Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Great trip!

Sail Date: May 07, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our 7th cruise - 2nd on NCL - 1st to Alaska.  The ship was beautifully maintained - the staff was helpful and friendly.  The only negative I can say is that the bar staff has gone almost the other way.  It was refreshing to not be bombarded for drinks every time we sat down, but it many cases, we couldn't find anyone to order a drink from.  There has to be a happy medium.  It's not really a complaint, just a comment.  Embarkation was the best I've ever down.  Organization at the ports was fabulous!  We will sail NCL again if the itinerary we are looking for is available.  Being able to eat where and when we want was terrific!  Buffet area needs more seating....each time we were there we wandered for a significant amount of time looking for someplace to sit.

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was awesome - disembarkation was OK, but some colors called too early causing a serpentine line all the way through the ship and long wait times
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Too much Bingo - I realize Bingo is a moneymaker but not everyone likes Bingo.
Put the late night comedy shows in the theatre, the Spinnaker is not large enough to comfortable accommodate all guests that want to see the show
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Seattle, Washington
Ketchikan, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Cruise Sawyer Glacier
We cruised Dawes Glacier - too much ice blocking passage to Sawyer
Skagway, Alaska
Highly recommend the White Pass Train ride - it's like nothing else you will ever experience
Victoria, British Columbia


Garden Café almost never has enough seating - La Cucina is usually open but pretty far away especially for those with mobility issues. Usually too cold for the Great Outdoors in Alaska especially at breakfast.

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