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The Norwegian Jade: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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The Norwegian Jade is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Norwegian Jade.

Mediterranean Voyages

The Norwegian Jade sails the Mediterranean year-round. Destinations include Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain and the Canary Islands.

Elegant Ship

The Norwegian Jade is a 965-foot Jewel-class ship that boasts Norwegian Cruise Line's "Freestyle" cruise experience. It can accommodate 2,402 passengers with a crew of 1,078. The ship cruises at a speed of 25 knots.

Special Features

The Norwegian Jade has a French bistro, where diners enjoy an ocean view from every table. Cruisers can also enjoy a White Hot Party and a nightly show in the Stardust Theater.

Accommodations

The Norwegian Jade offers inside staterooms that can house up to four guests, as well as ocean-view rooms, staterooms with balconies and a variety of suite and penthouse options. Rooms designed with families in mind are available in each of the categories. Inside staterooms are 143 square feet; ocean-view rooms are 161 square feet; balcony rooms are 205 square feet; and suites range from 285 square feet to the three-bedroom Garden Villa at 4,719 square feet.

Cost

Cruise rates on the Norwegian Jade range from a two-day cruise from Malaga to Barcelona, Spain, at $149 per person for an inside stateroom, to an eight-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise at $1,849 per person for a suite. Children under 2 receive a reduced fare, and certain itineraries offer discounts on the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. Infants under 6 months are not eligible for travel on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Check the website -- which has a "best price guaranteed" policy -- for last-minute and online deals.

Shore Excursions

The Norwegian Jade offers a seven-day round-trip cruise from Venice, Italy, with stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Athens, Greece, as well as Ephesus, Turkey. Shore excursions include a tour of the Acropolis and the House of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus, Turkey.

Dining Experience

The Norwegian Jade has restaurants that are included in the cruise price, and others that are an additional cost. The two main dining rooms, a grill, and a children's cafe are complimentary options for guest. Restaurants that are available for an extra charge include sushi, French, Italian, steakhouse, Spanish and Asian culinary options. Room service is complimentary from 5 a.m. to midnight, but there is a delivery charge for room service from midnight to 5 a.m.

Maiden Voyage

The maiden voyage of the Norwegian Jade was in February 2008. The ship was originally built as the Pride of Hawaii.

In The News

The Norwegian Jade received recent publicity when it reported that it would cancel its winter Eastern Mediterranean season due to passenger concerns over uprisings in the region, according to Cruise Critic Cruise News.

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