Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

4 out of 5

The Jewel out of New Orleans

Sail Date: March 09, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Suite

We sailed on the Jewel March 9th through the 16th.  This was our first time sailing with NCL, our previous 7 cruises were with Disney.  We were concerned leading up to our cruise if NCL would be able to live up to the expectations that our experiences with Disney had created.  While everything on the cruise may not have been up to the Disney standard, we had an awesome time and would definitely sail with NCL again.   The staff was great and very helpful, staterooms were as good as if not better than Disney, the food and service in the restaurants were good but could have been better, nightly entertainment was great and we had two of the best shore excursions we have ever had (zip lines in Roatan and air boats in Belize).  The Freestyle dining was new to us but overall we liked having the flexibility of going to dinner at whatever time we liked rather than having a set time.  We missed not having the same dining staff each night, like Disney and did not like having to pay an up charge for the specialty restaurants.  Overall though, great value for the money and we would again.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Selection great but food quality was average, service was slow
Cabin / Stateroom
As good as or better than Disney
Service and Staff
Very friendly, helpful and curtieous
Children's Programs Did not experience
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Had two of the best excursions we have ever had
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cozumel, Mexico
Belize City, Belize
Very interesting, take the air boat and city tour
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Awesome, do the zip lines, best excursion ever!
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico


Check out the viewing room in the forward area on deck 11, you can see the crew at work. The game room on deck 12 is a great place to play a board game or card game. Don't forget about Bingo, lots of fun.

Was this review helpful? 6

Be the first to comment

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top