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What people said about this ship:

"The Norwegian Jewel is a beautiful ship with comfortable rooms and spacious dining rooms." in 35 reviews.

"...We did not like having to pay an up charge for the specialty restaurant s." in 11 reviews.

"We could n't get drinks from the garden cafe 3/4 of the time, because the staff did not keep them..." in 24 reviews.



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uptowndude
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Room Type:
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Experience:
2-3 cruises

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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

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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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
Purser

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Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
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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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cchawner
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Excursions Were The Highlight of the trip !!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Aug 09, 2014

We experienced the MAGNIFICENT MISTY FJORDS SEAPLANE in Ketchikan and the views were spectacular. Took Go pro video as well as stills but still can capture the felling of the excursion. We also experienced the TRACY ARM FJORD & GLACIER EXPLORER in Juneau which took 43 passengers up to 2 glaciers and we saw humpback whales and orca's as a bonus on the way to the glacier. The crew for the excursions made the trip. I have gone scuba diving in the Western Caribean but the view of nature in Alaska on these 2 excursions were outstanding.

 

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CruiselineQ
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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