Fun but, not for young people
Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago
We flew into Miami and took a short cab ride to Miami port. Arriving at the port around 12:30 checking our bags in was easy and fast. A quick check of our names and room number and we were on our way to boarding the ship. There was a long line, but it went very fast and there was little confusion on what papers and documents we needed. All you had to do was ask and you got a friendly smile and an answer from the NCL staff.
Once aboard we had a few hours to explore the ship and check into our rooms. My girlfriend and I got a mini suite which we got a deal on and was well worth the extra money. The rooms are small but they do a good job of making the most out of the space and using alot of mirrors to make the room feel bigger.
The layout of the ship wasn`t confusing once you walked around a bit. They have hand sanitizers about every 20 feet and spray your hands before you walk into any resturant. We went to almost all the resturants.
The Garden Cafe was great to grab a quick bite buffet style and the food was always good but the seating was chaotic at times. We liked Tsars the best, never a wait, food was good, more formal, and it was free. The girls liked Teppanyaki they cooked the food at the table and put on a nice show while doing it. Cagneys steak house was over rated and took over an hour past our reservation time to get in. The food was so so. Both of the resturants where $20 per person plus $10 more if you wanted nicer items like small lobster tail. Mamas was awesome but you had to make a phone call in the morning to get in for that evening. Call and make your dinner plans early!!
Pool area was a joke. If you wanted a seat you better get there at 7:00 am! People would put a towel and a book over their seats and go about their day. The pool was saltwater and was used more for dipping then swimming.
On board entertainment was ok I think it could have been much better. The comedy show was funny at times. The last night was a ship-n-males show which featured some crew members as stipppers. We decided to be good sports and go but with a six foot drag queen as the host it was a bit too much for us and we left. We saw about 15-20 others get up and leave as well. Pretty boring as well.
Cozumel was a big flea market and we wished we had booked and excursion that day.
Grand Cayman was much nicer and the tendering process went much smoother the I thought. We were off the boat in a 1\2 an hour.
We booked a personlized half day trip with Fat Fish Adventures. Which included fishing,snorkeling,and stingray city.This was by far the highlight of our trip! Our guide Peter picked us up at Hard Rock and after a short 10 min ride to the dock we knew we were in for a good time. A cooler full of beer and bottled water was ready on the boat for us. We started off fishing and caught some grunts and a snapper in the short time we had before we went snorkeling. My sister who was a little afraid of the ocean wouldn`t come out of the water after seeing this world she never knew existed.
A bit later Peter spotted a lobster and got his gear to catch it about 50 yards from the boat, my girlfriend was not going to miss this and swam out with him. Out he pulls the biggest lobster any of us have ever seen! If we didn`t have to be back on the cruise ship we would have had him for dinner at one of Peter`s favorite restaurants.
Later in the day he took us to Stingray City after the hundreds of people from the cruise ship excursions had left. Just us and about 40 stingrays. We all got to feed, hold, and swim with these gentle creatures. Reluctantly we had to get back to the cruise ship and did so with and hour to spare before the boat left port. Thank-you to Fat Fish Adventures and to Peter for making our trip!!
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Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Grand Cayman, free style dining
Cons: everything has an extra charge