Norwegian Jade Ship Review

As the second of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships, Norwegian Jade is a reminder of when this ground-breaking company’s vessels were smaller and more intimate.

It was built in 2006 as Pride of Hawaii, named after the Pacific islands it sailed around as part of the line’s NCL America division, and renamed Norwegian Jade in 2008 when it was redeployed to NCL’s mainstream cruise routes.

Yet despite notching up nearly 17 years at sea – putting it among the older ships of the NCL fleet  – this 2,402-passenger stalwart does not feel dated.

Aesthetic Refresh For Norwegian Jade

That’s partly due to a key refurbishment in 2017 and an additional revamp last summer, when interiors were refreshed during a short dry dock that saw new carpets and soft furnishings throughout.

Along with other tweaks, this has contributed to a more contemporary flavour on-board, accentuated by additional touches that include stylish lighting and new furniture that brings a modern, fresh feel.

One of the areas to particularly benefit from this is the Garden Café buffet restaurant with a distinctive palate of cream and lime that lends a light modish ambience.

Elevated Experiences On Norwegian Jade

However, the biggest changes are in the Stardust Theater which has benefited from updated staging, lighting and new equipment enabling acrobatic performances, while the casino has gained a new central island bar and additional gaming machines.

Norwegian Jade’s atrium has become more of a focal point as well as a space to relax and linger thanks to its new open feel and mesmerising chandelier that constantly changes colour.

There is extra seating here with new island banquettes added to the scattering of tables and chairs where guests can relax with a drink from the nearby Java coffee bar while listening to musical recitals.

The VIP Haven complex, where eight suites enjoy their own enclosed exclusive deck that includes a small pool, sauna and kitchen space, also has a private open deck where new cabanas have been added along with modern furniture and artwork.

On the main decks is the new Pit Stop Bar & Grill, overlooking the two swimming pools, and decorated with motoring paraphernalia that includes vintage car licence plates, garage signage and monochrome décor in a nod to chequered flags.

The Bliss Ultra Lounge, where bands and popular karaoke sessions are staged, is a fitting evening haunt with its swish feel helped by mirrored pillars and silver ball lights, while the Spinnaker Lounge on Deck 13, a favourite for disco nights, has also benefited from an updated look thanks to new touches that include decorative chandeliers, LED lighting and a dedicated DJ booth.

Accommodation on Norwegian Jade

While the staterooms still carry traces of the ship’s original design with dark pine panelling, especially evident in the rather dated ensuites, new soft furnishings have given them a lift along with new artwork and more modern TV screens.

But one of the most welcome features is the addition of USB sockets, slotted neatly into the wall or the headboards close to the bed.

While Norwegian Jade can’t boast the same swanky facilities as its newest sister ships, this clutch of latest frills goes a long way to maintaining the appeal of a ship that ideally balances its cosy ambience with an admirable selection of onboard attractions.

Experience Norwegian Jade and discover the true meaning of Free At Sea this year, with sailings in the Eastern Mediterranean. Discover your itinerary and book today.

Sara Macefield
Sara Macefield is an award-winning travel journalist of more than 20 years standing, and has spent the last decade writing about the cruise industry – exploring the world's oceans and rivers on ships of all sizes. Having notched up more than 100 cruises, her most memorable trips have been to Alaska with its superb wildlife, and sailing along Burma’s remote Chindwin River to villages far off the tourist track. She writes regularly for The Times and Daily Telegraph and has written for the Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Express and Woman & Home Magazine.

3 Responses to “Norwegian Jade Ship Review”

  1. Henry O'Boyle

    This is a question for those who have travelled aboard the Norwegian Jade. What type of plugs are available to travelers, are they standard British/Irish type or continental?


  2. Billy Sheehan

    Traveled on this cruise ship in 2014 it was one of the best experience of my life and the beautiful people I met from around the world.
    To top it of I can’t tell you enough of how all the staff looked after me it was just % top marks

  3. Robert

    My wife and I travelled on the Jade in November/December to the eastern Mediterranean and departed in Dubai. This was our third NCL cruise the two previous being Hawaii and Alaska. We thought that the Jade captured the intimacy of friendship and understanding that brings forward another well earned break sometime soon.


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