Norwegian Jewel

3.6 out of 5

Overview

Norwegian Jewel is a large ship, carrying 2376 passengers and 1089 crew, and sails from Sydney, Australia and Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia.

Sails from: Sydney, Australia, Honolulu, Oahu, Seattle, Washington

Cruises to: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska, Alaska - Inside Passage, South Pacific - Australia

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fantastic Alaskan Cruise

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Wonderful trip. The crew was spectacular, the excursions we chose were a good fit for our family. I would highly recommend this trip. We all felt the Alaskan ports were similar. It's the excursions at each that made them fun.

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3 out of 5

Disappointing

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Always heard cruises were great. Food was ok, but nothing to write home about. Entertainment was fair at best. Ship seemed very crowded for its size. Everything on the ship seemed like a sales pitch. Would not do this again.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Excellent Alaskan Cruise

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Overall a great experience and good cruise. Food selection was great as well as beverages. Due to bad weather we couldn't see teh glacier. However, the overall experience was great.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Very Disappointed!

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As long time members of NCL's Latitudes program we were very disappointed with this cruise.   When we first went down to our stateroom once on board, we encountered the crew working on a plumbing problem a few doors down from our stateroom.  As you can imagine, it is not a pleasant smell and we could not use the toilet in out stateroom so first impressions were not good.   

The food quality on this ship was poor at best.   The only couple of good meals we had were at the specialty Teppynaki restaurant and the Azul main dining room.  Sushi was similar to what you get at a grocery store so don't bother.   Drinks were so so as well as bar service.   

A couple of redeeming points on this cruise was our cabin steward and the ships show band.   Both excellent.   The overall entertainment quality was poor to just plain bad.   Thank goodness the ships show band performed in a couple of venues outside of the main stage events.   

Why the ship would allow people in and out of the karaoke rooms during a performance is beyond my comprehension!   Very disruptive to the people trying to enjoy the show.   (Fyzz Lounge). 

The views on the cruise were spectacular!

Needless to say, we won't be back on NCL.   

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3 out of 5

Ladt-minute adventure

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This was our first time to book a bargain last-minute cruise at the lowest possible price.  We booked an inside guarantee cabin , a real rock-bottom price.  We got what we paid for--a "tiny house" on deck five.  Though hard to move around in, the cabin had plenty of storage and was clean and comfy.  The stateroom attendant Primus was outstanding.  We found that all the crew was friendly, couteous, efficient and hard-working.  The ship itself was well-maintained if dated.  It is scheduled for a renovation soon.  Food on the ship was just OK.  Specialty restaurants were better than the complimentary ones, though pretty expensive.  I did like having many venues for dining.  Our favorites were the main dining room for breakfast and lunch.  The itinerary included brief stops in three ports.  We didn't do any excursions since we had been there before.  Entertainment on the ship was quite good, especially their Cirque performance.  The stage and technology needed updating.  We were treated royally by the Park West staff.Overall, it was a good getaway at a reasonable price.  We will sail Norwegian again on a newer or a renovatedship.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 2376

  • Total Crew: 1089

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.18

  • Built: Aug 2005

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 12

  • Total Cabins: 1188

  • Cabin Categories: 41

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CruiselineQ
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
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!

clarkalley
Contributor Level: Purser
Mar 24, 2015

You will like the fact the Jewel staff doesn't hound you for pictures like other cruise lines.

cduffyiii
Contributor Level: Purser
Mar 24, 2015

The 2 person musical duo "Cover Story" was very entertaining. The female vocalist was very good; the male musician played both piano and guitar. They did popular songs. Our 4 year old granddaughter danced to every number, to the amusement of the audience.

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