As some of you know, I am a cruise ship/liner nut, and I enjoy seeking out little-known areas on my cruises. Does anyone know of any areas on Norwegian Jade that might satisfy my curiosity? I'm thinking of areas such as little-used doors to outside decks, out-of-the-way stair towers (indoors or out), any not-so-obvious remnants from her Pride of Hawai'i days, anything that might not be on the deck plans? My only stipulation is that I won't have to break any rules to get there. (In other words, the brig is not on the wish list. )
Thank you, 3 Cruise Virgins, and welcome to cruise-chat.com. Actually, I did find something pretty cool. The ship, as Pride of Hawai'i (POH), was built without a casino. So, prior to my cruise, I compared POH and N. Jade deck plans to learn what had previously occupied the space that the casino on N. Jade was now situated. Turns out the space had previously contained cabins...so, when onboard, I set out to find any evidence that cabins had once been there. It didn't take long. A couple of glances port and starboard, behind sheer curtains, revealed the small, oblong windows that those of us who have sailed in standard oceanview cabins are quite familiar. (Yes, it doesn't take much to make me happy on a ship.)
Lisa, you would have loved the old S.S. Independence. That poor ol' ship had been reconfigured so many times it's a wonder anything still worked. It was like a maze; getting anyplace on it was a challenge: hallways that dead-ended; stairs that went nowhere; doors that had been welded shut--it was the Winchester House of ships.
I cruised around the Hawaiian Islands on her in 1994; she had just come from an umpteen million dollar refurbishment and the joke of the cruise was, "well, that was a nice start." As we were going up the gangway, other passengers were coming back down muttering things like, "i'm not going anywhere on this tub." (not a good sign)
As it turned out, we got a 50% refund on our cruise fare due to "numerous inconveniences." In spit of it all, my son, who was 11 at the time and I had a ball--the most fun we've had together. . . .ever.
Rick, I would have loved the opportunity to have sailed her, for the reasons you mention in your first paragraph (aside from her history). And, what marvelous memories for you and your son!
Reminds me of my favorite ship, SS SeaBreeze, built as Federico C for Costa in the late 1950s. She'd been refurbished a few times over the years, first by Costa in the late 1960s, and then by subsequent owners Premier, Dolphin, and Premier again. Among the changes were the replacement of a second outdoor promenade (with cabins, I believe) and the addition of a partial deck of cabins forward that was accessible from the outside only. There were also the remnants of her once-three-class configuration -- dead-end hallways, stairwells that serviced only two or three decks. How I loved her!
I'll share, very quickly, a favorite NCL find. It was on Norwegian Dream in 2008. We had also been onboard the ship in 1995, years before she was stretched. Part of the new addition was a new midships dining room. The location of the old dining room was then filled with cabins. So... I checked it out. Sure enough, the vertical support beams for the original dining room were still in place, right there in the cabin corridor. I wonder what the other pax thought when they saw me moving from one to another going on and on about my discovery while my husband photographed me with the evidence.