Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Good but could improve - West Caribbean

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The ship itself and the crew were superb - no complaints. Having only cruised once a number of years ago I was surprised at the additional fees and charges added on by NCL. When booking you are informed that there is a daily charge ($12 per day per person) for gratuities. However, when buying a drink at the bar there is a further automatically charged gratuity of 15 to 17% and also room for a tip!

The ports were very poor and at each one you really needed to take an excursion to find something interesting to do as vert little at the ports or towns nearby.
Roatan - very little there save for a couple of nice beaches.
Belize City - again port and locality had little of interest but Mayan ruins are a really good day out.
Costa Maya - Nothing at the port save for, literally, a couple of shops. A tacky little over-priced town is about 2 miles away.
Stirrup Cay - Nothing on the private island save for a beach. No shops or restaurants.

Pros: Ship and crew were excellent

Cons: Food could be better. Ports of call were lacking

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? No.

Nightly shows were all very watchable and some were excellent.
Food and Dining
Plenty of choice but as it is 'freestyle' dining food is almost always warm at best as it is buffet style and, in the main, kept warm rather than freshly cooked in the main area for dining and reminded me of a shopping mall food court buffet. Same staples (burgers, hot dogs rice, fries etc) are at every meal with a few specialist dishes. However, saying that the food was reasonably tasty.

Very poor choice of drinks. Save for breakfast, the only drinks available without extra charges are teas, coffees, hot chocolate and water. Food is available 24 hours a day.
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean, well tendered but small.
Ship Quality
Very clean (sanitizers everywhere). Plenty to do (although some at a charge).
Service and Staff
Staff very friendly and helpful at all times.

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