Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

2 out of 5


Sail Date: October 27, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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 Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
New Orleans, Louisiana
A bit of confusion as some terminals did not work.
Cozumel, Mexico
Taxis give good local tours - Set price before getting into cab!
Belize City, Belize
Very good local taxi tour - set price first!
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras We enjoyed local van tour of whole island
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Go thru compound, take taxi to Mahahual, enjoy beach, bars & restaurants


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

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