Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Never Again

Sail Date: November 01, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

We sailed during Thanksgiving week. It was an overall miserable experience. I have sailed with several cruise lines before, this was our first and last NCL cruise. The "freestyle" dining was a joke. We waited 2 hours on the sail date to attempt to make reservations at the specialty restaurants. We finally made it to the front of the line to be told that all specialty restaurants were booked solid for remainder of cruise. The only way we actually got to eat in any of the specialty restaurants was because we would show up and then I would have to pitch a fit before they would seat us. Ironically, at no time on the ship were any of the specialty restuarants at more than 50% capacity. We were told that they were just trying out a new menu and that the cooks and servers were not familiar with the new menu. Why should this be our problem? Also, most cruise lines' staff seem very eager to please. We found ourselve lucky if we could ever get any service and staff treated us like it was an inconvenience. Also, we paid for a mini suite and found it to be no bigger than a balcony suite on most other cruise lines. The ship seemed closed in compared to those ships that have beautiful atriums with souring ceilings. Overall our experience was poor and we would not choose NCL for any future cruises.

Pros: Newness of the ship

Cons: Begging for meals in specialty restaurants

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? No.

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