Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

1st time on NCL

Sail Date: May 16, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Having cruise on other cruise lines we were interested in what FreeStyle cruising would be like as we have a cruise on the Norwegian Jade in October.  There was a second benefit to sailing on the Jewel, no airfare as we live in the Seatte area.  The boarding was very fast, around 20 minutes from entering the terminal to being on board.  We had only booked the cruise 3 days before and choose an ocean view and a dining package for three dinners in their specialty restaurants.  The room we were given was probably an up grade from the base price as it was not obstructed. The room was on the small size, no couch, but except for the carpet being well worn and a dingy look, the room was clean. We were in room 5040, which is above the working area on deck 4, so some noise from their.  I would next time take the booze package  ( which is not being offered now) as we found the free dining room, pub and buffet to be very good on choice and quality.  Yes the steak in Cagney's was VERY good.  The weather was great on the port stops and as this was our 3rd cruise to Alaska we did more walking in the towns then excursions.  Back in Seattle we were about 10th in line on the walk off and NCL had people at the gangway, pointing out the end  of the line for those who thought they could cut in.   As we are taking another NCL cruise in the fall we were very happy with what we experienced and look forward to the Jade.  

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Carpet needs to be cleaned or replaced 5040
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
no kids
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
We had super weather in all ports, except Seattle.


Use the pub O'Shaunneys for breakfast, no crowds, good food.

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