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    Top 10 Ghost Ships That Still Haunt the Seas
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    Top 10 Ghost Ships That Still Haunt the Seas

    March 13, 2020


    Ghost ships, or phantom ships, make up a big
    part of the seafaring lore that has been passed down by sailors and fisherman throughout the
    years. The ships are said to be spectral apparitions
    that materialize on the horizon before quickly disappearing, and they are believed to be
    a sign of bad things to come. The term is also used to describe abandoned
    vessels that are found adrift with no crew or passengers, often under frightening and
    mysterious circumstances. Whether real stories of these derelict ships
    or legends about phantom craft trawling the seas, the following are the ten most famous
    ghost ships that continue to provoke speculation and mystery in the nautical world. 10. The Caleuche One of the most well known legends of the
    Chilota mythology of southern Chile describes the Caleuche, a ghost ship that appears every
    night near the island of Chiloe. According to local legend, the ship is a kind
    of conscious being that sails the waters around the area, carrying with it the spirits of
    all the people who have drowned at sea. When spotted, the Caleuche is said to be strikingly
    beautiful and bright, and is always accompanied by the sounds of party music and people laughing. After appearing for a few moments, the ship
    is then said to disappear or submerge itself under the water. According to Chilota mythology, the spirits
    of the drowned are summoned to the ship by the Sirena Chilota, the Pincoya, and the Picoy,
    three Chilota “water spirits” who resemble mermaids. Once aboard the phantom ship, the drowned
    are said to be able to resume their life as it was before they died. 9. The SS Valencia The SS Valencia was steamer ship that sank
    off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia in 1906. The ship had encountered bad weather near
    Cape Mendocino, and after drifting off course, struck a reef and began taking on water. The crew quickly began lowering lifeboats
    holding the ship’s 108 passengers into the water, but several of these capsized, and
    one simply disappeared. The Valencia eventually sank, and only 37
    of the roughly 180 people on board survived. Five months later, a fisherman claimed he
    had found a life raft with 8 skeletons in it in a nearby cave. A search was launched, but it found nothing. Thanks to its dramatic end, the Valencia eventually
    became the source of numerous ghost ship stories. Sailors would often claim they could see the
    specter of the steamer drifting near the reef in Pachena Point, and to this day the ship
    is the source of frequent wild theories and ghost ship sightings. In a bizarre twist, 27 years after the sinking
    of the Valencia, one of its life rafts was found floating peacefully in nearby Barkley
    Sound. The “ghost raft” was said to be in remarkable
    condition, and even still had most of its original coat of paint. 8. The Ourang Medan The story of the Ourang Medan begins in 1947,
    when two American ships received a distress call while navigating the Strait of Malacca,
    off the coast of Malaysia. The caller identified himself as a member
    of the crew of the Ourang Medan, a Dutch vessel, and supposedly claimed that the ship’s captain
    and crew were all dead or dying. The messages became jumbled and bizarre before
    trailing off and ending with the words: “I die.” The ships quickly raced to the scene to help. When they arrived, they found that the Ourang
    Medan was undamaged, but that the entire crew—even the ship’s dog— was dead, their bodies
    and faces locked in terrified poses and expressions, and many pointing at something that was not
    there. Before the rescuers could investigate further,
    the ship mysteriously caught on fire, and they had to evacuate. Soon after, the Ourang Medan is said to have
    exploded and then sank. While the details and the overall veracity
    of the Ourang Medan story are still widely debated, there have been a number of theories
    proposed about what might have caused the death of the crew. The most popular of these is that the ship
    was illegally transporting nitroglycerin or some kind of illegal nerve agent, which was
    not properly secured and seeped out into the air. Others, meanwhile, have claimed the ship was
