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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was clean and nicely decorated. It is easy to move about, has a small pool area, with the majority of activities being geared toward the sedentary or elderly (napkin folding, bingo, art appreciation, basic cha cha, etc.). The Stardust Theater is the highlight of the ship activities with the opening night comedian and Cirque de Bijou being the better performances. The "Seventies Music Tribute" was borderline risqu and did little to compliant the music of that era and the "Second City Comedians" a bit weak.

The "Free Style Dining" was a bit misleading as eight of the twelve restaurants on board have a cover charge limited dining hours. Covers ranged from $10 - $20 with and additional $10 for specialty plates. The four "non-cover" restaurants had a lower food quality and also had limited hours of operation. Expect to pay an additional charge all beverages beyond tap water and coffee.

Plan to spend most of your time at the Stardust Theater. Note that the first 20 minutes of every show are spent hawking raffle tickets and reminders to tip the staff. This is not for budget conscious families looking for on board physical activities or hanging out in a large pool area with large slides and rock climbing. Everything has an additional charge and is overpriced; a one hour massage at the spa runs $140 - $180 and dinner at the on board steak house for a family of four will run an additional $100 - $140 without alcohol.
I would recommend this to those who like to gamble and don't mind paying for finer dining experiences.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Better restaurants can be pricey, but offer better food quality, ambiance, and service.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Majroty are geared toward the elderly and sedentary.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Teenager options may be limited.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Overall friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Clean. Small pool area with limited deck chairs.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
All rooms are smoking rooms and may require deoderizing.
3 out of 5
Not enough time to enjoy location.
Don't Miss: Beach
3 out of 5
Not enough time to enjoy location. Ancient ruins were less than anticipated.
Don't Miss: Beach and Snorkling.

Pros: Clean, Stardust Theater, Overall a friendly crew.

Cons: Small pool area, Majority of restaurants have a cover charge, Coupon book was misleading, focus on gambling.

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

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