These restaurant status display can be found throughout the ship. They show the availability and relative wait times for
each restaurant. The specialty restaurants where an extra fee is required seem to fill up fast. Even by 1 PM most of them were
all booked up until late evening. Meanwhile, all the FREE specialty restaurants remained pretty open with plenty of space available.
Alizar Dining Venue
We are not big fans of the Alizar Restaurant. It has the same menu as the Grand Pacific Dining Room which is the main dining
room of the ship, but it is much smaller and seems to be extremely noisey. The Grand Pacific Dining Room seems to be much
bigger and has much better accoustics as well as a better ambiance and better view.
Garden Cafe (Buffet)
We liked the buffet on this Norwegian Jade cruise better than the ones on the Carnival cruises. The Norwegian Jade seemed to have
a much wider selection of offerings. Each station had different items. No two stations had the same items. On Carnival many of
the stations seemed to repeat the same selection as other stations.
Jasmine Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar
O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill
O'Sheehan's has more of a "pub menu" than what is served in the other main dining rooms.
They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and comfort food around the clock. There is no extra charge for food in this venue.
O'Sheehan's is also a bar & lounge.
Upper Level Is O'Sheehan's.
Lower Level Is Atrium Lounge, Java Cafe, Guest Services, Etc.
Pit Stop Poolside Restaurant
Bars & Lounges
Great Outdoors Bar & Lounge
Topsiders Poolside Bar
Don't be fooled by all the different next three "bars" listed below. All of them are all right next to each other in the same room
and they all have the exact same menu. You can purchase any of the same drinks at any of the 3 bars which are all literally in the
same room, plus the cigar bar. Together I think they refer to all 3 as "Bar City".
Magnums Champagne & Wine Bar
So far this has been one of our favorite places to spend time. They often feature either a jazz band with 3 horns
(saxophone, trumpet and trumbone) plus guitar, piano and drums, or a piano / guitar duet that sings great ballads from the 1970's.
Mixers Martini & Cocktail Bar
Tankards Beer & Whiskey Bar
All three of the above bars are really just one bar in the same area all connected to each other and mostly sharing the same
seating area. They all have the exact same Bar Menu and you can order any of the drinks on the Bar Menu at any of the three bars.
Spirits & Wine Menu
All of the bars and lounges throughout the ship seem to have the exact same bar menu shown below.
It has its own unique bar menu. Some of the restaurants also offer a much more extensive wine list.
The wine available by both the glass and the bottle in the bars is rather limited to a few selections of inexpensive wine,
even in Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar. They mostly range in price from about $27 to $33 per bottle but are wines that you
could buy yourself in retail stores for between about $7 and $13 per bottle.
Regional Wine Selections.
White, Red & Dessert Wines.
Topmast Libations & Martini Flight.
Topmast Super & Ultra Premium Spirits.
Topmast Call Spirits.
Super & Ultra Premium Spirits.
Beer & Cider.
Trade Winds Shopping Area
Unlike many other ships that have many shops, the Norwegian Jade seems to only have one shop, but it is a gigantic shop! It is very
spacious and offers a wide variety of items. It is very much like a general department store.
Partial Directories Near Every Elevator
Art Gallery & Internet Cafe
Entourage For Teenagers
Includes A Video Arcade.
Game / Card Room
Mandara Spa & Salon
The new trend in ships is to have a completely computerized photo gallery store. Unlike the old days where they practically forced
you into having your photos taken at every opportunity, they are a bit more laid back about it. I think they realize that everyone
now has a digital camera on them, even if just their smart phone, and there are more people now who won't purchase photos taken by
the ship photographers. But there are still many opportunities to have your photo taken by professional ship photographers if that
is what you want. Afterwards you just use the computers in the photo gallery shop to find your photos and purchase them. No more
needing to hunt through hundreds of photos posted to a wall.
Pool & An Indoor/Outdoor Relaxing Area
Pulse Fitness Center
Splash Academy For Younger Children
We really enjoyed the Martini Tasting Event for $19.95 per person. They served 6 different Martinis while they explained the history
and method of making Martinis. The Martini Flight is on the Bar Menu so you can order it anytime, but only at this special event did
they explain the history and methods of making Martinis.
The Water We Pre-Purchased
We Might Have Over Done It.
Dinner In The Alizar Restaurant
Steve Grande (me).
Barbara Cepinko (my wife) & Shelli Tucker (my sister).
The Wine We Had At Dinner.
I kind of got fooled on this one. I saw "Norwegian Private Selection" on the wine menu and figured we should try some
Norwegian Wine since we were heading to Norway. But it turned out the "Norwegian" label refers to the Norwegian Cruise Line,
not the country of Norway. The wine has nothing to do with Norway and is actually produced from California grapes. But the
wine was pretty good. Most of the wines offered in all of the bars were only between $27 and $33 per bottle. So far every one
that we tried I'd say was at least "good" if not "very good". None would I say were "excellent". Doing a bit of research I found
that all of these wines could be purchased retail in the store between $7 and $11 per bottle. Thus the cruise ship is marking
up the wines double or triple from the retail price. Considering the ship probably buys them at the even chepaer wholesale prices,
they are probably marking them up 4 or 5 times what they pay for them. That is quite a profit on each bottle of wine!
The Full Norwegian Jade Wine List
As you can see from the below list, the restaurants offer a much greater selection of wine than is availble in the bars and
lounges. The wines available in the restaurant include those of much higher quality and prices than what can be purchased in
the bars and lounges. I was surprised that the wines available in Magnums Champagne & Wine Bar is so limited compared
to what you can purchase in the ship restaurants.