    a victim of a UFO attack or some other kind of paranormal event. 7. The Carroll A. Deering Perhaps the most famous ghost ship of the
    Eastern Seaboard is the Carroll A. Deering, a schooner that ran aground near Cape Hatteras,
    North Carolina in 1921. The ship had just returned from a commercial
    voyage to deliver coal in South America, and had last been spotted just south of Hatteras
    by a lightship near Cape Lookout. It ran aground in the notorious Diamond Shoals,
    an area famous for causing shipwrecks, and sat there for several days before any help
    was able to reach it. When they did arrive, the Coast Guard found
    that the ship was completely abandoned. The navigation equipment and logbook were
    missing, as were the two lifeboats, but otherwise there were no signs of any kind of foul play. A massive investigation by the U.S. government
    followed, which discovered that several other ships had disappeared under mysterious circumstances
    around the same time. Several theories were eventually put forth,
    the most popular being that the ship fell victim to pirates or rumrunners. Others suggested that mutiny might have been
    the cause, as the Deering’s first mate was known to bear some animosity toward its Captain,
    but no definitive proof has even been discovered. The mystery surrounding the ghost ship has
    encouraged wild speculation, and many have argued that paranormal activity might have
    been responsible, citing the ship’s passage through the infamous Bermuda triangle as proof
    that some kind of otherworldly phenomena might be to blame. 6. The Baychimo One of the most amazing cases of a real-life
    ghost ship concerns the Baychimo, a cargo steamer that was abandoned and left to drift
    the seas near Alaska for nearly forty years. The ship was owned by the Hudson Bay Company,
    and was launched in the early 1920s and used to trade pelts and furs with the Inuit in
    northern Canada. But in 1931, the Baychimo became trapped in
    pack ice near Alaska, and after many attempts to break it free, its crew were eventually
    airlifted out of the area to safety. After a heavy blizzard, the ship managed to
    break free of the ice, but it was badly damaged and was abandoned by the Hudson Bay Company,
    who assumed it would not last the winter. Amazingly, the Baychimo managed to stay afloat,
    and for the next 38 years, it remained adrift in the waters off Alaska. The ship became something of a local legend,
    and was frequently sighted aimlessly floating near the frozen ice packs by Eskimos and other
    vessels. It was boarded several times, but weather
    conditions always made salvaging it nearly impossible. The Baychimo was last sighted in 1969, again
    frozen in the ice off of Alaska, but it has since disappeared. The ship is believed to have sunk in the intervening
    years, but recently a number of expeditions have been launched in search of now nearly
    80-year-old ghost ship. 5. The Octavius Although it is now considered more legend
    than anything, the story of the Octavius remains one of the most famous of all ghost ship stories. The tale dates back to 1775, when it is said
    that a whaling ship called the Herald stumbled across the Octavius floating aimlessly off
    the coast of Greenland. Crewmembers from the Herald boarded the Octavius,
    where they discovered the bodies of the crew and passengers all frozen solid by the arctic
    cold. Most notably, the crew found the ship’s
    captain still sitting at his desk, midway through finishing a log entry from 1762, which
    meant the Octavius had been adrift for 13 years. According to the legend, it was eventually
    discovered that the captain had gambled on making a quick return to England from the
    Orient via the Northwest Passage, but that the ship had become trapped in the ice. If true, this would mean the Octavius had
    completed its passage to the Atlantic as a ghost ship, its crew and captain long dead
    from exposure to the elements. 4. The Joyita The Joyita was a fishing and charter boat
    that was found abandoned in the South Pacific in 1955. The ship, along with its 25 passengers and
    crew, were en route to the Tokelau Islands when something happened, and it was not until
    hours later that the Joyita was reported overdue and a rescue attempt launched. A massive air search was undertaken, but it
    failed to find the missing ship, and it was not until five weeks later that a merchant
    ship stumbled upon the Joyita drifting some 600 miles off its original course. There was no sign of any of the passengers,
