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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.

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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; –

Mandara Spa

When you want some “me” time, look no further than Mandara Spa. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 speciality treatments offered, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let the pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

Included dining

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.

Garden café

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.

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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.

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Speciality dining

Teppanyaki

Watch as expert chefs grill up authentic Japanese dishes whilst captivating you with their knife acrobatics and culinary performances.

Sushi bar

Enjoy fresh fish creations, including Nigiri, Maki, Temaki and special rolls.

Le Bistro French restaurant

A signature gourmet restaurant with nouvelle and classic dishes.

Cagney’s steakhouse

A real American steakhouse offering succulent steaks, filet mignon, prime rib, lamb, fresh seafood and grilled chicken.

Atrium café

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings or enjoy a light snack with muffins, cupcakes, scones, cookies and more.

Moderno Churrascaria

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.

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Bars

Spinnaker lounge

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.

Topsiders bar

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.

Sake bar

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

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Norwegian Cruise Lines are proud to announce their enhanced Summer 2018 deployment that will take place both in the Caribbean and Alaska. These great enhancements will offer passengers the most flexible cruising experience at sea. Norwegian Cruise Lines have now added cruises to Havana, Cuba from Port Canaveral, this will be serviced by Norwegian Sun which will reposition to Port Canaveral in 2018 and offer a selection of four night sailings. Norwegian Jewel will also be heading to Alaska in Summer 2018 and will offer passengers a wide range of itineraries from 7 to 9 nights sailings from Vancouver, Seward and Seattle. Beginning June 11th 2018 Norwegian will offer guests the freedom to join from both Vancouver and Seward. Norwegian Jewel launched in 2005, carries 2376 passengers, stands 15 decks high and weighs in at 93,502 tonnes. Norwegian Cruise Lines are happy to add another ship in the Alaska to offer more passengers the chance to explore this once in a life time fascinating destination. Norwegian Bliss will also be in Alaska starting her inaugural season, she carries 4000 passengers (so she can carry more people than the Norwegian Jewel) and weighs in at 167,800 tonnes and will launch in 2018.

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Norwegian Sun will also be revamped and under go a two and half week dry dosck, she will be revamped in Victoria, British Columbia as part of the new Norwegian Edge programme. Norwegian Sun carries 1936 passengers, weighs in at 78,309 tonnes and stands 13 decks high.

If you would like any further information with regards to the above sailings please feel free to contact via phone or email.

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Nowegian Pearl has just spent the past two weeks in dry dock where the ship has seen every stateroom upgraded (all 1,197 staterooms) to give them a more fresh and modern feel as part of Norwegian Cruise Lines renovation project “The Norwegian Edge”

All staterooms received brand new decoration, new televisions, new furniture, new headboards and carpeted throughout, the line have also installed USB outlets so that passengers can charge their hand held devices. The upgrade doesnt stop there, the ship also receieved over 2,200 pieces of art work.

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The Haven Suites and Villas also received the upgrade and welcomed new carpets, new furniture, new wall paper and new finishes on the ceilings and Balconies. The Haven Courtyard was also completely refurbished offering passengers new furniture and the new addition of “Cabanas” for enhancing passenger experience. New finishes were also added to the decks, pool and hot tubs.

All restaurants and bars on board Norwegian Pearl have also been upgraded and feature new furniture, carpets, art work and decoration (Cagneys Steak House & Moderno Churrascia) . The pool deck has also been upgraded receiving a fresh lick of varnish for the flooring and refurbed whirlpools.

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O’Sheehans Bar & Grill has also welcomed new flooring, a brand new refurbed bar with new granite tops, making the bar feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Now that Norwegian Pearl has been revitalised she will be sailing from Miami offering various Caribbean and Panama sailings before heading off north to where she will start offering 7 night Alaska sailings.

I first travelled on the Norwegian Pearl many many years a go so when I get the chance I will definitely be sailing on her again.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Norwegian Cruise Lines from May 2017 will now be offering passengers the chance to sail from Miami to Cuba on a 4 night sailing which departs every Monday and will be available from May 2017 through until December 2017. Since Cuba has opened up and started allowing cruise ships to dock into Cuba the demand for these itineraries has soared. Norwegian Cruise Lines had originally only planned 5 itineraries from Miami but now have added a further 25 to make the total of 30 sailings.

Norwegian Sky will be the ship that’s deployed on these sailings, Norwegian Sky is an alcohol inclusive ship (so 99%of the drinks are complimentary) the ship will have an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba and also dock into Norwegian Cruise Lines very own private island – Great Stirrup Cay.

