Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

1 cruise (first)


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5 out of 5

Cruising is not what I thought it would be.

Sail Date: January 17, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my first cruise and my wife's second in 30-years.  The cruise and cruise line changed my preconceived view of cruises.  It was a most enjoyable way to travel with plenty of the down time I wanted and the on shore experiences we both looked forward to having in the countries where we stopped.  The entire ship's crew was excellent and as attentive as possible.  The food, entertainment, and services were more than we expected.  We had the Ultimate Dining Package which was definitely worth the additional cost.  I wouldn't sail without it.  For a large ship (2500+ passengers) we found it easy to navigate and very convenient to use for our wants.  From our original embarkation to our final return, the crew and representatives made it a quick and efficient process to register and pass customs.  Definitely a repeat experience.  We are looking forward to more cruises.

Tim and Carol,

Gilbert, AZ


Ship Quality
Excellent condition and operation, reminding me of the best in facilities
Food and Dining
A wide variety of choices and more than enough....lookout waistline
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward was amazing with everything attended to as you would expect.
All good with some great ones that match any I have seen in Las Vegas.
Children's Programs
We didn't have need, but the children we saw were ecstatic.
Onboard Activities
So many choices and so much to do. Next trip, we will get to new ones.
Destinations and Excursions
Cozumel, Belize City, and Roatan excursions were all more than expected. There are so many choices, it is up to you.
Cabin / Stateroom
Always ice in the bucket, bed made, and all in order. It was an excellent choice.
Houston, Texas
Consider sharing a taxi from the airport (IAH) to the port or a rental car. The transfer via Norwegian tour bus is rather pricey given the distance and number of persons on the bus.
Cozumel, Mexico
There are many options, we went snorkeling in the excellent nearby reefs. The experience was top notch.
Belize City, Belize
Our tour of the local Mayan ruins was surprising in its size and condition. The city tour was interesting, but could be deleted.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
We toured the island and saw great spots for extended stays (West Bay). The walk from the ship to shore excursions is really short. Consider local beach trips to enjoy the water sports.


We had a mid-ship cabin with a large window (5th level) that met all of our needs. This position gave us a comfortable ride and close access to everything. Certainly upgrade as you wish, but even the lesser berths are great.

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