    crew, cargo, or life rafts, and the ship was damaged and listing quite badly to one side. Further inspection by authorities found that
    the ship’s radio was tuned to the universal distress signal, and a search of the deck
    uncovered a doctor’s bag and several bloody bandages. None of the crew or passengers was ever seen
    again, and the mystery of what happened has never been revealed. The most popular theory is that pirates killed
    the passengers and threw their bodies overboard, but other claims have included everything
    from mutiny and kidnapping to insurance fraud. 3. The Lady Lovibond The UK has a long tradition of legends about
    ghost ships, and of these the Lady Lovibond is perhaps the most famous. As the story goes, the Lady Lovibond’s captain,
    Simon Peel, had just gotten married, and decided to take his ship out on a cruise to celebrate. He brought his new bride along—going against
    a longstanding seafaring belief that bringing a woman on board a boat is bad luck—and
    set sail on Feb. 13, 1748. Unfortunately for Peel, his first mate was
    also in love with his new wife, and after watching the celebrations, the man became
    overwhelmed with rage and jealousy and intentionally steered the boat into the deadly Goodwind
    Sands, a sand bar notorious for causing ship wrecks. The Lady Lovibond sank, killing all those
    aboard. As the legend goes, ever since the wreck the
    Lady Lovibond can be seen sailing the waters around Kent every 50 years. It was sighted in 1798 by a few different
    ship captains, as well as in 1848 and 1898, when it supposedly appeared to be so real
    that some boats, thinking it a vessel in distress, actually sent out life rafts to help it. The Lady Lovibond was again seen in 1948,
    and while there were no confirmed sightings on its most recent anniversary in 1998, it
    continues to be one of the most well-known ghost ship legends in Europe. 2. The Mary Celeste Undoubtedly the most famous of all the real-life
    ghost ships, the Mary Celeste was a merchant ship that was found derelict and adrift in
    the Atlantic Ocean in 1872. The ship was in a seaworthy condition, with
    all its sails still up and a full store of food in its cargo hold, but its life boat,
    captain’s log book and, more importantly, the entire crew, had mysteriously vanished. There was no sign of a struggle, and the personal
    belongings of the crew and cargo of over 1500 barrels of alcohol were untouched, seemingly
    ruling out piracy as a possible explanation. In the years since its bizarre discovery,
    a number of theories have been proposed regarding the possible fate of the Mary Celeste’s
    crew. These include that those aboard were killed
    by a waterspout, that the crew mutinied, or even that eating flour contaminated with fungus
    led all the passengers to hallucinate and go mad. The most probable theory remains that a storm
    or some kind of technical issue led the crew to prematurely abandon the ship in the lifeboat,
    and that they later died at sea. Still, the mystery surrounding the Mary Celeste
    has led to much wild speculation, and others have proposed everything from ghosts to sea
    monsters and alien abduction as possible explanations. 1. The Flying Dutchman In maritime folklore, no ghost ship is more
    famous than the Flying Dutchman, which has inspired numerous paintings, horror stories,
    films, and even an opera. The ship was first mentioned in the late 1700s
    in George Barrington’s seafaring book Voyage to Botany Bay, and since then its legend has
    continued to grow, thanks to numerous sightings of it by fisherman and sailors. As the story goes, the Flying Dutchman was
    a vessel out of Amsterdam that was captained by a man named Van der Decken. The ship was making its way toward the East
    Indies when it encountered dangerous weather near the Cape of Good Hope. Determined to make the crossing, Van der Decken
    supposedly went mad, murdered his first mate, and vowed that he would cross the Cape, “even
    if God would let me sail to Judgment Day!” Despite his best efforts, the ship sank in
    the storm, and as the legend goes, Van der Decken and his ghost ship are now cursed to
    sail the oceans for all eternity. To this day, the Flying Dutchman continues
    to be one of the most-sighted of all ghost ships, and people from deep-sea fishermen
    to the Prince of Wales have all claimed to have spotted it making its never-ending voyage
    across the oceans.

