Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review to North America

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

just the right amount of vacation!

Sail Date: November 20, 2016

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We've done a number of cruises with NCL, but we had never done a 5 night cruise. This was just right. For the 7 night cruises, we start to get really homesick on day 6 and really ready to go home on day 7. This was wonderful. I especially loved being in port overnight. That allowed us to go on multiple excursions to see more of Cabo.


We got the beverage package and the dining package. The beverage package made our many trips to the bar so easy! And the dining package allowed us to go to the specialty restaurants that we were always looking at. I can't say enough wonderful things about the specialty restaurants. We went to Cagney's, Moderno, and La Cucina.


We didn't go to the pool or the hot tub because there were too many people, but we found lots of places for reading. We did go to all of the art auctions and seminars. Those are always fantastic. The art team was very helpful with making sure that we got the pieces that we wanted. That was probably the highlight of our vacation!

Cabin / Stateroom
All was good with the cabin. Everything was very clean and welcoming. The only issue we had was that the safe didn't work. We never got around to reporting it, but I'm sure it would have been fixed if we had.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was a breeze. When we were being funneled toward the area to take the on board picture, employees told people that they could go around if they didn't want their picture taken. That line wound up being very long. We got our picture taken and were told to just hop back in the line. One of the guests got pretty nasty with me saying that I was cutting the line, so this should really be rethought. Disembarkation went a little wonky because it took so long to get cleared, but considering that 4,000 people were getting off, it wasn't bad at all.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
The excursions that we did both took considerable longer than quoted. We had a blast on both of them, but we expected to get back to the ship sooner than we did. They both went over by an hour.
Service and Staff
The service was wonderful all around. We had the beverage and dining package. The employees at the bar and at the restaurants were wonderful at explaining the packages to us.
Food and Dining
Holy cow the food was fantastic! The buffet was hit or miss as was the food by the pool, but every time we ate in the dining room, it was wonderful. The specialty restaurants were great! So glad we got the dining package! I wish we had tried it before!

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