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    Jun 2005
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    Nov 2018
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Norwegian Jewel overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Norwegian Jewel combines exciting destinations, a wide array of traditional cruise activities, and Norwegian’s world-class entertainment for a classic but modern cruise experience. Active cruisers can join a fitness class or visit the full gym at Body Waves Fitness Center, while travelers who prefer pampering can relax at the Mandara Spa and Salon. For passengers who prefer to lounge poolside, the ship’s Sapphire pools are surrounded by ample sun beds and deck chairs, with a hot tub conveniently located nearby. When it comes to onstage entertainment, Jewel is top-notch, with shows such as the dreamlike Le Cirque Bijou and the high-energy Rock You Tonight. The ship also has activities to keep younger cruisers busy, with its Splash Academy kid’s club and Entourage Teens Club.

In Norwegian’s most extensive onboard renovation to date, Norwegian Jewel received upgrades ranging from new chandeliers and updated public spaces to the addition of several new venues, including The Pit Stop, a 1950’s style fresh-air bar, and Bliss Ultra Lounge. New high-end accommodations include luxurious Deluxe Owner’s Suites in Jewel’s exclusive top-of-ship area, The Haven. Norwegian also added several new stage productions, including Velvet, which showcases disco-era music.

Norwegian Jewel offers a variety of globe-spanning cruises, including voyages to Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii, and the U.S. Pacific coast. Jewel also features repositioning cruises during changes in home ports. During the 2018-2019 season, Jewel sails from Sydney with 7- to 19-day itineraries that include stops in Melbourne, Tasmania, and Dunedin. In 2019-2020, the ship will sail from Auckland, New Zealand. Beginning in May 2020, Jewel will return to Alaska, traveling the breathtaking Inner Passage and voyaging from Vancouver past Glacier Bay.

Norwegian Jewel ship highlights

  • Mandara Spa and Salon
  • Jewel Club Casino
  • Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts
  • The Pit Stop American-style dining
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge
  • Stage productions, including Velvet and Rock You Tonight
  • Body Waves Fitness Center
  • Internet Café
  • La Cucina Italian restaurant
  • Onboard chapel
  • Splash Academy and Entourage Teen Club
  • Sapphire pool and six hot tubs
  • Le Bistro French cuisine

Before you sail

Why sail on Norwegian Jewel: Norwegian Jewel is ideal for travelers seeking a well-rounded cruise with off-the-beaten-path destinations, first-rate productions, and a variety of activities. Its kids’ programs and age-spanning amenities also make it a great ship for families and multigenerational groups.

You should know: Although Norwegian Jewel offers a multitude of engaging activities, it doesn’t include the pulse-pounding thrill rides that draw crowds to many newer and larger ships. Passengers who want a cruise vacation with less traditional amenities may want to consider Norwegian’s newer ships like Joy, Bliss, or Encore.

Norwegian Jewel ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 3.8
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.2

Norwegian Jewel cabins

1188 cabins and 41 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(137 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $122/night
Oceanview Cabin


(135 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $163/night
Balcony Cabin


(193 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 205 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $277/night
Suite Cabin


(132 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1083 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $396/night

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Norwegian Jewel dining

Le Bistro

Le Bistro

(8 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria

Moderno Churrascaria

(6 Reviews)


(7 Reviews)
Garden Cafe

Garden Cafe

(12 Reviews)

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Norwegian Jewel onboard activities

Private Sundeck

Private Sundeck

(1 Review)
Spinnaker Lounge

Spinnaker Lounge

(12 Reviews)
East Indies Library

East Indies Library

(3 Reviews)
Galleria Shops

Galleria Shops

(2 Reviews)

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Not what we expected by plantycat

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Disastrous never want to experience anything like we all went through like that again being turned away from almost every port we tried to dock at then being dumped .

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Great itinerary! Far superior than the Norwegian Pearl and Star. by ArmenMakasjian

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

It want to specifically thank Chris Festerman, our cruise rep., for giving us great advice on this specific cruise, especially on the warning of rough waters when crossing the Tasman sea. Also, his recommendation on taking the Jewel surely paid off. The cruise was great!

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Two Weeks Down Under by zennettaj

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Jewel / Destination: South Pacific - Australia

Our cruise began as an overnight in Sydney NSW, leaving later the next evening. Then, we spent a day at sea before landing at Burney, Tasmania. From there, we stopped at Melbourne, Victoria, where we overnighted until the following afternoon. The next two days were spent sailing in the Tasman Sea toward New Zealand. On the following day, we entered Milford Sound, followed by Doubtful Sound and finally Dusky Sound. Upon exiting Dusky Sound the ship entered the Pacific Ocean, sailing to Port Chalmers, the gateway to the city of Dunedin. On the following day, we Anchored off the coast of Akaroa, which is about an hour and a half from Christchurch. The next day was a visit to Wellington. From there, we spent two days at sea before returning to Sydney. This was a nice relaxing cruise.

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Jul 22, 2014

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!

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