First Time Cruise (Alaska)

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
9 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 07, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11578
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

We planned this trip beginning right after Christmas (2014) to fulfill a bucket list wish. The cruise was GREAT, the crew and staff were excellent. Outstanding weather, excursions and overall experience. We found the Tsar's Palace to be our main choice for meals. We also like La Cucina and La Bistro. The other special dining options were not remarkable. (Meals could have used some garlic for seasoning!) My wife and I were both disappointed in some of our cruise mates who were rude to staff. Every member of the crew and staff we came across were delightful and helpful. Most of the evening entertainment was very good.

The one thing that we did not get to do but may have been educational would have been a detailed tour of the ships operations, galleys, engine room, behind the curtain operations of the ship, etc. But that may not have been possible with over 2,000 passengers, some of whom were in wheelchairs or had walkers. I have taken such tours on VLCC (Very Large Crude Carriers) and LR1 oil tankers and am a student at heart.

It was also interesting to see the changes to Juneau. I was last there about 25 years ago for a meeting with the Alaska Attorney General and Juneau was only about 15,000 people then. Now it has about 36,000 or more, with a WalMart!Lots of changes but still has the Alaska frontier feel.

Talking about planning our next "bucket list" cruise, when and where??


Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Turn off your cell phones if leaving US waters or get an international cell "Passport". Charges for calls are steep and data roaming is expensive!

5 out of 5
Had a Great Lunch before boarding the Jewel at Bell Street Diner (Pier 66)
5 out of 5
Float Plane Trip (Wonderful)
3 out of 5
Whale watching and Mendenhall Glacier (Did not get vey close to whales)
5 out of 5
Train Ride and Biking down to Skagway (15 miles downhill) were lots of fun and fairly easy.

Cruise Sawyer Glacier

5 out of 5
Relaxing the educational day.
3 out of 5
Did not get off the Jewel but saw lots of whales around the ship.
5 out of 5
Enjoyed visiting Victoria and Butchart Gardens.
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