Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Great sights and beautiful ship

Sail Date: June 11, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

We just got back from a Mediterranean cruise on the Jewel and had a great time. The destination cities and cruise-arranged excursions were first rate! The ship was new and very nice. Excellent gym facilities! Generally, staff was very good; although some of the officers at the front desk were a bit snobby. Food was a average, not as good as Disney. Freestyle dining is a great concept, but comes with an additional per meal surcharge for most of the restaurants and although they say that reservations are recommended, we were hassled when we asked to be seated without a reservation, although the restaurant was 75% empty. Bands were very good, but other entertainment was mediocre. We had a "mini-Suite" which was nice, but no bigger than the normal size room on Disney.

Pros: The destinations and the excursions -- top rate!

Cons: Food was average; kid programs need improvement; a few quirks with Freestyle dining

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
We took Ancient Rome tour -- guides were fabulous and sites unbelievable.
Don't Miss: St. Perer's Bascillica, Colliseum and Forum in Rome
Naples, Italy
We took the Amalfi coast and Pompeii tour -- Fantastic! Tried to check out the castle in Naples you see when you dock -- not worth the effort of dodging traffic to get there.
Don't Miss: Amalfi coast and Pompeii
Naples, Italy
We took the Amalfi coast and Pompeii tour -- Fantastic! Tried to check out the castle in Naples you see when you dock -- not worth the effort of dodging traffic to get there.
Don't Miss: Amalfi coast and Pompeii
Messina, Sicily
We did the recommended walking tour described on the map you get when you step of the ship. Nice walk (lots of hills) and great view from the top. Clock was nice to see. Siestas taken very seriously -- get your shopping dont before 1:30pm.
Don't Miss: Gelato and canolis are "must haves".
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Took the Florence tour. What a beautiful city...we definitely will come back to Florence -- so much to see.
Don't Miss: Michelangelo's David and the Duomo. Great shopping too!
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
Cute town but not much to do. Would recommend an excursion or just walk to the public beach.
Don't Miss: Nice public beach
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
Cute town but not much to do. Would recommend an excursion or just walk to the public beach.
Don't Miss: Nice public beach
Messina, Sicily
We did the recommended walking tour described on the map you get when you step of the ship. Nice walk (lots of hills) and great view from the top. Clock was nice to see. Siestas taken very seriously -- get your shopping dont before 1:30pm.
Don't Miss: Gelato and canolis are "must haves".
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Took the Florence tour. What a beautiful city...we definitely will come back to Florence -- so much to see.
Don't Miss: Michelangelo's David and the Duomo. Great shopping too!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
We took Ancient Rome tour -- guides were fabulous and sites unbelievable.
Don't Miss: St. Perer's Bascillica, Colliseum and Forum in Rome


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