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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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ricardoassonet reviewed 4 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"We notice that some parts of the dining room are noisy and there is more movement." in 35 reviews.

"We did NOT eat at any of the specialty restaurant s, so I ca n't speak to the dining experience in..." in 11 reviews.

"...is my that should have one buffet freestyle( like the garden cafe ), 2 or 3 places that have assigned seating for and and..." in 24 reviews.



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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

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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Sunset Ship coming through!!! comfy bed

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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

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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1st Time Cruiser...Hooked Forever!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Aug 30, 2014

This was so much more than ever expected. I purchased this cruise for myself and my Dad to celebrate his 80th birthday. From the rooms to the entertainment to the food especially and shore excursions amongst everything else on board we couldn't have asked for more. We love cruising....and have already booked our next cruise to the Panama Canal.

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Birthday Decorations Bathroom Dad's birthday cake

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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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