food not nearly as good as past NCL, but still recommend the cruise overall

Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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5 Night Pacific Coastal Southbound (Vancouver To Los Angeles)
Sail Date: September 27, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 9565
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 months ago

We loved the free unlimited beverage package!  We only had to give them our card, nothing to sign when they returned the card with our order.  When I sailed in 2015, they brought a check to sign and passengers were mistakenly adding tips when those are all prepaid with the package.  A great solution in practice now!  Out of curiosity, I would have liked to see the drinks listed on our final cruise bill (with no charge).  Happy

Some of the food was disappointing.  But the crab cakes in Azura, Indian food (Garden Cafe), chocolate croissants (everywhere), bacon, mai tais, red Sangria, tiramisu (Tsar's Palace) and Fish & Chips (O'Sheehan's) were fantastic!  Grandson ordered pizza for every lunch and dinner, so I guess it was great, too.

My husband always rates the hot tubs NOT hot.  Grandkids (9 & 13) really loved the waterslide, even when it was really too cold to be out there.  Several fathers with toddlers were having a lot of fun on it, too.

The drinks were free flowing at the 2 receptions we went to, but the food (invitation was for appetizers) was very hard to get!  Definitely need a full lunch afterwards.

Son's cabin for 4 (5553) had a rollaway rather than 2nd bunk, which was ridiculous (wall to wall beds); we were told NO cabins had 2 bunks.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Square table really does not fit with the queen bed option, and could not be removed through the cabin door! Slid under the triangular table, it was okay but not great. Had a bad diesel smell one night, but advice to keep bathroom door ajar solved the problem.

Ship Tip

If you are looking for the daily tea & scones, they are all the way aft behind the Garden Cafe. But pass on the "Devonshire Cream" which is actually Dream Whip, if you are old enough to remember what that is...

5 out of 5
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