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Having heard so many good things about the Norwegian Jade we were really looking forward to trying her out for ourselves. We felt really at home on her from the moment we boarded, the décor is bright and almost Costa loud in places but it still retains a classical feel too.
Let me take you on a quick tour around some of the ship with the aid of some photos which I took during the 7 days we were onboard.

When we boarded the ship on deck 7 which is the promenade deck and were ushered through straight into the atrium which on the Jade is only a 2 story affair. It’s a nice big open space which is full of chairs and tables which we found always had people sitting there whenever we passed through. Around the perimeter there is the perfume shop, guest relations, a bar, shore excursions desks and the dining reservations desk. Its much like the atrium on most ships and not too dissimilar to the Spirit.

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Norwegian Jade Atrium

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Norwegian Jade Atrium Ceiling

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Norwegian Jade Atrium

From there if you walk right heading towards the aft passing through the Art Gallery and Internet Cafe which seemed to occupy the same space. I liked the idea of the monitors facing the wall which provides privacy for the user. It never seemed too busy and I only used it once for checking in on our return flight.

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Norwegian Jade Art Gallery and Internet Cafe

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Norwegian Jade Art Gallery and Internet Cafe

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Norwegian Jade Atrium Doors to prom deck

Moving further back you will find the Tradewinds Duty Free shop which has to go down as one of the biggest we have encountered on a ship, whereas most ships have separate areas for jewels, watches and souvenirs, on the Jade it is all in one area and feels very much like a department store. As with the Spirit we felt the branded merchandise seemed to be lacking somewhat and with the slightly inflated prices we were not tempted to buy anything, not even a key ring for my collection.

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Tradewinds Duty Free Shop

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Tradewinds Duty Free Shop

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Tradewinds Duty Free Shop

After doing a circuit and coming out on the opposite side we passed through the photo gallery and then back through the atrium towards the Jasmine Garden and Teppaniyaki restaurants which are two of the many speciality restaurants onboard. We never used either of them but they did appear to be very popular amongst other passengers.

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Norwegian Jade Jasmine Garden and Restaurant

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Norwegian Jade Jasmine Garden Restaurant

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Norwegian Jade Jasmine Garden Restaurant

The next area we came to on this deck was the Medusa Lounge & Nightclub which was one of my favourite looking areas of the ship and there always seemed to something going on in there such as Karaoke or dancing lessons and the like. You could actually be forgiven that you were on a Costa ship in this area.

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Norwegian Jade Medusa Lounge & Nightclub

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Norwegian Jade Medusa Lounge & Nightclub

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Norwegian Jade Medusa Lounge & Nightclub

Forward of that and at the front is the Stardust theatre which is another one of my favourite spaces. I tried sitting in numerous seats and deduced that the view was far superior in the stalls and in a central location so to speak. On the upper levels on the wings there were a glass screens and posts which seemed to sit right on your eye level. Yes you could see through it but it was very distracting.

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre Entrance Sign

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre

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Norwegian Jade Stardust Theatre

From there we take the stairs up the Spinnaker Lounge on deck 13. Very nicely laid out open space and always something going on in there according to the daily programme. We only ever visited here while having our wander round.

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Norwegian Jade Spinnaker Lounge

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Norwegian Jade Spinnaker Lounge

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Norwegian Jade Spinnaker Lounge

Back out on deck and in the open there is the pool area. (not many takers on a wet embarkation day) A very popular area on a sea day with lots of live pool side music going on.

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Norwegian Jade Pool Deck

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Norwegian Jade Pool Deck

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Norwegian Jade Pool Deck

At the top of the central stair tower, there is Cagneys Steak House and a great little bar called the Star Bar. We came here a few times as it never seemed busy, was very comfortable and had a nice ambiance with a nice view out onto the pool deck.

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Norwegian Jade Entrance to Cagneys

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Norwegian Jade Star Bar

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Norwegian Jade Star Bar

The Garden Cafe (buffet) is another area we regularly frequented and we found it easy to use even when reasonably crowded, we tend to wait until we think the rush is over before moving in. The downside is the food servery areas are all at one end and it could be a bit of a trek if you could only find a table at the opposite end.

