Precinct Pizza

Located right near the terminal 2 cruise port in Tampa, in an area with other shops and restaurants, Precinct Pizza was a logical place to grab a bite before heading to the airport and back home to Vegas. Everything about this place screams NYC — all the decor, the menu, the indifferent service. The Big… Continue reading Precinct Pizza

Cagney’s Steakhouse

Our last dinner of the cruise, on Christmas night, was at Cagney’s Steakhouse on the 13th floor towards the back of the Jade. It’s a modern looking steakhouse with elegant, yet comfortable seating and decor. Appetizers to start included shrimp cocktail with three shrimp and minimal cocktail sauce; a delicious and substantial iceberg wedge salad;… Continue reading Cagney’s Steakhouse


Located on the 7th deck in the center of the Norwegian Jade, Teppanyaki shares a host stand with both Jasmin and the sushi bar. The totally enclosed room has 4 hibachi tables and throughout our cruise was always one of the most popular/busy restaurants with little availability. The chef had plenty of energy and lots… Continue reading Teppanyaki

La Cucina

La Cucina is located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, past the buffet towards the back of the boat. Our first specialty dining experience of the cruise was on day 6. Surprisingly, the restaurant was only about a 1/3 full when we went. It wasn’t that large of a space, but nicely decorated to… Continue reading La Cucina

Garden Cafe Buffet

Located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, inside by the elevator banks but still close enough to serve most of the people visiting the pool, Garden Cafe is the ship’s buffet, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast has plenty of cold and hot options. Cereal, fruit, pastries. Pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, bacon. I… Continue reading Garden Cafe Buffet

Blue Lagoon Cafe

Blue Lagoon is a small cafe on the Norwegian Jade across from the Brazilian steakhouse, serving what they call “comfort food.” What that is, is typical bar fare and classic American favorites like burgers, hot dogs, potato skins, buffalo wings, and chicken tenders. Their grilled beef burger was better than the one found at Topsider’s… Continue reading Blue Lagoon Cafe


Topsider’s is the bar and grill located poolside on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade. Throughout the day they’ll have several items to grab and go. For lunch, for example, they’ll have hot dogs, grilled chicken, salad, bratwurst, and hamburgers with toppings ranging from cheese to pineapple and bacon, or bleu cheese. The pineapple bacon… Continue reading Topsider’s


Our first dinner during a cruise onboard the Norwegian Jade in December was at Alizar, one of the restaurants included in the price of the ticket. It’s an elegantly decorated space that seemed to have some Asian design influences, but the menu was fairly diverse with French, Italian, and American dishes. What we observed later was… Continue reading Alizar

Keylime Bistro

— Originally posted on Yelp on 9/1/09 –— My wife and I ate at the Keylime Bistro on a Wednesday night. We were seated right away and the waitress took our order soon after. After that, it all went down hill. My wife ordered the portabello mushroom appetizer as her entree, which was drowning in… Continue reading Keylime Bistro

Sushi Rock Cafe

— Originally posted on Yelp on 9/1/09 — One of the better sushi places we’ve been to. Everything we tried was fabulous. Prices weren’t bad. Sake was good. All their items are named after music groups/artists or songs. Very cool atmosphere, feels like a hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant. Not too touristy. Definitely worth hitting up… Continue reading Sushi Rock Cafe