Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Mexican Riviera cruise on the Norwegian Jewel

Sail Date: October 11, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

Our first cruise was on the Epic, about twice the size of the Jewel. I was frankly worried that a small ship wouldn't be as much fun as a "mega" ship. I'm happy to say I was wrong. We had a great time. I didn't hear any complaints from our "kids" (all in their 20's) who we invited to join us.  The Jewel has the specialty restaurants, a casino, and plenty of entertainment options. If you are bored on an NCL cruise, your bar might be set unreasonably high. 


Our friend were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, and NCL made it special by providing a meeting room for us to kick off the cruise, and an officer of the ship officiated the renewal of the vows. It was a memorable way to celebrate a milestone event like this, with friends and family. 


Cabin / Stateroom
Our ocean view cabin was clean, and comfortable. There was plenty of room for our stuff. NCL does a nice job with designing it's staterooms. No complaints from us.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Compared to Miami, Los Angeles is terrible. What's up with no AC in the building on a hot day? Extremely disorganized. We expected better from NCL. Disembarkation was better.
Ship Quality
The Jewel is in great shape.
Destinations and Excursions
Mazatlan was disappointing.
A smaller ship provides a more personal experience. We got to know the cruise director and staff.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The regular dining is very good, but if you want a good steak, Cagney's is worth the upcharge. We also visited La Cucina, and had a very good Italian meal.
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
There really isn't much to do and/or see in San Pedro, frankly most of the neighborhoods nearby aren't places you would want to be after dark.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The excursion to Los Arcos only took about an hour. From the port, take a water taxi to "gringo beach" and choose a beach front restaurant to get some cold beers and tasty food.
Mazatlan, Mexico
I was frankly disappointed. Mazatlan is a large city, and parts of it are not very nice.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
We visited "old town" Puerto Vallarta, and a tequila distillery. Beautiful city with lots of history.


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