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Norwegian Jade Garden Cafe Buffet

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Norwegian Jade Garden Cafe Buffet

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Norwegian Jade Garden Cafe Buffet

Our first choice for casual dining during the day was always at the back of the ship in an open area called The Great Outdoors. At peak times tables here were like hens teeth. The area boasts its own grille which is not open all the time and only really at peak times such as breakfast and lunch and tea. There is also a bar in the middle which is in a great position and very useful when dining out there.

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Norwegian Jade The Great Outdoors

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Norwegian Jade The Great Outdoors

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Norwegian Jade The Great Outdoors

When we couldn’t find a seat in The Great Outdoors we would always opt for plan B and go into the La Cucina Italian Restaurant which during the day acted as a buffet overflow. We could virtually guarantee a seat in there as most people are basically lazy and it involved a walk from the .

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Norwegian Jade La Cucina

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Norwegian Jade La Cucina

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Norwegian Jade La Cucina Italian Restaurant

Our favoured evening dining venue was the Grand Pacific dining room at the rear of the ship. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a table. We were absolutely fascinated at how quick they turn the tables round for the next diners.

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Norwegian Jade Grand Pacific Restaurant

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Norwegian Jade Grand Pacific Restaurant

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Norwegian Jade Grand Pacific Restaurant

The promenade deck which you can walk all the way around. We did many a lap on this and in particular the sea days. Lets take you on a lap with a few photos.

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck Sign

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

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Norwegian Jade Prom Deck

The bridge viewing area………….. Not quite as intimate as the one on the Spirit but still a nice idea and a great place for all the port memorabilia the ship has collected over the years.

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Norwegian Jade Bridge Viewing Area

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Norwegian Jade Bridge Viewing Area

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Norwegian Jade Bridge Viewing Area

The artwork on the stair half landings all carry a Hawaiian theme from the ships previous life when she was know as Pride of Hawaii.

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Forward Stair Art Work

The aft stairs……

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Norwegian Jade Mid Ship Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Mid Ship Stair Art Work

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Norwegian Jade Mid Ship Stair Art Work

The midship stairs……..

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Norwegian Jade Stair Art

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Norwegian Jade Stair Art

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Norwegian Jade Stair Landing Deck 11

The ship was a real pleasure to sail on and she is in magnificent condition, all the paintwork was in fantastic nick with no flaking anywhere, everything looked like it had just had its first coat out of the ship yard.
The layout in some areas is probably the only area where I would give it some criticism but even that sometimes worked in our favour. To gain access to the upper decks from mid ship to stern there was only one door at the top of the mid ship stairs and if you wanted to come up from the aft stairs you had to walk through the buffet and then through the Great Outdoors and then up a set of stairs of which there were one either side. It meant that this area saw little traffic and the sun deck on deck 15 was often completely deserted which suited us down to the ground.
There are many areas of the ship which we never used and the above is only really the places we encountered, if the cruise had been longer than 7 days then maybe we could have experienced more. For instance there was another complimentary dining room on deck 6 midship called Alizhar and close by to that Le Bistro and a couple of other bars. I never even set foot on the casino once so cannot even tell how big it was.

We selected this cabin for a couple of reasons, those being it needed to be big enough for 3 and it needed a balcony. I read a of review on Cruising Mates by someone who had stayed in a mini suite on this ship. Norwegian Jade Mini Suite, 11532, Cat .MA. It was pointed out that the mini-suites mid ship suffered from an overhang from the deck above and were very shaded. On closer inspection of some of the photos I took last year I worked out that the slightly lower cabin grade to the rear of the ship on the same deck didn’t have this and were part open to the sky above. Time to book!

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

All the cabin doors on the Norwegian Jade have a relief on the external side which has been done to resemble plantation shutters, it is very simple and certainly effective.The next thing you notice is the little dial which allows you stay in contact with your steward, by simple rolling the dial you can let him know the status of the cabin be it ready to be made up or turn down or simply do not disturb. We found this worked really well for us.

