billvfitz

billvfitz
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Norwegian Jewel

March 2017 - Norwegian Jewel to Mexico

Great Cruise - Great Ship!

This was our second cruise on the NCL Jewel and we chose this cruise mainly because we could be on the Jewel again. Overall, the cruise was wonderful - we enjoyed good weather, the balcony cabin was roomy and was kept in top shape by our steward Dinkie.

 

We enjoyed the food with the exception of very slow service in the Brazilian and Asian restaurants. Our meal at Cagney's steak house was top-notch. Many of our meals were at the Garden Cafe which provided a great assortment of well-prepared and tasty meals in a buffet setting.

 

The ship's crew and staff were uniformly pleasant and always greeted us with a smile. They appeared to be genuinely happy with their jobs.

 

The ports were OK - we enjoyed Mazatlan more than the others because of it's history and generally more appealing appearance. We also had a great tour of the petroglyphs (booked through Delta - not offered on the ship).

 

The entertainment was top notch, especially the "show band" that provided live music in the main theater and other venues on the ship. There was a good mix of entertainment, games, demonstrations and shows.

 

All in all, this was a great cruise!

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Norwegian Epic

January 2016 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Bargain Price = Just OK

The price got our attention for this cruise since it was such a good deal. If we had paid more, we would have not been pleased.

 

The Epic is a HUGE ship that seems to be not well thought out given the number of guests that it carries.

 

The positives:

     - The decor and cleanliness of the ship are excellent

     - The cabin was very comfortable (large balcony - deck 9) 

     - The food and service were generally not bad

     - The ports of call were great and were an excellent experience for us

 

The negatives:

     - Entertainment required reservations but were quickly filled up

     - The desserts and the coffee were not up to par

     - The "Ultimate Beverage Package" did not cover many things 

        such as specialty coffee, fresh-squeezed juice or bottled water

     - The O'Sheehan's restaurant was a big disappointment - poor service and

        low quality food (the prime rib was the exception - it was great)

     - Nearly every port required a "transfer" to get to the city or attractions

     - Shore excursions seemed very over-priced

       (booked tours from non-NCL sources except for one)

 

Overall, we will continue to cruise with NCL, but not on the Epic or similarly over-sized ships.

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Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - The ship is not suitable for those that have difficulty getting around (lots of walking to get to various places on the ship)

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jewel cruise review - Great Cruise - Great Ship!

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Jewel"Look around and enjoy the smiles from the staff!"

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reviewed their Mexico cruise on Norwegian Jewel and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Bargain Price = Just OK

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Bargain Price = Just OK

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Bargain Price = Just OK

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Bargain Price = Just OK

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Bargain Price = Just OK

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Epic"The ship is not suitable for those that have difficulty getting around (lots of walking to get to various places on the ship)"