Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean

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2 out of 5

Mediocre experience...

Sail Date: December 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We paid for a BC+ rate for two rooms and they both ended up BA class, which was nice. There was a lot of food but it was generally poor quality... nothing was made to order - steaks ordered med rare always came well done. The ship allows smoking seemingly everywhere except in bed - so we could not easily escape the smokers. Some of the worst singing/dancing I've ever seen on a stage.

Pros: Boarding and disembarking were not as bad as expected...

Cons: Excursions were poor; skipped a port "due to bad weather" on the most clear, perfect day; entertainment was aweful; nickled and dimed at every turn... mandatory tips for everyone no matter how bad a particular server might have been; generally over crowded; ports were simply tourist shopping areas

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? No.

Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Our room was comfortable and well maintained by the housekeeping staff.
Entertainment
Most of the organized activities and entertainment are thinly veiled sales pitches. The ships lead sales/con man called himself Kiwi and was a repulsive character that popped up all over the place. When one of our ports was canceled and became a day at sea we got activities including "Rock Paper Scissors with the crew."
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Hit or miss... some were very good, others were very bad. We paid $48 in mandatory tips every day for the good and the bad service - plus extra for particularly good waiters at dinner.


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