Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

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Sail Date: June 22, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Although the crew was nice and the ship was clean enough, it was nothing to rave about. The "freestyle" aspect was not explained clearly and we tipped when we didn't have to in specialty restaurants. We felt that NCL "nickled and dimed us to death" with the specialty restaurants and having to pay for many extras. The average age on board this Baltic Sea trip was 70 (seriously). Snooze cruise, but we tried to make the most of it.

Pros: nice crew

Cons: average age 70+

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

Ship Quality
Not very good quality of shows and entertainers except for the dancers. They only did 3 shows in 12 days. The Cirque show was the best. The others were not worth seeing.
Food and Dining
We were not impressed with the food, either "free" or "pay restaurants". Freestyle is good for not having to be at dinner a specific time, but too many charges for specialty restaurants.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a nice balcony room and great room stewards.
Service and Staff
Enjoyed concierge, room stewards, Jr. Cruise director and bartender we met and had contact with those 12 days.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
Didn't go into Berlin - too long of a train ride. Saw Rostock (too short on the excursion we took). Loved Warnemunde.
Don't Miss: Walk around Warnemunde and be sure to at least dip your toes in the Baltic Sea!
Tallinn, Estonia
Loved walking this Medievil village and shopping. No excursion necessary.
Don't Miss: walking the city.
Stockholm, Sweden
Helsinki, Finland
HAve to visit the market for the colors and fun of people watching. Fishermen selling fresh fish right from their boats! Great shopping for "knick-knacks" and other higher quality souvineers. No excursion necessary.
Don't Miss: Market and square
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Didn't realize we needed a Visa ahead of time, or HAD to take an excursion. We did book 3 excursions, so we were OK. Visited Peterhoff, Hermitage, and opera.
Don't Miss: Opera and music museum at Sheremetyev Palace
Copenhagen, Denmark
Beautiful! Must get a hot dog from one of the many vendors and get it with "the works". Suggest a glass of wine in New Haven sitting and watching people go by. Not necessary to take an excursion - you can walk the city or take a sightseeing bus.

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