Not for kids under 3

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 17, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11598
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The staff was friendly and responsive, embarkation/disembarkation was a breeze, and the onboard entertainment was fun as usual. 

 

The food, however, was just OK. Not as good as I became accustomed too on other NCL cruises. Also, wait times seemed significantly longer in the main dining room, even during non-peak hours.

 

My biggest complaint is with regard to onboard amenities for small children. Children under 3 cannot be dropped off at the Splash Academy, and the under-3 "Guppies" play room was essentially a windowless storage closet which could not comfortably fit more than two families. The children's "pool" is so small, it likewise could only accommodate a few families at a time. By the last two days at sea, my 2 1/2 year old had terrible cabin fever.

 

that said, if your children are over 3 years old, my almost-5 year old daughter had a blast the few times we dropped her off at the Splash Academy.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

My daughter loved Splash Academy, but why does it close during dinner? Would have been nice to drop off the kids for a quiet dinner with the wife once or twice.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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