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First Norwegian Cruise

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What people said about this ship:

"Food wasexcellent in main dining rooms and good at the buffets." in 35 reviews.

"You would be better off paying the extra for real grown-up food in the specialty restaurants." in 11 reviews.

"...always offering to help push up or down ramps, and a garden cafe employee saw two of us accompanying my father in his a..." in 24 reviews.



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NCL Jewel Nov 1, 2014 out of Houston

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014

The check in procedure was very smooth. From walking in the port door to getting on the ship took about 25 minutes. The lines constantly moved and the employees all seemed to know there jobs.

Soon after boarding we went to the Tzar's Palace for lunch. Unlike the Lido deck buffet the main dining room was almost empty and we had a great window table view of the port maritime activities. This was our 7th cruise but our first on NCL. We found the food to be slightly better than what we have experienced the last several cruises on Carnival. Specifically the desserts were better & the buffet items fresher or less dried out. On the down, side many of the main dining room selections were meat items like prime rib that are served under cooked. I know many people prefer this but I like meat items fully cooked. There were, of course, plenty of other choices.

We had booked an inexpensive inside cabin and found the room small but adequate. The bed was a little too soft but others may like that. My spouse did not complain. Everything in the cabin (deck 4) worked well. Lots of closet space and hangers, mini fridge, ample shower size and cabin safe were all nice features.

The crew were the best we have encountered on our cruises. Without exception they were friendly and accommodating. The shows were all entertaining and can be called good but not great. Comedian David Naster was very funny but for me the highlight of the entertainment was the band Next Stage. They were fantastic! Excellent musicians, superior harmony and a dynamite lead singer. I wish I had seen more of them. The acrobats and magician were also very good.

The ports of call were Cozumel, Belize and Trujillo, Honduras. Cozumel has the best water and any water sports there are world class. Although it seemed that the store people were a little more aggressive than the last time we were there (not near as bad as Jamaica). We walked all over the island and have always felt safe there and found the people to be friendly.

Belize was a bit of a disappointment. We did not book an excursion as this was our first trip to Belize. We went out into the city and explored on foot. We began to feel a little uncomfortable in town and after an excellent stop in the Belize Museum, housed in a converted colonial jail, we went back to the gated cruise port shopping area. The city was exactly what I had read about in guide books and other reviews, but I had hoped for more. Next time we will book a beach excursion.

Trujillo was great fun. We were only the 4th cruise ship to ever stop there and the people were very friendly although there were not that many English speakers compared to the usual tourist ports. We walked around town and enjoyed touring the old fort. School must have been out again for the ships visit because the children were all in the main square doing a dancing demonstration. Later the school marching band performed. We spent the afternoon down on the beach. The water is a bay and not clear like Cozumel but still better than Texas beaches (which I am used to). The sand was about the same as the Texas coast although badly in need of cleaning up the debris that has washed up.

At Cozumel the ship tied up at the pier and we just walked ashore. At both Belize and Trujillo tenders were used to ferry people to shore. In both cases the departure was very organized. You got a boarding group number and once your number was called out the wait to board the tender was a short one.

We like the freestyle cruising concept. I thought with a more relaxed dress code that people would be dressed like bums. Not so. Even in the dining rooms people dressed modestly and tastefully. In fact the people on the ship were the greatest difference between this NCL cruise and our previous Carnival cruises. I won't pretend to know the why of it but I found this group of passengers to be more polite, more subdued and more considerate than I had experienced before. Especially fewer obnoxious drunks which I have seen plenty of on Carnival. And no I am not opposed to drinking.

We had a great time on the Jewel and would not hesitate to recommend it  you. In order to calibrate my review I am a 63 year old male who still thinks he is 18. (What happened to the years?) My wife and I are still very active and we are not what anyone would call foodies. If you sail on the Jewel I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

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North to Alaska with friends!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014

This is our second cruise to Alaska with NCL. The scenery is as Beautiful the second time around. As for the staff we had no problems, when they saw us in the halls or in any public area they always said hi. Some even asked if everything was fine. Uttron  looked after our room, and we were never disappointed. We always had enough towels, and animals on our bed. He asked if we had any pets and we said yes a boxer. so guess what we had a boxer that day. The food was good. We did eat in the complimentary restaurants many times, and specialty also. The only concern that I really have is that some of the on board activities were high in price. ie Bingo and Deal or no Deal could be a little less. We  enjoyed our captain and his sense of humor. And lets not forget  Zesty Zack and Cool Kevin. We had great times joking around with them. All in all we would do it again. Looking forward to our next NCL freestyle cruise. One of the couples that cruised with us have cruised many times and with other lines, and she said this is the friendliest staff and the best she has been on. I know everyone enjoyed the freestyle concept. Keep up the good work NCL!!!!