    Goa Cruise Ship Party in Budget | Goa Night Life | Just ₹500
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    Goa Cruise Ship Party in Budget | Goa Night Life | Just ₹500

    March 13, 2020


    We have come to Goa Cruise. [Nidhi showing the long queue to board the Cruise Ship] [Chota Bheem is welcoming us on the Cruise] [Just entered the Cruise Ship] [Upper Deck of Cruise Ship] [Photographing with Chota Bheem] Other Speedboats and Cruise. The dance is going on in the lower Deck and we came to the upper deck to enjoy the natural winds. [Chota Bheem dancing] [Beautiful River Mandovi Bridge Lighting] Fabulous lighting show in the adjacent cruise ship. Casino Ships over Mandovi River Goa. [Traditional Konkani Dance in the Cruise Ship] So ladies and gentlemen. Presenting an exclusive dance performance. This is how Goa celebrates. So presenting Konkani traditional dance before you. So clap with hands guys. [Claps and Applause from the audience] Alright, here we go!

    WE SHIP THEM: Michelle and Barack Obama
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    WE SHIP THEM: Michelle and Barack Obama

    March 12, 2020


    [MUSIC PLAYING] You seem like a wonderful
    romantic couple. I’m a very romantic guy. And you’re about to
    celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary this year. Oh, yeah, October. 20 years. 20 years together. Wow. Yay for us! Yay! What’s the most romantic
    thing you’ve ever done? The way we met was,
    she was a first year associate at a law firm. She was my advisor, so
    she would not date me. And I kept on
    begging and pleading, which is usually
    how you get dates. Finally I offered to
    buy her ice cream, and we set out on the curb
    and ate ice cream cones. And then I kissed
    her, and that’s when I figured I
    sealed the deal. Yeah. Love at first sight, that
    stuff is good for a second. But you really have to like
    and respect the person, because that gets you
    through the ups and downs. What do you and
    Michelle disagree on? Like what do you fight about? After about 15 years,
    I finally figured out that she’s always right. So then surprisingly, we just
    stopped fighting after that. There’s no more fighting. Does he pick up his socks? That’s the question. No. No, no he doesn’t. He doesn’t pick up his socks? Now, you know, he
    thinks he’s neat. His idea of putting
    his suit away was hanging it on
    the edge of the door. It’s like, there’s a hanger. Mr. President, Michelle
    said she’s out of town and she wanted to know, did
    you make your bed this morning? That would be no. What I’ve come to
    find out is that you don’t sweat the small stuff. The journey that we’ve taken
    together, the fun we’ve had, the challenges we faced, the two
    beautiful girls that we raised. I give him a pass now when he
    leaves his socks on the floor or tells that story for
    the one hundredth time. I love your husband, I
    do, but he’s not as good a dancer as you are. [MUSIC PLAYING] Somebody call the situation
    room, because things are about to get hot. Because I love you so much. I Obamacare about you
    more than you even know. Michelle, I’ve made a lot of
    great decisions as president. The best decision I ever
    made was choosing you. Roses are red, violets are
    blue, you are the president, and I am your boo. And Barack, I know there
    is a See’s candy out there, so bring me something
    chocolatey back. You know what you need to do. Love to you both. Bye-bye.

    The Theseus’ Ship Paradox
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    The Theseus’ Ship Paradox

    March 8, 2020


    What defines a definition? What makes you – well, you? Who are you? What’s our purpose in life? Is there some innate– Woah, hold on just a second. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we get to any philosophical epiphanies, let’s rewind about 2,000 years to what’s arguably the bedrock of Western Civilization – Greece. The Greek king Theseus fought many naval battles throughout his life. To honor him, the people of Athens dedicated a memorial by preserving his ship in the local port. This was a great idea in theory, But as time went on, things broke down and needed replacing. Now imagine the broken planks of wood were replaced. Since only a few planks were swapped, it’s still the same ship; right? What if you only changed the sails on the ship? The actual ship is exactly the same, it hasn’t moved or been changed. Now this is where the paradox I mentioned earlier comes into play. Imagine we swapped out all of the oars, and slowly, over time, swapped out all of the parts of the ship. Would it still be the same ship? I mean, we’ve already established that replacing one or two planks makes it still the same ship. So, where’s the limit to that? How many planks can you switch before it becomes a different ship? There is one final twist to all of this. Once all of the parts have been swapped out, take all of the old parts and put them back together to reassemble another fully working ship. Now here’s the question: Which one is the original ship? Is it the one that has all of the original planks? Or is it the one that had everything replaced? That’s what the Theseus’ Ship Paradox is all about: questioning identity and defining what change means. And if all of this is too confusing for you, don’t think about it too much. Otherwise, your world might turn upside-down.

