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Norwegian Jade Cruise Ship Tour – Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Jade Cruise Ship Tour – Norwegian Cruise Line

Unveiled in 2006, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 93,502 ton, 2,302 passenger Norwegian Jade is the second of four nearly identical “Jewel Class” ships that includes the Norwegian Jewel (2005), Norwegian Pearl (2006) and Norwegian Gem (2007). Norwegian Jade was constructed by Meyer Werft, the highly-acclaimed Papenburg, Germany-based shipyard that has built most of the ships in the current Norwegian fleet. The Norwegian Jade was originally commissioned for Norwegian’s NCL America subsidiary as its third Hawaiian-based vessel, the Pride Of Hawai’i. The Pride Of Hawai’i was christened in Los Angeles in a gala ceremony attended by longtime Hawaiian senator Daniel Inouye, who was instrumental in helping pass legislation to allow NCL America to register its ships in the United States. In time-honored seafaring tradition, a magnum of champagne was sent crashing into the ship’s hull. NCL America suffered from a number of startup issues, resulting in the transfer of two of its three ships back into the Norwegian fleet. After only 20 months in Hawaiian service, the Pride Of Hawai’i was renamed Norwegian Jade and placed in year-round European cruise service in early 2008. Like all ships in the Norwegian fleet, Norwegian Jade is distinguished by its unique hull art, a swirling jade-colored wave that “splashes back” nearly three hundred feet from the prow. Powered by MAN diesels that drive twin pods at a service speed of 25 knots, the 965 by 106 foot Norwegian Jade sports 15 decks and has a myriad of restaurants, lounges and amenities to accommodate the line’s “Freestyle Cruising” brand. It also boasts a “ship within a ship” complex of exclusive suites called the Courtyard Villa. The forward portion of the uppermost level, Deck 15 begins at the base of the radio mast. This is a view facing aft from Deck 15 overlooking the Deck 14 sun deck and midships pool area. The aft portion of Deck 15 begins atop the midships Courtyard Villa complex. The starboard side, shown facing aft, is for general passenger use. The port side of aft Deck 15 is for the exclusive use of Courtyard Villa suite guests and boasts posh wicker and cabana style seating. The forward portion of Deck 14, shown facing port, overlooks the bow and is sheltered from high winds by a full-length glass screen. Colorful murals adorn many of the ship’s bulkheads, as seen in this forward-facing view from the Deck 14 sunning terrace. From the Deck 14 sunning terrace, there is a fine view over the midships Waikiki Beach Pool area on Deck 12, which includes two pools (the forward one is exclusively for adults), a water slide and four hot tubs. The Courtyard Villa complex is in the background. Here is a forward-facing view over the Waikiki Pool area from the top of the Courtyard Villa complex. In addition to the pools, hot tubs and slide, there are chaise lounges for sunning, tables, chairs, beach umbrellas, poolside casino tables and a ping pong table. Inside the Courtyard Villa complex, there is a small wading pool reserved for occupants of the ten Courtyard Villas. Courtyard Villa occupants have their own cardio corner adjacent to the private pool. Overlooking the stern of the ship, there is bleacher-style seating adjacent to a large games court. Here is a forward-facing view through the games court netting towards the bleachers. Of the four ships in the Jewel class, Norwegian Jade and the earlier Norwegian Jewel are the pair without rock climbing walls. More sunning space can be found on Deck 13, encircling the pool area. On Deck 7, the Norwegian Jade has a full wrap-around promenade, which is ideal for jogging, shuffleboard, or just sitting in a deck chair and watching the sea roll by The 372-seat Spinnaker Lounge is one of the most eye-popping rooms aboard the Norwegian Jade. The observation lounge/cabaret showroom features whimsical seating and panoramic views along three sides from the vantage of forward Deck 13. With its yacht-inspired wood tones and blue “wave” carpet, the Spinnaker Lounge, shown here facing aft, is the venue for Norwegian’s once-per-cruise White Hot Night. Additional features include flat-screen televisions and pub games such as Foosball and darts. The Spinnaker Bar at the entrance to the Spinnaker Lounge features mahogany wood tones, riveted brushed steel and golf tee-style barstools. Just aft of the Spinnaker Lounge on the port side of Deck 13, there is a 24-seat Chapel for weddings and marriage vow renewals. On midships Deck 13 overlooking the pool area, there is the 56-seat Star Bar, which doubles as a daytime concierge lounge for suite and villa guests and an upscale evening cocktail bar that is open to all. Adjoining the starboard side of the Star Bar on Deck 13, the forward portion of Cagney’s Steakhouse is a demi-crescent-shaped space with full length windows overlooking the pool area. The aft portion of Cagney’s, shown facing starboard, is a rectangular space that is accessed from either side of midships Deck 13. Together with the forward section, the popular extra-tariff dining venue accommodates 168. Cagney’s is distinguished by its lemon-yellow leather seating and oversized mural of a metropolitan cityscape. Popular courses here