here’s a little overview:

  • 13 dining options including some great speciality restaurants and as NCL’s ships offer ‘freestyle cruising’ you don’t have to dress for dinner if you don’t want to.
  • A spa with a host of treatments. Most of these are pricey – $119 for a 50 minute Swedish massage was one of the cheapest by far (yes, that’s about £79!). But a day pass to use the spa facilities is a mere $20.
  • There’s a fantastic range of activities, especially on sea days. Some of it was a bit cheesy (like the discotastic 70s line dance class), but there’s so much to choose from you’re bound to find something that’s up your street. One of my favourites was the art auction (with free champagne!).
  • The ship’s villas and suites are stunning and have their own garden/pool area and sundeck. They’re quite reasonably priced compared to similar staterooms on other cruise lines – from just under £5,700 for the nine-day cruise.

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