Nice but not perfect for small kids

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: March 01, 2012
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

We took this vacation with our 2 year old and hoped for both relaxation and family time. Unfortunately, we hit bad weather and missed a beach day and were stuck inside the ship a lot because of high winds. This left us with not a lot to do since even taking a walk outside was difficult or impossible on many days. The paddling pool for toddlers is nice and enclosed, so we could use it regardless of the weather but small children are NOT WELCOME in the regular children's pool, which means families cannot swim together. The paddling pool is also often overrun with bigger kids when the large pools are busy and is not monitored at all by the ship's staff. The general pool area was extremely crowded during the few hours of sunshine we did have and finding seating was difficult. All three of us finally perched on one chair. The scheduled Nickelodeon activities are fun and the ship's staff in general are charming. I just wish that there were more options for families and for children's entertainment besides the daycare service. That's a nice perk but the whole idea was to spend time together as a family. It would be nice to have a climbing/play area for small kids where the parents are welcome to hang out too. The evening family disco time was a great idea but came off the schedule a few days into the cruise for some reason.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The buffet was generally great and the flexibility in dining options is terrific for families. The quality of the specialty restaurants was uneven.


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
I am giving this a "poor" only because there weren't enough things for families to do together. It seemed to be a choice between leaving my toddler at the daycare area (which was good and a great perk but something I wanted to use only once in a while) or trying to keep him entertained inside the ship for days with nowhere really to go and not enough to do.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: the flexibility

Cons: the lack of family activities

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

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