    Looney Tunes- I Ship It
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    Looney Tunes- I Ship It

    March 8, 2020


    There’s this horrible thing we started doing now. We see two characters That totally don’t go together And we’re like Oh I Totally ship it I got this feeling at like 3 A.M. While watching Netflix I drew some porny fanart And I wrote some smutty fanfic Can’t help it I just think that they would make such a good pair In canon they have never met I don’t care I ship it I don’t care I know that they are siblings But I think there’s something more If she weren’t dating that guy They’d be banging, I am sure The third scene in episode four Come on, look at him stare Twincest can’t really be that bad I don’t care I ship it I don’t care You’re on the canon ground I’m up in crack ship space Let’s start a shipping war Don’t care if I get hate Don’t like my pairings Well then you can hit the bricks This is my OTP I’ll go down with this ship I ship it I ship it They keep on saying they’re not gay But yeah I really doubt that This can’t just be a bromance Who would write a show about that? I think the subtext in the second season’s pretty clear Don’t tell me I need to calm down I don’t care I ship it I don’t care I ship it I don’t care, I ship it I don’t care You’re on the canon ground I’m up in crack ship space Let’s start a shipping war Don’t care if I get hate Don’t like my pairings Well then you can hit the bricks This is my OTP I’ll go down with this ship I don’t care I ship it I don’t care, I ship it [repeats] I ship it I don’t care I ship it

    Norwegian Jade Cruise Ship Tour – Norwegian Cruise Line
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    Norwegian Jade Cruise Ship Tour – Norwegian Cruise Line

