johncbone

johncbone
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Norwegian Jewel

August 2016 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

Would take a different cruise line.

So this cruise is billed as using the inland passage which you would think means going between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland.  The route map on Norwegian Cruise Lines website actual shows this as the route.  We specifically booked our baloney suite on the starboard side to see the coast line. We left Seattle 3 hours late for some unknown reason.  The ship sailed straight out to sea and fog until our first port of call.  

 

We went to the passenger services desk for an explanation and the fellow there acted like to were wrong to even question their route. He further pulled out a map showing the route as out at sea which is totally opposite of the NCL website, basically they lied.  

 

The food on board was sub-par at best.  Our cruise price included three "specialty" restaurant night dinners.  Japanese steakhouse was ok, the other two were terrible.  If you do book on this cruise don't waste your money on their specialty dinning.  Main restaurants were ok, the buffet was also not good.

 

On the positive side our room was well cared for and in a timely fashion.  We had three shore excursions and all were very good to excellent.  We snorkeled at the first port of call and got to see much sea life.  This excursion would not be for people with small children or people not in reasonable shape.  Our 2nd excursion from Juneau was to see the Mendenhall Glacier and then by boat to whale watch.  The whale part was great and we got many great pics.

 

Our last excursion was on a narrow Gage train ride up a mountain trail used by the gold rush pioneers to the Yukon.  We chose the deluxe car and it was worth every penny.  Good food, drinks and great scenery on a four hour ride.  The final stop in Victoria was great too, but we chose to just walk or take taxi to anything we wanted to see. Cheaper and you can manage your own time. 

 

Summary we would not use Norwegian again but the trip itself was very worth while.   

      

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Royal Princess

August 2015 - Royal Princess to Europe - Western Europe

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - We went to an all inclusive resort Ausol, that was great. Nice beach and great pools and restaurant. We got took on the beach by one of the bar girls. They seemed to have trouble with English but got impression that was an act.
Kralendijk, Bonaire - Shopping is town was much more laid back. We were able to find a more upscale store and bought is very nice clothes. Afternoon we did a snorkel trip that was rated highly. It was a ship excursion, the snorkeling was ok but not great.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Sunset cruise with drinks and food was very good. Ship based excursion. 2nd day we took public transportation which was a very good value. Went to the main hotel beach areas and huge out at a seaside restaurant that was great.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - We went to Megan Bay which was great. The shopping is so-so, too many vendors trying to steer you into their shops.
St. John's, Antigua - We did a off ship beach resort named Santa Barbara. Very nice beach area and good seaside restaurant
Cruise Sawyer Glacier -
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - Unlimited drink package is a scam. They close half the bars or restaurants all the time so lines for a drink are terrible.

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