Less Quality & Quantity SPEND! SPEND!
Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryI was expecting the same level of service and quality of food as RC & Celebrity. Portions are small in the dining room. If you want the food you expect on other cruise lines you will not get it without paying extra for each meal onboard. The cruise was low priced for a reason. Freestyle Cruising = More fees + Less Quality/Quantity of Food + Tips for the Officers + Fewer Activities The staff was friendly. The excuse for each deficiency was that it was NCL Freestyle. They have automatic debits on your account everyday of $12 for tips. Unfortunately according to each steward that I spoke with they only got a very small amount of tips. You figure over 2000 guests paying $12/day for about 1000 staff that is $25/day per every staff member. The official mantra was that the $12/day tip went only to housekeeping and restaurant staff. My solution is to give direct tips every night to the waiter/waitress & to your room steward(ess). On the next to the last day you can back-off all or most of the tips from your bill. I had much better service this way. There are few events onboard except for selling you something or gambling or drinking. I simply stayed pool side in the shade. IF you like low ceilings and no open interior spaces you will love this. It reminded me of a finished basement. It was well done and tasteful but I always felt enclosed. The corridors are 3-4 feet wide. This is far less than RC, Celebrity and Carnival. You feel like you are in a tunnel or a cheap hotel in the corridors. It is very clean with a great decor!
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: Lower quality & quantity of food, narrow corridors, drund entertainer, cheap