    March 8, 2020


    Unveiled in 2006, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 93,502 ton, 2,302 passenger Norwegian Jade is the second of four nearly identical “Jewel Class” ships that includes the Norwegian Jewel (2005), Norwegian Pearl (2006) and Norwegian Gem (2007). Norwegian Jade was constructed by Meyer Werft, the highly-acclaimed Papenburg, Germany-based shipyard that has built most of the ships in the current Norwegian fleet. The Norwegian Jade was originally commissioned for Norwegian’s NCL America subsidiary as its third Hawaiian-based vessel, the Pride Of Hawai’i. The Pride Of Hawai’i was christened in Los Angeles in a gala ceremony attended by longtime Hawaiian senator Daniel Inouye, who was instrumental in helping pass legislation to allow NCL America to register its ships in the United States. In time-honored seafaring tradition, a magnum of champagne was sent crashing into the ship’s hull. NCL America suffered from a number of startup issues, resulting in the transfer of two of its three ships back into the Norwegian fleet. After only 20 months in Hawaiian service, the Pride Of Hawai’i was renamed Norwegian Jade and placed in year-round European cruise service in early 2008. Like all ships in the Norwegian fleet, Norwegian Jade is distinguished by its unique hull art, a swirling jade-colored wave that “splashes back” nearly three hundred feet from the prow. Powered by MAN diesels that drive twin pods at a service speed of 25 knots, the 965 by 106 foot Norwegian Jade sports 15 decks and has a myriad of restaurants, lounges and amenities to accommodate the line’s “Freestyle Cruising” brand. It also boasts a “ship within a ship” complex of exclusive suites called the Courtyard Villa. The forward portion of the uppermost level, Deck 15 begins at the base of the radio mast. This is a view facing aft from Deck 15 overlooking the Deck 14 sun deck and midships pool area. The aft portion of Deck 15 begins atop the midships Courtyard Villa complex. The starboard side, shown facing aft, is for general passenger use. The port side of aft Deck 15 is for the exclusive use of Courtyard Villa suite guests and boasts posh wicker and cabana style seating. The forward portion of Deck 14, shown facing port, overlooks the bow and is sheltered from high winds by a full-length glass screen. Colorful murals adorn many of the ship’s bulkheads, as seen in this forward-facing view from the Deck 14 sunning terrace. From the Deck 14 sunning terrace, there is a fine view over the midships Waikiki Beach Pool area on Deck 12, which includes two pools (the forward one is exclusively for adults), a water slide and four hot tubs. The Courtyard Villa complex is in the background. Here is a forward-facing view over the Waikiki Pool area from the top of the Courtyard Villa complex. In addition to the pools, hot tubs and slide, there are chaise lounges for sunning, tables, chairs, beach umbrellas, poolside casino tables and a ping pong table. Inside the Courtyard Villa complex, there is a small wading pool reserved for occupants of the ten Courtyard Villas. Courtyard Villa occupants have their own cardio corner adjacent to the private pool. Overlooking the stern of the ship, there is bleacher-style seating adjacent to a large games court. Here is a forward-facing view through the games court netting towards the bleachers. Of the four ships in the Jewel class, Norwegian Jade and the earlier Norwegian Jewel are the pair without rock climbing walls. More sunning space can be found on Deck 13, encircling the pool area. On Deck 7, the Norwegian Jade has a full wrap-around promenade, which is ideal for jogging, shuffleboard, or just sitting in a deck chair and watching the sea roll by The 372-seat Spinnaker Lounge is one of the most eye-popping rooms aboard the Norwegian Jade. The observation lounge/cabaret showroom features whimsical seating and panoramic views along three sides from the vantage of forward Deck 13. With its yacht-inspired wood tones and blue “wave” carpet, the Spinnaker Lounge, shown here facing aft, is the venue for Norwegian’s once-per-cruise White Hot Night. Additional features include flat-screen televisions and pub games such as Foosball and darts. The Spinnaker Bar at the entrance to the Spinnaker Lounge features mahogany wood tones, riveted brushed steel and golf tee-style barstools. Just aft of the Spinnaker Lounge on the port side of Deck 13, there is a 24-seat Chapel for weddings and marriage vow renewals. On midships Deck 13 overlooking the pool area, there is the 56-seat Star Bar, which doubles as a daytime concierge lounge for suite and villa guests and an upscale evening cocktail bar that is open to all. Adjoining the starboard side of the Star Bar on Deck 13, the forward portion of Cagney’s Steakhouse is a demi-crescent-shaped space with full length windows overlooking the pool area. The aft portion of Cagney’s, shown facing starboard, is a rectangular space that is accessed from either side of midships Deck 13. Together with the forward section, the popular extra-tariff dining venue accommodates 168. Cagney’s is distinguished by its lemon-yellow leather seating and oversized mural of a metropolitan cityscape. Popular courses here include a 32-ounce Porterhouse steak for two, broiled Maine lobster, veal, lamb, grilled chicken and a selection