Not up to the NCL 'Dawn'
Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 10 years ago
We were with a very large group--500 or so, so Freestyle is a must so people can mix and match. Food was okay--service at Tsar for 15 was poor--they only put one waitress on our table. At Azura, very poor service--we heard two staff members arguing--and had to get one of the officers/managers to retrieve our meal. The Tex-Mex place was very good, as was Blue Lagoon. The Garden Cafe had a too common buffet feel to it, and some food was cold. They had great soft ice cream, but only one machine. Buy soda for the length of the cruise for $6.25/day per person. We did that. The Cirque show was something else (Elastigirl 'from the Incredibles' lives!!!) Ironics are a good pop band that we enjoyed a lot. The cruise director was an annoying little snit we didn' care for and the 2nd City group made me think I was watching Drew Carey's 'What's my line' with less talented performers.
Chocolate buffet was only so-so. There were a ton of kids on the ship (it was totally sold old) and parents generally gave the kids programs a thumbs up.
They didn't constantly harass us to buy drinks, and because of that reason, we'd cruise NCL again. Plus, we love Freestyle cruising--just remember to make those reservations when you get on the ship.
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Pros: Freestyle , crew speaks English, Ironics
Cons: Restaurant service, paying extra for speciality restaurants,