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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"We ate in the main dining room every meal and really enjoyed the free style cruising." in 52 reviews.

"...not reservations for the entire cruise for the specialty restaurant s immediately upon boarding then you could n't..." in 13 reviews.

"the garden cafe where the buffets are held, feels like a high school a..." in 36 reviews.




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Spectacular scenery on a lovely ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

We enjoyed this ship, it is smaller than the Epic which we took on our last cruise and there were no lines at dinner, always plenty of seating in the theater and at the bars/clubs and on deck.  It was also very easy getting on and off the ship with no congestion or lines.  The weather was perfect the entire trip which obviously contributed to the wonderful experience.  The scenery in Glacier Bay is breathtaking.  We saw whales and mountain goats from the ship.  The ports were nice with plenty to do and easy access from the ship.  The food was pretty good and the service was excellent.  The entertainment on board was good and it was even nice enough to use the pools and hot tubs.  Excellent trip.

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Loved Alaska

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

The ports and the excursions were amazing.  Alaska was everything I thought it would be.  I did not have high expectations for the ship, activities, etc because that was not my focus for this vacation.

Ship was ok.  Not crowded which was nice.

Food was just ok. 

Entertainment was just ok.

 

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First Time Cruise (Alaska)

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

We planned this trip beginning right after Christmas (2014) to fulfill a bucket list wish. The cruise was GREAT, the crew and staff were excellent. Outstanding weather, excursions and overall experience. We found the Tsar's Palace to be our main choice for meals. We also like La Cucina and La Bistro. The other special dining options were not remarkable. (Meals could have used some garlic for seasoning!) My wife and I were both disappointed in some of our cruise mates who were rude to staff. Every member of the crew and staff we came across were delightful and helpful. Most of the evening entertainment was very good.

The one thing that we did not get to do but may have been educational would have been a detailed tour of the ships operations, galleys, engine room, behind the curtain operations of the ship, etc. But that may not have been possible with over 2,000 passengers, some of whom were in wheelchairs or had walkers. I have taken such tours on VLCC (Very Large Crude Carriers) and LR1 oil tankers and am a student at heart.

It was also interesting to see the changes to Juneau. I was last there about 25 years ago for a meeting with the Alaska Attorney General and Juneau was only about 15,000 people then. Now it has about 36,000 or more, with a WalMart!Lots of changes but still has the Alaska frontier feel.

Talking about planning our next "bucket list" cruise, when and where??

 

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mixed bag

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 18, 2015

Several things they did well.  Some they didn't appear to have a clue. First, and worst, the cabin they sold as "obstructed oceanview" had no view whatsoever--the window was opaque, barely letting light in.   For all intents and purposes, an inside cabin at a premium price.  At best, a deceptive description.  The Colonial Cartegena excursion was probably 70% shops.  On another excursion we sat on the bus on the pier for over an hour just waiting to get started....on a bus with a non functioning bathroom...nice job!!  Two scheduled on board programs were cancelled.  Buffet food tended to be cold.  Entertainment tended to be above average.  Except for singers who seemed happy  to entertain themselves rather than gear their program for the demographics of the guests.  Getting off was easy.  All in all, a mixed bag.

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Panama Canal Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 18, 2015

Everything on this NCL Cruise was very good. The price was excellent, the staff outstanding and mostly very accomodating. We only ate breakfasts and dinners at Main restaurants.

Breakfasts were very good, serve staff varied from OK to arrogant and one in particular even making

faces and rolling eyes at our reguests from the provided menus.

Dinners were not so very good, Dinners consisted of the same food ingredients for 15 evenings

just named different (language) on Menu each evening. Servers were Magnificent.       

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Norwegian Jewel cruise is excellent

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 18, 2015

services, foods, courtesies and entertaiment is excellent. On land we learned a lot of the beauties of the western civilianzation's architectures. On board the entertainment is execeptional. The cruise provide all kind of funs especially the ballrooms dancing they also provide the dancing classes so the customers who doesn't spend time on the gym they can learn and dance with they partner all dayy long instead of staying sleep on the staterooms. Excellent trip overall.

Suggest. Should change the cleaned blanket before each cruise. Other it's exceptional.

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Great Itinerary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 18, 2015

The itinerary on this cruise was awesome. The Panama Canal should be on everyone's must do list. Also all of the ports we visited were full of adventures. I would not recommend this cruise for small children since the average age of the passengers was 66. The one issue that we had was with some of the service. While all of our problems were taken care of it was unfortunate that we had to complain since service is one of the main reasons we cruise. The food was excellent. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and the specialty restaurants for dinner. We enjoyed each of the different options.

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Delightful Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

We enjoyed the ship, the wonderful service provided by the crew, the delicious meals and the the interesting destinations. In particular we loved the trip to the Mayan ruins from Belize.

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NCL WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

Probably my biggest complaint is the size of the cabin, especially the bathroom.  Neither one of us could sit on the toilet without being inches from the wall.  So we both sat angled which wasn't very comfortable.

The ship was clean and the stewards were wonderful each night doing the little towel art that puts a smile on your face.

As to food, while it was good, we both felt the food was better on Holland America.  The buns in the Tsar restaurant were fresh the rest of the pastries on board were a little dry.

As to entertainment, there was too much dancing and singing and not enough variety.  The magician was good but a little risque and this was a shown children were invited too.  He even had a child on stage and it just wasn't right.

I did appreciate the way they handled the shore excursions as it was all very organized, especially the day were off shore in Belize and took boots into Belize.

 

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Awesome "JEWEL" cruise April 11-18, 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

We had a wonderful cruise to the Caribbean...Cozumel, Belize and Roatan...great ship, great crew and great weather...what more could we ask for?!? I know...never having to disembark Crying Seriously though...from the captain to our room steward, everyone was excellent...this was our 2nd cruise on the Jewel within 4 months and we are sorry to see her leave Houston Crying

We had a Jewel of a cruise and are looking forward to sailing her again in the near future Love

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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!

You will like the fact the Jewel staff doesn't hound you for pictures like other cruise lines.

The 2 person musical duo "Cover Story" was very entertaining. The female vocalist was very good; the male musician played both piano and guitar. They did popular songs. Our 4 year old granddaughter danced to every number, to the amusement of the audience.

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