The Jewel out of New Orleans

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 09, 2014
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11070
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Selection great but food quality was average, service was slow

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

Did not experience

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very friendly, helpful and curtieous

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
As good as or better than Disney

Ship Tip

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.

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very interesting, take the air boat and city tour
5 out of 5
Awesome, do the zip lines, best excursion ever!
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