Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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3 out of 5

Good cruise...for Freestyle Dining fans

Sail Date: July 03, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

The Norwegian Jewel cruise out of New York is decent. VERY convenient for people out of NY, NJ, and Connecticut. 90% of cruisers from those 3 states. Freestyle Dining...meaning can "drop in" to Blue Lagoon "comfort food" restaurant 24/7. Main restaurants open seating several hours daily for each meal breakfast, lunch, dinner...go any time. LOTS of people eat at Garden Cafe...high QUANTITY of food eaten. Mediocre QUALITY of food. Entertainment was good. Intinerary great. Good cruise director and staff. Next cruise I'll fly to Florida instead of driving to NY to cruise on the Jewel.

Pros: Convenient to eat ANY time of day. Good cabin Steward. Nice itinerary

Cons: Mediocre service. Cabins clean, but cleaning around rest of ship mediocre.

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? No.

Ship Quality
Decent but not extraordinary. Due for a complete makeover in April 2011? They need to use a steam cleaner on the chairs in the Spinaker lounge! Elevators and some public areas smelly sometimes.
Food and Dining
Quality mediocre. Quantiy huge. Variety of times GREAT. PRICE for MOST of the restaurants...a little high? To eat at Cagney's or Teppenyaki''s it's $25 per person...ADDED to cruise bill (didn't cruise prices used to include food?). Mama's is $10 surcharge (and no veal at this Italian restaurant). Tango's Mexican is $10, but worth it!
Service and Staff
Cabin stewards great. Watched plates/cups rolling near pooldeck 3 hours for somebody to pick them up! Restaurant staff degree of "pleasantness" mixed. Some great. Others going through the motions doing their jobs....but not showing passion or happiness. Tips included in mandatory service fee added to EVERYBODY ($12pp per day). Less individual attention than on more "traditional" non-freestyle cruises.
Entertainment
Good entertainment. Second City Improv troupe excellent...especially in the workshops they held! Singer good. Cirqe de Bijou headliners OUTSTANDING. Dancers and other singers fair. Good cruise director (Parker) and Assistant CD (Sinan)
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a "cheap" stateroom on Level 4. TV quality poor (little old CRT TV, with few stations!)...but otherwise we were pleased with size/storage of stateroom. Great shower. Comfortable bed. EXCELLENT steward! (Thank's Arvin and Frank!!!!!!)
Children's Programs
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
WONDERFUL snorkeling at this beach...BEAUTIFUL tropical fish near the "reef" off the island (bring a kickboard or vest!). NCL should provide more WATER/LEMONADE/ICE TEA for guests. Get an early tender ticket or you won't get a chair!
Port Canaveral, Florida
We did the "public" bus to Coral Beach...not via Norwegian's excursion department. Bus goes to WalMart, the local mall, and beach. Just before boarding the bus to return to ship, got a CASE of water bottles at CVS...GREAT decision!
Nassau, Bahamas
SHOPPING. We didn't go to Atlantis, but would if we returned.


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