Smaller ships like the Jewel Class, Jade are just nice. I also like newly refurbished ships and the Jade was redone in 2017 (and really needed it). This sailing, like almost all my cruises, I paid for primarily with points so it ended up costing net 10-15% of retail (see this post to learn how). First let’s look at the cabin then I will comment on the cruise itself at the end of the post.
This corner aft suite 10164, the second row of balconies from the top, that you see in the shot at the top of the post, offers stunning views.
Entrance into these suites is a bit tight. You have some shelves and storage that can be accessed from either side (more on that below).
With a large sliding glass door the cabin is bright and open when you make it into the room itself.
Like most of NCL’s suite beds this one was large and comfortable. You can see there is a curtain divider should you wish to use the pullout sofa as another bed and have some privacy.
The TV in the room is large and there is a DVD player (you can get free DVDs from the butler). The table, while small, is great for two and can squeeze four if you want to.
Since the sofa is also a bed, it is a bit on the firm side. I don’t think I have ever been on a NCL couch that is really comfortable to sit on.
Inside these cabinets is a safe where you can program your own PIN code. For a smaller suite there is ample storage.
The makeup vanity area is not the best. It is my wife’s only real complaint about the suite as the area gets HOT and if someone comes out of the shower it gets 10x worse. On the right in the photo you see 2x mirrors. They are the other side closet doors we looked at as we entered the suite.
The bathroom is not bad for a cruise ship but for a suite just OK. There is a LARGE step up so be aware of that. Also, as you can see, there is a full size tub but again a large step in (in case you have mobility issues). The lav area does have a door to slide closed in addition to the door to the bathroom area itself.
Now it is time to see the real *STAR* if you will of this suite, that is, the very large balcony.
It is so large we had our room steward replace the stock provided one lounge chair and one sitting chair with two lounge chairs!
There are few pleasures in life as nice as sipping a tropical drink and watching the sunset over the ocean on your private deck!
One of the other nice perks of a suite is having access to a butler and free room service. Any day we had excursions planned we scheduled a time for the butler to bring us breakfast in our room.
As an example how perfect the NCL suite experience can be one night before dinner we had our butler bring us all the sides for a caviar appetizer (we brought our own caviar). While a little tight with four around the table – it worked just fine!
Overall this is a great choice for an NCL suite experience. The room is decent size, the bathroom is big, storage is plentiful and the balcony is amazing.
This really was a near perfect sailing. Suite check-in in Miami was quick and painless. The concierge, Omar was crazy good. Our butler and room steward were flawless. The food onboard, as always, was amazing. I simply did not want to get off the ship!
Have you been on the NCL Jade since it was refreshed? What do you think of aft suites vs. the other choices? Any questions about NCL life? Fire away in the comments below – René
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