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Norwegian Jade Cabin Sign Make Up Cabin

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Norwegian Jade Cabin Sign turn down Cabin

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Norwegian Jade Cabin Sign Do Not Disturb

We found the cabin itself was quite spacious and from the moment we walked in we felt really at home. It was configured for us with a double bed and a sofa bed (double) for our 3rd occupant. The main double bed was very soft and comfortable while the pull out bed was very hard, this was remedied a little after the first night with the addition of a mattress topper. One thing that we liked in particular was that there were loads of mirrors, no excuse for going out looking a mess staying in this cabin! There was even a round make up mirror on the desktop complete with light. This was quickly unplugged and stowed behind the flat screen TV to utilise the socket for other means such as chargers. In total there were 4 sockets you could utilise with a bit of shuffling around, one US for the TV, one US for the coffee machine and another US for the mirror and one European which was free of anything. There was also the worlds heaviest hair drier which was hard wired. The were two chairs at the desk when we first entered but one was removed in favour of a space to store the very handy two tiered table when the third bed was made up. There was also a courtesy curtain which pulled right across the cabin in order to provide privacy. It was bordering on being a blackout curtain when tight up against the wall on the other side. I have just remembered as well that there were 2 separate AC zones each with their own control either side of the curtain.
Plenty of storage in this cabin for us, lots of hanging and a neat set of drawers on the end of the wardrobe facing the bathroom lobby area which was nice and wide to. There were 3 additional drawers and and a cupboard over the safe as well as a book shelf over the ice bucket storage area. This cabin is directly under the entrance to the buffet from the rear stairs and we anticipated that we might encounter some noise but this wasn’t the case at all. No noise to report from the adjacent cabins either in fact we only ever saw either of them using their balcony’s on a couple of occasions.

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118

There were also the usual cabin items such as mini-bar, safe and a filter coffee machine which we have had on all of our previous NCL ships. Very useful for first thing in the morning. The safe was free to use and allowed you to programme in your own four digit code. The mini-bar seemed to have most of the usual items but being as we had the Ultimate Beverage Package and the contents weren’t included in the package I think the only time I ever opened the door was to take a photo.

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Bathroom

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Bathroom

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Bathroom

The bathroom was a similar layout to our previous one on the Spirit with a sliding door to the WC and sliding panels by the shower but this time there was a bath under and not wet room floor. This bathroom was much larger than the Spirit one and we found it very functional. The tap swivelled and there were plenty of places to store your own items. No fancy toiletries to speak of just hand wash/shower gel and shampoo. The only real grumble was the lack of power in the shower, it did have two settings which were adjusted by twisting the shower head round and I couldn’t really make my mind up which one was best

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Balcony

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Balcony

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Norwegian Jade Mini Suite 11118 Balcony

The balcony was also nice and deep and we spent plenty of time out there, as previously mentioned the overhang doesn’t happen this far back and at least a third is open to the elements. There were 2 seats (both different designs, one tilted back the other didn’t) which were both showing signs of age. Both still very comfortable to sit on.

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Mini Suite 11118 View From Balcony

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Mini Suite 11118 View From Balcony

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Mini Suite 11118 Balcony viewed from above

Even though the balcony’s on this deck stuck out more than the ones below from what I could establish was that they were still private when viewed from above in the buffet. The only place where you could see down was on the deck above that and involved leaning over and even then it was only the last 3rd which could be viewed. You could also see in from the basket ball court end which you can see on the first & second photos below. Our cabin was the one on the other side of the window cleaning gantry. This was its position during the cruise and never seemed to come to rest anywhere else. We all agreed on many occasions during the cruise and after that we really liked this cabin and would love the opportunity to stay in it again some day.

We arrived on schedule this morning for the transit into Venice cruise terminal. The skies were clear which meant we had beautiful sunshine for the trip in. This was the 4th time we have sailed into Venice and it’s still quite a breathtaking sight as you pass by all the picturesque buildings.
Here are a few photos of our sail in.
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As you would imagine all the eateries were busy this morning and we managed to find a table in La Cucina where we ate our breakfast. There are 3 other ships in with us this morning, Splendour of the Seas, MSC Poesea & Aida Vita.
We had an allotted time of 9:20 to get off the ship and our pre-booked transport turned up exactly on time at 10:00 to take us to Marco Polo airport for our 1:35 flight back to the UK.

