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    Jun 2005
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    Nov 2010
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Norwegian Jewel overview


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 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 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.2

Norwegian Jewel cabins

1188 cabins and 41 cabin categories.

Inside cabin


(136 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $99/night
Oceanview cabin


(135 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $147/night


(190 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 205 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $238/night


(133 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1083 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $270/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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2230 Norwegian Jewel Reviews

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'Down Under' cruise by rvcaptain5327

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Cruises are always a good idea but this one was a little lacking for us due to the lack of personal service and complimentary food options. I dislike having so much more costs involved after I have already paid for the cruise. It even charged an additional fee for charging money to the card for using the casino machines on a so-called cashless ship. This was my 47th cruise so this being my 1st NCL cruise I was a little under-whelmed. The people were all courteous but they are spread too thin.

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A great trip aound New Zealand by jdvsdv604573

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Nez Zealand was a pleasant surprise- CLEAN, FRIENDLY, and EASY TO GET AROUND Would advise anyone who just want to get away to take the cruise

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New Zealand & Australia 10 night cruise by pginzburg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group

It was a very good cruise, very interesting ports, nice combination of scenery of mother nature and very civilized local life. Very good service overall.

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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!

Sep 19, 2016

Book your shore excursions off the ship- far cheaper

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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