Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Fun ports, ship experience was boring

Sail Date: February 28, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

My family of 5, including teenagers, had a great time at Cozumel, Belize, and Honduras.  However, in all 3 locations we arranged our own excursions and avoided the tourism as much as possible.  We went to a private beech on Cozumel, found a guy with a boat to take us snorkeling with sharks & stingrays in Belize, and rented a car to drive across the island in Honduras.  Had we stayed with the heard of people disembarking the ship, I doubt our experience would have been as good.  Full disclosure: we're not the tourist type and usually try to take the path less traveled; this was also our first cruise experience.

This luded 3 whole days at sea.  For our family, this was WAY too much.  Also, the food in the main dining rooms was just mediocre.  The concepts we're good - duck confit, chateaubriand, beef tartare, cherries jubilee, etc.  However, the execution was below par and obviously prepared in large quantities for a lot of people.  Somewhat understandable, but disappointing.  The one upscale restaurant we tried was noticeably higher in quality.  Although, depending on what you ordered, it was a second up-sell.

I very much disliked the constant "selling" on board.  Everything is way overpriced.  I'm accustomed to paying double store price for wine in a restaurant, but here it was triple.  Mixed drinks were $10-12, and weren't made well.  We did enjoy the mojito flight at one of the bars, and thought the price of $15 was fair.

Staff was very friendly and professional.  No complaints in that department.

Overall, there is no other way to take a family of 5 on a 7 night vacation out of the country for this price.  It was far from ideal, but we enjoyed relaxing, spending time together, and exploring the port locations.  We probably won't cruise again.  But we are definitely going back to Belize!!


Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Good concepts, bad execution
Service and Staff
The production cast and band were very solid.
Children's Programs
Very little for older kids
Onboard Activities
Mostly designed for older folks
Destinations and Excursions
Highlight of the trip
Houston, Texas
Port of Houston is very industrial
Cozumel, Mexico
Lots of tourism, but off the path gems can be found
Belize City, Belize
Caye Caulker was amazing!! Chill, inexpensive, beautiful.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
West End is very touristy. Rent a car and drive east to Camp Bay beech, great little restaurant out on a pier.


If you can, swing for the upscale restaurants. They are worth it. Also, unless you're a borderline alcoholic, I'd avoid the drink package.

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