We are now off the ship and at the airport where we have a 2½ wait for our flight. With 4 ships kicking passengers off this morning it is extremely busy.

We really enjoyed last night’s show which was called Elements and thought it was every bit as good as the first time we saw it on the Spirit last year. The show itself finishes with the crew parade and the ships singers belting out the company song which I hazard a guess is called ” You are a Norwegian now ……….”

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Now for a some reason we were all awake around 6:00 this morning and we were treated to clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. The coffee machine was again put to good use and we enjoyed drinking out on the balcony while we passed along the Dalmatian coast line towards Split. In the end I again popped upstairs for some pastries so that we could stay out on the balcony and enjoy our sail in to Split. Because of this we skipped official breakfast but fortunately I loaded the plate a bit and what’s more they all got eaten.
I had originally thought that Split would be a tender port but the captain announced over the address system that we would actually be docking. This process looked to be quite tricky and involved dropping anchor while using the guides at the front to tension it all up and all because the front end stuck out past the pier. If the internet was better I would post a photo.

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They are in the early stages of building better docking facilities so look out for Split appearing on a few more itineraries in the future and maybe even a departure port?
Anyway we were supposed to be here at 11:00 but due to the above and then getting clearance from the local authority we didn’t actually start to let passengers off until 11:25.
Over the last couple of days we had decided not to go to Krka as we are not big fans of ship tours and felt that we wouldn’t get the full benefit of being there doing it that way. We will come back at some point and probably when the new terminal is finished it will be much easier.
So today we just got off and went for a stroll before returning to the ship to enjoy our last afternoon out on deck in the warm sunshine. Today has been the hottest of the cruise, just a light breeze and clear skies.

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The dreaded packing needs to be done tonight so I will post early so as not to get in the way. No show planned tonight just dinner in the Grand Pacific at some point.  The beauty of freedom dining! I hope to do a quick post in the morning before we leave to fly home.

Last night’s show, The Tenors of Rock wasn’t too bad at all, they were in fact four and not a five piece as billed and all from the UK. They had according to one of the group been on X Factor a few years ago but being as I am not a fan of the show then there is little chance of me having seen them before.
The clocks went back an hour last night and the forecast of wind and clear blue skies was spot on. As we were up slightly earlier we sat out on the balcony and had our coffee which was complimented with some nice pastries which I collected from the buffet.
We eventually went up to the Great Outdoors at just after 9:00 for breakfast proper and following that at 9:45 made our way up to deck 14 to check out how windy it was and if we could secure a sheltered spot. Luck was with us as there wasn’t anyone else there and we had pick of the deck and so we made camp in a little niche that we had spotted on previous visits. The sun was in and out all morning due to some fast moving clouds but in our secluded spot it was lovely and warm.

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For lunch today we chose to eat in the Blue Lagoon which is another of the complementary venues and serves what the menu describes as comfort food. We have become rather fond of their Buffalo Wings which come either mild or spicy and either 6 or 10 in the portion.
The winds really picked up during the day and the outside decks were virtually deserted, those that stayed out were the lucky ones who managed to find a sheltered spot. The captain had suggested during his address that they might pick up further as the afternoon went on but had said they would be gone by the time we arrived at Split tomorrow. At this current time it is very windy outside with clear blue skies.

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Tonight is the Elements show which we have been looking forward to and because it is Indian night in the buffet we are going to eat there for a change. I hope they have made enough for the other passengers!!!!

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I will pick up from where I last left off and will just add that we didn’t go to the show last night which was the ships cast doing a musical called “Shout! The Mod Musical”. We just didn’t fancy it and so just went to dinner as usual and then finished up with a couple of drinks before returning to the cabin and watching the amazing lightning storms going on all around the area. This went on all through the night and was eventually accompanied by thunder and lastly heavy rain.
We awoke this morning to find we were already at Kusadasi and there was a heavy cloud covering accompanied by some light rain. This is one of the ports where we had hoped the weather to be nice and warm and the intention was to have maybe do a shore side stroll and then return to the ship to lie out on deck.

