Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

great time

Sail Date: April 06, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

this ship is designed great. i have also traveled on the ncl pearl (built 1year after the jewel) they almost exactaly the same. no bowling ally on the jewel however

Pros: freestyle***

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

Ship Quality
great size, and layout. i love the design of the public areas very modern and hip looking, however there are still resturants and public areas you can go to if you want that traditional cruise ship feel
Food and Dining
ncls new freestyle 2.0 incentive was being implemented in the resturants while we were there. i loved having the option of the being able to order some of the most common items all the time, (shrimp cocktail, ceaser salad, serloine steak, salmon, lobster, and chicken) as well as having about 5 other options that change daily ranging from leg of lamb to fried mexican eggs.... theres always somthing to eat 24/7 weather its at the buffet or free roomservice.. we love the freestyle concept, eat when you want, what you want, where you want, and with whom you want.
Cabin / Stateroom
room was a little small,,, however we were in an insude statroom. decor was great and bathroom was nice also with a walkin shower. also with part of the freestyle 2.0 inicitive, ncl is going to be changing out all of their beds for new more comfortable memory foam models, (they need it) this change is to be completed by the end of may 2008..
Service and Staff
as always you wont find a better crew than NCL's not once did i encounter a crew member who wasnt completly friendly and there for you 100% GREAT JOB!!!
being younger then the typical cruise traveler (in our 20s) were suprised with the entertainment. it seemed to apply to every age group. The 70s variety show was our only complaint. the costuming and song choice came off as very cheesy and tacky. the guys without their shirts off and showing off there muscles made me wonder if i was still on the ship or at a gay bar?? (we could tell by the appluse that we wernt the only ones who felt that way) other than that night we found all of the other shows and activaties to be great and tastfully executed. theres even late night (club) style dances every night if thats your thing as well. it seemes like the cruise staff always have somting planned for you to do if you you are the activity type, or you can jus sit at the pool or in your statroom and relax if thats your type, (thats the magic of the freestyle concept)
Cozumel, Mexico
loved cozumel and the beaches there!! great time i would go back in a second. we didnt take any shore excursions, rather just shoped and took a cab to the beach. (its alot cheaper then booking the beach party thru ncl and its at the same place) if your looking for shopping this place is the best. alot of places to shop, with local vendore who are always willing to barter on price!
Don't Miss: the beaches
George Town, Grand Cayman
caymen has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, however if its low cost shopping your looking for caymen is not for you. jewelry stores on every corner with the cheapest price i saw for 10,000!!! there are some sovuneier shops however all seemed to be overpriced. If your looking to phurchase alochol THIS IS THE PLACE!! i have never seen such low prices in my life a bottol of absolute going for 9.99!

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