Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

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3 out of 5

Ported at Ballantyne, not Canada Place

Sail Date: May 15, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise experience. Overall, it seemed like a very good value, and we would do it again.

Pros: Food, balcony stateroom, game room, group activities, waterslide

Cons: We ported at Ballantynew Pier, instead of Canada Place. Orbitz said we'd port at Canada Place, Norweigen said that was never the plan, so somehow I feel misled. Also a 2 hour delay in boarding at L.A. A 45-minute wait for Taxi from Ballantybe Pier to Canada Place area.

Recommends Norwegian Jewel? Yes!

Ship Quality
I thought the nightly shows and music acts were very entertaining. Sometimes, during the morning and afternoon, we found ourselves a bit bored with the group activities offered, so just stayed in our stateroom, or decided to eat more at the buffet.
Food and Dining
Really liked the food. Only thing is, a little disappointed at the dessert selection for vegetarians. Also, a little disappointed there were not nachos served poolside, except for on the first day, perhaps due to weather (some wind on the 2nd and 3rd day, although a fair number of people were out by the pool).
Cabin / Stateroom
Great. Only negative are that CRT TVs are pretty small.
Service and Staff
Very friendly staff. Everyone acknowledged us all the time in passing, and our housekeeping staff often greeted us by name.

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