A Great European taste
Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Sail Date: July 08, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Balcony
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryI have not taken many cruises so I have little to compare the ship to. The cabins were fine, the staff on the ship were very helpful and courteous. The buffets worked well for me for breakfast and lunch. There was a tremendous variety of food to choose from and the quality was fine. We were treated well in the restaurants and had only one time when we felt a bit slighted by someone. Considering the 26,000 people and 11,000 member crew, that's pretty good!
For heavens sake, stock enough bandaids in the "store"! I had no luggage, cut myself on board, and couldn't buy a bandaid....
I think charging for soft drinks and bottled water is in very poor taste. With all the free food on the counters, it seemed very cheap to charge for bottled water!
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
1. Information about our ports: If you were not taking a scheduled Excursion, the Shore Desk had little information for you. When I asked about transportation arrangements to Rome and Florence, I was told they did not know unless I signed up for their excursion. There should be some service for the "do it yourselfers" so we can get questions answered.
2. The people looking for lost luggage were courteous, but not particularly empathetic or helpful. I did not get the feeling that anyone was really looking for the luggage for us. We never did get it.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Gelatti! and Pizza
Don't Miss: Mt. Aetna
Pros: Free-style dining is a great idea and provided lots of opportunities and flexibility
Cons: I feel like we were nickeled and dimed throughout the cruise. All the restaurants should be inclusive, I could not tell any difference.