Mexican Riviera cruise on the Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 11, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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. 


Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.


5 out of 5
A smaller ship provides a more personal experience. We got to know the cruise director and staff.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Jewel is in great shape.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

There is always something going on. Make sure to check out the "Freestyle Daily" newsletter with list of events and times for the next day.

3 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
I was frankly disappointed. Mazatlan is a large city, and parts of it are not very nice.
5 out of 5
We visited "old town" Puerto Vallarta, and a tequila distillery. Beautiful city with lots of history.
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