An OK cruise

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

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

This was my 4th cruise, however, 1st cruise on Norweign. We booked a mini-suite with balcony which had a pull out couch for my two girls. The picture of the mini-suite that is displayed on the NCL website is not the actual mini-suite that is provided. The website shows a picture of a large flat panel TV directly in the middle of the room. However, when we arrived, we were given a mini-suite with a small "old style" 19 inch or so TV that was closer to the balcony. The TV showed the same programs over and over again. Nick showed the same ICarly episode, and the same Spongebob episode the entire cruise. Not that we were in the room for long, but the times we were, we had the 19 inch TV on and it was showing "Spongebob The Big One", and the iCarly episode when Freddie gets hit by a car. I can repeat the shows verbatim at this point. They also showed the same movies over and over again. The one thing that no one will forget about this cruise was the bubbly girl that stood at the entrance of the buffet holding a bottle of disinfect and would say "washy, washy, happy, happy" and she would spray your hands with disinfect each time you entered the buffet during regular hours. Overall, the cruise was OK, however, I prefer the cruise line that I traveled on prior to NCL.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Garden Cafe always had a good selection of food and what I would consider average on a cruise. The Main Dining room Tzar's restaurant was very good. Azura was ok, my girls and I liked Tzar's menu better. The Talapia was excellent.


3 out of 5
The shore excursions offered were good and the reason why we picked this particular itenerary. The stop at Great Stirrup Cay (pronounced "key") was a little disappointing, as they are renovating the island right now. This island is owned by Norweign and I'm sure it will be better once they are done with their renovations. We did go on a boat tour of the Bahama islands at this port which was nice. We also did Universal Studios "Islands of Adventure" which was nice, however, I just wish we had more time. The boat did not arrive in FL until noon and it was a one hour ride to the park and the park closed at 8pm and you had to be back to the bus between 7:15pm and 8pm. We also did the "Atlantis Adventure" which was nice. We did arrive at Atlantis earlier and had more time. We arrived at Atlantis at about 9:45am and the last bus left at 5pm going back to the ship from Nassau, Bahamas.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Nick activities were good.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Staff was as to be expected on a cruise. The cabin steward was the only one that went "above and beyond".

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Average cruise ship, decor as expected on a cruiseline, public areas as expected on a cruiseline.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I picked a good location for my stateroom and was pleased with my location. The cabin steward was very good and called everyone in the party by our first names. He would always ask how we were doing and I never had trouble finding him. He did leave the "normal" towel animals on the bed. The only thing I did not like about the stateroom was the fact that it was not the stateroom that was pictured on the website. No large flat panel TV, older 19inch TV.

Pros: Pepsi products

Cons: Stateroom was not as it appeared on the website

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

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