include a 32-ounce Porterhouse steak for two, broiled Maine lobster, veal, lamb, grilled chicken and a selection of seafood. There is a $25 per person additional tariff and reservations are recommended. The Norwegian Jade’s Yin and Yang Health Spa is located on forward Deck 12. This is a view of the unisex relaxation area and thermal benches. The Yin and Yang Health Spa also has separate men’s and women’s sauna areas that adjoin the relaxation area. The many massages and treatments offered in the Yin and Yang Health Spa include teeth whitening. The Yin and Yang Health Spa has 22 treatment rooms, including one for couples. The Fitness Center is adjacent to the Yin and Yang Health Spa on the port side of Deck 12 and includes a well-equipped gym with cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights. There is an aerobics room in the Fitness Center for spinning, Pilates, Yoga, step classes and kick boxing. The 24 seat SS United States Library is on the starboard side of Deck 12, just aft of the Yin and Yang Health Spa. Named for the 1952-built ocean liner that won the Blue Ribband for fastest Atlantic crossing, it features a large scale model of the ship and attractive 1950s inspired decor. The Library adjoins a card room and lifestyles room. On midships Deck 12 just aft of the pool area, the Tree Top Kids Club is a supervised facility with a play gym, movie theater, computer center and an arts and crafts area. Located on aft Deck 12, the Garden Cafe accommodates 468 guests inside with a separate kids area that seats 38. The casual-buffet dining venue still boasts its original Hawaiian-themed decor with tiki figures and a floral motif. At night, it takes on a more sophisticated ambience with candlelight and tablecloths. Well-situated action stations help keep Garden Cafe congestion at bay and feature freshly cooked and prepared-to-order foods in addition to pizza, fruit, soups, pasta, ethnic specialties, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, a salad bar and more. The al-fresco aft portion of the Garden Cafe seats an additional 240 guests with a view over the ship’s wake. Papas Italian Kitchen is a casual, 112 seat extra tariff ($10 per person) Italian restaurant that serves pizza, pasta and other popular dishes. Located on port Deck 12 next to the Garden Cafe, its specialties include Osso Buco and Lobster Ravioli. On Deck 11, the Norwegian Jade and her sisters feature an unusual Bridge Viewing Room that occasionally allows visitors to peer into the wheelhouse. Displays about the ship’s construction and engine room are an added highlight. The Norwegian Jade has a two deck atrium that spans midships Decks 7 and 8. In this aft-facing view from Deck 8, the reception can be seen on the lower level. In this forward-facing view of the Atrium from Deck 8, the grand staircase linking Decks 7 and 8 descends behind the 70-seat Aloha Bar, where coffees, iced coffee drinks and pastries are available. The large LED screen is used to broadcast news and sports events and can also be commandeered for Wii tournaments. On the port Deck 8 Atrium balcony, the 94-seat Blue Lagoon restaurant seats 94. Open 24 hours, the no-charge dining venue serves comfort food dishes like hamburgers, fish and chips, baked potato skins and other “diner” fare. The 144 seat Paniolo’s (Hawaiian Cowboy) Tapas and Salsa Restaurant is on the starboard balcony across from Blue Lagoon. The extra-tariff venue ($10 per person) features Tex Mex cuisine, hot and cold Tapas dishes and a tequila bar. The three-deck, 1,042 seat Stardust Theater is Norwegian Jade’s mainstage showroom, featuring Broadway-style revues, singers, comedians, magicians and other headline acts. Medusa’s Lounge is decoratively inspired by the jellyfish it is named for. Located on Deck 7, the 176-seat venue is both a nightclub and cabaret showroom. The three colorful “whatever rooms” that adjoin Medusa’s just happen to be equipped with state-of-the-art Karaoke equipment. The Jasmine Garden Asian Restaurant is a pan-Asian dining and bar complex on Deck 7 that features a Japanese/Thai/Chinese Restaurant. There is a $15 per person cover charge for dinner in the 108-seat main restaurant (shown here) and adjoining Sushi Bar. The complex of Asian restaurants and bars on Deck 7 are connected to Bar Central, a diverse district of watering holes on Deck 6, via an elegant Art Deco lobby and stairtower. An interactive Japanese dining nook, Teppanyaki, is located at the aft end of Jasmine Gardens on Deck 7. Seating 32, the $25 per person extra-tariff dining venue is the seagoing equivalent of Benihana, where the chef is the performer and the grill is his stage. At Teppanyaki, guests select their main course, be it fresh shrimp, meat or chicken, and watch as it is chopped, seasoned and grilled tableside. At Teppanyaki, guests select their main course, be it fresh shrimp, meat or chicken, and watch as it is chopped, seasoned and grilled tableside. Just aft of the Jasmine Garden on Deck 7, the Aloha Bar erupts from the lower level of the Atrium with its menu of Lavazza coffees and coffee drinks. If the volcano motif of the Aloha Bar isn’t definitive evidence of the Norwegian Jade’s original Hawaiian ancestry, the hand-blown glass hibiscus blossoms in the Atrium ceiling should be proof positive. Beyond the Atrium on Deck 7, the port-side passage doubles as an Art Gallery and 8-station