omega1932

omega1932
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Joined: 09/27/2014
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Norwegian Jewel

September 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

NCL Jewel Trip Sept 2015

First the Good: Food served was fantastic both in variety, flavor and preparation.  Ship's staff were very friendly and attentive to travelers needs. Ship condition observed by visiting most of the decks showed that the crew was "on the job" around the clock.  Now, the not so good.  Dining area in the Garden Cafe is lacking the table space for pleasant dining without crowding, movement to and from and through the narrow area is difficult.  Staterooms could be better arranged to allow passage to the bed by the installed table/cabinet.  TV mounting could be improved so not in way of movement thru cabin.  Overall experience of this cruise compared to last year's cruise on NCL Pearl shows great improvement in area of food served and condition of ship. 

 

 

 

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Norwegian Pearl

September 2014 - Norwegian Pearl to Alaska - Inside Passage

NCL Is Short On the Essentials

NCL Pearl is not designed for comfort nor usability.  Staterooms are very small - bed entry blocked by furniture - bathroom very small and darn near impossible to use commode if tall or robust.  Window curtains not properly attached. TV to small to enjoy. Hot water control in shower could be improved to prevent injury from hot water.  Bedside wall lamps could be replaced with small table lamps. Only one bedside stand was provided (steward found another for us).  Deck 13 (Observation area) lacks comfortable lounge chairs (chairs with holes to sit in are very uncomfortable and lack proper support. Some attention to wall coverings (found in forward wall below window material not attached and fasteners lying on floor.  Garden Cafe severely hinders seating of guests and operation of service employees.  At peak eating times getting to and from this area is complete chaos and prone to dangerous conditions especially with older guests and children as well as service personnel. Food lacks variety and shows a trend to favor one ethnic group.  Stir fry would be nice. Blue Lagoon should be removed or changed.  Food lacks attention (Fish and Chips should not be a hand full of french fries and one piece of fish overcooked and dry along with untasty cold slaw and other entrees ordered by our guests.  Our compliments to NCL's staff.  At all levels service and attention to guests needs and comfort was their goals especially our room steward and those at the Garden Cafe.  The nightly entertainment was a disappointing part of our cruise and to others we talked to.  To sell  lottery tickets during these nightly gatherings should have not happened and lacks professional standards.  We have compared NCL to two previous cruises on Celebrity Ships.  Lastly - NCL's program on life jackets was lacking content and importance.  Visual aids could have added much more needed information.

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omega1932's Tips

Victoria, British Columbia - Canada our good neighbor has a grand display of buildings, food, gardens and scenic parks -enjoy it all and talk to the people..
Skagway, Alaska - Shop the many stores and see the area on a railway trip
Cruise Sawyer Glacier - Marvel at Mother Natures creations and breath the fresh, cool air - a time of quiet solitude.
Juneau, Alaska - Visit the town on one of the tours - a lot to see in a short time and take pictures to enjoy after your trip.
Norwegian Jewel Norwegian Jewel - Ship's Food Staff are to be complemented on superb service and preparation of food. Come early or towards end of meal serving time to enjoy your meals.
Seattle, Washington - Departure routine could be improved. Taking a group number and sitting to load is not enjoyed.
Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl - "Variety in "free dining" and "Speciality Dining" is a great idea.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jewel cruise review - NCL Jewel Trip Sept 2015

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Jewel"Ship's Food Staff are to be complemented on superb service and preparation of food. Come early or towards end of meal serving time to enjoy your meals."

reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Norwegian Jewel and gave it 4 stars!