of seafood. There is a $25 per person additional tariff and reservations are recommended. The Norwegian Jade’s Yin and Yang Health Spa is located on forward Deck 12. This is a view of the unisex relaxation area and thermal benches. The Yin and Yang Health Spa also has separate men’s and women’s sauna areas that adjoin the relaxation area. The many massages and treatments offered in the Yin and Yang Health Spa include teeth whitening. The Yin and Yang Health Spa has 22 treatment rooms, including one for couples. The Fitness Center is adjacent to the Yin and Yang Health Spa on the port side of Deck 12 and includes a well-equipped gym with cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights. There is an aerobics room in the Fitness Center for spinning, Pilates, Yoga, step classes and kick boxing. The 24 seat SS United States Library is on the starboard side of Deck 12, just aft of the Yin and Yang Health Spa. Named for the 1952-built ocean liner that won the Blue Ribband for fastest Atlantic crossing, it features a large scale model of the ship and attractive 1950s inspired decor. The Library adjoins a card room and lifestyles room. On midships Deck 12 just aft of the pool area, the Tree Top Kids Club is a supervised facility with a play gym, movie theater, computer center and an arts and crafts area. Located on aft Deck 12, the Garden Cafe accommodates 468 guests inside with a separate kids area that seats 38. The casual-buffet dining venue still boasts its original Hawaiian-themed decor with tiki figures and a floral motif. At night, it takes on a more sophisticated ambience with candlelight and tablecloths. Well-situated action stations help keep Garden Cafe congestion at bay and feature freshly cooked and prepared-to-order foods in addition to pizza, fruit, soups, pasta, ethnic specialties, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, a salad bar and more. The al-fresco aft portion of the Garden Cafe seats an additional 240 guests with a view over the ship’s wake. Papas Italian Kitchen is a casual, 112 seat extra tariff ($10 per person) Italian restaurant that serves pizza, pasta and other popular dishes. Located on port Deck 12 next to the Garden Cafe, its specialties include Osso Buco and Lobster Ravioli. On Deck 11, the Norwegian Jade and her sisters feature an unusual Bridge Viewing Room that occasionally allows visitors to peer into the wheelhouse. Displays about the ship’s construction and engine room are an added highlight. The Norwegian Jade has a two deck atrium that spans midships Decks 7 and 8. In this aft-facing view from Deck 8, the reception can be seen on the lower level. In this forward-facing view of the Atrium from Deck 8, the grand staircase linking Decks 7 and 8 descends behind the 70-seat Aloha Bar, where coffees, iced coffee drinks and pastries are available. The large LED screen is used to broadcast news and sports events and can also be commandeered for Wii tournaments. On the port Deck 8 Atrium balcony, the 94-seat Blue Lagoon restaurant seats 94. Open 24 hours, the no-charge dining venue serves comfort food dishes like hamburgers, fish and chips, baked potato skins and other “diner” fare. The 144 seat Paniolo’s (Hawaiian Cowboy) Tapas and Salsa Restaurant is on the starboard balcony across from Blue Lagoon. The extra-tariff venue ($10 per person) features Tex Mex cuisine, hot and cold Tapas dishes and a tequila bar. The three-deck, 1,042 seat Stardust Theater is Norwegian Jade’s mainstage showroom, featuring Broadway-style revues, singers, comedians, magicians and other headline acts. Medusa’s Lounge is decoratively inspired by the jellyfish it is named for. Located on Deck 7, the 176-seat venue is both a nightclub and cabaret showroom. The three colorful “whatever rooms” that adjoin Medusa’s just happen to be equipped with state-of-the-art Karaoke equipment. The Jasmine Garden Asian Restaurant is a pan-Asian dining and bar complex on Deck 7 that features a Japanese/Thai/Chinese Restaurant. There is a $15 per person cover charge for dinner in the 108-seat main restaurant (shown here) and adjoining Sushi Bar. The complex of Asian restaurants and bars on Deck 7 are connected to Bar Central, a diverse district of watering holes on Deck 6, via an elegant Art Deco lobby and stairtower. An interactive Japanese dining nook, Teppanyaki, is located at the aft end of Jasmine Gardens on Deck 7. Seating 32, the $25 per person extra-tariff dining venue is the seagoing equivalent of Benihana, where the chef is the performer and the grill is his stage. At Teppanyaki, guests select their main course, be it fresh shrimp, meat or chicken, and watch as it is chopped, seasoned and grilled tableside. At Teppanyaki, guests select their main course, be it fresh shrimp, meat or chicken, and watch as it is chopped, seasoned and grilled tableside. Just aft of the Jasmine Garden on Deck 7, the Aloha Bar erupts from the lower level of the Atrium with its menu of Lavazza coffees and coffee drinks. If the volcano motif of the Aloha Bar isn’t definitive evidence of the Norwegian Jade’s original Hawaiian ancestry, the hand-blown glass hibiscus blossoms in the Atrium ceiling should be proof positive. Beyond the Atrium on Deck 7, the port-side passage doubles as an Art Gallery and 8-station Internet Cafe. The 7,000 square foot, department store-style