glthrailkill

glthrailkill
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Norwegian Jewel

November 2015 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Good value for the money

Good basic cruise, great weather, etc.  Room steward was excellent.  The ship staff from officers to cleaning people were all pleasant and welcoming.  The entertainment by ship's performers and a couple from Russia were outstanding - some of the very best we have experienced on a ship. Food was generally very good - fairly typical cruising fare.  Our first meal in Tzar's restaurant was cold and inedible, but the rest of the meals there were great.  Ate in two of the specialty restaurants and they were excellent.  We are platinum or diamond with five cruise lines, and have concluded that "bang for the buck" NCL is probably the best.  We will concentrate on NCL for future cruises.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Like Cabo a lot but the dock time was very short. Seemed almost like an afterthought.
Mazatlan, Mexico - Matazalan is always a crap shoot - sometimes good, sometimes not as good. Did not go ashore this time.
Ruby Princess Ruby Princess - Had one really disappointing interchange with the percer's desk. Young man was curt and displayed a total disregard for our request relative to disembarkation. Young woman in excursions - where there was supposed to be assistance for same - made it clear she would rather not be bothered.
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - Verify validity of named ports. If you want sun and sea and sand, it probably does no matter. If you want to meet people from other cultures in their own environment, probably need to explore other options.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - Particularly like the layout of the upcharge spa. On the new larger ships like the Breakaway, etc. common guests do not even have access to a dressing room without paying the extra fee for the spa. The Jewel series all have a really nice option. Of course, they are all being moved overseas.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - DO NOT do the free cruise drawing! It was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. They (cruise staff) continued to sell tickets and bingo cards until after 4:00 then announced that the drawing would not occur until after the first two games of bingo - which were dragged by assistant cruise director. Drawing at 5
Castries, St. Lucia - Still wish "good" were an option. If you want to see the island, good. If you want to shop, it's all the same.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Same as above, I fear tourists are not always sensitive to the indigent population who are mostly limited financially on this island.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Wish you had a "good" option. We have always liked San Juan. Lots of history, neat shopping, and nice people.
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - We do take sodas and water on board, $4+ for a can of Coke is a bit much, but typical of all lines. The support staff in the spa were great. Often so cold on board that a light jacket felt really good. Nothing unpleasant per se.

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shared a quick tip for Ruby Princess"Had one really disappointing interchange with the percer's desk. Young man was curt and displayed a total disregard for our request relative to disembarkation. Young woman in excursions - where there was
supposed to be assistance for same - made it clear she would rather not be bothered."

reviewed their Mexico cruise on Ruby Princess and gave it 3.6 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Liberty cruise review - Wow, this seems as bad as flying!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jewel cruise review - Good value for the money