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What people said about this ship:

"All was good except for the unacceptable waiting to be seated in a dining room for the evening meal." in 33 reviews.

"The specialty restaurants were not worth the extra fee." in 11 reviews.

"the garden cafe where the buffets are held, feels like a high school a..." in 24 reviews.



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jharr465
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Cruise Like a Norwegian - In Style!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

This was our second cruise and the first time with Norwegian.  We had always wanted to see some of Alaska and we were hoping this would be the cruise of a lifetime for us.  I am 68 and retired and my wife is 56 and a teacher.  We had to fly from Florida to Seattle to make the cruise, so it was a big trip for us.  We spent the extra money and booked a Balcony Stateroom.  It was worth it.  The room was surprisingly spacious for the two of us and offerred private viewing of some of the cruise and made the room seem open and bright.  The boarding process was very orderly and painless in Seattle and the personnel were friendly and helpful.  The ship was absolutely beautiful! The decor colors were red mahogany and a dark blue and purple.  It was in top condition down to every detail.  The facilities were clean and bright and we were just amazed at the venues for the different activities.  The ship was much better appointed than the Carnival ship we traveled on before.  The food was plentiful and varied.  There was a selection of buffets that carried a choice of hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, several main dishes, hot and cold drinks, salads, breads, desserts and ice cream.  There was always somewhere open to eat.  For a slight cover charge there were upscale restaurants available for a more luxurious dining experience.  Everywhere we ate the food was good, fresh and hot.  The excursions we chose were excellent.  We enjoyed the ability to pre-purchase the excursions on the web before sailing.  The excursions were also rated by physical effort required to enjoy them.  This allowed us to select excursions suited to our energy levels.  All in all, we enjoyed this cruise and would recommend Norwegian for your

Alaska cruise.

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Creek Street, Ketchikan Pier at Ketchikan Glacier

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the norwegian jewel Alaska cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

This is the first time we ever cruised with Norwegian but it will not be our last. From the moment we boarded (quickly) and got to our cabin it was a pleasure. We have cruised to Alaska before with another line and it just seemed to be filled with old people. It was so nice to see a multi generational group of people.  Everyone was represented, old and young. Our cabin was a great size for an inside cabin. The bathroom had a nice size shower and ample storage. We ate in the main dining room every meal and really enjoyed the free style cruising. We never had to wait for a table and most times we had a window table. The food was excellent, the service amazing and the atmosphere was exceptional. Ther was more than enough to do shows, games, poolside, spa, library, clubs casino etc or just laying around relaxing. The ports were fine , since we had been there before we didnt do very many of the excursions except for Victoria. When the ship is in port its great you have the whole ship to yourself. The glacier was a diappointment as we had seen a much larger glacier but it wasnt terrible. All in all we would do this again and we would go on Norwegian. 

 

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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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Freestyle cruising not so free

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

Overall the cruise was good.  Did not like the push to pay the extra money for the specialty restaurant.  I did not visit them.  I did not like the fact that the dress code was not enforced in the main dining rooms.

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Room Type:
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seeing the last frontier

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jul 19, 2014

First of all I had a really great time even though this was my first cruise it lived up to all my must haves, the ship is very clean well managed and everything is well thought out. food choices were good but I would have loved a lobster dinner in the complimentary dining rooms. the entertainment was really good with different shows every night. If you drink libations the ultimate beverage option is well worth it, the bartenders keep the drinks coming the whole trip. the ports of call were great but maybe a little more time in Juneau. I highly recommend this cruise it is really good. if I could complain about anything was couldn't spend time on balcony as much because I was sandwiched between two smokers one on each side, you should put them in the rear of the boat and let the rest of us breathe.

 

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

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