Last Sea Day

On October 25, 2011, it was our last sea day on the Norwegian Jade cruise.  Ivan was already up when I woke up at 9:30 am.  He was up at 7:30 am.

We had the breakfast buffet.  We went to check out the Family Dodgeball, but nobody was up there.  Ivan noticed that the court was all wet. 

We played some table tennis.  Ivan wasn’t feeling very good, so we went back to the room.

Ivan took a nap while I worked on the blog.

We went to play Where in the World Trivia.  Three people joined our group.  You had to answer with the city.  There were questions like The Beatles which is so obvious and What city is 3 times bigger than Paris which was Berlin.  We ended up in 3rd place.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to get lunch at the buffet.

Later in the evening, we went to see the show The Jade international Crew Show.   It had the staff performing.  A couple boring singers and a juggler who kept messing up came on.  A group of Filipinos did the traditional Filipino dance tinikling.  Check out a video of tinikling here (it’s not from the show).

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Another group of Filipinos did a modern dance which was really good.  Some of the Entertainment staff did a show called Fountains.  There were all dressed up in togas and would put water in their mouth and then spit the water at the person in front of them. 

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Ivan and I thought it was funny for 5 minutes.. and then it got REAL old. At the end,  The cruise director Jill said we were part of the family.  We didn’t really enjoy the entertainment and food on the Norwegian Jade.  Carnival is a much better cruise line company.  I don’t know how Carnival is considered a budget cruise line since they offer a lot of things for free like a sushi buffet and pizza which they didn’t have on the Norwegian cruise ship.

Ivan and I went to get a quick dinner.  Ivan felt horrible for some reason.  We each had a boring clam chowder and the Norwegian salmon.  We got the flourless molten cake for dessert.  It was delicious!!

Ivan went to bed early.  I packed up most of our stuff since we’d be back in Italy tomorrow.

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Soccer Elements

Ivan was already awake on October 24, 2011 when Lil Dave and I woke up at 10 am.  He went to the Sudoku Challenge.  He won again (he’s so smart!) and won a pack of cards and a cup coozie.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to eat at the breakfast buffet.

Ivan and I watched the tv show Miranda in the room.  We went to the Great Outdoors and watched Frankie Boyle on the laptop while drinking a nice Mangopolitan which was the Drink of the Day.  Lil Dave went to the kids room to see if he could play with the kids.

We headed up to the basketball court.  We wanted to play in the Staff vs. Guests soccer game.  There was lots of guests there, but not many staff – so, the staff took a few guests on their team.

I haven’t played in years, so I wasn’t much help.  Ivan is alright.  We had two really good players on our team.  So, I let them play by staying out of their way and tried to kick it if it came my way.  Half-time came.  An Asian guy (I think he was Chinese, but Ivan thought he was Filipino) told me to cover the tall Turkish guy or anybody really.  Right, he was way taller than me.  I’d try, but it would be a bit difficult I think.  We ended up winning the game 4-2.

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We went to the Officer’s Profile with the captain, chief engineer and the hotel manager.  It’s a Q&A session.  The Hotel Manager was funny.  The captain looked young, most captains are a lot older.  Ivan asked a lot of questions along with other guests on the ship.  It was interesting to find out what goes on on the ship.

Ivan and I grabbed an ice cream cone at the buffet and headed to the pool area.  We played a few games of table tennis.  Then, we chilled out in the jacuzzi.

We headed back to to the room and relaxed for awhile.  Ivan and I took showers.

Later on, we went to see the Elements show in the Stardust Theatre.  It was dancing, magic, and aerial acts.  The magic was cheesy, but it was a good show.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out the desserts at the Chocolate Buffet.

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Lil Dave got lots of bananas dipped in chocolate and banana chocolate cake.  Ivan and I enjoyed a few things.

Ivan and I headed to the dining room.  Lil Dave was too full from all the banana desserts.  Dinner was watermelon and feta cheese salad, fried calamari and Norwegian salmon.  The salad and salmon were good.

We walked around the ship taking some pictures.

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We were tired, so we walked back to the room to get some rest.

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Quick Games

Ivan was already up when I woke up on November 17, 2011.  It was our second sea day onboard the Norwegian Jade cruise ship.

We checked out the breakfast buffet.  Then, we walked around the ship.

Later on, we had lunch at the buffet.

Everybody on the ship had to go to the lounge for Israeli Immigration.  An officer looked at our passports.

Ivan and I watched an episode of British crime drama Luther in our room.  Lil Dave decided to go play in the arcade.

It was time for the art auction.  The only reason we go is for the free champagne.  Ivan had to register so we could get a glass of champagne.  The art gallery is run by Park West.  We’ve seen this company before on the Carnival cruise ships.  It’s all a big scam.  We stayed a few minutes and watched the art up for auction.  I was surprised that they sold a few paintings that went for a few thousand dollars.  Overall, Park West wasn’t selling much art.

We met up with Lil Dave at the Medusa Lounge for the Fun & Games contest.  One of the entertainment staff, a Turkish guy, was in charge of the game.  The contest had 6 people and 1 monkey competing.  Each person or monkey was handed a hat and a straw (to symbolize a cigarette).  The game involved doing the opposite of the Turkish guy.  If he was standing, we should be sitting.  If he had the straw in his hand, we should have it in our mouth.  If he put his hat on his head, we would have the hat in our hand.  The game moved pretty fast.  Ivan and I ended up being in the running to win.  We’re both very competitive.  I messed up and Ivan won the game.  He won a cup coozie.