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Well the rain did eventually ease off and actually managed to eat breakfast outside and rather than just sit around we got off the ship and walked round to the nearby fort which I believe is called Pigeon Island,  we found out when we got there it was closed for refurbishment.  On the return leg we walked through the bazaar but there is only so much hassle I can tolerate from the local traders so we turned round after 10 minutes and went back to the ship. En route I did enquire about a genuine fake Rolex which according to the seller had a genuine Swiss movement……. The starting price I hear you ask? A mere €280! I have been told that you should offer 30% of their first price but even €90 is a lot for a genuine fake.
During this time the clouds had stated to clear and by the time we reached the ship we had clear blue skies so it was back to plan A. Early afternoon we were joined by the Norwegian Spirit who moored up alongside and it was nice to see the her again.

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When we looked out on the balcony this morning there was a lot of sand in amongst the pools of water which was later explained by the Captain during his daily announcement, apparently this was the result of storms over Africa carrying it north, it also has meant that both pools have been shut all day so that they can be cleaned. The forecast for the next 2 days is windy with clear skies so we may rethink our plans for Split.

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Tonight we will once again eat in the Grand Pacific dining room and we also intend to see the show which are a five piece group called Tenors of Rock………

After saying we weren’t going to do too much at any of our ports of call we changed our minds today and took a trip into Athens. And what’s more Alex came too! He even agreed to get up early to come with us so it was breakfast in the Great Outdoors and then off the ship.
Because the HoHo bus is very convenient and Alex doesn’t need to pay we again used its services to get us into the main area where we walked to the Acropolis Museum.

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This had been recommended by several people and I can now appreciate why. Tickets were €5 for adults and kids go free. Not only is it a stunning building but it houses some amazing artefacts from the Acropolis. The building totally compliments its contents and is a joy to walk round. Photography is restricted in some areas but there are plenty of places where it is permitted and I managed to get some get shots during the visit.

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We had very quickly bookmarked a couple of sites to visit and set off for the other which was the Agora. Not the best signposted site in the world but we did eventually make our way there. €4 each to get in and again Alex was free.  We wandered round eventually reaching the Temple of Hephaestus for the quick photo stop.

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By now Alex was flagging so we counted or blessings that he had actually got this far and opted to go back and have saved the museum for another visit along with several other places not yet seen. We were off the ship for just over 6 hours in total and much of that time was spent in the Acropolis Museum.
Back on board we dumped our things back in the cabin before going for a late lunch in the buffet where we easily managed to get some seats outside in the sun. The rest of the afternoon was spent sleeping it all off up on our favourite deck where we found ourselves to be all on our own. The sun eventually turning to thick cloud at the later end of the day and we even felt a few spots of rain while sailing way from Piraeus.
I am posting earlier today as I have a few moments spare. The Wi-Fi has been very temperamental so perhaps posing at a different time of day will be more successful.

The clocks went forward an hour during the night so we lost a vital hours sleep. We were awake at around 9:00am (new time) and started the day with a coffee made with the cabins own filter machine. Not the best coffee in the world but more than acceptable for first thing in the morning. There are a couple of sachets of regular or decaffeinated which are replenished every day when the cabin is made up. The regular being the pick of the two.
We again ate our breakfast at the Great Outdoors which was a little busier this morning but the main difference today was we had clearish skies and bright sunshine. Then it was straight up to our adopted sun deck to make the most of the weather and as predicted this was the quietest of the sun decks. With clear blue skies and a wonderful sea breeze it has been a perfect sea day for us. The only other thing to report during the afternoon was that of a solo Japanese male passenger who was wearing bright blue budgie smugglers and his constant need to arrange everything. This he did with his T-shirt over his head so if he couldn’t see us then presumably we couldn’t see him either!

