Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

2 out of 5
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Norwegian Jewel


Sail date: October 27, 2013

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 5070

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review summary

All NCL is interested in is $$$$$. They showed no concern for their passengers, just how to suck out additional $$$$$.

The "Service Charge" at the Spa is now 18% instead of  15%: At the "Specialty Restaurant" they request a "Tip" for the "Wait Staff" and another "Tip" for the "Cooks".

On our seven day cruise there was one production show, one good comedian, one piano player, and one so-so magician/comedian. The shows were very short. Of the TV channels sometimes available over half were either ship safety or ship advertisements.

The cabin (Deck five w/window) was small but servicable. The sagging mattress prevented turning over - there was no padding left in the middle.

The food in the main restaurants was OK, the service was well below average. It seems that the push was on for the specialty Restaurants ($$$$$).

Certain "Public" areas of the ship were closed to regular passengers, that is, reserved for a large (40 to 50 %) group.

As indicated in the title, we rate this cruise as #25 of our 25 cruises, if possible I would rate it even lower.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5

Ship tip

For shore excursions BUY LOCAL but allow extra time. Remember the ship doesn't wait!

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
A bit of confusion as some terminals did not work.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Taxis give good local tours - Set price before getting into cab!

Belize City, Belize

5 out of 5
Very good local taxi tour - set price first!

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras Did not visit port

We enjoyed local van tour of whole island

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Go thru compound, take taxi to Mahahual, enjoy beach, bars & restaurants
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