Norwegian Jade is a cruise ship for the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), originally built as Pride of Hawaii for their NCL America division. She was christened in a ceremony at the San Pedro Pier in Los Angeles, California on 22 May 2006. The vessel is a Panamax form-factor ship that was built at Meyer Werft Shipyard, in PapenburgGermany, and registers at just over 93,500 gross tons.

What first greets you at embarkation is the vessel’s revamped atrium area on Deck 7. It sports modern furniture in subdued hues of black, tan and cream. The neutrality of it all is nicely offset by a funky custom chandelier, which hangs overhead and features color-changing lights.

Although Norwegian has a reputation for nickel-and-diming its customers, we found the number and cost of for-fee offerings comparable to those of other lines. There were also plenty of free options, the quality and variety of which were above average. To boot, service was some of the best we’ve had at sea, with crew seeming to genuinely enjoy their jobs.

Entertainment on Norwegian Jade is in a category all its own. Shows included a comedian, a magician, a country music medley and an absolutely phenomenal Cirque du Soleil-type performance that included acrobats, aerialists, dancing and magic.

Each of the Norwegian Jade cruise ship deck plans are conveniently combined with a legend (showing cabin codes) and detailed review of all the deck’s venues and passenger-accessible indoor and outdoor areas. A separate link provides an extensive information on Norwegian Jade staterooms (cabins and suites), including photos, cabin plans and amenities by room type and category.

Norwegian Jade cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 1201 staterooms for 2402 passengers (max capacity is 2882) served by 1040 crew-staff. The boat has 15 decks (12 passenger-accessible, 8 with cabins), 19 dining options, 11 lounges and bars, 3 swimming pools, 7 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), 12 elevators.

NCL Jade deck plan changes 2017 refurbishment review

NCL Jade’s 2017 drydock refurbishment (March 7 – April 3) was done in Freeport Bahamas and resulted in the following deck plan changes:

  • Atrium’s décor was changed. The old chandelier was replaced with a new one.
  • Over 2250 new artworks were installed throughout the ship (including in all cabins).
  • All staterooms were updated and upgraded with new furniture, carpeting, flat TVs, bed headboards (with USB outlets for device charging).
  • The Haven suite complex’ Haven Courtyard was refurbished (new finishes on outdoor deck areas, swimming pool, hot tubs). New deck furniture and cabanas were added.
  • Main pool deck areas were also updated.
  • Spinnaker Lounge (deck 13) was upgraded, as well as the Fitness Centre (deck 12, new TechnoGym equipment).
  • The Haven suites and villas were all renovated with new furniture, finishes, wallpapers, carpeting, drapery, artworks.
  • 2 new restaurants were added – O’Sheehan’s Bar and Grill, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, The Cellars (Mondavi Family Wine Bar), Los Lobos Cantina (Mexican restaurant), The Pit Stop (poolside grill, deck 13).
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse restaurant) was moved from deck 8 to deck 13. The restaurant was redesigned and outfitted with floor-ceiling windows and glass-door entrance.
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge (nightclub) was added on deck 7.
  • All other onboard eateries were updated (new carpeting, artworks, upholstery, window treatments), including La Cucina (Italian restaurant, deck 12), Cagney’s Steakhouse (deck 13), Teppanyaki Room (deck 7), Jasmine Garden (deck 7), Garden Cafe (deck 12). Cagney’s Steakhouse now has additional seating and a new virtual fireplace. La Cucina has a new wine wall.
  • During drydock 2017, NCL Jade was retrofitted with new “scrubbers” (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new scrubber technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise company retrofitting with a scrubber hybrid system vessels while in service. The new in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in a dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

PHOTOS

Norwegian Jade

Norwegian Jade Cabin

Norwegian Jade Activity/Entertainment

Recently Refurbished Through The Norwegian Edge

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Name
  • Pride of Hawaii (2006–2008)
  • Norwegian Jade (2008–present)
Operator
Port of registry
Builder Meyer WerftPapenburg, Germany
Laid down 6 February 2005[2]
Launched 19 February 2006[1]
Identification
Status In Service
General characteristics
Class and type Jewel-class cruise ship
Tonnage 93,558 GT
Length 965 ft (294 m)
Beam 125 ft (38 m)
Draft 27 ft (8 m)
Decks 15
Capacity 2,402 passengers and a max of 3,590
Crew 1,037
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