Galleria Boutique is located on aft Deck 7. The Jade Club Casino is on Deck 6, just aft of the Stardust Theater and accommodates 367 guests. Games include slots, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold’em, Craps, Pai-Gow Poker, Baccarat and more. The upscale, extra-tariff ($20 per person) Art Nouveau-inspired French dining venue, Le Bistro, seats 116 guests on the port side of Deck 6. Le Bistro features silver plate cutlery, crystal stemware, linen napkins and distinctive butterfly-patterned Versace china chargers. Among the decorative highlights of Norwegian Jade’s Le Bistro is an original painting by Vincent Van Gogh loaned from the private collection of Tam Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO of NCL’s co-parent company, Star Cruises. On certain sea days, Le Bistro is open for a gala, jazz-inflected brunch where live musicians perform favorite jazz and blues songs. A freshly-tossed Caesar Salad with optional shrimp or chicken is just one of many brunch specialties in Le Bistro. On Deck 6, adjacent to Bar Central and Le Bistro, there is a small lounge that was originally reserved for cigar smokers. Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar is located on Deck 6 at the foot of the grand staircase connecting Bar Central with the Jasmine Garden on Deck 7. Its French Art Deco-inspired setting takes a few decorative nods from the 1935-built transatlantic liner Normandie. Of the three watering holes in Bar Central, this 83-seat space is where one would gravitate for a favorite martini cocktail, caviar and, of course, a glass of champagne. The ceiling and bulkheads in the grand staircase linking Bar Central and the Jasmine Garden fuse colorful Art Deco glass panels with Asiatic lacquered paneling. Sandwiched between Magnum’s and Tankards in Bar Central, the 48-seat Mixers Martini and Cocktail Bar is an extremely attractive gallery with a view of the sea featuring maple-framed Art Deco seating and honey-wood tones. At the tail end of Bar Central on starboard Deck 6, Tankards Beer and Whiskey Bar features backlit artwork that represents famous whiskeys of the world The included-in-the-fare, 306-seat Alizar Restaurant is located on aft Deck 6. Taking its decorative palate from the neon blues, reds and purples of Mark Rothko, it features vividly backlit glass panels in a sleek, Midcentury Modern setting. Accessed from aft Deck 6, the soaring, included-in-the-fare Grand Pacific Restaurant seats 486. Its Gothic Art Deco interior is inspired by the first-class dining room of the Matson liner Malolo of 1927 that sailed to Hawaii from the U.S. West Coast. At the base of the grand descent leading to the Grand Pacific Restaurant, there is an imposing statue of Hawaii’s legendary King Kamehameha. The Grand Pacific is paneled in dark walnut burl and features imposing Art Deco ceiling lights and painted murals that are inspired by pre World War Two Matson Line menu covers. Throughout the Norwegian Jade, there are clues to the ship’s original Hawaiian heritage, including some beautiful reproductions of early 20th Century Hawaii-themed travel posters. This stairtower mural is taken from a brochure for the Los Angeles Steamship Company, which ran a liner service to Hawaii in the 1920s. At the top tier of Norwegian Jade’s accommodation, there are two 4,719 square foot Garden Villas that are among the most extravagant living quarters at sea. In addition to a spacious living room that overlooks the pool area, there is a private sunning patio with a hot tub and dining area. Garden Villas have three spacious bedrooms with king- or queen-sized beds and private bathrooms. In the Garden Villa Suites, one of the three bathrooms has a full bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. In addition to expansive living and separate dining rooms, four 1,195 square foot Owner’s Suites feature cherry-wood finished bedrooms with king-sized beds. 134 Mini Suites offer floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony, two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, sitting area with convertible double sofa and bathroom with shower and bathtub. Here is an outboard-facing view. This is an inboard-facing view of another 340 square foot Mini Suite, all of which have rich cherry wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers and an Internet connection. Mini Suites have compartmentalized bathrooms, similar to those in the standard category cabins but with full tub and shower. 360 Balcony Staterooms feature two lower beds and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony. Measuring 243 square feet, they have a sitting area, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers and an Internet connection. Triple compartment bathrooms in Balcony, Ocean View and Interior Staterooms feature separate showers, sink and toilets. 243 Ocean View Staterooms measure 161 square feet and have two lower beds, sitting area and a picture window or porthole, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers, Internet connection and a bathroom with separate WC, shower and washstand compartments. 416 Inside Staterooms feature two lower beds, rich cherry-wood finishing, mini-bars, tea and coffee makers, Internet connection and a bathroom containing separate WC, shower and washstand compartments. They measure 143 square feet.