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Cuba is an Island located in the northern Caribbean sea where the sea meets the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is the largest Island in the Caribbean and inhabits over 11 million people, Cuba is located south of the United States and Florida, west of Haiti and north of Jamaica. The local language spoken is Spanish.

Cuba enjoys a year round tropical climate rarely falling below 21 degrees and can see highs of 35 degrees, Cuba has two seasons, dry and wet. The dry season starts from December and finishes in May – between this time you can expect long days of hot sunshine and very low rainfall. The wet season lasts from May to October where rain will be more frequent but done let that put you off as once the rain has stopped the sun will be back out again for you to top up that tan.

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Norwegian Cruise Lines will debut the new Norwegian Joy in the spring of 2017 – the Norwegian Joy will be the second ship to join the Breakaway Plus Class. The ship will carry 4,200 passengers and weigh in at 163,000 tonnes. The Norwegian Joy has specifically been built for the Chinese market and will be deployed full time in Asia.

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MSC Cruise Lines will add MSC Meraviglia to their fleet in May 2017. MSC Meraviglia will become the worlds biggest ship by passenger numbers. MSC Meraviglia will sail the Mediterranean in her maiden season and I can personally see her being a favourite with past and also new passengers. She will weigh in at 167,600 tonnes and carry an impressive 5,700 passengers.

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MSC Cruise Lines will add a second ship for 2017 entering service in November 2017 – MSC Seaside will be the first of the Seaside Class of ships. The ship will home port from the Sunny climates of Miami where she will sail year round to the Caribbean. MSC Seaside will weigh in at 154,000 tonnes and carry 4,140 passengers.

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Majestic Princess will be Princess Cruise Lines brand new ship and will set sail in the Mediterranean from April 2017. After sailing the Mediterranean for the Summer she will then sail to China where she will be based year round. Majestic Princess will carry 3,560 passengers and weigh at 143,000 tonnes.

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Silver Muse will join the Silver Sea fleet in the Spring of 2017 – Silver Muse will become the largest ship in the fleet, the ship will feature all suite accommodation and come complete with a private butler for each suite. Silver Muse will carry 596 passengers and weigh in at 40,000 tonnes, so lots of space on board for the passengers to enjoy.

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: Colin@cruiseclub.com 0161 798 2511

 

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Its hard to believe that Norwegian Cruise Lines turns 50 years old this year, I personally thought they were around longer. They started with their first ship the M/S Sunward in 1966 and offered cruises from the port of Miami to the Caribbean named Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines then renamed Norwegian Cruise Lines in 1987. In 1996 Norwegian Cruise Lines becomes an independent corporation known as Norwegian Cruise Lines Limited.

In February of 2000 Norwegian Cruises Lines is bought by Star Cruises and becomes the third largest cruise line with over 18 ships with in the fleet. Even they are now 100% owned by Star Cruises they still retain the brand name of Norwegian Cruise Lines, they also become the first cruise line to operate the freestyle dining policy which was launched in May of that year aboard the Norwegian Sky.

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To continue with the Freestyle cruise style Norwegian Cruise Lines introduces two new ships in 2001 and expands the fleet by adding the Norwegian Sun (September) and the Norwegian Star (November).

In 2002 Norwegian Cruise Lines introduces the Norwegian Dawn (December) the third ship to feature freestyle family.

In 2004 Norwegian Sky is renamed Pride of Aloha and starts sailings from Hawaii, the first time a cruise has done this in over 50 years. In 2006 Norwegian Sky is then joined by the new Pride of Hawaii island hopping to and from Honolulu.

In 2009 Norwegian Cruise Lines wins the World Travel Award as Europe’s leading cruise line for the second year running (a great achievement).

In 2010 Norwegian Cruise Lines announces the redevelopment  and enhancement to its private Island Great Stirrup Cay, the Island is located 120 miles east of Fort Lauderdale and costs a staggering 20 million US Dollars with renovation due to be complete by end of 2011.

In 2011 Norwegian Cruise Lines introduces the Norwegian Epic, the biggest cruise ship they have entered into service. The Norwegian Epic carries 4100 passengers and weighs in at 155,873 tonnes and has an incredible 19 decks.

Throughout the years Norwegian Cruise Lines deploys more ships in the Mediterranean to accommodate the ever expanding cruise market.

In 2013 the cruise line takes delivery of their brand new ship the Norwegian Breakaway and in 2014 takes delivery of their second Breakaway-class ship the Norwegian Getaway.

In 2015 the cruise line announce that the Norwegian Epic will sail year round from Barcelona. In October of the same year the newest ship and biggest to their fleet the Norwegian Escaped debuted.

