I have cruised on the ncl line last september for three weeks this was not our first cruise we have cruised p.o. on several occasions.we found the boat to be clean,entertainment great,food too good.yes i was worried,but some people have cruised more smaller ships and have higher expectations.We are booked again on ncl back to back cruises leaving southampton and finishing in istanbul,in 09.
We are going on the NCL Jade on the 9th August are there any formal nights.
There was not any on the ncl that we went on but people could if they wanted too.
We haven't been on the Jade yet - and are due to go on her in 2 weeks times. However, we have been on the NCL Spirit and the Gem. We love NCL - in the past we have cruised with P & O, Royal Caribbean, Cunard and NCL are our favourite. The 2 main restuarants are much the same as the main dining rooms you would have on any other cruise line. - waiter service, choice of starter, soup, main , dessert, cheese, coffee. - My dad is still enthusing about the Beef Wellington he had on the Gem last year!!. The Blue Lagoon restaurant doesn't have a big menu, nor does it change - but it has something for everyone - soup, potato wedges, chicken wings, chilli, sheperds pie, burgers - but it is all cooked to order and served to you at the table, and available anytime. The Buffet resturant is never big enough (they never are)when everyone wants breakfast at the same time, but the choice of food is better than we have ever seen on any other cruise ship. - ok, so it is along the same lines all week but there is pasta, pizza, roast of the day, salad bar,stir fry, jacket potatoes, dessert bar etc, so there is plenty of choice. The italian restaurant is much as expected, but there is nothing wrong with the food, and we really enjoyed the mexican. there is always the room service option as well, which is great for breakfast before an early excursion, or lunch on the balcony. The chargable restuarants are also quite nice - and not that expensive - the dearest was £10 or £12 per person. Yes, drinks are a little expensive, but on par with if you were staying in a 4 star hotel anywhere on land, but I am sure that you will have a fantastic cruise - we have the Jade in 2 weeks, the Gem for a second trip in September, and Pride of America booked for Jan 09, and can't wait!
Did you have a great cruise?what were the good bits and what were the bad bits?we go on aug 9th so i hope they have all the problems ironed out by then !please let us know asap thanks.
I have just returned from a med cruise & although I made the most of it by upgrading my dining every night the basic food is awful. The atmosphere on the ship was very negative with the UK guests almost revolting at the poor basic free food & very boring American entertainment. They dragged the the mood down & everywhere you went people were stood in groups moaning about the latested let down.
Stay clear of the big UK families who lay by the pool in lines & save the same beds every day like in a 3 star hotel at Benidorm. The Americans were calling the main pool area "THE CAGE" because of the packed beds & burger eating individuals. There is too much food & plates & mess around the pool area & you have to travel through the buffett to get eveywhere.
So I headed for the quiet sun decks & paid the extra to use the relaxation room & spa facilities which was well worth it.
The last 24hrs were awful with the buzz going round the ship not to pay the service charge. There was a queue at the main desk all day & most of the evening with people letting rip & refusing to pay the exrea charge then justifying their actions to anyone that would listen! The cage had moved to the Atrium & they were baying for blood inbetween watching football on the big screen.
Most Cruise ship Atriums are glamerous but beer swilling Brits watching Football is not my idea of glamour. Benidorm Benidorm Benidorm I was glad to get home. I think I may of over compensated as I had a $5000 bill but that was the only way to enjoy it.
One last thing I thought was funny on the last night I saw a reserved machine in the Casino with a pkt of fags & a chair pushed on to it. I heard a complaint by a rather nice chap at the desk, he was flabbergasted that this had happened & said to the Manager it's the cage all over again saving beds with towels but now reserving machines with filthy habit stickes. he he
My advice is be brave & do your own thing. Do not follow the crowd & spend every night in the speciality eating venues & casino (free champagne). Forget lunch but do brunch at the bistro.
Breakfast in the Grand Pacific was the best free meal.
We too are going on jade on 9th august and are a little worried by some of the comments we have read.We went on the ncl jewel 3 years ago when it did one med cruise that summer and i have to say that the food was very nice but the entertainment was poor, not to british tastes!Last year we went on rcl nav of the seas which had great entertainment but we found the food a bit repetative.My hope is that they have improved the entertainment ,on navigator of the seas we had tribute artists, comediens etc that catered for the mainly british audience.As the ship sails from england all summer surely ncl will tailor the entertainment for british tastes!not pleased to hear that pappas italian is now a pay resturant,lets hope food in main eateries is as good as it was on jewel 3 years ago then i dont think we will have a problem.it would be nice to hear from any families that travel on jade in late june and july.Im sure well have a good time but would be great to hear from others.
We have just come back from the med, I feel that life is what you make it, although do agree with most of the comments already listed. The cabins are great with tea and coffee if you want room service this is made available. The beds are top class. as for entertainment it is mostly geared for the americans but, you have time try it out for yourself it might be your taste. The pool area is very busy and not so big as ocean village. never got a sun bed. My own fault but got ripped off the first day, when the waiter asked if we would like to start our hol with a bottle of wine, should have asked for the wine list. when he brought the bill it was $62.10 he was only doing his job. I had my rosy glasses on again. also the trips, do your own thing. If you need anything at reception ask for Laura she will turn herself inside out to help you. the others seem fed up. Just go with an open mind and enjoy.