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"We ate in the main dining room every meal and really enjoyed the free style cruising." in 40 reviews.

"...clearly and we tipped when we did n't have to in specialty restaurant s." in 12 reviews.

"We ate lunch a couple of times in the Garden Cafe on deck 12." in 25 reviews.




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GREAT SHIP... Excellent Crew

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

There was a party of 6 of us (3 couples) that went on this cruise. 3 of 6 had never cruised before. We had interior rooms on deck 5, dead center of the ship. Nothing fancy but still nice. The bathrooms, particularly the shower, was nicer than the previous 2 cruises I was on. Before the cruise I had read reviews and got the idea that the food was going to be lacking. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. WE never paid for any of the specialty dining and all ate until we were very content. We ate every night in one of the dining rooms, Azura or Tzar's Palace Restaurants. The staff did very well and the food was great. The shows were good to great. The le Cirque bijou show was AMAZING!!! The comedian was great too.

The ship itself was CLEAN and newly remodeled.... so it seemed.

As for the itinerary, it was ok. Belize is run down badly, mainly because I believe the people to be lazy. Roatan, Honduras is beautiful. We ate some locally cooked food...a little pricy, but local food none the less. We did an Eco-Walk with a sweet little local lady, who had a remedy for EVERYTHING... which included Viagra, Teething for babies, Leukemia cures, to natural douches that "tighten you right back up like a virgin again..." in her words. She was a hoot! In Cozumel we simply booked a lazy eat/drink/ beach day. It was fun and nice.

Overall we agreed that it was a great vacation. Not the greatest destinations but a great cruise. The Jewel is a jewel!

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Surprized

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

I love cruising to different locations. This trip I had a head ache most of the time and didnt know why until the last day when i found a large amount of mold in our cabin under the bed, which i am alergic to. If i would have found it sooner i would have requested  a cabin change. other than that all was good.

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fun trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

White sands and warm sun. What else can one want when weather is freezing back home....Food was great, crew so very friendly and helpful. Getting on and  off the ship was a breeze in the ports.

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A very nice winter getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

The temperature was -10°F when we left Minnesota on the 13th for the drive to Houston, so we were extremely appreciative of the perfect weather. Boarding was fantastic. As we were travelling with my 89-year old in-laws, we had requested wheel chairs (for boarding only) for both. Special assistance line was non-existent when we arrived (about 10:30 AM); we were able to walk right up to the check-in desk, and board immediately after filling out the paperwork. Dropped off our bags and went to the dining room for lunch, figuring the buffet might be crowded. Disembarking was just as easy (we carried off all of our luggage ourselves).

Food was as expected (very good for the most part) with one glaring exception - no lobster night. Chocolate night was also a bit of a disappointment (several ok chocolate desserts were offered in the main dining rooms), however, the Chocolate Volcano dessert, which was offered every night in the main dining rooms, gets 5 stars from all six of us. I do believe I ate more smoked salmon in seven breakfasts than I ate in the previous year. 5 stars for that. The biscuits for the biscuits and gravy were definitely not to my liking, so I felt obligated to make up for that by going for the chocolate croissants. The crepes get two big thumbs up - they'd rate even higher if the crepe station included ice cream as a possible filling/topping.

We enjoyed all of the evening shows in the Stardust Theater; the lounge singers and bands I'd rate as ranging from good to excellent. The Cruise Director's staff did an excellent job with the various activities. 

My wife and I had an inside stateroom. It was small, as expected, but the bed was very comfortable and the thermostat allowed us to adjust the temperature to my wife's liking (meaning a bit warmer than I like). Often, our room was not made up until after lunch. Not a big deal for us; I guess we were just near the end of the line.

All-in-all I'd definitely recommend this cruise.

 

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Norwegian Jewel Western Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

We had a great time on the Jewel. My husband and I both felt that this was the best staff we've had a cruise.  They were very friendly, helpful, attentive, and seemed happy to be there. We also enjoyed the food, there were plenty of options even without the specialty restaurants. The entertainment was exceptional, don't miss any of the shows, they are all great. The embarkation and  debarkation process went smoothly.

