Norwegian Jade returns out of dry dock.
Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Jade emerged from a refit in dry dock ahead of the line’s first full summer of sailings from the UK. I recently went on board during her visit to Newcastle and was impressed by what I saw.
The 2,466-passenger vessel was revamped over a three-week period with two new restaurants, two new bars and lounges, updated design and decor in many public spaces and a refurbishment of all cabins.
The ship completes its winter season of sailings from Tampa in Florida to the Caribbean on April 30 and will then reposition across the Atlantic for its dual summer homeports of Southampton and Hamburg.
The new-look Norwegian Jade will run itineraries to the Norwegian fjords as well as Norway and the North Cape throughout the summer.
NCL Europe, Middle East and Africa managing director, Christian Boell, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Norwegian Jade back to Europe this summer with her upgraded look.
“It is our sincere goal to deliver a fantastic vacation experience across our entire fleet, and this has come in time for Jade’s arrival in Europe, where she will be sailing directly from Southampton.
“With five ships in Europe this summer, we are so excited for passengers to experience the newly renovated Jade on European waters.”
The ship now offers 24-hour free pub grub at O’Sheehan’s and complimentary poolside fare (think burgers and fries) at Pit Stop, a 1950s-style diner where classic car accents and vintage license plates serve as decor.
Both restaurants are new to the ship, which has undergone renovations as part of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Edge program, which aims to make the cruise experience more uniform across all ships, regardless of size or age.
Additionally, Moderno Churrascaria was relocated and now offers sea views; more seating was added to Cagney’s Steakhouse, which now boasts a virtual fireplace; La Cucina, the ship’s Italian restaurant, was spruced up and now features a wine wall; and Japanese hibachi venue Teppanyaki received a facelift, along with Jasmine Garden and Garden Cafe.
Other changes to public spaces include upgrades to the pool areas, the Sugarcane mojito bar and the Spinnaker Lounge; new Techno Gym equipment in the fitness centre; and the addition of Bliss Ultra Lounge, a nightclub with a Miami vibe. In the atrium, a new custom-designed chandelier hangs overhead.
All cabins on board were outfitted with new carpet, furniture, flat-screen TVs and headboards with USB charging outlets. Villas, suites and cabins in The Haven, Norwegian’s “ship within a ship” concept, have new finishes on walls and ceilings, as well as new draperies and flooring. The Haven also features four new cabanas. In all, the ship’s staterooms display more than 2,250 pieces of upgraded artwork.
For the next month, Norwegian Jade will offer its regular winter season itineraries to the Western Caribbean from Tampa. On April 30, the ship will relocate to Europe via a transatlantic voyage, spending its summer sailing to Norway from Southampton and Hamburg.
Whilst touring the ship I visited the following; –
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Grand Pacific main dining room
Morning, noon and night, this elegant dining room offers an ever-changing menu of everything from five course feasts to healthy, light entrees.
Alizar main dining room
This is an ultra-modern restaurant which has a lighter menu along with great views.
The Garden café offers buffet style dining with on-the-spot preparation of omelettes, pastas and delicious salads.
The great outdoors
This is a spacious outdoor buffet which serves all of your favourites which are made to order.
O’Sheehans neighbourhood bar and grill
Pop into this 24-hour eatery anytime day or night for everything from hamburgers to fast wok dishes.
The Pit stop
A 1950’s-style American diner with an outdoor grill.
Topsiders bar and grill
Grab a bite to eat on the pool deck with grilled burgers, chicken and refreshing drinks.
Jasmine Garden and Asian Restaurant
Enjoy an Asian fusion menu packed with Thai, Japanese and Chinese flavours.
Watch as expert chefs grill up authentic Japanese dishes whilst captivating you with their knife acrobatics and culinary performances.
Enjoy fresh fish creations, including Nigiri, Maki, Temaki and special rolls.
Le Bistro French restaurant
A signature gourmet restaurant with nouvelle and classic dishes.
A real American steakhouse offering succulent steaks, filet mignon, prime rib, lamb, fresh seafood and grilled chicken.
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings or enjoy a light snack with muffins, cupcakes, scones, cookies and more.
Offering succulent skewers of barbequed meats which are carved at your tableside with you controlling the portions. Plus, enjoy salads, sliced meats, traditional accompanying dishes and more at the salad bar.
Offering panoramic views which make this bar a great location for meeting friends.
Sugarcane Mojito bar
Offering freshly muddled mojitos to suit your taste day or night.
Jade club casino bar
Toast your winning streak at this exciting bar.
Tankards beer and whiskey bar
Meet new friends and seal the deal at this friendly bar with an impressive array of beers and whiskeys.
Magnums champagne and wine bar
Sip your favourite champagne and wine in this upscale art deco lounge.
Atrium café and bar
For that frozen double whipped coffee treat, the Atrium café and bar offers a wide variety of speciality coffees, teas, pastries and cookies.
Mixers martini and cocktail bar
This is the place where happy hour never ends, meet new friends and have a cool Cosmopolitan.
The Pit stop
This is a 1950’s American vintage car themed outdoor bar offering snacks and cocktails.
This is a poolside bar which offers the latest cocktails.
The great outdoors bar
Enjoy a glass of wine, a beer and a full selection of cocktails at this popular outdoor meeting place.
The Sake bar is tucked inside the Asian restaurant, this bar offers premium sake and imported beer.
I was impressed with the Jade and like the Premium all-inclusive concept now offered by NCL on all sailings where the following is included: –
- Wide choice of premium alcoholic beverages
- Soft drinks and bottled waters
- Unrivalled dining experiences
- Award winning entertainment
- Casual dining 24/7
- Service charges and gratuities
- Selected speciality coffees with meals
- Junior and youth programmes
- Fun Aqua parks. Modern sports facilities and ropes courses on certain ships
Plus, included for guests it the Haven and suites:
Speciality dining package
250 minutes’ internet package
$100 on board credit per suite
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Casual dining 24/7
Service charges and gratuities
Selected speciality coffees with meals
Junior and youth programmes
Fun Aqua parks. Modern sports facilities and ropes courses on certain ships