Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

Had a great time! But room for improvement...

Sail Date: May 30, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We had a great time on this Alaskan cruise and enjoyed ourselves immensely. But, there are some areas for improvement for NCL. First, the food on this cruise was really mediocre at best. The selection was not very broad or very flavorful. We have cruised with NCL before and had great food and a great variety to choose from. Also, requiring certain attire in the Azur dining room, which is complementary, was really off-putting. I can see maybe having a different dress code for the high-end steak house, but not a complementary venue. In addition, the beverage package for soda products was great, if you could find somewhere to get a soda. During the day, several bars were closed and if you could find one open, the employees didn't seem to want to wait on you if you had one of the insulated cups. I guess they thought they weren't getting a tip, but we tip generously if given a reason. Other than those things, we enjoyed our cruise.  Really good entertainment and activities and always something to do. I definitely recommend NCL. We put a down payment on a future NCL cruise and hope that one will meet every expectation.

Ship Quality
The staterooms need a little updating. Our carpet was faded and ragged looking.
Food and Dining
Just OK. Need to improve the variety and flavor of dishes.
Service and Staff
Our awesome cabin steward, Adonis was great! He always had our room straightened and clean and was so polite and friendly when we saw him. Remembering our names and asking about our day. Couldn't have asked for better!
Loved the comedian and some of the dance shows.
Children's Programs
We didn't travel with children so I really can't rate this one.
Onboard Activities
Some of the onboard activities are a little expensive. The bingo cost was a bit over the top.
Destinations and Excursions
Loved the excursions we booked in Ketchikan and Skagway.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin was ok. Being a cruise ship cabin, there isn't a lot of space anyway, but with being able to store suitcases under the bed and plenty of closet and shelf space, we had plenty of places to store our clothing and other items. I give it an 'OK' because the carpet was worn and the 'couch' cover had seen better days as well. NCL could really benefit by updating this ship again.
Seattle, Washington
The fish market is a must see and we enjoyed the space needle and monorail as well.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Our excursion in Ketchikan was OK. We went on the Alaskan Lodge and Wilderness Adventure. The cost was $179 pp which was too expensive for what we did. It is a small group excursion which we liked and we loved the crab boil, but basically we paid all that money for a short boat ride, lunch and a look at an eagle's nest.
Juneau, Alaska
We didn't plan an excursion for this port, so we just walked around and shopped. It is a quaint little town and we enjoyed just spending our time on the main strip through town. There was a complementary shuttle from our port to the main part of town.
Cruise Sawyer Glacier
This was a beautiful part of the cruise. Very majestic and we loved it.
Skagway, Alaska
We enjoyed the train trip to the summit (didn't do the entire trip to BC). Beautiful scenery and a 'mostly' comfortable ride. I will say that another train broke down and our engine had to go and pull it up the mountain, so we had to sit on the train for an extra hour at the summit. This was not a good thing. I also heard that another train had broken down the day before too.
Victoria, British Columbia
What a beautiful clean city. There is a bit of a walk to the fisherman's wharf area, but from there you can get on one of the cool water shuttles and go to the center of the city. Lots of shops and good places to eat. You can also get bike taxis to take you around the city. Would love to go back.


I did like the fact that the didn't hound you to purchase pictures. There were several times we met a photographer who wanted to take our pic with some character or other, but we always declined and they were always respectful of that.

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