Jade Emerges From A Major Refurbisihment

The New Atrium (Courtesy NCL)

Norwegian Jade has just undergone a three week refurbishment in dry dock, as part of the ‘Norwegian Edge’ program.

£30 million has been spent replacing her Hawaiian-themed interiors, which were installed when the ship sailed as ‘Pride of Hawaii’ up until 2008.

New eateries and bars, refurbished staterooms and expanded restaurant spaces are just a few of the improvements competed.

The ship now offers 24-hour pub grub at O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill, complimentary poolside fare at Pit Stop and a 1950s-style diner where classic car themed décor, complete with vintage license plates.

Additionally, Moderno Churrascaria was relocated and now offers sea views; more seating was added to Cagney’s Steakhouse, which now boasts a virtual fireplace; La Cucina, the ship’s Italian
restaurant, now features a wine wall; and the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, along with Jasmine Garden and Garden Café all have undergone a major face-lift.

Other upgrades to public spaces include upgrades to the pool areas, the Sugarcane mojito bar and the Spinnaker Lounge; new TechnoGym equipment in the fitness centre; and the addition of Bliss Ultra Lounge, the nightclub. In the atrium, a new custom-designed chandelier hangs overhead, replacing the Hawaiian ‘lays’.

All the staterooms have received new carpet, drapes, furniture, flat-screen TVs and headboards with USB charging outlets. The Haven also features four new cabanas. In all, the ship’s staterooms display more than 2,250 pieces of upgraded artwork.

Jade has become a firm favourite with US and UK passengers alike.

Jade will arrive at Southampton, UK on May 13, 2017 where she will spend the summer offering cruises to the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland. There will also be some cruises offered from Hamburg, Germany.


Slide-show, Norwegian Jade refurbished: Here

My Norwegian Jade review HERE

Malcolm says:  I cruised on-board Jade some years back and she’s a very nice ship. You can read my review by clicking on the link above. Although out of date, it does explain NCL’s ‘Freestyle’ system for those of you that might not be familiar with it.

Although she is hardly small at around 93,000 gt. she is starting to look medium sized by today’s mega-ship standards. However there have been three generations of NCL ships since Jade entered service in 2006: Epic, Breakaway and the BreakawayPlus classes.  It would be nice to see a ‘Breakaway/Plus’ class offering cruises from a UK port. It would give P&O some competition.


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One Response to “Jade Emerges From A Major Refurbisihment”

  1. Jo Walker Says:

    We were on NCL Jade out of Southampton in 2008, and met many Brit passengers, having a break from P&O, Fred etc. Every one we spoke to was anti the tipping, which was different to the envelopes used by local lines; one comment we heard from several was that they couldn’t understand how a Norwegian ship could copy American style tipping?- ie, they believed they were on a European ship from Norway. There was a vast queue of Brits removing the tips. I always felt that, despite the very low prices, the Brits were so angry about the tipping that they didn’t return… I mean, many were REALLY angry! I believed that this was the reason she left the UK after the 2009 season.

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