Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Norwegian Jewel Western Carribean Cruise

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Over-all our experience was wonderful. We were not prepared, however for all of the additional charges that we would incur. Alcohol is expensive and there is a 17% charge added to every drink. There is an upcharge for many other things on the ship- soda $6/day per person, tipping is $12/per person per day on top of whatever you decided to tip. Laundry is very expensive ($4.95 for a pair of shorts etc.). You get a ship credit card when you arrive and it is used for everything so it is easy to over-charge without thinking about it. If you get your account printouts daily and are aware of what you're spending you are smart!!

Pros: Great service, great food, extremely relaxing, lots to do or not do!

Cons: lots of hidden expense, shore excursions over-priced and not that great

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

Food and Dining
Over-all the food was pretty good in the free restaurants. The free ones pretty much serve the exact same things but you have change of scenery. Lots to choose from though. We spent most of our time for breakfast in the "Garden Cafe" because there is a great open air place to eat on the rear of the ship that is not crowded and beautiful. There are charge restaurants with great food... I believe extra charges per person range from $10 on the lower end and $35.
Cabin / Stateroom
Room was small but very clean and comfortable.
The 4 musical/dance shows that we saw were literally close to broadway quality. We didn't see the comedians or the other musical guests but heard they were good
Ship Quality
Ship was fairly new, easy to get around, and VERY clean. The pool area could have been bigger but if you are traveling with kids this ship is great- everyone we talked to that had kids raved about it. Great childcare and kids areas!
Service and Staff
Staff was extremely helpful, respectful and friendly.
Children's Programs
We don't have kids but every single person we talked to who did said this was the best ship for kids. They have a kids program and will take children at 2 years of age as opposed to other ships that won't take children until they are 3 I guess. They all said it was wonderful to be able to enjoy meals in peace and not have to worry b/c their kids were in great hands and having fun.

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