Internet Cafe. The 7,000 square foot, department store-style Galleria Boutique is located on aft Deck 7. The Jade Club Casino is on Deck 6, just aft of the Stardust Theater and accommodates 367 guests. Games include slots, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold’em, Craps, Pai-Gow Poker, Baccarat and more. The upscale, extra-tariff ($20 per person) Art Nouveau-inspired French dining venue, Le Bistro, seats 116 guests on the port side of Deck 6. Le Bistro features silver plate cutlery, crystal stemware, linen napkins and distinctive butterfly-patterned Versace china chargers. Among the decorative highlights of Norwegian Jade’s Le Bistro is an original painting by Vincent Van Gogh loaned from the private collection of Tam Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO of NCL’s co-parent company, Star Cruises. On certain sea days, Le Bistro is open for a gala, jazz-inflected brunch where live musicians perform favorite jazz and blues songs. A freshly-tossed Caesar Salad with optional shrimp or chicken is just one of many brunch specialties in Le Bistro. On Deck 6, adjacent to Bar Central and Le Bistro, there is a small lounge that was originally reserved for cigar smokers. Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar is located on Deck 6 at the foot of the grand staircase connecting Bar Central with the Jasmine Garden on Deck 7. Its French Art Deco-inspired setting takes a few decorative nods from the 1935-built transatlantic liner Normandie. Of the three watering holes in Bar Central, this 83-seat space is where one would gravitate for a favorite martini cocktail, caviar and, of course, a glass of champagne. The ceiling and bulkheads in the grand staircase linking Bar Central and the Jasmine Garden fuse colorful Art Deco glass panels with Asiatic lacquered paneling. Sandwiched between Magnum’s and Tankards in Bar Central, the 48-seat Mixers Martini and Cocktail Bar is an extremely attractive gallery with a view of the sea featuring maple-framed Art Deco seating and honey-wood tones. At the tail end of Bar Central on starboard Deck 6, Tankards Beer and Whiskey Bar features backlit artwork that represents famous whiskeys of the world The included-in-the-fare, 306-seat Alizar Restaurant is located on aft Deck 6. Taking its decorative palate from the neon blues, reds and purples of Mark Rothko, it features vividly backlit glass panels in a sleek, Midcentury Modern setting. Accessed from aft Deck 6, the soaring, included-in-the-fare Grand Pacific Restaurant seats 486. Its Gothic Art Deco interior is inspired by the first-class dining room of the Matson liner Malolo of 1927 that sailed to Hawaii from the U.S. West Coast. At the base of the grand descent leading to the Grand Pacific Restaurant, there is an imposing statue of Hawaii’s legendary King Kamehameha. The Grand Pacific is paneled in dark walnut burl and features imposing Art Deco ceiling lights and painted murals that are inspired by pre World War Two Matson Line menu covers. Throughout the Norwegian Jade, there are clues to the ship’s original Hawaiian heritage, including some beautiful reproductions of early 20th Century Hawaii-themed travel posters. This stairtower mural is taken from a brochure for the Los Angeles Steamship Company, which ran a liner service to Hawaii in the 1920s. At the top tier of Norwegian Jade’s accommodation, there are two 4,719 square foot Garden Villas that are among the most extravagant living quarters at sea. In addition to a spacious living room that overlooks the pool area, there is a private sunning patio with a hot tub and dining area. Garden Villas have three spacious bedrooms with king- or queen-sized beds and private bathrooms. In the Garden Villa Suites, one of the three bathrooms has a full bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. In addition to expansive living and separate dining rooms, four 1,195 square foot Owner’s Suites feature cherry-wood finished bedrooms with king-sized beds. 134 Mini Suites offer floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, sitting area with convertible double sofa and bathroom with shower and bathtub. Here is an outboard-facing view. This is an inboard-facing view of another 340 square foot Mini Suite, all of which have rich cherry wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers and an Internet connection. Mini Suites have compartmentalized bathrooms, similar to those in the standard category cabins but with full tub and shower. 360 Balcony Staterooms feature two lower beds and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony. Measuring 243 square feet, they have a sitting area, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers and an Internet connection. Triple compartment bathrooms in Balcony, Ocean View and Interior Staterooms feature separate showers, sink and toilets. 243 Ocean View Staterooms measure 161 square feet and have two lower beds, sitting area and a picture window or porthole, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers, Internet connection and a bathroom with separate WC, shower and washstand compartments. 416 Inside Staterooms feature two lower beds, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers, Internet connection and a bathroom containing separate WC, shower and washstand compartments. They measure 143 square feet.

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