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Cruising is not what I thought it would be.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

This was my first cruise and my wife's second in 30-years.  The cruise and cruise line changed my preconceived view of cruises.  It was a most enjoyable way to travel with plenty of the down time I wanted and the on shore experiences we both looked forward to having in the countries where we stopped.  The entire ship's crew was excellent and as attentive as possible.  The food, entertainment, and services were more than we expected.  We had the Ultimate Dining Package which was definitely worth the additional cost.  I wouldn't sail without it.  For a large ship (2500+ passengers) we found it easy to navigate and very convenient to use for our wants.  From our original embarkation to our final return, the crew and representatives made it a quick and efficient process to register and pass customs.  Definitely a repeat experience.  We are looking forward to more cruises.

Tim and Carol,

Gilbert, AZ

 

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Enjoyed Our First NCL

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

This was our first time cruising with NCL. We've cruised on Carnival once and Royal twice before this. We enjoyed the Jewel and had a great time. The food quality was very good but we didn't see any extra value in the pay for restaurants. We went to two; Le Bistro didn't meet my expectations and Moderno was very good but I don't think it was worth the extra money.  The freestyle dining was convenient and I enjoyed eating at a table with just my friends, but I think because you have a different wait staff every night that the food service does suffer a little bit verses having a traditional dining time and the same wait staff. I would cruise with NCL again and on the Jewel again, but I would pick Royal first if the pricing was similar.

We had a balcony room and felt that the room was just a little bit smaller than the one other balcony room we've booked in the past. There were less drawers in this state room then in other rooms we've had but the bed was very comfortable and didn't cause any back pain over the week.

I also enjoyed how the boat was decorated. It had a lot of dark woods and gave it a yacht feel to the decor.

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Vacation after cancer!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

We really had a good time, shows GREAT, food good, service outstanding in all areas, we just don't care for the free style eating; we like having the same waiter and assistant every night for our dining room.  but other than that it was really a good cruise.  We booked a mini suite and "thought" it would be a little plush but it was more a regular balcony, very nice but not what we thought.

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Western Carribean was all I wished it too be

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

First time cruising Norwegian as well as the Caribbean. Checked off couple locations off of my wife's bucket list ( Belize & Cozumel ). All 3 Ports/Destinations were incredible wheather taking a tour of Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling the Barrier Reef, laying out on White Sand Beaches with crystal clear waters or simply strolling Roatan Bay, Honduras meeting locals and learning about the culture. The Ship was large enough to feel safe yet layed out so was within any area of the ship to get involved with any of the activities. We enjoyed the Spinnaker Lounge activities and Dancing every night of the cruise and received great Bar service from the staff. We dined nightly in the 2 main dining rooms ( Azura or Tsars ) and the food & Desserts were very good, I would like to of seen the 2 Main Dining Rooms open later then 9:30 ship time as being from West Coast it was rather early for me to eat dinner so I was at risk of missing dinner ( did arrive at 9:45 and talked staff into allowing mus to eat. We did not go into any of the " Specialty" restaurants on board but did see quite a few passengers doing so. The Buffet had good Variety but feedback I had given the ship was the food go be warmer as by the time I made my plate, ot beverages and found seating most of the food was room temperature at best. The Freestyle was different for us as all our other cruises had Dinner structure etc including Formal nights and themed attire while the Freestyle was just that ( though you still needed to be with Collar shirt for main Dining Rooms ) My Wife liked the idea of getting " Fancy" so we still did so even though most other passengers didn't dress up...In discussing with my wife how she liked cruise etc. we both would recommend both this Cruise Line and this ship for a future cruise.

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Amazing custom service!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jan 17, 2015

The crew was very attentive and fun. Lots of on board entertainment and crew was very informative about excursions in each port. Food was delicious, with plenty of restaurant that offered a variety of food for every appetite. My advise would be for anyone going that drinks adult beverages, buy the drink package. It's expensive but it's cheaper to go ahead and do that than buy on the ship one at a time. Also don't over pack. This is a free style cruise and you don't have to dress formal for any dinner unless you want to. Only one restaurant on the ship has a dress code so all the rest you can go in shorts and flip flops.

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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!

The room service is included in the ship fare. We enjoyed coffee sent to the room each morning. They also had large screen viewing of NFL football game playoffs.

There is a refrigerator in the room and there is also a coffee pot so you can make coffee before you have to dress and go down to the breakfast!! That is a great plus compared to other cruises I have been on!

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