Following a three week dry dock where she received enhancements to every part of the onboard experience, from two brand new restaurants and two new bars and lounges, updated design and décor in many public spaces, and a refurbishment of all staterooms, Norwegian Jade has returned as a nearly new ship.
Some two years ago we made our first acquaintance with Norwegian Jade during an eleven night winter escape on the Mediterranean. Having sailed with Norwegian Getaway the year before, we were surprised by the colorful interior of our temporary home. While the design and decoration of the hallways and staterooms provided a warm and cosy feeling, reminding us of some Hawaiian island (originally named Pride of Hawaii, the ship was designed for the Hawaii market, hence her many floral decorations), other areas of the ship had been updated to a more European look. Because of this it felt like the designers had thrown a bunch of styles and ideas up in the air and spread them arround the ship, turning Norwegian Jade into a floating mismatch of styles.
But that was in the past, today Norwegian Jade has emerged from an extensive 2 week dry-dock with new restaurants, redesigned spaces and upgraded cabins.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Norwegian Jade back into the fleet with her new stylish finishes and modernized onboard atmosphere,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO. “It is our sincere goal to deliver a fantastic vacation experience across our entire fleet, and this update to Norwegian Jade is an opportunity for us to enhance the ship’s hardware to match the fantastic guest experience our hardworking crew delivers to our guests every day.”
Guests on board Norwegian Jade can now enjoy two new restaurants, as well as redesigned spaces in many of the ship’s existing restaurants.
Norwegian’s 24-hour neighborhood pub-style restaurant serving cold brews and snacks, O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill, has been added to deck eight, while the Pit Stop, a newly installed concept for Norwegian Jade, will serve up poolside fun and fare in a 1950s-style American diner atmosphere, complete with vintage license plates, gas station signage and classic car elements.
Moderno Churrascaria received a new home on deck 13 and now features floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for stunning panoramic views of the ocean enhanced by new flooring, wall coverings and upgraded furniture.
Cagney’s Steakhouse received additional seating in a completely refurbished space, a new color scheme befitting of a classic steakhouse, upgraded flooring, new wall linings and an intimate new virtual fireplace.
La Cucina, Norwegian’s Italian specialty restaurant, received an elegant modernization with an updated décor and furniture, flooring, a new decorative bar and an impressive wine display wall.
Teppanyaki, the Japanese hibachi grill restaurant, was enhanced with updated furnishings and fittings while complimentary favorites Jasmine Garden and the Garden Café also received extensive enhancements including newly designed spaces with upgrades to furniture, new flooring and much more.
Guests looking to dance the night away aboard Norwegian Jade can now do so in the chic new Bliss Ultra Lounge on deck seven, which has the feel of an upscale Miami nightclub featuring a cool color palette of silvers, greys and black. Guests who wish to indulge in an exotic cocktail can enjoy their favorite mojito, or opt for a flight and try them all, at the new Sugarcane Mojito Bar on deck 13 adjacent to Moderno Churrascaria. Norwegian Jade’s Spinnaker Lounge also received a complete redesign of the entire space to include new flooring and window treatments, decorative chandeliers, reupholstered seating and refurbished bars with contemporary mosaic tiling and LED lighting.
Every stateroom on the ship was updated with new carpets, furniture, flat screen TVs, new larger headboards with USB charging outlets and more than 2000 new pieces of artwork. Guests sailing in The Haven, Norwegian’s ship-within-a-ship luxury suite concept, now enjoy a more modern chic atmosphere in all suites and villas, as they now feature new finishes to walls and ceilings, new flooring throughout the suites and balconies, plus new soft goods and drapery. Norwegian Jade’s villas and suites also received more than 250 new pieces of artwork alone. Luxury has been taken to the next level aboard Norwegian Jade with a complete refurbishment of the ship’s Haven Courtyard. Guests of the ship’s top villas and suites can soak up the sun in style one of the Haven’s four new plush cabanas nestled at the top of the ship or take a dip in the newly refinished pool surrounded by modern furnishings and new artwork.
The Atrium, the heart of the action on Norwegian Jade, has been enhanced with a refreshed look and décor brought to life with an eye-catching, custom-designed marquee chandelier, as well as new modern finishes in modern calming grey tones, updated flooring, enhanced reception and shore excursion areas, a new large TV screen and relaxed banquette seating so guests can relax in a contemporary lounge atmosphere while enjoying all of the ship’s excitement.
Norwegian Jade now also offers guests easier ways to view and purchase mementos of their cruise vacation with an upgraded Photo Gallery featuring new individual digital monitors and larger photo display panels, along with sleek furniture and tile flooring.
The ship’s main pool deck was also touched by this extensive refurbishment, with the addition of glistening new lighting fixtures as well as new flooring and tiling around the pool and whirlpools. Junior cruisers aboard Norwegian Jade can now enjoy playtime with new floorings in Splash Academy that include new noise reducing mats so kids are free to play into the evening hours.
Norwegian Jade is currently sailing the final part of her winter season, cruising from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. On April 30, she will journey across the Atlantic to her summer homeports of Southampton and Hamburg from where she’ll sail the Norwegian Fjords as well as Norway & North Cape itineraries.
Pictures courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line