Posted June 19th, 2013, 05:41 PM
I read some of the reviews on the Jade...comments on her décor echoed yours.
I started my cruise history with NCL...the old Southward.
After that it was the Seaward, Dreamward, Leeward, Norway, NCL Sky, Epic and then the Pride of America.
10 years elapsed after the Sky (I swore never again), but you are not suppose to say never. So in 2010 I sailed Epic........disliked her immensely. One month later sailed the Pride on a RSVP cruise in Hawaii. Well after reading so many negatives about the Pride I was actually pleased. She was no glamour girl, but did her job nicely and the crew were great. I understand she has been refitted, so I may do her a second time.
I am a Princess cruiser so I find comfort in their "style" of relaxed cruising.
I guess the biggest issue with NCL is that the majority of dinning venues are free style and as a single cruiser it just does not seem to work. On the Epic each night they would seat me alone even though I asked to be seated with others.......they said they could not do that. In the Manhattan dinning room I was rushed to free up the table for the next group of diners. So a more traditional dinning set up works better for me.
Having said that, a port intensive cruise in the Med would probably overshadow dinning.. and I could hit the steak restaurant each evening.
I will have to consider the Jade as a possibility for next year (Sept. out of Roma).
HAL Rotterdam Jan 2018
NCL Bliss Jun 2018
NCL Bliss Jan 2019
HAL Nieuw Statendam April 2019
Star Clippers in Bali Sept 2019 if the line offers it again.