The cruise line continues to strive and receive awards throughout the travel industry!

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Norwegian Dawn has just received her extensive upgrade. Being the oldest ship within the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet she spent a month in dry dock, as part of their ‘Norwegian Edge’ project.

Having received extensive upgrades from renovations to existing spaces, plus brand new venues – practically a new ship!

So what’s new:

Dining:

Los Lobos Cantina – This is a new concept for Norwegian – a modern take Mexican traditional favourites

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Los Lobos Cantina

O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill – Complimentary pub & draft beer – always very popular

Bamboo Asian Restaurant – Full renovation from new furniture to updated art work

Teppanyaki – This has doubled in size since the renovations

Moderno Churrascaria – The Brazilian steakhouse has now moved to deck 13 with new deco and more spacious

Cagney’s Steakhouse – New décor with a new layout

Le Bistro/La Cucina – French & Italian restaurants have switched places – updated décor

The Venetian & Aqua – Main dining rooms have been refurbished

Garden Café – Totally redesigned

Bars:

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The Cellars – a Micheal Mondavi Family Wine Bar – New wine bar (formerly the Pearly King Pub) – tastings and educational events

Sugarcane Mojito Bar – a choice of 15 Cuban cocktails will be served here on Deck 13

Bliss Lounge – (formerly Spinnaker Lounge) refreshed and redisigned

Gatsby’s Champagne Bar – new decor

Cigar Bar -features an enhanced new humidor plus new flooring

All cabins onboard the Norwegian Dawn have received new carpet, bedding, artwork and furniture

Norwegian Dawn sails from Boston to Bermuda in the Summer. Relocating to New Orleans for sailings around the Caribbean in the Winter months

The following ships have already been completed:

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Norwegian Epic Completed
Norwegian Gem Completed
Pride of America Completed
Norwegian Sun Completed
Norwegian Dawn Completed
Norwegian Spirit Spring 2017
Norwegian Sky Spring 2017
Norwegian Pearl Spring 2017
Norwegian Jade Spring 2017

 

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull - Godfather to the Norwegian Escape
Its nearly time for the launch of the newest ship to join the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet; The Norwegian Escape.

She will be the largest cruise ship to be home-ported in Miami, offering 7-night Caribbean sailings. The cruise line have announced that International Music Superstar ‘Pitbull’ will be godfather to the vessel. Also, from Miami. The cruise line believe that choosing Pitbull as the godfather will show passengers how they operate as a non-traditional, freestyle cruise line that focuses mainly on the flexibility for passengers on board.

 

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Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull

 

With capacity for 4,200 guests on board, passengers have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing their stateroom. Offering Studio cabins designed for solo passengers, they also have The Haven by Norwegian on board, which is described as a Ship-within-a-ship.

Norwegian have not held back with the dining options on board as there are plenty of options for everyone, with tastes from around the world. A first for the cruise line, will be the world famous Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant and Tobacco Road, Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar.

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Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville

Passengers looking for live nightly performances can visit the 5 O’clock somewhere Bar on the Waterfront. Where you can listen to the sound of the tropics, whilst taking in the breath-taking sunsets.

If you wish to try out this brand new ship give me a call on 0161 798 2512 and Escape with Norwegian Cruise Line and cruise line a Norwegian!

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What are you thoughts on daily gratuities charged by each cruise line? After reading my blog can you please provide me with some feedback so we can pass your views onto the cruise lines.

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My personal thoughts on this swings a few different ways, if the cruise have a mandatory charge then they have to be prepaid, this is set out before you make a booking so you are aware of this, then you have no worries about paying them at the end of the cruise.

If they are optional then you have a few different ways of paying them, either pre paying them before departure, letting the cruise ship add them on at a daily basis or completely opting out and advising guest relations to remove the charge which gives you the option to tip who you like.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Holland America allow you to do all three of the above.

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Some cruise lines include them in the price of the cruise, this I feel to be the best option, no hassle of having to pay them at the end of the cruise , cruise lines such as Azamara, Thomson, Seabourn, Silver sea & Crystal Cruises.

Costa Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines have compulsory gratuities, Costa’s have been around for a number of years, Norwegian Cruise Lines have only just introduced them as compulsory, this has come as a shock to some of the past passengers as they have increased them to £8.50 per person per day if prepaid in sterling or $13.50 a day if paid on the cruise ship.

Princess Cruises is another cruise who have just upped there daily charge from $11.50 to $12.95 a day also following suit is Holland America who have upped theres from $11.50 to $12.50 a day and if you book a suite they increase to £13.50 a day.

I believe that all cruise lines should adopt the same policy which will make it easier for every to get their heads around.