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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Houston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 04, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Had a great time with the family. We had a balcony stateroom. The size was what I expected. It's hard with three people in the room, would be small for four people sharing one room. Even with all of the hand sanitizer on board and the constant washing of hands, we still got sick on the boat. The ships doctor treated us and we lost a day of our cruise, luckily it was an at sea day.

We went to the ports of Banana Coast, Cozumel and Belize. Had beautiful weather. The ship is an older ship and smaller in compared to the mega ships but that didn't bother us at all. The pool area on at sea days is very crowded, get there to get your chairs early.

We didn't use the kids club but enjoyed the nightly shows. The specialty dining is a must. Belize didn't offer as much entertainment as I would have liked. We went to the monkey tour in Belize as an excursion that we purchased off the boat. Same with Cozumel, book off the ship, for better prices. When you arrive in Cozumel and Belize there are plenty of "safe" people offering tour options right at the docking area. In Honduras I would suggest booking an excursion from the ship.

Tendering to small boats was a bit of a challenge, I would suggest getting up and going before the tickets are handed out. Otherwise, you will wait to get off the ship at the port. Overall a nice cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Specialty dining was great, lots of variety and great service.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Can be pricey but they are optional.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The Russian acrobats were top notch! The best show of the week.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Margaret in La Cucina was our faorite server. Just a sweet lady who enjoys her job and making the guest feel welcome.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

The drink staff at showtime were seriously understaffed in manpower. Order your drink somewhere else and walk it into the theatre to avoid waiting for a server. Also, go to the shows early for the best seats, it fills up fast!

5 out of 5
The xrail off road cars are lots of fun but you WILL get dirty. Wear a poncho and a bandana to cover your face. Our kids loved it but mom took a pass that day.
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Campo Del Mar is a must for an excursion in Honduras.
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