 

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ksutton
Purser

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Room Type:
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wonderful vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014

we had a wonderful time.   all of the staff was wonderful and can't do enough for you.  i only had one little incident with one gal at the customer service desk that i thought was rude and handled badly.   instead of fighting with her i just walked away and sent my husband down later.   just chalked it up to her having a very busy day.  we love listening to rowan sing in the mornings as he spritzed our hands for breakfast.  fun times all over the ship.  bingo is too expensive.  could only afford to play once.   the cruise director and staff were great.  sure had fun with zesty zach and kevin.   lots of fun.   we are looking forward to our next cruise and decided we have only cruised ncl  why change now.   Big Smileloved  it

 

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bobnsal
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First time on Norwegian

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Oct 25, 2014

We are veteran cruisers on Carnival and Royal Caribbean and heard many good things about Norwegian and were excited that they had returned to Texas.  It ship was very nice, the mini-suite was wonderful and  the food in the  cafe buffet was excellent.  The man singing the different washy washy songs as you went into the buffet was wonderful and creative.  The entertainment was the best we have experienced while cruising.  I would have rated this cruise 5 star except for one thing.  

 

Now I am not homophobic as I have several gay and lesbian friends, but I wish I had known this was the 13th Annual GLBT Halloween cruise I could have been better prepared for the pack mentality of some of the larger groups running around the ship and being overtly loud and boisterous.  

 

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Scenic Alaskan Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Aug 02, 2014

First cruise ever, was a great experience. Alaska is amazing! Norwegian Jewel is a beautiful ship, was clean, well-maintained, and staff was very attentive. Food was good, some was great.  How nice to wake up and not cook, clean up, just enjoy fresh, bountiful healthy dishes and lots of variety. Entertainment was good--musicians were very good (jazz, pop, vocalists). Staff seemed to really care about serving and greeting us. Nightly entertainment was enjoyable, but the humor was more crude than my taste, so left the show and caught some great music instead. Enjoyed the relaxing time, did not feel crowded, could always take a walk on deck and find a quiet place to sit and watch the water and horizon or read.  Saw several whales in distance, blowing their water up and flipping. Never had motion sickness, although I brought med., didn't need it. 

The ports we visited were very commercialized with lots of tourist shops for jewelry, souvenirs, etc., but beyond all that was the beauty of the scenery. The mountains, trees, water, flowers all were so pretty and natural. I love the outdoors, so just being there seeing it was wonderful. We splurged on a seaplane ride in Ketchikan  that took us over the Misty Forjd wilderness, it was awesome. He flew us over miles and miles of pristine beautiful nature, saw giant rocky cliffs, multiple mountains with gorgeous greenery and beautiful calm waters ---even landed on a lake area for few minutes to take it all in. Saw eagles, but missed the bears. If you're a nature lover, you'd love this. Very peaceful. 

We also went to see Mendenhall Glacier park out of Juneau, which was beautiful too. Saw salman swimming everywhere in streams on the trails ( my son even attempted catching one in his hands, then let it go). The glacier was beautiful, the lake, the whole park, very pretty. We just wish there had been hours to explore it all. That's my regret, to get there and just wish we had had more time to really experience more of the awesome beauty of Alaska. Alaska is amazing. Then seeing Victoria, British Columbia was neat too - a large city with interesting architecture -buildings had lots of detail and the downtown area had lots of neat shops, scenic harbor and boats, flowers, tourist shops, restaurants, nice to spend a few hours just walking, have a drink in outdoor cafe and enjoying the scenery and the street musicians.

As for our room on the ship, we took the least expensive route with inside staterooms. Our room was nice, though very small (smaller than college dorm room) but it was adequate. The beds were firm, comfortable. Had great built-in storage, nice bathroom with shower, all very clean. We didn't spend much time there except bedtime, so that was fine. Our attendant was always cheerful and friendly, called me by name each day! We appreciated the caring service. Twice we had little folded towel animals left for us on the bed. 

For a first cruise, we enjoyed it a lot. Was better than I'd expected. Fellow cruisers were friendly, all of us enjoying a vacation, was not rowdy. There were places to go to dance, relax, work out, read, be entertained, drink, eat, listen to music, swim, play, whatever. There were many good places to eat. I liked that there were lots of couples, some families, and a variety of ages, not just all retirees. My son met other college aged young people & had fun with them dancing, games & shows. Norwegian seems to be know what people like and try to make it enjoyable for all.

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Cruise Director

If no tables at the garden cafe, walk to the Aft of deck 12 and take your food into Cucina. Was empty for the most part!

cchawner
Third Mate

On Norwegian I would always get premier dining package, well worth the value for the options that you have. Since we had great shore excursions didn't really use balcony much since we were off of the ship.

FrankVaughan
Third Mate

Don't bother bringing a laptop unless you plan to use it in your room. WiFi is very expensive.

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