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The only other interruption to the days non activity was a spot of lunch which was taken in the buffet and being as it was a sea day the tables in the a Great Outdoors were well sought after and unfortunately we didn’t manage to grab one and had to settle for an indoor spot in La Cucina which is used for buffet seating during the day but takes on its primary roll as an Italian restaurant in the evening. The carpet in there has been made to resemble flag stones and is quite strange to walk on.
We again ate in the Grand Pacific dining room opting to go before the show which tonight was called “Just Magic” and featured the illusions of Jorgos (renowned on world stages no less!) I am always dubious when the billing reads like that and tonight my preconceived notions were spot on. That’s an hour of my life I won’t get back!
We walked along the open decks back to the cabin and the ship looks quite spectacular all lit up in the dark.
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Tomorrow we are in Piraeus………

It was most welcome that today we were not in port first thing and we were all able to have a bit of a lie in. In fact it was quite a leisurely morning and we eventually went for breakfast around 10:30 which we enjoyed sat out the back in the open in an area called The Great Outdoors.  Partially cloudy but nice and warm and much better than yesterday’s downpours.

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We arrived at Dubrovnik at just before 2:00pm and were very soon given the all clear to leave the ship. Having been to Dubrovnik several times before and with another visit lined up in September we set off with the aim of taking the cable car up to the viewing area of Mount Srd for the panorama. Well when we arrived at the bottom, the cable car service had been suspended due to the strong cross winds but there were plenty of taxis on hand all offering a trip to the top and back for a very comparative fee and so we decided that was what we would do. I think if I am honest it’s probably a better way of getting up there and certainly more comfortable.

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As suspected the views from the top are quite stunning and we spent a good 30 minutes up there taking photos and taking in the scenery. Our taxi driver John was waiting to take us down, the downward journey took a while longer as there is only a single track road which is for traffic going both ways. It does get a bit hairy in places especially when you meet something coming the other way on one of the bends but our driver seemed well tuned to what was needed and actually told us we were his 6th fare of the day up that particular route.
Once down we had a quick stroll round the town before returning to the ship, we can do some other things next time we are here but being as the sun was was out and skies were blue we thought we should go back and make the most of it along with the free food and drink. The town was also very busy and we couldn’t really be bothered with fighting for a bit of space with everyone else.

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Once back to the ship we made our way up to the quiet sun deck we have found which is on top of the Haven area, so far we have seen only a handful of people apart from us that have gone up there. If the good weather continues then it is going to be our spot.
We opted to eat in the Grand Pacific Dining room tonight and were very impressed with both the service and food. We followed this up by a visit to the Stardust Theatre where we enjoyed the show which were acrobats Yuriy & Iryna from Kiev. It was a very entertaining show of acrobatics.

After a quick walk round the upper decks and a look in the different bars we have decided to retire for the evening and prepare for our busy sea day tomorrow……….

Yet another early start for us today as we made our way to Venice and the Norwegian Jade. We were up at 2:30 to make the 126 mile journey to Heathrow’s T5 where we caught or British Airways A320 to Marco Polo airport in Venice. It was bright sunshine when we left Heathrow but this was not the case in Venice as it was pouring down and it meant we had to sit inside our water taxi on the trip across the lagoon.
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The nice thing about the water taxi was it delivered us right next to our berth at the cruise terminal and after a short walk we were back in the dry again all ready to check in.
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This wasn’t the quickest we have done and it took just over an hour for us to get onboard where we found or cabin was ready and waiting for us. First impressions are very good and it is a good sized cabin with plenty of space and storage. We even have a bath which is a bit of a rarity for us.
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We also had a good look round the ship and think we are going to really enjoy this cruise as the public spaces are very open, plentiful and very colourful, especially the carpets!
Muster was at 5:00 and our station was in the Pacific dining room and I have to say it was the the best one I have ever been present at. Well done NCL!
Sailaway was at 6:00 and despite having sailed out of Venice on the previous occasions I still could not resist taking a fourth batch of photos. It’s that kind of place.

We have all retired early tonight due to the early start so it’s just down to me to test the Wi-Fi out and pray it works OK.

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