There weren’t any events that interested us, so we went down to our room.  Lil Dave decided to take a monkey nap.  Ivan and I watched the thriller movie Human Centipede.  It turned out to be a great movie.

It was time to see a show in the Stardust Theatre.  Flash and Fever are a married couple.  The couple did fast quick change.  It looks really cool seeing a lady change into a new outfit within seconds.  We also saw plate spinning, magic and the guy moved around and did cool ladder acrobatics.

Watch the ladder acrobatics:

It was a great entertaining show.

Next, we went to dinner.  I had the good French onion soup while Ivan got the broccoli soup.  Lil Dave got a banana stuffed chicken dish.

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I got the cod in a gumbo sauce while Ivan got the Norwegian salmon  The meal turned out alright.

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Windy Music

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to the breakfast buffet on October 16, 2011.

We all headed to the Medusa Lounge.  Ivan entered the Sudoku Challenge.  Unfortunately, he finished 3 minutes after somebody completed their game.  Maybe next time he’ll win.

We walked to the Jasmine Restaurant for the Asian Fusion demonstration.  The demo was rubbish.  A Filipino chef rushed through a cooking demo of Kung Pao chicken.  Then, a chef started telling the group how to make shabu shabu.  It’s really not that hard to make shabu shabu – you just stick the ingredients into a big pot of broth and let them cook.  Ivan thought it best that we leave early.

It was time for the lunch buffet.  Our plates were filled and then we headed outside to hear the Oompah band.

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Today, there was a beer festival onboard.

The boat was really bumpy today since it was a very windy day.  I’m so glad that I bought motion sickness pills – I can feel nauseous from the seasickness.

We went to see the show with multi-instrumentalist Andy Bunger.  He played a few different instruments like drums, trumpet and saxophone.  The show was okay.

It was time for dinner.

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Ivan and I shared the cod and a vegetable burrito.  Lil Dave got a banana lasagna.  We shared the Signature cheesecake for dessert.  The meal was average.

Lil Dave went to the buffet to grab some bananas.

It was time to dance.  Ivan and I went to Spinnaker Lounge for the 70’s Funk-a-Licious Night.  We danced for a short time to 70’s music before going to sleep.

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Norwegian Cruise

Ivan, Lil Dave and I left by train at 10:50 am on October 15, 2011.  We arrived at Termini and got tickets for another train journey.

Ivan bought spinach and cheese sandwiches and a banana sandwich (for Lil Dave, of course!).

The train ride took an over an hour to reach Cevitecchia.  We walked two blocks and then across the street to the port.  After going through Security, we arrived to the check-in for the Norwegian Jade.  A lady gave Ivan and me a piece of paper with the number 6 on it.  There was a waiting area with seats.  We had to wait until our number was called.  Another lady was calling for the number 1.  Ivan pretended like he had the number 1 and we skipped the waiting time.  I was glad since I really wanted to get on the ship to grab some lunch.

A woman gave us our keys.  She told us that they would hold on to our passports.  We would get them back when Israeli Immigration was onboard.

It was 1:30 pm when we boarded the Norwegian Jade.  We headed towards our room, but unfortunately the rooms wouldn’t be ready until 2 pm.  So, we headed to the buffet.  Ivan and I got fish and aubergine.  Lil Dave munched on two bananas.

Afterwards, we walked down to our interior room.  It’s a small room with no windows.  We figured that we’d spend less on the room and splurge on the excursions on land.

At the start of every cruise, everybody must go to their muster station.  This is the station we go to if an emergency arises.  We went to the Bistro for our muster station.  An announcement was made about how to properly put on our life jacket.

Ivan and I headed back to the room to change into our swimming costumes (swimsuits).  Then, we headed up to the jacuzzi.

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We saw Lil Dave eating a banana burger.  Ivan and I each got a veggie burger.  We chilled in the Spinnaker lounge and read our books.  I’m currently reading Lee Evans’ biography.

It was time to get ready for dinner.

Lil Dave went to the buffet to grab a few bunches of bananas.  Ivan and I headed to the Grand Pacific dining room.  On the Norwegian Jade anytime dining is available for the main dining rooms.  We’ve previously gone on three Carnival cruises where there’s a set time for dining or anytime dining.  The Jade also has lots of restaurants where you have to pay a charge per person.  It’s nice for the option, but we always just eat in one of the dining rooms.

The hostess gave us a beeper since there was a wait.  The beeper buzzes anywhere on the ship.  It was a short wait until it buzzed.

The hostess asked if we wanted to share or eat alone.  Ivan said we could share.  We were given a table for two.  Ivan started off with polenta and a shrimp on top of fingerling potato (which turned out to be potato salad).  I got cream of mushroom soup for an appetizer.

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For our main courses, we both got the broiled lobster and red snapper.  The lobster was very, very dry and the snapper was boring.  We decided to try a Moroccan rice cake which turned out rather plain.  The meal was really tasteless.  I just hope the quality of the food gets better during the cruise.

We walked to the Stardust Theatre.  The British cruise director Jill introduced the show. She’s really plastic and not funny at all.  Jill told the audience that if we liked something we should clap.  Dancing from the Jade dancers were up first.  Next, Duo Volgyi was on.  It’s a woman and man doing an aerial act with the two long cloths.  Ivan and I have seen this way too many times.  It’s good to watch for a few minutes.. then it gets old.  The audience did as Jill said and clapped like every 5 minutes.  How annoying!  The show lasted an hour.  It was alright.

Ivan and I headed back to the room to get some rest.

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