Norwegian Jewel Overview

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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.

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,376
  • Total Crew: 1,089
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.18
  • Built: Jun 2005
  • Refurbished: Nov 2010
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,188
  • Cabin Categories: 41
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,502
  • Length: 965
  • Beam: 105

Cabins

1188 cabins and 41 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.3
(135 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $105/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.8
(133 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $147/night
Balcony Balcony
3.8
(189 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 205 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $247/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.5
(130 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1083 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $280/night

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Dining

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Le Bistro Le Bistro
5.0
(5 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria Moderno Churrascaria
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
4.7
(6 Reviews)
Garden Cafe Garden Cafe
4.3
(10 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Private Sundeck Private Sundeck
5.0
(1 Review)
East Indies Library East Indies Library
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Maltings Whiskey Bar Maltings Whiskey Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
Spinnaker Lounge Spinnaker Lounge
4.8
(9 Reviews)

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Perfect fall cruise! by fivegese

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Everything worked like clockwork! Very disappointed about not being able to make specialty restaurant reservations on line before the cruise.

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Great cruise!! by eileenloreti

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Loved this ship and the staff! Good crowd of people, mostly older and very friendly! Room was quiet and easy to navigate the ship.

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Excellent Ship and Staff by Garmanr

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Our third time on the ship. Always a happy crew. I think this is because of exceptional leadership from the senior staff. The next cruise team and the super shopper Richard are among the best in NCL, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean.

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CruiselineQ
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!

cchawner
Aug 23, 2014

On Norwegian I would always get premier dining package, well worth the value for the options that you have. Since we had great shore excursions didn't really use balcony much since we were off of the ship.

FrankVaughan
Aug 01, 2014

Don't bother bringing a laptop unless you plan to use it in your room. WiFi is very expensive.

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